#WeddingWednesday: Getting Ready

Making the Most of Your Wedding Morning
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Making the Most of Your Wedding Morning

Getting ready with my bridesmaids on my wedding morning is something I’ll never forget.

My transformation into a bohemian princess began at eleven in the morning, and while it ended on a more rushed note, overall the process of getting ready was truly wonderful. My bridesmaids helped calm my nerves (even getting me to eat donuts for the first time in a couple of days) and kept me level-headed before walking down the aisle to marry the love of my life.

Honestly, I’ve never felt as beautiful as I felt on my wedding day. The mother of a bestie of mine from high school did my makeup, and a dear friend of mine styled my hair. One of my blogger babes came before the wedding photographer to capture the “getting ready” process, and I couldn’t be more grateful for these photos of the more candid moments with my bridesmaids and mom.

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My biggest tip to brides-to-be is to take your time on your wedding morning.

If I could do anything over from my day, it would be giving myself an extra hour or two to get ready. The beginning of the day started off peacefully, and we enjoyed a fun brunch and took lots of pictures. However, crunch time really began when we realized that only one of the bridesmaids had her makeup done (I was the one who was supposed to be the “makeup artist” for them) and I was about to do the first look with my dad in ten minutes. YIKES. So my incredible bridal makeup artist took over for me and made my bridesmaids glow with their stunning makeup. I am extremely grateful for her help, but it was challenging for me to not complete the task myself.

After a snack-y brunch provided by the mom of one of my childhood friends, we sipped on our BABE Rosé, and changed from our sweats into our Wedding Favorites satin robes. From this moment on, the day was an absolute blur. I remember looking over and seeing my girls doing each other’s hair while others chatted and got to know each other. It was honestly precious to witness all my best babes becoming friends before my eyes. By the end of the wedding, several of them had really hit it off, and the group chat was blowing up with pictures and fun stories the next day. THIS is what made my “getting ready” time so memorable.


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In those final moments, right after my dress had been buttoned up by my mom, my best friend came and wrapped her arms around me while we looked at my bridal style in the mirror. She whispered, “you’re about to marry Brandon.” And all the insane nerves that I had been feeling moments prior just seemed to melt away. Another tip for brides-to-be: cherish the little moments. You’ll never forget them.

So many brides go to the extreme on their wedding morning. And maybe that is the perfect way to start their day. However, I believe that simplicity is key. The less going on, the better. Take your time, savor the minutes with your best friends, and hug your family. Having my mom and sister such an integral part of my morning was so special, and I’m really glad that this start to my wedding day was on the calm and quiet side.

If you’ve gotten married or been in a wedding, what was your favorite part about getting ready for the day?


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Making the Most of Your Wedding Morning

Photos // Lindsey of Seamless Sea

Makeup // c/o KK Shoaf Inside Out Beauty

Bride’s Eyelashes // Curly Willow Spa

Bride’s Hair // family friend

Bridesmaid Hair // family friend/bridesmaids

Wedding Gown // c/o Lillian West via Ava Laurénne Bride

Location // Pocahontas State Park

Bridesmaid Dresses in “Dusty Rose” // Azazie

Satin Bridal Party Robes // c/o Wedding Favorites

Druzy Earrings // c/o The Shinn Life

Brunch Beverages + Hoodies // c/o BABE Rosé

Brunch Food // family friend

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    Hillary Conheady
    January 30, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    What a special moment!! And such beautiful photos!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

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    Emily
    January 30, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    I remember waking up SO early on my wedding morning – mostly from nerves, but I also wanted to have a few minutes to myself before all the chaos ensued haha! Getting ready with my girls was one of my favorite parts of our day and one I won’t forget!

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    January 30, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Oh girl you were stunning. I cherished those moments too, you need to enjoy it, you’ll never get that day again.

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    Liz
    January 30, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Aww you were such a gorgeous bride!! I loved getting ready on my wedding day too. It’s was so exciting!

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    Cathy
    January 30, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Your dress is beautiful! Getting ready is such a great bonding moment. It looks like you had a fabulous time. Congratulations on your wedding!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

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    Iesha Vincent
    January 30, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    I remember my getting ready morning, and I definitely remember it as starting off calm and slow and then there was a big rush at the end. I thoroughly enjoyed everything, but I wish we had gotten up earlier to give us some more time.

    oxo,
    Iesha aka Lesh
    LivingLesh.com

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    Rach
    January 30, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    You were a gorgeous bride!! I had the happiest memories getting ready with my bridesmaid too. It’s such a moment!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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    Natalie
    January 30, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    I love all your wedding photos! This post is so sweet 🙂

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    Claire
    January 30, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    Your dress is incredible and these photos are perfect! I agree, I wish I’d had another hour or two to spend getting ready with my bridesmaids on the morning of my wedding. We started out relaxed, but we were really rushing to get all the hair, makeup, and clothes done by the end + take a bunch of “getting ready” pictures + make it to church on time!

