FutureMrsLilley- Trash the Dress
*Hello Beautiful WBC Ladies!!!
I have not posted since the wedding but I have been lingering and commenting on some posts! I hope everyone is enjoying themselves planning!
Happy 2012 to everyone and all you 2012 brides! Eeekkk! Its finally here! And of course, congrats to all the new brides!
Well, yesterday I went to a bridal show with my best friend (also one of my BM) who is having a destination wedding in December! While we were browsing for her, I met a GREAT photographer who does Trash the Dress sessions. For those brides who used to follow me know that I want to do a Trash the Dress session. Best thing about this girl is that she is charging the same price as my wedding photographer PLUS, I think her work is better. Not to mention, I wont have to wait three months to get my photos back AND they will be edited.
Hubby and I are thinking of booking her on exactly our 1 year wedding date (August 27, which is a Monday this year due to the Leap Year). We have plans to do some shoots with heavy machinery and dump trucks since we own a small construction company. After we have our fun at the shop we are going to head to our local beach and take some pictures in water. I told the photographer I am willing to do anything that dry cleaning will get out (meaning only mud and water). I have started to assemble some ideas for her for inspiration! Woot!
*We will do this with our Bull Dozer*
*Hang off the back of one of the Tri-axles (dump truck) . And the side of one*
*Something along this line with the backhoe . UI have more drastic ideas too.*
*I love the heat in this one!*
Anyways, hope everyone is well!
FutureMrsLilley's Professional Photos Are In!
Well Girls, My professional photos are in and I am SO excited to share them with you all! I had over 3000 to go over and man, it was pretty annoying actaully. So many were almost the same with slight differences, however, I am done that now!
To be quite honest, since there are so many photos, I have attached my FaceBook and left my albums open. Please copy and paste the links if you want to see my photos!
*Soon to Be Mrs. Lilley*
*Becoming Mrs. Lilley*
*MARRIED! (Group Photos)*
*Let's Party! (Reception)*
*Photo Studio Photos*
Please Enjoy the photos and for future brides - I hope these can inspire you!
As for an update: I am happily married. We have never been better and are so in tune with each other. We have already come across quite a few obstacles in our marriage and I honestly can say that I am so happy my *husband* has been there to help me through my difficult times....I found out 3 weeks after we got married that my mom has a massive tumor in her left kidney. They do not know any details whether its malignment or benign, they are still doing tests but we are hoping for the best.
On the brighter side of things, I was able to sell my amazing cake stand to hismrsb whom I know loves the cake stand as much as I did/do.
It's true ladies - when people say your wedding day goes by fast, it literally does. Watching my video I can't believe how much I missed/forgot. Remember, when you are sitting down at dinner to take a moment breathe in and look around the room of all your loved friends and family members who support your new marriage. It's overwhelming.
Well, this should be the lastish post for me.
Mrs. Lilley is signing off officially. Wishing all you brides the absolute best.
FutureMrsLilley's Wedding Day
The Day & Non-Prof. Photos!
GOOD AFTERNOON WBC LADIES!!! Oh how I have missed you!
I see there are quite a few NEW brides on here too, so welcome to all of you!
Yesterday, was our 1 month mark- Yep, we have been MARRIED for ONE MONTH! Woot! And I received these BEAUTIFUL flowers <3
I havent received any professional photos yet- they take about 6-8 weeks to be edited and then however long after that to receive them. I think I should be getting them after the Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday (Middle October).
For those of you who followed my blog, I am sure you are wondering how the big day went. I would like to apologize now for leaving some random pictures and leaving a short message before.
Lets start with the REHEARSAL:
We got to the hall at 11AM to start to set up. Everything started to look great until we started to out the favors on the tables and realized all the tables have 9 seated at them. I called the manager of the hall and told him this is NOT what I gave him for tables ..he told me that the cleaners were coming in at night and they would fix the tables properly. Fine. I had a few of my bridesmaids help me out which made the time FLY by. Then my hubby and I took off *alone* and had lunch on our favorite patio bar.
We got back to my parents house where the whole wedding party met us and off to the church we went. Well, I must say, what a shit show. Youd like that our wedding party was half retarded because NO ONE was listening and made it a lot longer than it should have been. Finally, when we got through it, hubby and I stayed back to talk to the minister. Its official, he said out of all the weddings hes done, we have the WORST wedding party. Great so when we got back to my parents house for the BBQ we had to have a meeting with our wedding party to tell them they need to smarten up. I am not sure if they were taking us seriously or not but what hubby said, seemed to register in their brains.
Everyone left at 9:30 PM and I was off to bed (after taking a gravel to help me sleep).
BEEP, BEEP- 6:30AM my alarm was going off and I was greeted with my mom and sister saying Happy Wedding Day. I was mixed with nerves and excitement to the point where I could barely eat. I was able to drink lots though, which I think helped me through the day. At 7AM the limo pulled up to the house and we were off to pick up the bridesmaids and head to the salon.
