Here Comes the Bride! (or, Debbie and Mike Get Married!)

Congratulations, Debbie and Mike! 😀

 

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Like I mentioned before, Debbie was the most gorgeous bride.

 

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On their 100th month dating anniversary (over 8 years!) they tied the knot! I couldn’t be happier for my BFF!

 

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After the lovely ceremony, the bridesmaids had some fun taking pictures. The couple was taking family pictures, so we took some of our own!

 

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My handsome wedding date, Mark, and photographer 😉

 

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Me and Joanna, my new running buddy!

 

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I loved our bridesmaids dresses! (and my hot date.)

 

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After about an hour of photography, we headed inside for the cocktail hour. I’m not sure how brides do it! I don’t think I could smile for two hours straight!

 

It was already 5:00pm, and I hadn’t eaten anything since my morning bagel. I was so hungry, but didn’t even realize it until I started eating. I sampled a little of everything from the appetizer tables.

 

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I thought the hummus and veggies was such a neat idea!

 

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I think weddings really show off a couples uniqueness, and Debbie and Mike did a great job with all their small details. One of the coolest things was the stone blessing. Each person took a stone upon entering the ceremony, wished a blessing on the couple, and returned the stone back to the bowl. Debbie and Mike get to keep the bowl, and will have the memories of their wedding day, as well as a bunch of well-wishings upon them! How cool is that!?

 

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My favorite part of the entire reception might have been the potato bar.  Sweet potato or mashed potato, toppings were set out to be added to which ever type of potato chosen!

 

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Although I normally would pick sweet potato, something about the garlic mashed potatoes sounded particularly appealing. I added cheese, chives, and a bit of fried onion (which I didn’t end up caring for.)

 

 

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I ordered several cocktails throughout the night, normally some colorful fruity combination. I never order cocktails, but this was an occasion to celebrate!

 

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I was seated with the rest of the bridal party at table 1.

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I felt like a “VIP.”

 

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I actually really enjoyed hanging out with this group all weekend! We joked that they should get re-married every year so we could all get together again.

 

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First course: summer salad with white chocolate shavings on top, and a crispy bread twist.

 

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The main entree was a plate filled with grilled sirlon of beef, chicken fresco, vegetable du jour, and potato croquette. It was so gourmet!

 

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Next, it was time to cut the cake!

 

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…somehow I didn’t manage to take many pictures during the dancing, but we danced well into the night! I had such a blast! I never realized how much fun weddings could be. 🙂

 

 

I have always had a thought in my head that I would never want a big wedding. Now I can see why so many people want to! It can be a ton of fun! I know that BFF Debbie put in a ton of work to make this the perfect day, but it paid off! Now she is off relaxing for two weeks on a tropical island with her hubby. 🙂

 

Congrats again, Mr. and Mrs. V!!! 

 

 

In case you missed any of the previous wedding weekend installments, you can catch up here:

 

PRE-WEDDING:

WEDDING WEEKEND IN NJ:

 

❤ MegaNerd

The Most Gorgeous Bride

I had a feeling that my BFF Debbie was going to the most gorgeous bride ever. I was right!

 

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She was absolutely glowing all day!

 

After a well rested night, we spent the morning leisurely getting ready for the big day ahead! It all started at the hair salon. We showed up with major bed-head, soon to be tamed!

 

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Debbie’s dad brought breakfast to the salon so we wouldn’t have to worry with picking up food. So sweet of him!

 

A bagel and fruit spread…

 

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…along with mimosas!

 

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I had some of each:

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While each of us took turns with getting our hair done…

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…the others worked on getting our faces on!

 

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On a typical day, I might wear mascara and bronzer, so getting all made up felt funny!

 

(Scary eyelash curler!)

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My make-up was done, time for hair!

 

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I was the last to go, and I didn’t really have time to get the original style I had chosen. I went with another, which turned out cute anyways!

 

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On the way from the salon to the hotel, we stopped for Starbucks. By this point, I had already had 4 coffee drinks in one weekend! I opted for something new (to me), a nonfat white mocha.

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Way. Too. Sweet. but still soooo good!

Once back at the hotel, we gathered our dresses and waited for the official photographer to arrive.

 

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Dresses first, shoes second!

 

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The limo arrived to transport us to Grounds for sculpture, the wedding site.

 

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We piled in and were carted away!

 

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Once at the grounds…

 

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… we spotted the boys’ limo! They couldn’t see in ours, but we pretended we were spying on them. 🙂

 

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Inside the boys’ limo:

 

 

The big day was really here! I was so excited for my BFF!

 

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To be continued…

❤ MegaNerd