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    Donna
    January 30, 2019 at 1:14 PM

    I wish we could relive the moments all over again but I’m so glad for the memories of that special day. It was divine!

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    Kelsey
    January 30, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    ah I love seeing all your wedding photos!!! So beautiful!

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    Greta
    January 30, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    What a perfect and dreamy wedding morning! I’m glad it was relaxing and stress free for you!

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    Kiara Carniewski
    January 30, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    These photos are absolutely beautiful. Before the wedding, I had so many people tell me that the morning goes by so quickly. But, I had the exact opposite feeling. The morning felt so slow, peaceful and calm. It was such an awesome feeling to not have any stress while getting ready that morning. I enjoyed having that slow time SO MUCH, and it gave me the time to reflect and enjoy every single part of the day.

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    Lee
    January 30, 2019 at 10:52 PM

    Aww it sounds like you had such a lovely morning, and the photos came out beautifully!!

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    ashley hargrove
    January 30, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Awwww, it sounds and looks like y’all had such an amazing time!! This was one of my favorite parts about my first wedding!

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    Kileen
    January 30, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    Aw, sounds like it was a success!! Such a beautiful day and you look so stunning! Such a memorable experience with your bridesmaids too!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    Indya | The Small Adventurer
    January 31, 2019 at 4:16 AM

    I am very adamant on having a relaxed wedding when the time comes. I don’t want to be so stressed and strapped for time that I can’t enjoy myself. I love that this post encourages others to do the same ☺️

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    Carolyn
    January 31, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Ahh I got goosebumps. I love hearing how much you enjoyed your wedding morning! I wish I slowed down and took more time for mine. I was just about to say “oh well, next time” but then realized no there is definitely no next time!! Thankfully hehe. Loved reading about your special moment!

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    Nataly
    January 31, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    I love this! We did a similar thing on my wedding day. We spent the whole morning and afternoon at the salon getting ready. It was so much fun!

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    Taylor Mobley
    January 31, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    My morning was much like this one. 🙂 I didn’t have a makeup artist (because I am one LOL) so I did my own makeup but my sister was in charge of all the bridesmaids (she was maid of honor)! We spent the morning talking and laughing and getting ready and it really was the perfect way to do it.

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    Lacy
    January 31, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Your dress is beautiful! That morning with your girls is so special, isn’t it? I loved the cute robes!

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    Deborah
    January 31, 2019 at 11:34 AM

    I am so loving this series! I’m neither married nor engaged but I really love knowing and reading about these things to help prepare me for if the day ever comes haha!

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    Jordyn
    January 31, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    I got married this summer and I LOVED getting ready with my best friends. I also suggest leaving plenty of time for getting ready especially since little things are bound to come up on your wedding day. You looked so lovely!

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    Rachel R Ritlop
    January 31, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    awe sounds like a beautiful morning!! You look so stunning!

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    Nailil
    January 31, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    This is such a fun experience. It looks like you all had a great experience.

    Xx, Nailil
    http://thirtyminusone.com

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    Torey
    January 31, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Getting ready for my wedding was such a special time! I love all your pics ❤️

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    JASMINE VARGAS
    January 31, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Your wedding photos are beautiful. I am planning to do my own makeup plus my moms & my 4 bridesmaids. Thankfully we’re starting early so we don’t feel rushed.

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    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    January 31, 2019 at 9:47 PM

    You are such a beautiful bride! I love your dress. I always enjoy seeing getting ready photos. It’s so exciting. 🙂

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    Megan
    February 1, 2019 at 1:24 AM

    Your photos are so beautiful. It looks like you had an absolute perfect morning.

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    Kait
    February 1, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Very pretty photos! I loved getting ready in the morning before my wedding. I put together a fun playlist, so we all sang along and did each other’s hair and make-up while drinking apple cider mimosas. So much fun!

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    Helen
    February 1, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    You were SUCH a beautiful bride! Getting ready with my girls was one of my favorite parts of the day.

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    Sharon Wu
    February 1, 2019 at 5:55 PM

    you got soooo many beautiful photos on your wedding day babe! i can imagine how fun it must have been to get ready with all your best friends / bridesmaids 🙂 i look forward to that day that i get to share with my loved ones as well! xo

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    Tonya Morris
    February 1, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    All of these photos are stunning! My favorite was definitely getting my hair and makeup done with my girls!

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    Caitlin
    February 4, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    I remember getting ready with my bridesmaids like it was yesterday and it was actually almost 10 years ago! So nice to have this post! And I just love love love your gown!

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    Rachel
    February 4, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    The getting ready ritual is such a wonderful experience! I love how y’all had matching robes and food out too!

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    Lauryn Hock
    February 6, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Such a special moment spent with the women who mean the most in your life!

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