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Monday, May 23, 2011

My Brother's Wedding

This weekend my big brother got married. I laughed, and cried and had such an amazing time. The weather, which had been icky all week (and has resumed it's overcast state once again) cooperated perfectly, and we even survived The Rapture.
Here Comes The Sun
I have to confess, I wasn't the most dutiful photographer this weekend, but that is what paid professionals and Facebook are for, right? So I'll give a mention when a photo isn't mine.

Rehearsal dinner
Photo by Louis Abate

For the rehearsal dinner dress, I made no fewer than three trips to TJMaxx (different ones) and finally ended up with this purple BCBG dress.
anna and kristin bouquet
Photo by Louis Abate

My Mom gives a big thanks to everyone who helped her choose her rehearsal dinner dress - she went with the winning dress - the black and white Neiman Marcus.
All the girls
Photo by Louis Abate

Camera Mole


Kristin gifted her bridesmaids with adorable gold Coach wristlets!

This was my first time being in the wedding party, and I must say, it is way more fun than just being a guest. I'm sure it helped that all of Louis and Kristin's closest friends are wonderful, caring and hilarious people. It was great to be around them all, from the early morning to the late night.

The morning of the wedding I did a quick poll of the bridesmaids as to how I should have my hair done - I was still partial to the messy fishtail braid but they preferred the Taylor Swift curly bun, so I decided on a combination of the two. The girl doing my hair had the hardest time putting in the fishtail braid! After the third try she was asking me if I'd be okay with a regular braid, but I was pretty adamant. (For $90, can't I get the braid I want?) I took a couple hipstamatic getting ready photos, but you can't see the braid at all, so I kept it in until I got home for the sake of a photo.
Getting ready Getting ready w anna
fish tail braid

At the church, everything went perfectly on time and smoothly. The ceremony was so lovely, and yeah, I cried, and I know my Brother was a little misty-eyed as Kristin walked down the isle.
mom and alex lined up me down the isle louis and kristin down the isle
Edit I threw in two more pics
lyd down the isle
the new fam
All of these church pics were swiped off Facebook- thanks Melissa and Debbie

My favorite part of the day was doing the photoshoot at the beach before the reception, it was at a country club and we got to ride golf carts to the beach. All the groomsmen drove and of course brought their inner seven year-olds, racing and crashing into each other along the way.

The photographer was really great - he said he didn't want to do any posed shots, everyone should just muck about, talk and laugh.
at the beach
The girls all decided we should jump off the sand dune, which was terribly fun, and I can't wait to see the frames caputred by the official photographer. This one is via Brother's iPhone. I think I'm about a half an inch away from a wardrobe malfunction, haha.
The leap
I'm so anxious to see how the rest of the shots came out, we ran all over the beach, went in the water, and had a blast.

Again, I didn't take a ton of photos at the reception, and I've already posted a ton, so here are just a couple more.
It was so wonderful to be a part of Louis and Kristin's big day, and Kristin really did an amazing job planning it. Pretty much a dream wedding.
watermelon roses
Anna and Matt under the fisheye


Courtney Erin said...

Love these photos - everyone looks so pretty and that BCBG dress you found for the rehearsal dinner is gorgeous!

xoxo ~ Courtney

Rachel said...

What a beautiful wedding! You guys all look great, and your turned out so pretty!

Sara said...

This looks like such a beautiful wedding! Everyone looks gorgeous, you, your mom, the bride, all the bridesmaids...it looks perfect! And your BCBG dress is FAB!!

Cape Cod is one of my most favorite places on earth, with many a happy childhood memory spent on those beaches *sigh* It makes me happy to know other people are making great memories there too. :)

And what a CUTE wedding cake!

Louise said...

I really hope you won't ban me over saying this, but you have an awesome bust. Like, Christina Hendricks amazing! I love that dress on you--- pinky coral is your color.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You and your mom look fabulous...I love the dress you found and I agree with the one she chose....I love the picture of the bridesmaids jumping off the sandbar...how fun!! You looked awesome!

Franca said...

yeah, love the jumping picture!

The Fancy Teacup said...

I've always wanted a beach themed wedding, your brother's wedding turned out beautifully! And you look remarkable in both the BCBG dress and the bridemaid's dress.

much love.

La Fille D'or said...

Aww- looks like it really was a perfect day. I love the Jumping shot - fun! : )

Kristin said...

You looked fabulous...Love that rehearsal dinner dress and she was a beautiful bride!

this free bird said...

These are such happy pictures. I love the ones where you're all jumping in the sand!!

Lorena said...

Awwwww how cute !!
I love the not posed shots. You looked fab in that bright fuchsia and 90 bucks for getting your hair done ??!!! I mean it looked nice but you could have done some shopping ....
The wedding cake toppers are the most original I have seen in quite some time :)

Rebecca said...

You all look gorgeous, and your rehearsal dinner dress looks awesome on you.

jess said...

You look pretty and it looks like everyone had a great time.

Closet Fashionista said...

Yay weddings! You all look gorgeous!! I love your purple dress :D
and yea...you paid good money to get what you want, the least she can do is get it right :p

Sarah Dee said...