We got to the salon right at 8AM as scheduled and jumped right into our chairs to get our hair did. Overall, everyone got done pretty quickly. I had one bridesmaid make the hair dresser do her hair twice and STILL AFTER she said she could have done a better job. I was pretty pissed at that comment since I paid over half her hair, but rubbed it off because I knew that no one would comment on her hair. We were done a lot sooner than we expected and with 4 hours to kill before the church we headed back to my parents house.
We ended up watching a movie and having a brunch that my mom had for us. At about 12:30 the girls got dressed and then it was time for me to get into my dress. After I got into my dress the other photographer called and said that the boys are on their way to the church- good sign and they were on time!
The limo came and picked us up at 1:50 and we headed to the church singing Going to the Chapel. I was PISSED when I got to the church because we stayed in the limo an extra 10 minutes and people were showing up late .. I refused to get out of the limo until everyone was in the church. Who does that really!? I feel like its SO disrespectful like the invitation SAYS 2PM BE THERE BEFORE.
Everyone went up the aisle and before I knew it the doors were open and dad and I were walking up. I didnt see Josh until about half way up the aisle (his mom wore a hat which was blocking the view) BUT when I did see him, Ive never been so happy.
The ceremony went off so fast and so well. I think we were more surprised with how well our wedding party was and how well they listened.
We took grandparent pictures in the front of the church then I was hand-led to the limo and everyone else got in. We did our site pictures and everyone listened so well that we finished 1 hour early.
After the photos, this is where I feel things went downhill. Our wedding party drank so much, they were all plastered (they drank while hubby and I were getting our pictures done so we couldnt control the intake).
We got to the hall and I was swarmed by people. It was overwhelming and honestly annoying, especially when people are following you to the washroom because they want to talk to you. However, the hall looked AMAZING (money WELL spent).
We were lining up to enter the hall and we couldnt find our Best Man .. I was so pissed and he was STILL missing when the first couple had already been announced and entered the hall. Then he showed up and Josh just started yelling at him telling him to get his shit together.
Everyone LOVED our engagement video that we played before we entered and then we entered with cheers!
We sat down, put on our hats and dinner started. Drama started. Our best man, and 2 groomsmen DID NOT stay at the head table for the entire dinner, they didnt even eat. We got A LOT of horrible comments about it but just rubbed it off. Then the dinner service started and I dont want to get into too much detail because it pisses me off so much, but pretty much the service sucked. They were horribly slow, didnt make the vegetarian dish that they were supposed to, didnt light any of the candles on the tables, didnt have the wine on the tables, didnt serve half the food we ordered, a server spilt gravy on one of our guests etc .. After the dinner, everything looked up and went smoothly.
Then we noticed that there were 2 EMPTY tables . HUBBYS ONE SIDE OF THE FAMILY DID NOT SHOW UP!!!!!! Thats 20 f*ing people we paid for who didnt have the courtesy to show up! How rude!! Needless to say, Josh has handled the situation and disowned himself from that side of the family. He has NEVER been so embarrassed.
After dinner was over, we ate dessert while speeches went on. Everyone had a REALLY nice/emotional/funny speech EXCEPT our best man who wrote his on his phone, which was dying and receiving text messages. He was so drunk that he could barely say his speech; he only said 2 sentences and had to sit down. We were SO EMBARASSED that we actually ignored him for the rest of the night.
We cut our cake, we had our first dance and then the tears started when it was the father/daughter dance. I did NOT cry all day to this moment, and this is when I blubbered like a baby and the guests who were watching actually teared up as well. My dad just told me how proud he was of me etc. and all I could get out was I love you too dad and I will always need you. (I am tearing up now).
Our dance floor was packed ALL night and everyone had a GREAT time. We had our photographer bring his studio to the hall so people could get pictures taken with silly hats and props which EVERYONE went crazy for. I actually dont remember seeing a normal picture. I cant wait to get them back!
Our garter toss and bouquet toss were at 10. Everything went rather well. For the garter toss we blind folded Josh and got my dad to sit in the chair, with his pant leg up, with Hubby feeling up my dad. We took off the blind fold and re-did the dance with me in the chair. Then The midnight buffet came out where I saw our best man, WHO CHANGED INTO HIS F*ING SHORTS AND T-SHIRT! Seriously! Who does that at a wedding?!?!?!?
We did our final dance at 12:15 and exited the hall to get into the limo and off we went to the Elmhurst Hotel for our wedding night.
Overall, it was a GREAT night. My advice to EVERYONE out there, is dont stress. Its hard, trust me I know, but I really find that since I was so stuck on the dinner service and how awful our best man was, thats the only things I can really remember until I started to watch the bits and pieces from our video.
