I adore Cape Cod, so when Kara asked to do her engagement photos there I was so excited! Kara spent her childhood walking to this beach down the little path in the photos at the end and swimming in the sea. I love how special this place is for her! During the session, they decided to dip their toes into the water…which ended up splashing them up to their knees. Those are some of my favorite images, and I love their reactions! I can’t wait for their wedding next year!
Packing can be stressful. When you’re packing for your wedding day, you can go ahead and double that stress! However, there are a few key things you can do to greatly reduce your panic and make sure you have everything you need on your big day. Organization is key in order for everything to go smoothly. Planning a wedding can feel chaotic since there are so many moving parts, but everything should come together and it should be smooth sailing the day of if you’ve done a little bit of planning beforehand!
Lots of retailers sell last-minute wedding day kits, but in my opinion, you can put together a few essentials without winding up with a bunch of things you won’t need or use. I’ve put together a list of your wedding day must-haves. With these items in your bag, you’ll be prepared for any last minute issues that might come up!
#1 – Hairspray and/or Bobby Pins
Your hair and makeup team just cleared out and you’re about to make your way to the chapel when you notice a couple wispy hairs that escaped your updo. Don’t worry, it’s nothing that can’t be tamed with a few bobby pins or some good hairspray!
Pro tip: spray the bobby pins with hairspray and they’ll stay in your hair during even the most energetic dance numbers!
#2 – Tide To Go Stick and White chalk
Here’s another dynamic duo that might just save the day. Tide To Go can work out most stains. In the event you encounter something a little more stubborn, rub over the spot with white chalk. It’ll help lift the stain and also mask any remnants, especially if it’s a grease or oil-based stain.
#3 – Earring Backs
Like socks in the dryer, you’ll be hard-pressed to find your earring back once it becomes lost. Having extras on hand will help both you and your bridesmaids in the event that one goes missing. No one wants to lose jewelry, especially if it’s your “something borrowed.”
#4 – Double Stick Tape
You’ve tried on your dress dozens of times and roleplayed many scenarios like dancing and greeting guests. Now all of a sudden, you notice a gaping neckline when you lean a certain way or a loose hem. Double sided tape helps when you need a quick fix. It holds material together and also helps it adhere to your skin when necessary.
#5 – Lint Roller
Whether your dog is your ring bearer or the wind is a little breezy, the elements often find their way onto your perfect white dress. Lint rollers can remove debris quickly and safely and help remove static cling, too!
#6 – Blotting Papers
These are great to keep on hand during day-of preparations but also throughout the reception. Humidity, dancing, and changes in temperature can take your makeup from glowing to oily quickly. Blotting papers are meant to absorb the oil but not the makeup, giving you a fresh look without having to reapply.
#7 – Straws
You’ll likely be having drinks as you get ready as well as throughout the evening. Straws are less likely to lead to spills and they also help keep your makeup looking flawless. No more smudged lipstick!
#8 – Heel Stoppers or Anti Slip Pads
If you have outdoor activities planned at the wedding, whether it’s crossing the grass to get to the limo or standing in the grass for photos, you’re going to want heel stoppers. They’ll prevent you from sinking into the grass and dirtying your shoes or possibly injuring yourself.
When it comes to the indoor portion of your wedding, anti slip pads are going to keep you from sliding around on the dance floor. Wedding shoes, and high heels in general, aren’t known for their traction. These pads will give you that extra grip you need to dance the night away… safely!
#9 – Mints
You’re going to need a breath refresh between the champagne toasts and snacks. Keep a small pack of mints close by. Not only are you about to have your first kiss as a married couple (which you’ll want to be minty fresh!) but you’ll also be talking with guests throughout the day and night. Keeping these on hand ensures you’ll stay fresh and they’re much more appropriate than chewing gum.
#10 – Tissues
Speaking of champagne toasts and guests, you’re likely to get a little emotional. Keep a pack of tissues on hand to prevent makeup running and to dry all those happy tears!
Like the rest of your wedding planning journey, don’t forget to sit back from time to time to really just enjoy everything that’s happening. You can’t anticipate each possible scenario, nor would you want to! Your wedding day is made up of all the little stories and personal details that happen in the in-between moments, the things that you can’t plan or control. And remember, you have the help of your family and bridal party, so if you need something, don’t be afraid to ask!
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We’ve all heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck, but deep down, no one wants it. You make all of your plans based on the belief that it’s going to be a great day with perfect weather, but things happen… especially in New England!
Rain on your wedding day isn’t ideal but it doesn’t have to be a total nightmare. Spend a little time preparing for the worst case scenario before your big day and you’ll be more than ready for whatever mother nature decides to throw your way… as long as it isn’t anything too serious. We won’t even go there.
Planning for Rain, Hoping for Blue Skies
You might worry that having a plan for rain is like inviting it to your wedding. You aren’t going to jinx yourself by having a backup plan! I guarantee you’ll be so happy you prepared in advance and you’ll be totally unfazed and the coolest person in the room if it does happen to drizzle (or worse) on your big day.
