I love it when a photographer emails out of the blue with a submission that bowls you over. That’s exactly what happened with Cassi Claire got in touch. Cassi is based in the US but does travel (Irish brides, take note). She even has a bit of Irish blood in her.
Allison’s write-up on her wedding to David was one of the most engaging and entertaining ones I’ve ever read, and I found it hard to edit it down, so here it is in its entirety. Her weather woes will resonate with a lot of Irish brides:
“As I watched the red radar “splotch” move across the screen of my Blackberry, my dreams of an outdoor ceremony were slowly diminishing. The thought of getting married inside after a year of planning an outside wedding sent me into an immediate panic attack, but this could have also been caused by the 3 gallons of coffee I drank that morning. My bridesmaids – who are the most amazing women I know – calmed me down and instead of stressing we continued our beautifying treatments, all while dancing in the salon to Justin Timberlake.”
“The wedding day, weather emergency aside, went perfectly as planned. Starbucks run in the morning, makeup and hair in the afternoon, and then marrying my best friend in the evening; who could ask for a better Saturday? As we left the salon, under an umbrella I might add, the nerves started to hit. The more nervous I got, the more hyper I acted. The afternoon after hair and make-up was spent dancing around the bridal suite hyped up on latte’s, steaming bridesmaids dresses and spending time with my favorite people in the world, complete with a mini rendition of Destiny’s Child “Bootylicious” – what can I say, I don’t think you’re ready for this Jelly!
“All of my DIY touches finally fell together as I looked around the venue with my girls; foam fingers as favors, a special and sincere thank you note for each guest, and neon sunglasses as escort cards. The bright yellows, greens, and neutral blues complimented each other exactly how I imagined. It was the perfect balance of fancy and fun, and I truly felt that our guests really would have the best time ever. AND my wedding would be the “best wedding ever!” Success!
“When reliving the wedding in my mind, I try to pin point that ONE moment where the world stopped and I realized how big that day really was. That moment where I felt like an actual adult, and that I couldn’t believe I finally found the person I can’t live without. The first look was amazing – hands down the best decision of the wedding. I was so anxious to see David in that moment that the excitement took over, not necessarily the emotion. The ceremony was so much fun and so “us.” It was short, sweet and sincere. Everything I wanted, but not that one moment where the world stopped. Don’t get me wrong, I got emotional during the vows and when I saw David and his “almost” tears as I walked down the aisle. It was just hard to have that “world stops” moment in front of 110 of our closest family and friends.
“After so much thought, it finally hit me, a week later. The wedding came and went, the honeymoon came and went, and reality set in. My realization came to fruition when I heard our entrance song on the radio the day we got home from our honeymoon, and I got emotional.
“And I still get emotional. Every. Single. Time. But, how could I not? Thinking back, that was my moment. The world stopped for a few seconds. We were standing in front of the double doors, right before we ran into a room full of people smiling ear to ear and clapping for us. Our amazing maître d’ said, “Hey guys, congratulations!” and right then the world stopped. We were married.
“We found each other, and in that moment we were the luckiest people in the world. The door opened to the ballroom, but the door finally opened to what my life will be with this amazing man in my world. A lifetime ahead of us full of support, laughter, fun, love and lots and lots of dancing. That was my moment. Those few seconds where a complete stranger wished us well, that’s when it hit me. That moment will forever be ingrained in my mind. I finally realized howmomentous that day was, and have let the emotion spill over me each time I hear our entrance song. I wish I could relive it over and over and over again – even in the pouring rain. Speaking of which, the weather miraculously cleared up, sending tons of sunshine to our lovely little spot in New Jersey!”
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Battleground Country Club
Photography: Cassi Claire
Salon: Sophisti-Cut Day Spa
Bride’s Dress: Romona Keveza via Traditions by Anna
Belt on Bride’s Dress: CCDoodle
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amanda Archer
Bridesmaids’ Shoes: DSW
Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Rosie Posies
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Programs, Placecards, Table Numbers, and Thank-You Cards: DIY
Sunglasses: Shades of Fun
DJ and Photobooth: Michael Banfield of Ultimate DJ Entertainment
Custom Cake Topper: JillybeansJ
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