#mcwed video!

So what perfect timing! I posted my final photo-recap yesterday and my friend/videographer Jason sent me the link to the feature cut of our wedding video. It is 26 minutes long, so I don’t expect everyone to watch but it is so well done. It really captures the whole mood of the day, especially my fierce RBF in the beginning when I was so nervous about running over time.

I am SO GLAD I asked Jason do this video and even happier that he accepted. I KNEW he would do something incredible. While the photos are amazing and beautiful and incredible…it’s so wonderful to have a video to remember all that little stuff in between the camera snaps.

Once again, Jason is amazing and let me reiterate that this is his FIRST wedding video. He did such an amazing job on this, just imagine the next one! Or the one after! If you are getting married anytime in the near future in the PA/MD/DC area I strongly urge you to contact/hire Jason.

Keith + Katrina (feature cut) from Jason Martin on Vimeo.

#mcwed part 8

One final post with party photos. As always, all photos by hot metal studio. I’m kind of glad it took me so long to do these because looking back at these makes me so happy. It was such a wonderful day. So filled with love. And laughs. And tears. The good kind.

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I was having a lot of fun, okay? Haha, but so was everyone else by their faces.

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I was a bit more into that smooch than Keith.

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My friend Jason did the video, but at one point my stepdad told me to grab his camera because Jason had the best moves of anyone on the dance floor and someone needed to capture it. So, video-bride to the rescue!

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Former roomies and our honorary roomies.

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Wedding - ReceptionThis picture right here doesn’t quite do it justice, but this was pretty much the most perfect moment. I was outside, looking back to the barn and light is streaming out and music is streaming out and Keith was at my side while most of my nearest and dearest family and friends were inside and it was a beautiful moment that I will always remember.

#mcwed part 7

More photos!

(All photos by hot metal studio, they are incredible, aren’t they?)

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This picture really makes me wish I had gone with a tea length dress. Damn!

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While the girls were getting ready, the guys got some photos taken around our house. This is our yard. It looks so freaking epic, haha.
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#mcwed part 6

Soooo you are probably sick of reading about and looking at my wedding, but since it took me nearly 3 years from engagement to wedding, I’m going to milk out another post or four.

After Keith and I did a first look, but before the ceremony, we did our photos. I didn’t want to take time after the ceremony for pictures, although we did get some family photos then, but only about 10 minutes worth and then everyone was free to mingle and snack/drink.

Our photographers also requested to steal us for a few minutes during the reception for some “golden hour” photos, so those are scattered through as well. These are just some of my favorites, photo heavy…be warned.

*Okay I have way to many favorites, I’ll split it into two posts. As before, all photos by hot metal studio.

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#mcwed part 5

After we ate, we did our rounds talking to everyone and then it was time for cake! I didn’t even think about how awkwardly the cake table was placed, that’s where they had it on the layout…but it was kind of off in the back corner.

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Cake cutting is serious business.

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I fed Keith a small piece of cake and he tried to feed me this giant bite, hence my face. And his face. Just look at that mischievous grin.

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The cake was awesome, by the way. Lemony and delicious and I wish I had a piece right now.

 

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After that, it was time to dance. Keith and I danced to Adele – One and Only which is also the soundtrack to our wedding video trailer.

 

Keith actually picked the song. What a sweetie. I had picked something else, but he said it was too depressing. Haha.

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Then Keith and his mom danced to Pearl Jam – Future Days


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Then my stepdad and I danced to Bellstop – Serenity

It took me a really long time to decide on a song…but then I had a stroke of genius to use a Bellstop song. Bellstop is composed of my cousin, Runar and his partner. Runar is my cousin on my dad’s side and lives in Iceland.  I thought it was a wonderful and subtle way to give a nod to my dad. There were lots of tears during this dance for sure.

 

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I had requested a photo of the entire wedding…so after our dances…they shut off the music to get everyone out on the floor for a photo.
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Love it. Most of my nearest and dearest. And then our DJ seamlessly went into “We are Family” and the partying began.

 

..to be continued…

All photos by Jonathan and Tiffany Cooper of hot metal studio.

 

#mcwed part 4

When we last left off, the ceremony had ended! We were married! Everyone was crying! Hooray!

Since our ceremony and reception were in the same place, there was no travel time (duh) and I decided to have a cocktail hour before the reception officially started. We had taken all of our posed pictures earlier in the day, but this also gave us some time for some family photos.

