I still get giddy looking at photos from our wedding. Our photographer, Erin McGinn, perfectly captured everything! I'm spending my birthday today looking through photos and starting to put Brandon and my wedding book together. So many shots to choose from!
To start, I love this photo of my bridesmaids and I before we got dressed. I was so much more calm than I anticipated getting ready. I was just like "Does the dress fit? OK. Good. Alright! I'm ready now!" Would've been impossible without my right hand ladies by my side. They were the best bridesmaids (and officiant) a girl could ask for.
Brandon and I did a first-look photo session to help with the timeline and also to get some of the wedding-day jitters out! We're a little awkward, and in a very "Courtney" fashion I stained my dress before Brandon even turned around to see me, but I felt so much more comfortable moving forward with the day after these pictures. It was like this magic little moment where we were all alone (even though family and friends were snapping photos from the side and I had bridesmaids running around with tide-to-go pens to save my dress) and it was absolutely wonderful. Still a favorite little moment of mine. Stains and all.
Our wedding party consisted of my two brothers, Brandon's brother, 3 of my good friends, and Brandon's cousins. My cousin Nicole officiated the wedding and my cousin Karl absolutely killed it with floral design and execution. Total swoon-fest if I do say so myself. We wanted the wedding to be pretty casual and comfortable so we asked the groomsmen to wear jeans and invited guests to do the same. I love how it looked all together - cohesive, but still personal. Eek!
#aguiarwebsterwedding - We're a 21st century wedding. Obviously we had our own hashtag. Though I'd like to think we're pretty technologically savy, we did want our wedding to be a celebration with friends and family connecting with us and not with their Facebook feeds.
During the ceremony we asked that no photos be taken! Some guests may have thought that was a total bridezilla move, but let me explain to you why we asked this:
1) People are focused on the actual ceremony instead of their new notifications.
2) Our photographer, Erin McGinn, was able to snap photos of our guest's reactions instead of their new iPhone case.
3) The entire ceremony was such a surprise to look at when my photos arrived! I had friend's photos from the first look, cocktail hour, reception, etc....but none from the ceremony. It was so refreshing and exciting to look at!
I made and hand-poured vanilla soy wax candles to use as escort cards for guests to find their seats. It was a huge task at the time, but I think they worked so well with the decor that I don't even care! I also love that they were homemade and a little extra Thank You to all our friends and family.
Wedding planning was such an enjoyable thing for me to do. Though it was stressful, I loved putting my thoughts and ideas into creations and tangible things that guests could see, experience, play with, and enjoy.
Before I knew it, it was time for the best-man and maid-of-honor speeches - both of which made me cry like a depressed baby. The issue is that I don't actually cry. I sob. I'd say 75% of the photos of me during the speeches look like someone was stabbing me....but y'know what? It's a fabulous memory to have! We toasted our best friends using the same champagne glasses my parents used at their wedding, too! I loved tying in details from two of the many people that showed Brandon and I what marriage was all about.
I'll spare you the photos of our first dance, because nerves got the best of both of us. We awkwardly danced to, "You Send Me" by Sam Cooke. My dad and I danced to "Father and Daught" by Paul Simon, and we quickly learned we should've practiced dancing to such a fast song. Our DJ was nice enough to fade the music out to stop the embarrassment and the tears. Mostly the tears, I'm sure. It was still adorable and I'm happy we did all the mushy-gushy formals.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The rest of our night involved dancing, s'mores, a DIY photobooth, and a wardrobe change! After the formals were done, Brandon and I couldn't wait to start celebrating without all the nerves from earlier in the day.
Our photographer stole Brandon and I for some of the most beautiful wedding shots I could imagine right at sunset! My reception dress was a million times more comfortable and I felt so much more natural in it. (I think this had a ton to do with it being time to just let loose and enjoy the party, too!)
Then we jumped right back into making s'mores, drinking drinks, and dancing the night away! The marshmallows were home-made by Brandon's mom, the s'mores kits were put together by my aunt and family, and our little sign was made by Letters from Rita. We loved having that little extra something for everyone to munch on (as if the meal and cake weren't enough) and enjoy outside!
To finish off the night, our DJs invited everyone outside to join Brandon and I. Just as everyone stepped out of the tent FIREWORKS went off to end off our perfect night. It felt like a total dream.
......And just like that our evening was done! Friends and family left, our shuttle brought us to our hotel, and we walked away as husband and wife. I can't explain how quickly this day went by! All those details I worried so much about went unnoticed by myself and all my worries were for nothing. Thanks again to everyone who shared a helping hand, who showed their smiling faces at our wedding, and those who joined us in spirit. We are still delighted to have shared this day with each of you!
Photography: Erin McGinn | Design: Courtney Webster + Karl Pelletier | Venue: Chamberlain Farm |Florist: Karl Pelletier | Hair and Makeup: Studio 2000 - Tiverton, RI | Dress Designer: Customized Kenneth Winston | Dress Boutique: Carmen Fashions | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell | Accessories (Bride): Inherited Necklace, Wedding Ring (vintage) - Mullen Brothers Jewelry, Engagement Ring - Etsy | Accessories (Groom): Wedding Ring - handmade by Jim Gagnon | Invitations/Paper Design: Appetite Paper Custom Wedding Suite - Save the Dates, Invites, RSVPs, Envelopes, Bridal Shower Invites. Letters from Rita -Calligraphy for Wedding signage | Lighting: Chamberlain Farm | Transportation: Hotel shuttle provided by Hampton Inn Raynham/Taunton | Cake: Emily Oliveira of Garden Snake Cakes | Caterer: Jacqui Chamberlain of Chamberlain Farm Music: Jake Bissaro + Emily Oliveira (ceremony), Jake Bissaro, Evan Hill (cocktail hour), Alliance Entertainment