Wedding! Part 2: getting ready

(Almost every photo shown was taken by my good friend and colleague, the talented Jenn Repp.)

Sunday, May 20th, dawned a little hazy.  The hotel was a bustling place with guests getting ready, the caterers making food, and general set-up for our late morning ceremony.  Here’s a view of the quiet before the storm:

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Ben took this shot and posted it on his work board of our rings and his fitbit, all he needed for the day:

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My extremely detailed schedule and to-do list.  The only way I was able to relax was because I knew this list was in several other hands:

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My handsome fiancé brought me up some breakfast:

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The lovely bridal suite, and where I spent the ENTIRE morning:

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My hairstylist from home, the talented Melissa, came out to do my hair and makeup:

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My extremely talented sister-in-law, Erika, made this INCREDIBLE archway for our ceremony, and THEN surprised us with these delicate light bulb vases and crystals hanging all over it.  It was stunning:

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The amazing and organized Becky Foulger, who was “me”, when I wasn’t allowed to be in charge anymore.  She was such an amazing help all through the planning process and simply invaluable that weekend:

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It didn’t take Ben nearly as long to get ready.  He’s got shorter hair:

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I had a few visitors while I was getting prettied:

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I had barely anything in mind for decorations, I was more concerned with people and food, so this whole ceremony setup done by my family was just wonderful.  I am so grateful:

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This was the third dress I tried on.  Period.  I just loved it right away.  I’ll admit that I was looking for something that would show off my normally hidden art:

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My mother made these lovely hair flowers from the train I had removed from the dress, they were so much easier to wear than a veil:

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I ordered this amazing sash from an artist in Turkey!  I was even more in love with it seeing it in person:

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Even Lucy got a little bit of hair and make up action:

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One last adjustment and I’m ready:

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Next: first look!

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