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So we did that while the rest of the guests went inside and were treated to some drinks and snacks including mini Primanti’s style sandwiches and mini pierogi. Yes.

 

 

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That was my favorite part about the entire menu. I didn’t care what else people ate, they had to have those apps! But my one complaint…they were supposed to be on little round bread….not quartered big bread. But I’m sure no one else knew or cared.
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Haha, one of my favorites. Forget the rings artfully placed in the flowers, throw mine on a sandwich.

Around 5, we headed back outside to have a more formal entrance.

The bridal party walked into Regina Spektor – Us

And Bradley went ahead and stole the show.

 

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He was freaking out a bit, so when my SIL came out to comfort him, I told her to just go ahead and walk in with him and Giana, he calmed down instantly and went all mini-politician on us. Hahah, I love this so much.

We threw open the big barn doors for this…perk of getting married in a barn!

Then Keith and I walked in to Kelly Clarkson – Tie it up


Not a huge country fan, but a huge Kelly fan.
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We joined up with the bridal party and it wasn’t planned for them all to stand up there…I think I might have told them to sit down, but I’m so glad they did. Such a wonderful moment standing up there with them.

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Then we all sat down and Keith’s best man Dave gave a speech and my man of honor gave a speech. Dave’s speech was very sweet. I’ve seen him give 2 best man speeches so far and he somehow is able to do it all off the cuff. I did tear up a bit.

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He started off by showing off the socks I had purchased for all the groomsmen haha, I love those socks.

Then Ryan came up and gave a speech…and I was terrified. Although not as terrified as he was! As evidenced by this photo taken while Dave was giving his speech. To anyone else, it may look like boredom, but I knew the true terror running through those veins.

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And then he surprised me completely by not giving a crass, obnoxious speech that embarrassed me, he wrote a poem that was hilarious and heartwarming and full of inside jokes…this was my reaction to one of them:

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Then it was time to eat. Everyone always says you don’t eat at your own wedding and I swore I wasn’t going to let that happen. I paid for it, I was going to eat, dammit! And then I ate like 3 bites. Haha, so no, you probably won’t eat at your wedding. We had time! I just wasn’t hungry.

…to be continued…

As before, all photos by Jonathan and Tiffany Cooper of hot metal studio.

#mcwed, part 3

Taking a break from the details and getting to what everyone wants to see – the ceremony.

Keith and I took advantage of the fact that we live in Pennsylvania and had a Quaker self-uniting ceremony. What that means is we didn’t need anyone to officiate our wedding and declare us married, we could do that ourselves – we just needed two witnesses.

But we did want a sort of traditional ceremony, so we asked my cousin Adam to officiate. He had never done anything like it before, but did a wonderful job. The caveat to him performing the ceremony was me writing it.

After googling for weeks, I ended up buying a book – The Wedding Ceremony Planner – and I highly recommend it if you find yourself needing to write a wedding ceremony. It takes you through a ceremony, the typical order of things and then gives you options to play around with to make it religious, secular, traditional, modern. I used it for the structure and some of the wording, but I also used some internet sources and rearranged some stuff. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

So when we left off from getting ready, Ryan, Jason and I were zooming up to the barn to meet Keith. Since I wanted to do all of our pictures beforehand, we did a first look. It would have been sweet to have us see each other for the first time when I walked down the aisle, but it just made more sense to have all the photos done beforehand.

As before, all photos by hot metal studio.

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After we were sufficiently first looked, we took some photos, then the bridal party joined for more photos and then we moved down to the basement until the ceremony began. We had drinks and snacks and although we were down there for longer than planned – whoops! it wasn’t too bad!

And I had an onsite makeup artist.

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The song that started the ceremony was Regina Spektor’s cover of Real Love…

At the end of this song, Adam, Keith and Dave (best man) walked upstairs.

The rest of the bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down to Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark…

Mayyyybe a little morbid, but beautiful, nonetheless.

Then I was escorted down the aisle by my mom and stepdad to Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s cover of Into the Mystic…this was one of the first songs I settled on, love it so much. I could have populated the entire wedding playlist with their music.

As soon as the song started to play (still outside) I started to cry. And I didn’t stop until the ceremony was over. But luckily I was only crying out of my left eye, which only Keith and Adam could see, haha.

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Then, 15 minutes later, we were wed!

