Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wedding Weekend- Part 3

Ah Saturday. The day before the big day. Saturday morning we woke up early to a beautiful sunny day. It was morning of our 5k that we had decided to organize. This was one of my favorite things about the weekend and we actually did quite a bit of preparing for it. The idea of having some "events" during a wedding weekend occurred to me after reading a lot blogs and magazines of couples hosting brunches, lobster bakes, afternoon teas, etc. My family and I have become such big runners, that I knew the weekend of the wedding I would be out getting a run in at some point with someone. Running helps me release all my stress, and is so therapeutic for me, I knew I had to go before the wedding to help me feel my best and get out my nervous energy. Hosting a 5K in my favorite place to run just seemed like a great idea!

Getting ready for the run!

my Aunt and cousin from NC

lil baby ready to run too
We basically mapped out the course online and printed information and directions for guests in our invitations. We wanted to have something for those participating, so we decided to have a breakfast after. We choose to keep it simple and got bagels, juices, water, muffins, and fruit for an easy picnic after the run. I was so excited about this, that we didn't care if 5 people came or 25. We ended up having such a positive response from our guest! Kyle used this run as motivation for him to pick up running more and train for the 5k. He has run in some races in the past, but usually doesn't train, will run races on the day of, and hate them because he felt crappy doing it. For our 5K, he wanted to feel good and since he is super competitive, he wanted to be able to beat a lot of his friends. We also heard from other people how this run was helping push them to get out and exercise to prepare. It made me so happy that so many guests were excited about it and actually exercising more because of it!

My dad and I run together pretty often when I am home, and especially in Island Heights where the run would be taking place. On some of our runs we started to get ideas about different things we could do to make it feel more like a real race. We were making some wooden wedding signs for our venue, and just had the idea to make a few mile marker signs using the same wood. My dad cut and put together our signs, and I painted the miles and words using stencils I got at the store. They came out so cute and really added a unique and special touch to our event. We still have them in our backyard!
my favorite place to stretch after running

 I also decided that Kyle and I were going to wear bride and groom attire. I had been gifted a white bridal tank top, which I realized would be perfect for the race! I then got Kyle a black t-shirt and used stencils to create a groom shirt. It was a little corny, but I thought it was cute and we never would be able to get to wear them again. I loved how they came out, and we definitely looked like the main event of the weekend. :)

The run was fantastic. It was such a beautiful morning, it was so nice to get some exercise in! My Dad and I ran together -- let's just say we had a pretty good pace going haha. The Lockwood's get competitive. Once I finished, I ran back along the course to cheer others on. Everyone did so well! Kyle was flying and looked so good, I was so proud of him! We all gathered near the water at the end of the race. My Aunt from North Carolina is training to be a yoga instructor, so she lead a 20 minute post-run yoga session after. It was such a cool thing to be a part of. The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing, and we were right on the water. It was so special for my aunt to be a part of this weekend and for my family to come together to do yoga! It was a very magical moment. I was so so happy with how our event turned out!

The crew at the race, minus the Cohens!

   After our workouts and breakfast, Kyle and I finished our last minute things and then went over to the beach for a few hours. It was nice to just go relax and feel like a normal Saturday. On the way home, we stopped for ice cream. :) Later in the evening, the boys drove up all of the cars to the hotel so that we could have rides home the morning after the wedding, and we had a small bbq for those who were in the area. So many great things and memories had happened already and the excitement for the next day could be felt in the air.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wedding Weekend- Part 2

      Friday morning really felt like the craziness of the weekend began. We started the day off by going to the nail saloon to get manicure and pedicures. Three of my bridesmaids came, as well as my mom and godmother. We brought champagne and orange juice into the nail place with us and had mimosas while we got pampered. It definitely was fun! I also ended up getting a gel manicure which I've never gotten before. It was such a good idea because it lasted almost 3 weeks and I had no chips or issues on the wedding day. Woot!

          Although I tried to be very relaxed and calm, I was a little anxious that morning. I think because the weather was a little more weird than predicted, we did take a long time in the saloon, and I had last minute errands to run. All I really wanted to do all day was go to the beach and do some meditation/relaxing after the saloon. I can't believe I really thought I would have time to do that- haha. No matter what I did though, I feel like I would probably feel a little anxious that day. It was the last official day to run around and finish things before the rehearsal dinner/wedding morning and day. My mom and I went to pick up my dress and veil, Kyle and I had to drop things off at the restaurant for dinner, and we had to pick up the alcohol and last minute things for the trolley and mornings. I even had to be on the phone with the photographer and vendors making some last minute changes. We ended up finishing out errands and hanging out by the pool at my house. My brother made us lunch. Everyone was so helpful and trying to do whatever they could to help keep my stress level low. It was really really sweet. Chilling in the pool and backyard for a few hours felt so normal which helped both Kyle and I keep calm and happy.
   Friday night was our rehearsal dinner! It was so so surreal to when we were getting dressed for this event. We were so excited to be having it at this amazing restaurant in our town that cooked using organic foods in season. We had our own private room and entrance to the restaurant which was felt very special. We brought it our own beer and wine and it was nice to be able to select some of our favorite things. We also were so excited to give our our gifts to the bridal party! It was so much fun to have the closest 35 people in our lives in one room. The food was so so good too- we had family style apps of calamari, spring rolls, and pasta. The entree menu had 5 different things on it that our guests got to choose. Most people got the steak and lobster cakes, which were so so good. People said such good things about the food.!

