Saturday, June 10, 2017

#GoingToTheUpchurch Showers & Pre-Wedding Festivities


Hey y'all!

Lately I have just been feeling really sentimental-I started my new Wedding Wednesday series featuring weddings of other brides (Niki was my very first bride!) and because of all those sappy wedding feelings coming and the fact that on the 30th of May, Chris and I celebrated two years of marriage, I also wanted to start sharing my wedding since I never really did an in-depth post two years ago.

Honestly, it both feels like we've been married for ages & that we just got married a year ago.
I'm not sure how that's possible, but it's the best.

We argue and fuss with each other, but there has never been any greater adventure than doing life with my best friend. We've learned so much about each other & about life and working things out-it's just fun!

So today I'm kicking off a series that is probably my favorite one to-date; our wedding series!

Our hashtag was #GoingToTheUpchurch (which I loved!) and so I'll be sharing our...
Showers & Pre-Wedding (in this post!)
Rehearsal Dinner
Pre-Ceremony
Wedding-Ceremony
Reception
I've already posted the next three; so feel free to go on & check these out...

So today is all about the Pre-Wedding fun stuff!

I purchased my dress from The Quality Shoppe which is a small bridal boutique in my college town of Jacksonville, AL.
 If you're a bride, I highly recommend skipping the Klienfield/David's Bridal stores and going with a small independently owned store because I had an amazing experience purchasing both my dress & my bridesmaids dresses there as well!
I also had an amazing experience with my alteration's team at Morris Alterations-they took a dress that was legitimately almost 3 sizes too big & turned it into one that fit me like a glove.

When I had a meltdown about not loving my dress, the ladies & Mr. Morris took it upon themselves to make sure I was pleased and in love with my dress again-they were so amazing!


Now onto the Showers!

My beautiful Matron of Honor (Paige!) hosted a bridal tea for my bridal party & the grandmothers and moms so that everyone could get to know each other before the big day.
We even had a traditional southern cake pull (where charms are inside a cake and all of the girls take turns seeing which charm they get to determine their future, so cute and fun!)


Our Sunday School class hosted a sweet gathering for us, to celebrate our marriage!


Additionally, we also had a traditional shower at the church and it was beautiful!


My sweet bestie, Casey at the LBC shower!


My last shower was hosted by my Mom, her sweet friend Angela, and my two sisters at Angela's beautiful home.


My sister, Trystan did tons of gorgeous chalk art.




Me with all my hostesses!


My handsome groom stopped by to help me load up all the gifts!


Now for the really fun stuff...

I didn't have a traditional bachelorette party or trip (have you ever tried to coordinate 8 girls schedules? It's insane!) but I did have a little lingerie party at my sisters (once again, Trystan killed it with the chalk art)


 And several of my friends took me out for one last fling in Auburn (the place where we went out all throughout our last year of high school and college too)




Park Band at Sky Bar really took me back 😂



All of our pre-wedding festivities were so much fun; we received so many great gifts (check out my suggestions for registering for your wedding!) and had so much fun quality time with friends and family-I loved all of the celebrations!

Next up will be our rehearsal dinner!

Until next time. . .

xoxo, 





14 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time doing all the pre-wedding festivities! And I do agree that smaller or individually owned bridal boutiques seem the way to go!

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  2. Happy Anniversary! Your sister has great chalk art skills! I love the pink (Or is it more coral? Can't quite tell.) dress you wore to the church shower!

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  3. Happy belated 2-year anniversary!

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  4. How fun! It's so interesting how big wedding celebrations in the US are! Here in Europe we don't have bridal showers, we don't have a registry and we don't do rehearsal dinners. Only bachelorette party and then gooo get married haha.
    Have fun on your big day!
    All the best from Austria,
    Theresa

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  5. So much fun! Also... it can be really stressful to get married. But I'm sure all is worth it. Your posts always make me want to get married soon hahaha.

    xx, melissa
    https://elephantontheroad.com

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  6. This looks like so much fun!! I hope you guys had a great anniversary!

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  7. Our wedding was 24 years ago so we are definitely not newlyweds but I still love to hear the stories.

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  8. Omg, your wedding looked great! And happy anniversary!! x

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  9. This looks like so much fun! I loved my bach party and bridal shower. I can't believe those two were almost a year ago haha.

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  10. Looks like so much fun!!! I love wedding times!!

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  11. I didn't think I was going to have any bridal shower because my MOH lives 8 hours away, but somehow ended up with three! I haven't done any really in-depth wedding posts either, but this is a fun idea for one!

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  12. That chalk art is amazing! I'm actually in the process of wedding planning, and my sister (who will be the maid of honor) is already planning all of this haha. It looks like you had a ton of fun!

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  13. Looks like you had a great time!! Thank you for these tips, especially the one about going to a smaller boutique for wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses!

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  14. Your festivities looked so fun! Congrats on almost 2 years. I got my wedding gown from a smaller boutique shop too and loved it!

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