My wedding vision has always been something a little blurry and a little bizarre, and it has always included long, flowing hair. Hair that I cannot grow myself. Hair that would need to be professionally created. Enter Jill Hammelman, my new personal hero.
After a million questions and a few freak-out emails (Should I really be doing this four months before my wedding? Will I ruin them? Are you sure I won’t ruin them?) I couldn’t contain my excitement any longer and we went for it. The results are amazing. I am now incredibly vain and obsessed with my hair. However, I am about to leave for a spin class and this will be my first work-out with the hair. I don’t know how Jill does it. I cannot get all of this hair into a proper ponytail. Oh well, looking insane is a small price to pay for the best thing that has ever happened to me. (Second only to Sam … )
See the transformation below.
Before. I’m simply giddy with excitement. My hair is long-ish but thin and damaged. This is no way to live.
Back of my hair before. Gross.
Now dyed and trimmed … check out those dark brows.
So this is love.
I mean. I can’t.
Jill and her awesome hair. The lady who made this all possible.
This post would not be complete without a selfie.
I have to stop writing now and go stare at myself in the mirror. Bye.
It can’t all be glamorous right? So this post is just a check-in of where we’re at about 6 months from the wedding.
This week we:
Went over our wedding contract with our amazing wedding coordinator and culinary mastermind, Stephanie and Lisa at Cedar Lakes.
Sent our selected ceremony readings to our Celebrant Elizabeth. (Sam also sent out her questionnaire, on time. I got an extension. Bad student!)
Sent our invitation suite wording to Breck at Sesame Letter Press, who in turn sent us a .pdf of our suite. We will be finalizing with him this week.
Planned a Monday morning phone call with Cheryl, our planner.
Booked a hair and make up trial for next weekend (So excited. So nervous)
Got on top of bach planning (Post on those to come. Let me just say they’re both going to be totally out of control)
Made appointments to finish gift registries
Sent out accommodation info to family
Checked in with John Ragusa, who found us one of our wedding’s most important elements; the band!
Discussed the fact that we need to purchase and finalize wedding favors (Does that count as something we got done? I just like crossing things off lists … )
According to our Wedding Workbook (printed and included in the Wedding Binder courtesy of Sam) we are pretty on top of everything. I think the next 2-3 months are going to be really busy for us with wedding stuff, but amazing busy like tasting cake and choosing my wedding band. Sam chose her wedding band in December. She saw a photo on the web, we drove to Philly and she put down a deposit that day. I’m not quite so easy and I don’t know what I want! We do need to finish reserving important rentals like golf carts, and I’m not going to worry about the bullet that reads: Buy stockings and any special lingerie your dress requires (My goal for my wedding was NO SPANX! I love dressing up and I definitely have an assortment of uncomfortable under garments, but for my wedding I’m going as glam as I can as comfortably as I can)
So we’re on track! All is well. Oh, Sam also bought amazing wedding shoes. I’ll post a picture of those soon, if I can get her permission. We also went to see our band last week when they played a show at Prohibition. They are not only super gracious and very cool, but they seriously rock. I cannot even wait to go nuts to some Honky Tonk Woman!!
The perks of designing our own ceremony were obvious from the beginning; We get to do the rituals that matter to us, and speak the words that matter to us. Designing the ceremony, however, takes a lot of work.
First, we looked into celebrants from the Celebrant Institute. We narrowed our list to those who we thought might work well with us and eventually, after sitting down and getting to know each other, we chose our celebrant.
She is working with us to customize our ceremony and personalize it to make it special for us, our family and our friends. Now we have to tackle the lists of questions she sent us! This is easier said than done and now the clock is ticking. Some of these questions include:
- What makes your partner uniquely suited to be your wife? (she puts up with me)
- What does your partner do that always makes you laugh? (not much)
-What does she do that annoys you? (almost everything)
I’m just kidding. I have special answers to these questions and I am so looking forward to our wedding ceremony. While I am excited for all of the wonderful festivities that we have planned for our wedding weekend, I’m most looking forward to those moments when we get to stand in front of our loved ones and be sentimental. I want everyone to know just how lucky I am and how much I cherish her. I’m also terrified. I used to tell Sam that we should elope. I couldn’t imagine being so open and vulnerable in front of so many people. The more I thought about it, though, the more I wanted to ask this of myself. Sam deserves it and it will be so very special to share those moments with the people we love.
Sarah Schneider from The Experiment recently reached out to us with congratulations and best wishes for our wedding. She then sent along this lovely gift, The Essential Guide to Gay and Lesbian Weddings by Tess Ayers and Paul Brown. It … Continue reading →