    One of my favorite things about the night was the slide show we got to show. As soon as we got engaged, I started putting together a slide show set to music on my mac. It quickly became one of my favorite things to do, and I spent hours searching through photos and changing the look and music to perfect it. I went through our high school photos when we were first dating and scanned them into the computer. I had always wanted to show this at our rehearsal dinner, even when I made it so long ago, I just wasn't sure of the logistics. Someone that I know who did this in the past was able to bring in a tv and projector from their classroom, which we obviously couldn't do. Luckily, our friend was able to bring in a pretty large flat screen tv and Kyle being the computer savvy person that he is was able to hook up my computer. It was 14 minutes long, but it was so fun to see all of our photos and experiences from the past 11 years -- I think most of our friends enjoyed it as well since they have been around for most of our relationship too. <3
   When the time came to give our speeches and hand out our gifts, Kyle got very nervous. I kind of pulled him aside and just told him to thank people from the heart and he could make it short and sweet. He went first and said the sweetest little speech and didn't seem nervous at all. The guys loved their beers and gifts. When it was my turn, I started speaking and just lost it. I did not think I was going to cry all, but at that moment everything just hit me. The weekend was finally here. All of my best friends were in front of me, and had done so much for Kyle and I the past few months. How could I possibly say thank you and tell them how much they meant to me in just a few worlds. Our whole lives had been leading up to this weekend and I just got emotional. I caught myself a little off guard, but it was real and sincere and I think my friends and family could tell how I felt. Overall, it was an amazing night with more amazing food and we just were so happy to be with everyone!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Wedding Weekend- Part 1

      Our wedding weekend was the most epic, best weekend of my entire life. Yes, it was very hectic leading up to our wedding day, and yes, I was still pretty stressed out a few days before the wedding. But when it came down to the actual days with events, it was all smooth sailing and enjoyment. I am so happy with how everything turned out with us having a "wedding weekend". The reason we did our rehearsal dinner on Friday, had an activity Saturday, and got married Sunday was so that after the years of planning and countless hours of crafting and organizing, we could make our special time last as long as possible. While it did go by quickly, I don't feel like we ever had the feeling of omg all that planning for one day. We were able to be with each other and our friends and family for multiple days, and had so many laughs, happy times, and great memories.
       To start our weekend weekend, Thursday was our rehearsal dinner at the winery. We didn't necessarily plan this, but the winery only does rehearsals on Thursdays because they hold other events. It worked out great and got the weekend off to an exciting start. It was so beautiful at the winery that night, we could only hope our wedding day would be the same. Most of our bridal party that came had never been to the vineyard so it made us happy to see how excited they were and how pretty they thought the venue was. We also got to meet with our day of wedding coordinator, Eileen, who was amazinggg and very similar to my mom. It was a huge relief for both me and my mom because she really took control and told us all the details that she would be taking care of the day of. I don't think my mom realized how much she would be doing and I seriously saw my mom relax a little more that night. She was the best!

Me and Katie Gal at our rehearsal :)

I asked Lora to stay next to me at our ceremony

    It was nice to be able to drink wine during the rehearsal as well. Everyone was hanging out and relaxed. It was kind of surreal to go through the actual motion of the ceremony though, realizing that we would be doing this in just two days and everything was actually happening. Practicing walking down the aisle with my Dad gave me butterflies. :) After the rehearsal my parents were amazing and wanted to take everyone out to dinner at Xina. We had not expected this at all, and were so happy to go out and officially start the weekend celebrations! Plus sushi at Xina is amazing. It was a great evening and it made the excitement officially begin!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Heaven on Earth

    It's been 1 month since I married my love and had the BEST day of my life. I cannot really even put into words how amazing our wedding day (and wedding weekend) was. I never knew I could feel that much love, joy and pure happiness in one day. I felt like I could absolutely burst with sunshine. I've heard people talk in movies and real life about feeling like they were in a bubble, and no one else was in the room but the two of them. I have never experienced that more than when I walked down the aisle and stood along side Kyle at our wedding ceremony. It truly was like walking into a piece of heaven and getting to stay there in its amazing beauty for the 20 minutes of our ceremony. I never knew I could have so much love and admiration for one man. I honestly could go on and on. Even a month away, I still am feeling the buzz and true love from that day! XoXo
       Our honeymoon was also the most amazing vacation I've ever been on. Besides the amazing food, surroundings and adventures, I feel like this was the best two weeks ever because Kyle and I felt truly spiritually connected on another level more than we've ever been. Even though we've been dating each other for about 12 years and live together, I still felt we grew even closer over the past 2 weeks and took a HUGE step forward in our relationship. I didn't even know that was possible. Our honeymoon was the definition of pure bliss and truly just being in love and enjoying each other. I will never forget each and every day of our time in Greece (especially not because I have all the pictures to help me) and the way I would feel when I would wake up and look at my husband and realize that I wasn't dreaming.
   I will go into details about our wedding in another post, but today I just wanted to acknowledge the fact that it's been 1 month since my world was changed, and I could not be any more happy than I am right now. I really never knew I could be this happy and content, and let me tell you, LIFE IS GOOD. :) I am head over heels in love with my husband! I am just embracing every day and I can't wait to see what the next month brings us. <3 <3 Love you Kyle.

"And magnificently we will flow into the mystic..." 9.1.13