You look beautiful! The cake topper is SO CUTE!

<3 Sarah

Katie Aman said...

Haha! I liked how you said you survived the rapture :)
Looks like it was a gorgeous wedding! Love the fun cake :)

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Congrats on your new addition to the family! It looks like you had a wonderful time and it seems like you have a great relationship with your new sister in law.

Amber Blue Bird said...

I really like the way your hair came out and yes for 90 bucks you should get what you want! The color of the bridesmaid dresses looks a lot like the color my sister in law chose for her dresses. Love that color on that you.

indie.electronic.alternative. said...

you look gorgeous in both those dresses! looks like a wonderful wedding! :)
i bet you're as excited for dcfc's new album as i am :)

MadsaboutU said...

Very lovely outfit...you looked super sexy in that purple dress.

Debby said...

The wedding looks gorgeous! Your hair came out good after all that. Congrats to your brother and his new wife! xo

Taylor said...

Beautiful! (The wedding AND you!) Your hair was amazing. Glad everything went so well! (Your mom looks so good too! She picked the right dress.)

Alex Elizabeth said...

Woooo so you did wear the BCBG! I like it a lot! Those bridesmaids dresses are also really nice and the beach photoshoot looks like it was so much fun!

Melanie said...

What a beautiful wedding! Love your fishtail braid, too!

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Shea said...

That looks like it was a beautiful weekend, and you look equally gorgeous!! I think the hair choice you made was perfection!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

yay to facebook photo grab and you look gorgeous in both dresses!

Fashion Therapist said...

You look so beautiful and the pics are amazing. I love weddings!

Tinfoils Tiaras said...

What stunning pictures- your purple dress looks beautiful on you (I have a very similar printed skirt from GAP). I love the bouquet of bows and the beach wedding cake is perfection.

eek said...

Wow, what a fabulous wedding! You look gorgeous!

LikeSpinningPlates said...

aww you look so pretty! wahhh wedding on the beach? That's so awesome. I've only been to two weddings and I'm obsessed haha. I wish I could go to one every weekend. This looks like such a fun time. I love all of the pictures! Especially the sand dune ones. =)

Lexi said...

The beach pictures are fantastic! Congrats to your sister!

xox Lexi
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Gracey said...

This looks like a fabulous wedding. I'm so glad the weather cooperated and you looked amazing in both your rehearsal dress (love the sleeves) and your bridesmaid's gown (gorgeous color).

Melina said...

This looks like such a good time and such a beautiful wedding! Congrats to the newlyweds.

Also, your hair was so fab! Well worth being adamant over. =]

xx Melina

kileen said...

what a great BCBG dress and i love the neutral colored shoes! the wedding pictures look amazing!

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Kavery said...

I somehow feel important in helping choose your Mom's dress which by the way she looks awesome in. And your braid-cum-bun turned out perfect.

Claire said...

great photos! you look lovely. that BCBG dress looks fantastic on you. love the sleeves! you always have the best TJ Maxx finds! looks like such a nice wedding!


northwest is best said...

What great photos and great memories! Looks like it was a fantastic weekend.

Miss Ferreira said...

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fashioneggpplant said...

love your bcbg dress! looks like a lovely wedding! :)

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Diana Mieczan said...

Oh my goodness..you look so amazing and all the photos are so stunning. It looks like a fantastic weekend, darling. Happy Tuesday

rlutz said...

I am lusting your rehursal dinner dress...love the drapey sleeves! You also looked amazing for the wedding...you hair turned out great!

Bre said...

I really love you in that first dress with the sleeves. It's so awesome. I'm glad the weather cooperated everyone looks lovely especially your mom and the bride.
I really really really think the cake decor rocks, I love every thing beachy.

Eli said...

The only wedding I've been in (as an adult), the bride and matron of honor were armed with curling irons trying to fix my hair, because the stylist hadn't listened to me, and it looked dreadful. I didn't really care, but the bride wanted me to look presentable. :) It took us all back, as they spent countless hours trying to tame my hair when we were kids.

It looks like you all had a great time together, I hope that is a sign of things to come for you and your family.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Congrats to your brother! Love your dress as well as your mom's dress!

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Frances Joy said...

First: I love your rehearsal dinner dress.
Second: Gorgeous wedding!
Third: Way to stick to your guns about the fishtail - your hair looks fabulous.

Style, She Wrote said...

Gorgeous! Love those bridesmaid dresses -- who are they by? xo style, she wrote

silvergirl said...

love all of the pictures, my fav is the one where the bridesmaids are jumping in the air at the beach so fun
thanks for sharing

Anne said...

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend, and I really like the way your hair turned out! Also, how cute is that wedding cake?

Krystal said...

um, you look BEAUTIFUL!! I looove your hair!!

DaniellaBella said...

Those are just lovely! You, and the rest of the party, look beautiful!

Vanessa said...

Congratulations to your brother! It looks like a beautiful wedding, and the wedding party looks gorgeous! I love the sleeves on your rehearsal dinner dress; and the pink on the bridesmaid's dress is such a pretty color, too!

Molly O said...

that is the most beautiful bow-quet I've ever seen. What a gorgeous wedding!