Oh, I stopped the ceremony to take a picture on my phone. I had seen someone else do that online but with their real camera. I didn’t have anywhere to stash a dSLR and I unfortunately use my phone for more photos than my camera, so I thought it would be a fun thing to do. I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it, except Adam and Ryan, who had my phone, so it was pretty funny to see everyone’s reactions.

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The best part of the entire ceremony, minus being married and stuff was how many people cried! Haha. I didn’t want to be alone in my tears and I definitely wasn’t. Keith even cried. That was really the best part. These are some of my absolute favorite photos in life.

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Next up, the reception! And some posed photos! And more details! Hooray!

#mcwed, part 2

One of my favorite parts about wedding planning…and the actual wedding were all the details. I spent hours and hours on things that most people would have ignored, but it made me happy! It made Keith a little crazy, but oh well.

I’ve seen lots of flack lately about “Pinterest weddings” and how people are “So glad Pinterest didn’t exist when I got married,” and it kind of bothers me. I think Pinterest was a great tool to get ideas, to source items and just for eye candy.

Could I have planned my wedding without Pinterest? Absolutely. I think the problem might come in when people want their wedding to look exactly like those featured on Pinterest, but I think that’s a problem with the internet in general. I had to stop looking at my wedding photographer’s website ~2 weeks before the wedding because everything they posted was so beautiful I didn’t think mine could live up to that. And I think that’s the problem.

You should be striving for *your* ideal wedding, not Martha Stewart Living’s ideal wedding. If those happen to overlap in some areas, wonderful! But don’t get bent out of shape because you didn’t have time to make xyz or you didn’t have the perfect wedding favor. At the end of the day, you’ll be married and that’s pretty much all anyone will remember.

That said, I am a very DIY, hands on person. So many items I took inspiration from online, but made myself. But there did come a point a few weeks before the wedding where I was just *done* and started to outsource things.

 

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My dress was from David’s Bridal. I tried on 7, went back and forth between 2 before deciding on this one. I had started to have second thoughts a few months before the wedding (I bought the dress 1+ year before) but once I actually got it on, it was perfect.

 

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My shoes were from Modcloth. I had bought a pair of teal wedges a long time ago, but then bought these on a whim. I liked that they had straps and felt they would be a little easier to walk in. (I don’t do heels). They were great. And cheap.

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My jewelry was Swarovski and a gift from Keith’s mom. It was wonderfully sparkley, but simple enough that I could wear it again. And I have already worn it again!

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Our venue was the barn at Richland Community Park. It was *very* affordable, beautiful and allowed us to have our ceremony and reception in one location which was a HUGE thing for me. We had many people driving an hour or more, I didn’t want them to have to do any more driving between ceremony and reception or for me to have to deal with setting up and coordinating two venues, it was perfect. Highly recommend.

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We set the barn up on Friday and after the ceremony, everyone just grabbed a chair and moved it to the tables and tada! Transformation complete!

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Hundreds and hundreds of paper flowers. Made by me. Except I did panic a few months before the wedding and bought some from etsy, but they were a bit different. If I could go back in time, I would start earlier and make 2-3x as many flowers, I think it would have looked amazing with them crowded on the table, but I just didn’t have time. I worked from the tutorial here, though hers are a bit more polished. I think it would have worked better with slightly thinner paper (I used cardstock). I am still happy with them and made sure to bring them all back home with me. Where they are still sitting. In a garbage bag. I am emotionally attached.

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This was from the sweetheart table. I wish all the tables could have been that full. I also quickly ditched the grey flowers. That cardstock was way too thick.

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Since we didn’t have any sort of *altar* I wanted something to put behind us as decoration and since we would be eating there too, it could serve double duty. I bought this banner from PomLove on etsy and was super underwhelmed once it was all fluffed. I almost scrapped the whole idea but after deciding to double it up, I ended up really liking how it looked. Nice and simple.

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Guestbook was also a DIY project. Saw something similar on etsy for $200. I bought at $20 Ikea frame, an $8 heart punch and went to town. I’ll admit I did redo it 3 times becuase I refused to measure and everything ended up crooked, but I measured the last time and I think it turned out well!

 

This is getting a little long, so more later!

#mcwed, part 1

As of today, Keith and I have been married for a month! It’s hard to believe it has been that long. People keep asking me if it feels any different and the answer is a big fat no. I guess when you have lived together for 5 years, have a house, a dog, joint bank accounts, a little piece of paper doesn’t change much. I finally got my new social security card, so I’m in the process of officially changing my name, and that’s the only part that feels a little different. But enough yapping, let’s get to some pictures! I’m not going to *try not to* post them all here, just some highlights. The rest will end up on facebook.

