Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Here comes the bride... There goes the bride... {PICTURE HEAVY!}

I'm not changing my nails or doing anything crafty today, so I thought I'd tell you about my wedding! For those of you that don't know, my husband and I got married November 6, 2010. :) It was a super fun, super stressful day, but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat! 

You know when they say, "When you get married, everything that can go wrong, will go wrong?" Yeah, they weren't kidding. My wedding had so many mishaps it was actually comical! I'll start from the beginning.

Rewind to the Wednesday before the wedding, the morning after Thomas's bachelor party. I woke up with the dreaded white spot on my throat.... Strep throat. Are you kidding me? Three days before my wedding?? I didn't get sick ALL YEAR, until 3 days before my wedding. I've had strep countless times before in my life, so I went to the doctor and got antibiotics. Big deal. Then it turned into a sinus infection of sorts. More about that in a second. 

The next day, I got a call from Susan, Thomas's cousin. She's a wonderful pianist, and she was gracious enough to not only perform our music at the ceremony, but she also hired a violinist to accompany her. Turns out, the violinist also teaches martial arts... and imagine this! He broke his arm. Two days before my wedding. Hah! But she found a girl that was a member of the Nashville Symphony, so crisis diverted.

Rehearsal dinner, Friday the 5th. I've been quarantined away from the family for a day and a half at this point. Thomas's family lives in the UK and Ireland, and they were all staying with us (10 people! Woah!), so when I got sick, I got to stay upstairs with a pot of tea and a remote control, rather than risk getting half of my wedding party sick! So, I was un-contagious at this point, but still feeling pretty miserable. The mucous-y goodness had made it into my head and ears at this point... you know that feeling that you're in a fish bowl? Yeah, that's me. 

But, we made it through! I did the best I could with the energy I had. We made it through the rehearsal dinner with just one minor mishap... My purse caught on fire. :( My sister knocked it into a candle, and the strap caught on fire. Could things get any worse?

Yes. Yes they can.

Yes, that's right, dear Readers... This bride fell down the stairs. "Omg! This is it! Don't look at your feet! Hold the bouquet in the right hand... hold on to the rail... Smile! This is it!" THUMP THUMP THUMP! Every bride's worst nightmare, right?

But I recovered...

Laughed my freakin' butt off... (I mean, run up the stairs and cry? Never crossed my mind. This was HILARIOUS!)

And got hitched. We did it!

I even made it down a second set of stairs! Huzzah! 

Danced with my Groom....

We danced with our mommies...

And our friends! (Love this picture! Thanks for the swing dancing, Hailey!)

We even made it to Santiago, Chile and back!  (That's another adventure for another day. Oh lordy!)

So, yes, weddings are eventful, stressful, and possibly sometimes quite disastrous. Make it through with a smile on your face, because at the end of the day, you're married, and that's all that matters!

To end, I will leave you with a few hand-made details from my wedding. You'll learn as I blog more that I love to make everything I can! I had a lot of help from my best friend, Jess. She's the best! 

The brooches on the shoes were actually earrings that we found on clearance at Dillards...

Ring pillow and flower basket were hand-made and designed by us! Designed by both, executed by Jess, and green added later by me. Total cost for project, including unity candle (not pictured): less than $20

All jewelry for bridesmaids hand-made and designed by Jess and I. 

Centerpieces all handmade by me. Dipped in black pixie dust glitter and glass etched with monogram.

Can't take credit for the programs... we bought a kit! But I did add the green and templated the wording!

Favors! Boxes of chocolate candy... hand constructed by Jess, Amber, and sister Brittany. 

I hope you all enjoy my wedding pictures as much as I do! All credit for pictures go to Ashley DeYoung Photography, Chris Wright, and Angela Melton. 



  1. So pretty! Didn't realize you got married so recently. I made a ton of stuff for my sister's wedding: oragami horses, favors, bridesmaid jewelry, etc. I love making stuff!!

  2. Me too! We had a blast doing all of this... and this isn't even half of what we made!

  3. I loved reading this post, lovely photos too. You look so happy :)

  4. Amber I loved the colors of your wedding! And I'm liking all your cool nail polish ideas too!

  5. Thanks, girlie! Keep reading... I've been changing my nail polish about every 2-3 days lately! :)

  6. Beautiful photo's you look amazing in them! I can't believe about the purse catching on fire!

    Glad though it's everything you wanted!

  7. I really enjoyed reading this post! :D You had a wonderful wedding! :))


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