Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Posted by Jay T at 9:36 PM
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
During the entrance of the grandparents/aunts/parents, we played The Piano Guys' cover of "Home" by Phillip Phillips.
Bottom row L-R: My brother John, my grandma who will be 100 years old in January, and my brother Robert. Keith with his mom. John and Robert with my mom.
We had a LOT of people being walked down. Four aunts, four sets of grandparents, and both of our moms. We made sure to pick a pretty long song for this.
I really wanted our first dance to be to "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds. When Keith informed me that he vehemently hated that song, I accepted his feelings and tossed it to the side. He told me I could walk down the aisle to that, but that he would be thinking of the movie the whole time. With many an exasperated sigh I said we wouldn't use that song at all. Then, when it was 2 in the morning and 5 days before the wedding and we were finalizing our wedding playlist, he said he wouldn't mind if the bridesmaids walked down to that song so I said OKAY YES THAT SOUNDS GREAT.
Play the YouTube song and then look at the pictures,
From the top left and going clockwise: my old roommate and good friend Cortney; my old roommate and good friend Lisa, my sister in law Amy, my close friend since high school Cristen, my older sister Kathrene (my matron of honor, Baby Kate's mom, and my unborn 2nd niece's mom), my younger sister and maid of honor Angenette.
The flower girl Katelynne, but you should have already known that. Apparently she did a perfect job as flower girl. Nobody recorded a video which makes me very very sad, but I'm trying to forgive everyone for that. The petals she tossed were dried petals from roses Keith has given me since we got back together, and I'm proud to say I thought of that myself and without any help from Pinterest.
YES I USED THE TWILIGHT SONG. But you know what? It's BEAUTIFUL.
Our First Dance
We had the hardest time choosing our first dance song. I wanted "The Luckiest," and Keith didn't want to do a first dance at all (too much attention or something). We went back and forth with this song for months. I remember when we decided on this song: we were driving on I-5 toward Coalinga, and this song came on his iPod. I jokingly asked if he would want this as our song, and he thought for 4 seconds and then said, "it's a really strong possibility." It was there, driving past dairies and smelling cow manure, that I realized we had just chosen our first dance song.
If I can give you one piece of advice: choose a first dance song that is shorter than 3 minutes. Four minutes was WAY TOO LONG!! I always thought the first dance would be so romantic and that I wouldn't want it to end... but I was giggling uncomfortable the entire time. I was very aware that 150 people were watching us and I hated it. Keith had wanted to practice dancing beforehand but we never found the time to do that. Apparently I kept pulling away from him which was really making him mad. And then our DJ, who is a friend and co-worker of Keith's, surprised us with a fog machine! That was so awesome. I was laughing so hard! So basically, the first dance wasn't what I expected and it was super awkward, but I love the pictures.
I ended up letting my dad pick this song. I sent him some suggestions and then was very surprised when he nixed them all and suggested "Unforgettable" by Nat and Natalie King Cole. He said he loved that it was both a father and a daughter singing. When he told me he chose this song, I cried. Hopefully that made up for me not crying during our actual dance. I have a video of some of this dance and I'll post it eventually.
My dad and I have always been extremely close, and in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding I really thought both of us were going to sob our eyes out during the wedding and reception! Surprisingly, we didn't!
Keith didn't realize that we got to choose a song to play during the cake cutting, so I chose to play "The Luckest" the original Ben Folds version during that. He wasn't thrilled, but you want to know the funniest part? I never even noticed the song was playing.
That's all I can think of for now. I know some of these songs were suggested by specific people and I KNOW I promised Starbucks gift cards to those people and I fully plan to deliver on that promise so stay tuned and I'll post the music winners later this week.
Posted by Jay T at 9:59 PM
Monday, November 16, 2015
Ok the end. I'm going to try to have a wedding related post up tomorrow, so keep your fingers crossed that I'm not super lazy.
Posted by Jay T at 8:34 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2015
For once in my life (or at least for once in the past seven months) I'm doing a blog post that really has nothing to do with our wedding. Are you shocked? I'm pretty shocked.
Today I'm posting a vlog of my everyday makeup routine. Monday - Friday this is typically what goes on my face... although I don't always do eyeshadow and sometimes I use BB cream instead of foundation. But BASICALLY, this is what you could find on my face on a given day. The wine is compliments of a sale at our local grocery store and a weekend:
Here are the links and any other information you might want or need:
-I always wear some kind of primer. Sometimes it's smashbox and sometimes it's e.l.f, and this is what I'm using in the video above.
-Sometimes it's BB cream and sometimes it's actual foundation. It just depends on which is closer to my hand at the moment. On this day it was this foundation.
-I've been a fan of this blush for YEARS. I love it.
-I don't always use eyeshadow, but when I do it's a Maybelline taupe and some kind of Sephora palette.
-I don't have an eyeliner preference, I'll use pretty much any eyeliner that is a retractable stick.
-For my eyebrows I make sure to use a very stiff brush; that's the most important part. For the actual powder I just use an eyeshadow in a color that is fairly close to my natural hair. If it's too dark, I run my powder brush over it to soften the effect. That's what you're seeing in this video.
-I swear by the Maybelline colossal cat eye mascara.
-I got some kind of deep red lipstick that I'm dabbing on my lips in the video, and I smooth it out with teal Blistex.
This entire look takes me less than 10 minutes in the morning. The chugs of wine are not generally picture, but it was evening when I filmed this so I figured you should just see the raw footage.[
Posted by Jay T at 10:35 PM