Our Wedding: The Details

Our Wedding: The Details

Before planning a wedding of your own, it’s so easy to overlook the small details that other brides (and grooms) have meticulously planned for their special day. Couples spend hours weighing decisions and striving to make their wedding day truly reflective of who they are as people, and often times, everyone is having too much fun at cocktail hour or on the dance floor to even notice some of the smaller details! But having gone through the process myself, I find myself noticing those details more and more, and I have to say, they’re my absolute favorite!

So, in case you missed them at our wedding, here are some of the details – and the stories behind them – from our wedding. Enjoy!

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Gifts From My Husband & Our Wedding Video

Gifts From My Husband & Our Wedding Video

I had the wondrous fortune of marrying the love of my life this past weekend, and it was everything I had ever imagined that it would be.

The morning of our wedding, I got ready with my bridesmaids and our moms at the venue, and Skyler had left me four gifts to open.

The first was a beautiful leather bound notebook with archival pages in which Skyler detailed our entire relationship. From when we first met in college to the day he proposed, and leaving room for the rest of our story. It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made so excited to marry him that afternoon.


The second gift was a small fan. If you know me at all, you know that I get very warm very easily. Throughout our engagement, we had joked that if it were warm outside, I would need a fan to hide underneath my dress to keep me from profusely sweating. I’m marrying a jokester.

The third box enclosed the most beautiful earrings that I’ve ever had the privilege of wearing. (I’d love to give him all the credit here, but I picked them out myself, just like he picked out the watch I gifted him. Can’t win ’em all.)

And the fourth gift was massive, and horribly wrapped. The box opened to reveal three GoPros that Skyler had rented to help us capture our wedding day. A videographer was one thing that I questioned throughout the entire planning process. Did I want one? Did I need one? Would it be worth the added cost? Ultimately, we decided against it. Or at least, that’s what I thought. I was so giddy at this surprise, and I couldn’t wait to see the footage we’d end up with.

Fast forward to today, and I’ve loved every single minute of reliving our wedding day through the eyes of the people that love us the most.

Here it is: our wedding video.

PS: I can’t wait to share our beautiful photos with you – as soon as I get them! Hazel Lining is amazing, and has been working hard on making us look way better than we really do!

Reclaiming Romance.

A few months ago, my friend Hailey told me that the first floor of her apartment building was under construction.  “I think it’s a dress shop,” she said excitedly.  Fast forward a few weeks, and I had offered to watch her devilishly handsome little pup, Moe, while she was out of town for work.  I pulled up to sidewalk, and there it was: glitteR & gRit.  A dress shop, indeed.  In each window hung some of the most unique and beautiful wedding dresses I had ever seen.  It was dark outside, and the delicate lighting inside made these dresses seem like they were glowing.


Fast forward a few more weeks, and Hailey and I decided that we wanted to play dress up at glitteR & gRit during Shop Late Night in Lawrenceville.  No, neither of us are engaged (or even close to being engaged), but hey, we were curious.  It turns out this little dress shop had also piqued the interest of my photographer friend, Rachel Tokarski, who was shooting the event that night.  After an hour, Hailey and I had each tried on a few dresses, developed girl crushes on the owner, Erin Szymanski, and fell absolutely in love with glitteR & gRit.


Fast forward another few weeks, and I had volunteered to participate in a stylized bridal shoot.  I arrived to the shop on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, and dove headfirst into the madness of my first ever bridal photoshoot.



I hopped into the director’s chair to have my hair done by the wonderfully talented Candice Orlandi.  Next, the lovely Julie Marckisotto made me look like a brand new person in the makeup chair.  I slid into a stunning Elizabeth Dye gown, grabbed a whimsical bouquet provided by Mt. Lebanon Floral, and headed out the door.  Rachel chose an old red church a few blocks up the street for our first location.



After I changed into my second gown, a delicate dress designed by UPoppy, added a bohemian fascinator to my new updo, darkened my makeup, and swapped out my elegant and earthy bouquet for a more playful one, we headed out to the railroad tracks to capture the true glitter and grit of this bohemian style.Wedding9

Many thanks to all of the talented women that made this wonderful Reclaiming Romance shoot a reality!  I can’t wait to see what’s next!