Wedding Wisdom – part II

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It’s round two of wedding wisdom!! You can check out part I and all of my planning tips here. I am beyond excited to share these last bits and details with you of our wedding day. Sorry for the delay but I am FINALLY thrilled to be able to share the rest with you. Here we go!

Hair and Make-up

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Deciding on who would do my hair and make-up for my wedding was never a question. My mom, sister and I have gotten our hair cut at this salon for years and I absolutely love my stylist. She just gets me so that made it super easy to check this item off the list. I stayed true to my vision for my hair and makeup throughout the entire planning process. I scoured Pinterest for months and months to find the exact look I wanted. A trial for hair and makeup is KEY. Even knowing my stylist so well and knowing my exact vision, we made some tweaks during my trial that would have caused serious panic on the wedding day.

Hair and Make-Up: Karah at Hair Gallery at the Mill

Photo Booth

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We love photo booths. Over the years Peter and I have collected a number of photo booth strips from random movie theater or amusement park booths and love them. I always felt a photo booth was such a fun part of the wedding day, giving guests another fun activity to do and seriously, this was a huge hit! We also had the photo strips be part of the favors and even better, our guest book was done at the photo booth! Now we have this amazing book of all of our guests photos and their sweet notes next to it. I would have never looked at a guest book but having the photo booth pictures in there makes it so much fun to look through.

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Photo Booth: New England Photo Booth

Cigar Roller

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From the moment we got engaged we knew we wanted to have a cigar roller at our reception. In planning our wedding, the experience for our guests was extremely important to us. We wanted everyone to come and just have the absolute best time so including a cigar roller meant enhancing the night for our guests. So many people have mentioned how much they loved this and it truly brings Peter and I such joy to hear.

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Cigar Roller: Connecticut Cigar Company

Programs/Menus

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There are tons of options for this detail of your wedding day and all of the wedding paper sites have beautiful options. However, when ordering these items, the price can really start to add up! This is somewhere I knew we could cut back on the dollar amount and still have something really beautiful. I went on Etsy and started looking around for something that fit with our feel and also went well with our invitation suit! I absolutely love what we ended up finding. It made it so easy because I simply purchased the template and filled in everything myself. They really added a sweet little detail to the church as well as the table settings.

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Programs and Menus: Swell and Grand (menus, programs)

Invitations

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Picking out invitations can be so much simpler when you have a clear vision for your day (as I mentioned in my previous post here). That way you know if you are having a simple, elegant wedding, you can eliminate the glamorous, glitzy invitations. These invitations are the first glimpse your guests will get of your day. You want to be sure you pick invitations that suit you and the feel you want on your wedding day. We went for classic invitations that were very simple with a beaded border. To this day, I am completely in love with these invitations. Also, major shout out to finestationery.com for this suite! I perused so. many. wedding paper sites and immediately found what I was looking for on their site. I was super nervous about the quality since we ordered online but truly, the quality is unbelievable. Such lovely paper stock, I was extremely impressed.

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Our wedding was pretty traditional so we knew we wanted our invitations to reflect that. We wanted them to be simple, classic and elegant. The funny thing is when Peter and I first got engaged my mom found identical invitations in a bridal magazine that we loved! The fact that we ended up picking them just shows how well we knew what we liked. Understanding the style and feel of your wedding is key to picking out the invitations. You don’t want to have casual invitations for a black tie wedding or purple floral invitations when your floral arrangements will be pink.

Invitation Suite: finestationery.com

Cake

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Our cake came from the sweetest local bakery and I could not be happier with this decision. We wanted our cake to be really simple but beautiful, of course. We chose a 3-tiered cake as this would feed the number of guests. Our baker let us choose a different flavor for each layer, which was so fun but also, SO DIFFICULT. They were all so good! In the end we picked vanilla and chocolate (marble-ish) cake for the bottom, largest layer, lemon cake with raspberry filling with the middle layer and FUNFETTI (OUR FAVORITE!!!) for the top layer! We still receive compliments on how delicious our cake was. Our baker also does the sweetest thing. She believes the cake just isn’t quite as good when you follow tradition and freeze the top layer. So on your first anniversary she re-creates the top layer of your wedding cake for you – freshly baked the morning of our anniversary. I mean, there are no words for the happiness exuded by Peter and I while we enjoyed this cake last month. We are now making it a tradition to get this cake each year on our anniversary!

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Bakery: A Little Something Bakery

Bridal Accessories

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I bought my wedding shoes shortly after we got engaged. I always knew I wanted to have blue shoes (thanks SJP in Sex and the City!) and I ended up falling in love with this stunning navy Badgley Mischka pair. It worked out perfectly when a year or so later Peter bought me a stunning sapphire and diamond bracelet as a birthday/early wedding present. He bought the bracelet at an antique jeweler we frequent in Maine and the bracelet was a little too big. We ended up taking two sapphire links out so they could be made into earrings. Then I had a sapphire ring my grandparents had gifted me for my high school graduation that went perfectly with my other pieces.

