Bridal details

In honor of our upcoming Anniversary, I thought I’d write a post on bridal details from our wedding day.

  • Dress: I wore a Tara Keely dress from Spring 2012 collection. I am in love with the lace and a semi fit flair style

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  • Veil: I bought my veil at Blush as well. I wanted a simple veil, with no extra beading or lace. The one I wore was perfect. It was fingertip length and came to a v at the bottom. Although I didn’t get to wear it for the whole ceremony, I still got some great pictures with it afterwards.

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  • Sash: The sash I wore came with the dress… I thought I wanted a fabric flower on my sash, but I fell in love with jewel/pearl studded belt. It gave that extra pizzazz and sparkle that brought the whole look together.

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  • Garter: I found my garters on etsy. They were exactly what I was looking for.  I guess I ordered them in the wrong size because before the wedding even started, I could feel them slipping! So I didn’t wear one! I did sneak away right before the garter toss to slip one back on.

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  • Shoes: Finding exactly what I was looking for was a DOOZY! I had bought a pair some months before, but I wasn’t completely sold. They were grandma kitty heels (that aren’t even worth posting a picture of)…  I still really wanted a wedge for walking in the grass. I was shopping at langford market when I came across my dream wedding shoe…but they weren’t my size. I went home and searched and searched for them online and finally came across a website that looked a little sketch, but I ordered them anyways. I normally wear a 7 but they only had a 6.5 so I wasn’t even sure if they’d fit. They arrived the Thursday before the wedding and fit like a glove…err sock… anyways It was totally a Cinderella moment. BONUS: my new wedding shoes were $50 less than the kitty heels!#winning You best believe I returned those, meow!

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  • Earrings: OK, I’ll tell you my secret. I had my eye on these earrings, but checked Sam Moon first to see what they had. I got almost identical earrings for less than half the cost of the ones I found on Etsy. I’m all about deals my friends!
  • Something OLD: My great grandmothers antique bracelet that I was gifted at one of my bridal showers.
  • Something NEW: My wedding dress.
  • Something BORROWED: My moms antique diamond ring
  • Something BLUE: Undergarments :)
  • Gown preservation: I used wedding gown preservation co which was recommended by the boutique where I bought my dress. Preserving your dress is so bittersweet. I love that it will stay clean and it won’t yellow, but I hate that I can’t wear it! Especially on my Anniversary. I guess I’ll just have to admire it from inside the box.

(all photo credit to Doberenz photography)

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Reception pt. 2

This post will be recapping the second half of the reception, which are all events in bold. Check out pt. 1 here.

  • Brooke and Scott enter
  • Buffet dinner
  • Cake cutting, best man/maid of honor/father of the bride toasts
  • Bride/groom first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance.
  • DJ continues to play fun reception music and Brooke can’t leave dance floor.
  • Bouquet/garter toss
  • Last dance
  • Brooke and Scott exit

Scott and I started off the dancing part of the reception with our first dance. We danced to “I won’t give up” by Jason Mraz. You’ll have to excuse all the pictures, I just am in love with so many of them and had to post them!
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Let me also say that Scott and I did not take dancing lessons! We used the week prior to the wedding to hook up our laptop to the TV and put up YouTube videos that taught us how to dance. It was a hoot. I remember feeling so silly during our first dance, dancing in the middle of the room, using our YouTube learned dance moves. I feel like we pulled it off pretty well though.
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Pure JOY!
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The photographer did such an amazing job capturing the special moments of our first dance.

Next, I got to share the dance floor with both my dad and step dad, Bob.

My dad and I danced to the first verse of Johnny Cash’s “You are my sunshine“, while me and my step dad danced to the second verse. The most PERFECT song for us. It was beautiful. Not a dry eye in the place.
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Scott and his mom danced to a shortened version of “you got a friend” by James Taylor.
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Once we got all of the first dances out of the way, the DJ opened up the dance floor for everyone! It was packed from the point forward. I don’t think I left the dance floor longer than 5 minutes at a time. I was having a great time!… I do feel bad about not visiting individually with every single guest, but I’m thinking I ran into everyone at least ONCE on the dance floor.

Some of my favorite dancing pictures

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We kept the tradition of the bouquet and garter toss, which made for some pretty funny pictures.
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Love my friend Kassia’s face.
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Turns out, the two people that caught the bouquet and garter were each others dates!

We spent the rest of the time dancing the night away. The DJ played a mix of songs, mostly pop dance songs, but some classic rock and wedding staples.
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Before I knew it, they were playing the last song and it was time for our get away…

We gave out bubbles and handed out our favors which were little packages of flower seeds. I don’t think I made it clear to folks that they were the favors, because we got sprinkled with flowers seeds and bubbles during our get away.
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And that was that! Our wedding was over.

Although I’ve recapped our whole wedding through a number of posts, there is no way I can fully contain all the emotions and magic that happened that day. I’m truly blessed to have Scott as my husband, two families that love us more than anything, and friends that will always be there for us. April 20th, 2013 is a day that will be etched in my memory forever!

(all photo credit to Doberenz photography)

Reception pt. 1

The reception lasted from 7-10 and followed this timeline(roughly):

  • Brooke and Scott enter 
  • Buffet dinner
  • Cake cutting, best man/maid of honor/father of the bride toasts
  • Bride/groom first dance, father/daughter dance, and mother/son dance.
  • DJ continues to play fun reception music and Brooke can’t leave dance floor.
  • Bouquet/garter toss
  • Last dance
  • Brooke and Scott exit

In part one of the reception, I will be recapping our entrance, the cake cutting, and the toasts. I’ll save the rest for part two!

When the reception started all of the guests, including the wedding party, had already found their seats.

Scott and I entered to the song “You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne, while the DJ introduced the new Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Brooke Hamilton!
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We started dinner off right away, by leading the party down the buffet line. Our guests followed shortly after.

We sat at a sweetheart table, just the two of us, where we could have a little time together before the loud music and dancing started.
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I didn’t have much of an appetite, but I did eat the salad and little bit of prime rib that was on my plate. We served a more traditional style dinner: prime rib, chicken, and a vegetarian option with a lot of sides to go along with it. Being a buffet, you were able to try all of the things!

The DJ played music from artists like Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Norah Jones, and Jack Johnson during the dinner. It made the whole atmosphere very classic and swanky.

Once most folks were through the buffet and well into dinner, it was time to cut the cake.

We picked white cake with fresh strawberries, key lime filling and buttercream icing for the wedding cake. It was a safe crowd-pleaser.
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For the grooms cake, I surprised Scott with a smoker shaped cake. I was so impressed with how it turned out. But the best part was that it tasted just as good as it looked! We went with something a little more bold. Underneath the smoker was fat chocolate cake with mocha filling and espresso buttercream.
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Yes, we fed each other with a fork… It wasn’t until I was looking at other peoples wedding pics when I noticed that most couples feed each other with their hands…
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After cutting the cake, we grabbed our champagne flutes and headed over to hear the first toast from Scott’s best man, Jonathan.
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He shared stories from their early years of friendship to their hiking days, bear encounters included… He had the audience on the edge of their seat with that story…
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Bailey, my maid of honor was up next. Her toast seriously took the cake. It was incredible. Smart, witty  so hilariously funny, with a sweet ending of how happy she was for me and Scott.
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My dad was up next. His toast was short and sweet. He thanked everyone for being there, and shared with us how proud and happy he was for both of us. And that he loved us.
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He’s not a spot light kind of guy, so the fact that he was up in front of everyone meant so much to me. He said everything he needed to say. 
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(all photo credit to Doberenz photography)

To be continued…