Pictures and inspiration from our rustic barn wedding in Western New York, outside of Buffalo.
For twenty months of wedding planning, I said some version of “maybe we should just elope” on the daily. Thank GOD we didn’t. I mean wedding planning was definitely not my thing. There were lots of tears and anxieties throughout the whole process. Now I understand why people pay other people to plan their wedding lol. BUT all the bullshit we dealt with during the planning process was all more than worth it for what we felt on the day of our actual wedding. I’m not the kind of person that uses the word “magical” very often or frankly ever for that matter, but I really have no other word to describe the day besides magical. The love and joy and bliss and raw emotions that I felt that on our wedding day were overpowering and moving. It might sound cheesy but this was the happiest day of my life thus far.
I have so many pictures and memories I want to share with you guys that I’m splitting the wedding recap into two blog posts. This first blog post highlights the wedding “prep”, first look pics and ceremony.
I planned out my wedding morning to be super chill and relaxed. I woke up and went for a long walk around a lake near my parent’s house, did a little meditation, came home, made a smoothie, showered and headed out to the Inn where we all got ready. This helped me to feel grounded and centered walking into what was going to be an emotional and vulnerable day for me.
Steve and I exchanged gifts on our wedding morning. There were two cards in the box – the card that said open first had three simple instructions written on it. Take out laptop. Plug in headphones. Open computer and press play. As soon as the video started playing, I started crying. It was a 6 minute video of all our dearest family (parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins) and friends who are married talking about the keys to a happy marriage. As soon as I saw our grandparents on the video, I lost it. Thank GOD for waterproof mascara, people!!
The video had some hilarious parts too (i.e. someone mentioning alcohol as the key to a happy marriage LOL). Steve edited it so that it would transition from funny to sentimental, which left everyone in the room watching me thinking I was schizophrenic. I literally laughed and cried back and forth for an entire six minutes while everyone stared at me LOL.
This was my Dad’s reaction before he started balling three seconds later, to which of course I started crying again too. And I said I wasn’t sure if I would cry on my wedding day. HA! I should said I’m not sure how many times I will cry on my wedding day. The answer: A lot.
What you can’t see here in our first look is that Steve looked as though he was starting to choke up, which is why he turned away to try and fight back the tears and compose himself.And yes there was kale in my bouquet 😉 All of our signs were DIY (you’ll see more in part II) – this one Steve designed in Photoshop, had it printed at Fed Ex and my Dad made the frame out of barn wood. Are our flower girls not the CUTEST, most PRECIOUS girls ever?! Ok, I may be a little biased.
Me, crying for the 236728th time of the day. Steve and I wrote our own vows and of course I got emotional again reading mine.
But we did it!
Tell me, what was your wedding day like? Did you experience all the feels too?
Venue: Hayloft in the Grove. Photography: Nickel City Studios. Dress: Ceremony Boston – Claire Pettibone. Shoes, Jewelry & Clutch: BHLDN. Flowers: Costamanga Design. Catering: Private Knives Catering. Pies: Carriage Trade Pastries. Favors: Fancypants Baking Company. Hair & Makeup: Groom Service. Bridesmaids: J Crew. Groomsmen: Banana Republic. Groom: Suit Supply. Rings: Sophie Hughes Jewelry. Musicians: Buffalo Strings DJ: Toy Bros