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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bryce and Emily's wedding!

 Back in early June our family witnessed a very special day! My very dear cousin, Emily, was to be married! We'd all been looking forward to that day for quite some time. I have to say it was pretty much all Michelle and I talked about during their 3 month engagement. :D You see Emily was the first, out of all 17 of us cousins to get married! As you can imagine...we may or may not having been dreaming for years about who would be married first, what the lucky guy would be like, how their wedding would be...etc. Making it even more awesome, none of us could have chosen a better guy for her to be marrying! And to add even more to the excitement...6 of us had never been bridesmaids before and I know for sure the I was head over heels about that! ;) In short this was a pretty big deal for us. :D Sometimes I thought it would never come, but in the last few weeks there was a flurry of activity and much to be done. So the days seemed to fly by and before we knew it the day had arrived!
 Now a day such as this couldn't come about without a little prior preparation and planning! So I'll be showing you a few ( alot) of pictures from our fun times together. :)

First we'll observe the happy and gorgeous couple.
Bryce and Emily!
Here we are the day after they're engagement. We stayed up long into the night, watching them begin the plans. :D
In early March, 12 of us ladies loaded up and headed to a large town near by to go shopping for the bridesmaids' gowns. We first visited David's Bridal. After trying on several dresses we found one we all agreed on. Upon further 'investagation' we discovered those particular dresses wouldn't be delivered till less than a week before the wedding day. Thus our search continued. In the end 6 of us ended up getting Evan Piccone` gowns at Bergners. 2 others got theirs at the Dress Barn (?) maybe...lol can't remember. And the last Michelle and I made to match the other 6. :)
In May some of us girls put on a Bridal Shower for Emily. It was our first time doing one so we were a bit nervous, but we had a wonderful turn out and everyone had a swell time.
In the mean time...we spent a very fun evening having a weeny roast, making centerpieces (over 50), bouquets, & boutonnieres, and listening to the songs they'd selected for the ceremony!
The weekend before the wedding we had a Bachlorette party. It was a total blast! It was really great to be able to get together for one final slumber party as all single girls. ;) lol
Thanks to Grandma's hard work and expertise we were able to get over 500 dinner rolls made for the reception!
On Thursday morning Michelle, Sarah, and I began frosting 8 sheet cakes and 100 cupcakes. It was a pretty cool experience! :) It was the start of a very full and busy 3 days, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. We had *SO* much fun and that weekend holds so many special memories now!
After that we decorated pictures frames to go with the centerpieces on each table!

                                                 Mean while Emily wrote her vows...
We then rushed home, got ready and sped to the rehearsal. lol Everything went quite well and we all had SO MUCH fun!! And I might add the dinner was phenomenal. :D
Bright and early Friday morning, abunch of people met up at the reception center and began the preparations there. Me, Sarah, and Cassie finished decorating the cakes which involved doing the rose buds/leaves on each piece and the upper and lower borders. Every one else worked one setting up tables for the guests, food, candy, etc. Lots of table clothes to be ironed, centerpieces to be set, etc. Michelle, Sarah, and I mixed up a huge amount of drinks...don't remember how many gallons, but that was kinda wild. lol We kept busy there a good portion of the day...
In the afternoon Michelle, Sarah, Megan, and I followed Emily and Bryce to the church where we did a few last minute preparations, such as signing the guest book before anyone else...lol Kidding, but it was one of the things we did. :P We then all went to our home to begin resting up for the next day. :D
On Saturday morning all the ladies from my house left around 6:30 a.m. for our appointment at the salon. This kinda shows how mine came out. I totally loved it. She did *such* an awesome job and with all 50 pins that were in it...it didn't budge all day. :D Anyhow we spent a couple hours there while everyone else was getting they're hair done. Then we headed to the church...
The bridesmaids, -3, waiting for the picture taking to begin!
Phillip (my cousin) and Nick (my brother).
2 of the ushers! They did a great job and I love that this was the first time they had ever worn ties! :D I might be a bit biased, but I think they look quite dashing. ;) 
And then 3 o'clock rolled around and it all began!!! YAY! :p I thought I'd share this picture to show that I successfully made it down the isle and onto the stage with out falling down the really steep sloop or passing out. Needless to say I don't think I've ever been so nervous, but once I got up there everything seemed okay. lol Other then trying not to cry, I guess... lol*Credit: Tami Paige

I love how this one turned out...might have to frame it sometime. :) I was surprised how much fun we had getting our pictures taken. lol  *Credit:Tami Paige
The moment we'd all been waiting for!!!!!
*Credit: Tami Paige
The moment they'd been waiting for! lol
*Credit: Tami Paige
The wedding party!
*Credit: Tami Paige
Me and Vaughn making our entrance at the reception. :)
The reception was an absolute blast! The food and cake was phenomenal. And we spent a couple hours dancing which is always fun as well. :)
*Credit: Tami Paige

All in all I don't think the day could have gone any smoother. We all had so much fun and it was such a blessing to be able to celebrate with everyone!

♥Mr. & Mrs. Baker!♥
*Credit: Tami Paige

 In an attempt to keep this post a decent length I had to really pick and choose thru the photos we have. But if you'd like to see more Michelle has two albums. Here and here. And the professional ones can all be viewed here.

 Oh and I hope y'all enjoy the little peek into my life...with no regard to history, sewing, etc. ;)

Love,
Brooke

5 comments:

Jesi said...

I loved this post! And I loved looking at all the pictures! What great memories you have of such a special day!!

Thank you for posting! :)

love,
~Jesi

Samantha said...

Fun post! I loved seeing all the pictures. You all did a great job on the cakes. I did my own cake for my graduation, which was quite a job considering I'm not a cake decorator, lol! It turned out fine, though.

I LOVE the bridesmaids dresses, too! They are beautiful, and so are the bridesmaids. =)

Tara Janelle said...

What a beautiful wedding! I loooooove your hair - soooo pretty!! Congrats on being a bridesmaid for the first time too - I was prettttttty excited when I got asked for the first time too! :)

Enjoyed reading about the "girl behind the sewing machine".... or... yeah..... something like that! :)

Brooke said...

Aw, thanks so much, Jesi! I'm so glad you liked it. :)

Samantha, I found the cake decorating to be quite fun as well! We learned how to do the different things from a friend of ours that is a professional cake maker a few days before the wedding...

Thanks so much, Tara! I'm glad you liked the post. :D

Love,
Brooke

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