The day began early. I woke up around 7:45, grabbed the bag I had packed, smooched the still sleeping Keith, grabbed Daisy, and my father in law picked us up.

Got to my in-laws approximately 3 minutes later, and Ashley was already there, prepping her hair supplies. She got me in some hot rollers while we waited for the rest of my bridal party to arrive. Jonathan and Tiffany arrived and Jason arrived and my very own reality show was born.

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Jonathan snuck down to take some pictures of Keith. Man my grey walls look good. I wish I had remembered to take those sheets off the couch though.

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I started to get a little nervous about time at this point. For some reason I thought my wedding would be the one wedding to actually run on the schedule I had set it. I enlisted my mom and Brooke to help me get my dress on.

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This is my, “I hope it zips” face.

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Then Ashley came up to put my veil on, and show Brooke how to remove it.

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Then I got my lips on and Ryan, Jason and I zoomed up to the barn to meet Keith.

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pluses and minuses

+ I can’t stop watching this trailer from my friend Jason. It is so great. It makes me so happy. I’m going to watch it every day for the rest of my life.

Also would you believe it’s the first wedding video he has made? He already shot another wedding, so it was the boost of confidence he needed but man I need to think of other life events for him to film, since I’ve decided he’s my personal videographer. I also told him he needs to get business cards that say

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I get paid to make you cry.

– Attempting to change my name is turning out to be a HUGE pain. I naively thought I could go to the SSA office on my lunch break Monday and do it. I opened the door, saw a sea of people and turned around and walked right back out. I tried to make an appointment and the lady on the phone would NOT let me make an appointment at that office, I had to make it downtown. And the first appointment? July 24th. Uh, nope. So now I’m going to the DMV on Thursday to try to get a certified copy of my license. Then I just have to wait for the certified copy of my birth certificate (which cost $20!) to come in the mail and then I can mail it all out. Ughhhhhhhhhh.

+ I went to a #bloggerdinnerparty #bloggerdanceparty on Saturday hosted by Alex. We have been internet friends for a while, he is the mastermind behind all the blogger swaps and he invited me and a few others to get together to discuss some fun creative endevours. Since it was a small group, I pretended to be a (brave!) grown up and went. And it was so much fun! I got to meet my favorite internet baby, Finn (sorry other internet babies) and a few other bloggers and it was just great. There was also pizza and cupcakes and will eventually be an awesome collaboration, can’t wait!

– After the #bloggerdanceparty, I offered to drive one of the other guys home, since he lives downtown and I was already headed north. As I made my way up 19 into the city, a man ran out into the road in front of me. It was after 10 p.m. and really dark and I saw the guy with plenty of time to slow down, but was really annoyed and beeped my horn. The guy then proceeds to stop, flick me off and scream at me. Dude, I just very graciously did NOT run you over, do not tempt me.

– After the GPS for some reason took me on 279 and back to get downtown, I dropped off Mike and headed home. And drove right into a DUI checkpoint. I immediately starting freaking out. Not because I was drunk but I had had a beer or two earlier in the night and what if they could tell? And what if, even though I was not even remotely impaired, they thought I was? And made me take a sobriety test and failed me because I am nervous and uncoordinated? But I finally got up to the guy he said “We are checking for impaired drivers, you don’t look impaired, have a nice night.” And then I drove off, heart still pounding. No WONDER I never leave my house.

+ I signed up to this website CookSmarts which is a meal planning website. What makes it different than other meal planning sites is each recipe you can adjust to be paleo, gluten free or vegetarian. The thing I liked best was that you are able to sign up and get 3 free weeks of plans and don’t have to enter your credit card or anything sneaky. We’ve tried out 2 meals so far and they have both been hits! I made a chicken basil stir fry on Sunday and last night we had panko-crusted fish tacos. I really dug both meals and Keith did too! It seems like most weeks have something we’d definitely like, something we might like, and something I have no idea if we’ll like. The stir fry and tacos will definitely be made again. Additionally this week I’ll make apple-fennel turkey burgers (we *should* like these) and butternut squash curry (this is the wild card. I’ve never made curry before – I’ll definitely also have to make some meat on the side for Keith.) I’m really digging it so far, probably going to sign up for the paid service! If you use that link up there, you can get $5 off and I’ll also get a couple bucks, but check out the free plans first!