Sunday, December 9, 2012

Married Melodies: The Processional

After our first look and couples portraits were completed, there was nothing left to do except it. You know, get married! Our site coordinator quickly lined everyone up and before I knew it, the processional music was already playing. 

Our awesome musician, Jason Sulkin!

We chose "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for the processional because it's a classic and beautiful song. Jason has a sample of his version on his website if you care to listen. As soon as I heard those first few chords, it seemed like the clock starting going at hyper speed. From that moment on, the day started flying by way too fast!

Officiant Laura

My almost husband

Mr. Warbs' Parents

Groomsman Mike

Groomsman Scott

MOH J5 tried to steal the show by strutting down the aisle.

Bridesmaids Tata and E

Sister Bridesmaids Coco and Gemini

My super secret flower girls!

My nieces are both teenagers in high school now. I wanted to involve them in the wedding somehow, but felt they were a little too mature (I'll never tell them that to their faces) to be flower girls. So I thought it over and came up with the idea for the signs. They thought it was hilarious and jumped to do it. And we hid the little surprise from Mr. Warbs because I wanted to see the look on his face when the girls came down the aisle. But literally everyone knew about it except for him.

What do you think? Did we nail it?

Mama Warbler and I waited anxiously at the end of the line and watched everyone else head down the aisle until it was finally our turn!

Catch up!
All photos by Nataly Lemus Photography

Monday, December 3, 2012

Married Melodies: Couple Portraits

Although the weather cleared up for our wedding day, some of the ground was still muddy, so we didn't get to venture too far for our couple portraits. As much as I was looking forward to an awesome photo shoot next to the venue's ferris wheel, I didn't even care the day of the wedding. Maybe, it had something to do with my newfound calm. 

Or else, I didn't want to get my kick ass shoes all muddy.


The rain did make everything look more green and fresh for the photos. We took advantage of all the greenery around us.

Luckily, our photographers had worked at our venue before and knew beforehand what locations they wanted us to use. Mr. Warbs and I visited Calamigos a number of times, but still didn't know some of these spots existed!

 One of my favorite photos.

After we wrapped up the photos and kissed enough times to wipe off ALL my lipstick, it was time to line up for the processional!

Catch Up!

All photos by Nataly Lemus Photography

Monday, November 19, 2012

Married Melodies: First Look

After my bridal party finished getting ready and Mr. Warbs' crew finished lacing up their Chuck Taylors, we all headed to the venue. The bridal party rode in a shuttle provided by the hotel and Mr. Warbs and his groomsmen piled into his dad's car. During the short drive, two things happened simultaneously in both vehicles.

We both freaked the f#*@ out.

As we rounded a curve climbing up into the hill, I yelled "OH MY GOD! I forgot the marriage license!" The license had been left behind in the hotel room. I guess I freaked everyone out, including the driver who hit the brakes for dramatic effect. 

A little ways down the road behind us, Mr. Warbs said, "Sh@#, I forgot my vows!" His dad said, "Well, we're not going back, we're already running late. So you better start writing!" Ha!

After I finished kicking myself, I asked the bridal party which one of our friends was still at the hotel. We were able to get ahold of two of our friends who talked the hotel into letting them into my room to grab the license and meet us at the venue. Thanks for saving the day, Jazzy and Jo!

Meanwhile, Mr. Warbs frantically rewrote his vows on his cell phone. When he finally arrived at the venue, he e-mailed the vows to our coordinator who printed them out for him. How freaking crazy is it that we both forgot something major on the day of our wedding? Crisis averted, but we were both feeling pretty frazzled heading into our first look. Especially me.

The Warblers: somewhere between a married couple and big losers.

When we were both finally ready, our photographers set us up for the big reveal. As I headed over to where Mr. Warbs' was waiting a million thoughts were running through my head. Would he like my dress? Should I tell him about the marriage license snafu now or later? OMG, what if I cried? But as soon as I was able to see his back, just his back, all of my questions melted away. 

I understand why most couples choose not to do a first look, I really do. But in that moment when Mr. Warbs turned around and looked at me for the first time as his bride, I was so happy that we had decided to do it. Earlier I had been a nervous wreck, but as soon as I saw my future husband, I started to calm down. For three years, he had always been able to make me feel better whether I was nervous, sad, sick or unsure of myself. He had always been there for me because he was my rock. With him by my side, I knew the rest of the day would be a piece of cake.

We both confessed our blunders, laughed about it, and that was that. What can I say? We're more alike that I thought! I didn't feel nervous anymore, I was just ready to get married. Before we knew it, it was time for our pre-wedding portraits!

Tell me Hive, did you forget something big on your wedding day?

Catch Up!

All photos by Nataly Lemus Photography