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We bought our wedding bands at the most beautiful, local jewelry store in Maine. I couldn’t believe how perfectly my wedding band went with my engagement ring. Peter selected the classic gold wedding band and I still love it each time I look at this hand. Finally, my hair pin was a lovely, generous gift from Mariella at Mariella Creations and it complemented my dress perfectly. I am so happy with how all of my accessories came together and the various navy pieces were such a beautiful pop against my wedding gown.

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Favors

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As I mentioned with the photo booth, we had the pictures as part of the favors but knew we wanted to do a little something else. My mom’s friend mentioned ordering little candles for each guest but man does that add up! We decided it would be even more meaningful if Peter and I made them ourselves. The Tuesday night before our wedding we stayed up until 3am making little ball jar candles. We used lavender and lilac essential oils and they were AMAZING. We now have a lot of extra wax that we forgot about until recently sooo family, friends – don’t be surprised if you get candles for Christmas and birthdays this year! Ha! Favors were tricky to me because a lot of times guests don’t actually use the favors so I wanted something they could use and was personally from us truly thanking them for celebrating our day. Further explanation on the details for the candles below.

Miscellaneous

The most significant, meaningful, memorable, special miscellaneous item isn’t really something that can be purchased. I just had to share this so it’s written down somewhere I can always look back on. My dad has run his own company for my entire life. When my brothers, sister and I were little this meant he spent a lot of late nights at the office. He worked tirelessly for our family. We knew no matter what that our drive to school would be with our dad, all of us strapped in the back seat with the lyrics to Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger in Paradise in hand. He had his assistant type them up (on a typewriter!) and kept them in the seat pockets in his car. Every single morning we would blast Cheeseburger in Paradise and sing along word for word. Of all the thousands of memories I share with my dad, this one tops the list of my favorites.

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When we were planning the wedding, we knew we wanted to do something to honor my dad and how hard he has worked and sacrificed for our family. Peter came up with the idea of surprising my dad with a sing-a-long to Cheeseburger in Paradise. If you know my dad he is not one for noticing details so we printed the lyrics to the song and placed them under each guest’s bread plate. Then, to kick off the dance party I got up and told this same story mentioned above. My mom and dad then joined my siblings and me on the dance floor to sing our favorite song and get the party started. My dad still talks about how shocked he was and how much he absolutely loved this moment. Me too, daddy!!

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My absolute favorite miscellaneous items are the napkins we had at the tables. The day before the wedding we went to the venue to drop off all of the miscellaneous items and my mom surprised me with a huge box of stunning gray dinner napkins that my grandmother embroidered with an “A”. I mean, THE BEST SURPRISE. My mom is so good at that. Thinking of little details that make such an impact. I love the way the gray looks contrasted against the white table clothes. You can see the details in the picture right before this (under the candle). Plus, we now have all of these beautiful napkins for our home that my mom picked out and my grandmother embroidered. Can’t get much better!

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Okay I lied, tied for favorite miscellaneous detail is this patch inside my wedding dress. Again, the brilliant brain of my mom strikes again! At my bridal shower I opened this gift from my mom and it was just the patch inside of the box. I had no idea what it was so I said, “aw, thank you mommy! This hankie is so beautiful!” She laughed and then told me that it was a patch for inside my wedding dress that was made from the fabric of HER wedding dress. TEARS. BAWLING TEARS. She had it monogrammed with my new initials. That mom of mine, she is a really special one! Guys, these details make such a difference! They make your day so YOU (for lack of better verbiage).

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Our gift table was accented by our favorite Adams sign that was handmade by Peter.

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My mom works at a local university and they had some sort of event at the end of the school year where they handed out free selfie sticks. Being the genius she is my mom was like, “we need these at the wedding!” So she scooped up a box of selfie sticks so we could put one on each table. This was SO FUN!! I loved seeing all of the pictures our guests took with the selfie stick.

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I wanted to put a fun little sticker on the selfie sticks to coordinate with our colors, theme etc. so I found these amazing stickers from Zazzle.com and ordered rectangular ones for the back of the selfie stick. You can see the sticker on the selfie stick above the menu. It simply said “Smile & Share! #pageandpeter #happilyeveradams” Loved them!

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Forgive the repeat picture but just so you know what I’m talking about, here are the candles/stickers again. I ordered these same stickers (but circles) for the tops of the candles. Then, I went to JoAnn Fabrics and scooped up some white tulle and then ventured to Michael’s for this twine with silver thread. I loved the way these came together! Funny story – Peter and I bought all the supplies for the candles about a month before the wedding. I apparently miscalculated (by a LOT) how much twine we would need. Two days before the wedding my aunt, uncle, cousins, sister, mom and I all started assembling the candles. As my Aunt cut the twine we quickly realized we could only do about 20 candles with the amount I bought. Thankfully there are a number of Michael’s nearby and we called to reserve any spools they had available. My dad, brothers and my brother’s girlfriend all drove to different Michael’s locations to pick them up. This is all to say, THANK GOODNESS FOR FAMILY!!

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Whew! That’s a wrap, guys!! Lots of love and luck to you and your husband-to-be as you embark on this amazing journey. Marriage is the hardest and best thing you will ever do!

Love, The Adams

PGA & PTA

All photographs in this post were captured by L’Amour Fou Wedding.

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