Here’s a few things to do to survive rain on your wedding day:
Rent a Tent
If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you must have a backup plan. You can’t expect your guests to sit outside in the middle of a rain storm! Many venues have tents that they will put up in the morning if it looks like rain (there may be an additional cost for this). If your venue doesn’t have tents, consider renting one. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Most party rental services have basic canopy tents that are easy to set up and don’t cost a fortune. You want to make sure you plan in advance a little bit, though. If the forecast is calling for a high probability of rain the week before, you’ll want to make sure you grab one or you may risk not being able to find one last-minute.
Hair and Makeup
You’re probably going to be wearing waterproof mascara anyway (hello, happy tears!) but rain will definitely take a toll on the rest of your makeup and your hair. Hopefully your bridesmaids can help if this happens, but you may want to consider a braid or messy bun if your hair freaks out when it gets rainy or humid. Always have your makeup on hand for touch-ups. This is a good idea even if it doesn’t rain!
Umbrellas in Bulk
You probably weren’t planning on a bunch of umbrellas being in your wedding photos, but if it rains, that’s what’s going to happen. Why not stock up on a bunch of pretty umbrellas in your wedding colors? Guests can stay dry and your pictures will still look cute. People will probably think you actually wanted it to rain!
Chances are, your wedding photographer has dealt with a little rain before. Talk to them about their back-up plan for last-minute weather changes. You might have had your heart set on sunny, bright photography, but try your best to go with the flow. Moody photography can be just as pretty, and if it looks like rain will happen on your wedding day, plan to incorporate some fun photo props like rain boots or an umbrella. It might not be what you had planned, but you might actually love your photos more when you embrace the elements.
You’re definitely going to need a covered spot to protect your food, beverages, and your cake from the rain. Even if the day starts out sunny and perfect, you will want to talk to your caterer or venue about what will happen to your food if the weather turns. If you’re hosting the wedding yourself (like in a backyard or at a park) make sure you have a backup plan, too. Maybe there’s a shelter where you can put the food or a tent you can set up if it looks like rain is on the way.
A Gracious Attitude
Of course, a rain shower or storm wasn’t part of your plan, but your guests are going to look to you to determine how to act. If you laugh it off like it’s no big deal, they probably will too. If you run around like it’s the worst thing that could have happened, they’re going to have a negative response as well. You never know, you may end up inspiring all of your guests to kick off their shoes and dance in the rain. Wouldn’t that be a fun wedding memory!
Rain on your wedding day doesn’t have to equal disaster. The best thing you can do to survive bad weather is to have a backup plan ahead of time, and keep an eye on the weather on the days leading up to the wedding. Even though there might be additional costs involved in renting a tent or buying umbrellas, you’ll probably feel a lot better knowing that you’re prepared.
Justin and Heather exude happiness, you can’t be around the two of them and not smile! We had such a great time walking around Look Park for their engagement sessions, and I got to meet their three fur babies! How stinking cute are those little face, I have gotten to snuggle so many puppies lately! I can’t wait for their wedding next month in Mystic, CT.
If I had to pick one word to describe Emily and Nathaniel it would be thoughtful. Like so many of my couples they planned their wedding with such great thought and attention to detail, they choose things that represented the two of them and would accommodate their guests. They crafted their wedding to be an experience, they had Emily’s accapella group sing as she walked down the aisle, they choose brick fired pizzas for their meal, and had lots of delicious custom cocktails! The setting could not have been any more picturesque, set atop a mountain in the Berkshires, with a cool breeze floating through the trees.
They both got ready separately at the retreat, and I loved how laid back they were. Guests were arriving and playing frisbee and yard games while they waited for the ceremony. I was in love with Emily’s gown, oh my goodness…from the moment she put it on…she transformed into a goddess! I also really appreciated the fact that her grandmother was there for the getting ready. Having lost both of my grandmother’s I adore watching people interact with theirs!
The ceremony was preformed by Nathaniel’s brother. And both Nathaniel and I held back tears as Emily came down the aisle. Instead of speaking their vows to one another, they had written them out beforehand and the officiant read them. It was such a wonderful idea for those who want custom vows but are afraid of getting to emotional in front of their guests. After the ceremony, Emily had a surprise for Nathaniel…a baby goat!! He was shocked and I think everyone was in love with the baby goat! We had such a great time doing portraits, and then kicked off the party. There were some fabulous dance moves and I loved the glow sticks!
Venue: Rose and Goat Retreat
Planner: Events by Jackie M.
Catering: Crisp Catering
Rentals: Michael’s Party Rentals
Acapella Group: Sound Off
Videography: Lollie Video
Florals: Tangled Grapevine
Hair and Makeup: Deep Blue
Cookies: Creative Cakes by Colleen
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Menswear: Combat Gent