Update on our best man: Hubby actually defriended him. He told him that he has NEVER been so embarrassed in his life because of one person and he is so disappointed in him. He really looked up to him for support and help that day, only to be disappointed and to feel like a babysitter. Our best man thought that he did nothing wrong. They have not spoken since and a lot of our friends agree with Hubbys decision.
Thanks for reading girls! Enjoy the photos!!!! Xox
IS MRS. LILLEY!!!
I AM MARRIED!!! WOOT WOOT!
Id like to thank all you WBC ladies who wished me the best!!
The day went almost perfect. Our wedding party really picked up their socks.
The morning of the wedding we were ahead of schedule by 2 hours which was amazing to be able to relax. We went and got our hair done; make up done and got served breakfast while at the salon. The girls looked amazing. I heard that our second photographer actually had to help the guys dress because they had no idea lol.
Getting to the church was a little bit nerve wracking yet we did it! The church was FULL of people and I did not cry. Josh choked up when he saw me but no tears. Both our moms and my best friend read some wonderful readings at the ceremony.
Photos went rather well. We were worried that our wedding party would be more concerned about drinking but they were great. We got the photos done with an hour to kill. We drove around in the limo.
Dinner service was the ONLY issue we had. My parents, who paid for it, had to go back to the kitchen and complain several times. The head table WAS NOT getting served first, they forgot to make the vegetarian plate for my bridesmaid AND then they didnt clear off the tables between courses. When I talked to other guests about this, they didnt even notice. They said it was amazing.
After dinner, both FH and I calmed down and just started to relax and really enjoy ourselves. I cant believe how HARD it was to go around and make sure you saw EVERYONE.
The ONLY time I cried was during the father/daughter dance. I really tried to hold it together all night, especially during the speeches. When we were dancing my dad just spilt his heart to me. EVERYONE said all they saw was my head drop on my dads shoulder and when I looked up I had tears running down my face. It actually made a few other people cry. Josh grabbed his mom half way through our dance to dance with her, she did the same thing. She made him cry by telling him the same stuff. Still thinking about it makes me teary eyed.
Overall, the wedding was everything I have ever dreamed of. I wanted to give you ladies a Sneak Peak of our wedding.
We are off to our honeymoon now!!!
Us at the end of the night- my dress isnt as puffy, the extra crinoline underneath was taken off
Personally, the BEST photo of the night, with my 2 best friends. This is a joke photo we have talked about for a while now. We are just posing lol.
Our centerpieces <3
Starting to walk down the aisle.
Guest Book Tree
Going to the church
Is Getting MARRIED TOMORROW!
I'M GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW!
i can't believe that it's already here. I can't believe how fast time flew.
FH and I are getting married tomorrow and *so far* everything has run smoothly. We had one guest tell us they can't come, but were able to replace them with someone else. This was AFTER we paif for the meal and we really didn't want to waste that extra plate.
I brought home my dress and the grils dresses and they are hanging up ready to be worn. I can't wait.
Mom and I went to Build-a-bear for my nephews, who are our ring bearers and built them thier favorite animals and dressed them up. They will be carrying these down the aisle with them.
This morning we are loading everything up and doing our part of setting up the hall.
Yesterday Mom and I went to get the popcorn for the popcorn buffet and I can't believe the size of the bagsI was/am in popcorn heaven!!!
I really want to take this time to thank all you wonderful WBC brides for all our comments on this account and my previous [now deleted] account (Hashbrown). All you girls are amazing and I hope that your journey's of wedding planning are memorable for you and to get to your wedding day with less stress than needed.
I really specail thanks to a wonderful friend, whom I met on here, soontobekatieg (or Katertot).... you have been amazing and thank you for all your help through here and our wedding conversations through BBM. You have truly kept me sane and I am so grateful that we have a wonderful friendship out of this.
Futuremrslilley is now signing off. I will return when we come back from our mini-honeymoon and post all the pictures.
Love you all,
Wedding Count Down
4 DAYS! Holy crap!!!
I am calm, not nervous... excitement has finally gotten to me.... and I had a sleepless night last night.
This week is jam packed with things to do, mostly last minute running around.
Tomorrow I go pick up the stuff from the printers, go get MY DRESS and the girls dresses. My best friend, a RMT, has offered to massage me.
Wednesday is pretty chill too, I go do some running around with my mom and then I go for my bridal shoot.
Rehearsal dinner is set for Friday night.... FH's mom is on the ball, surpirsingly, and has already put in the order of BBQ stuff at the local butchers. FSIL threw a fit because FH's mom asked me what kind of alcohol to have at the rehearsal, claiming her in-laws didn't do that for her..... FMIL had to explain to her that SHE was putting it on and stood her ground. I think FSIL is finally getting more jealous now since our turn is here, the spot light is off her and we are doing things.having things that she never wanted/or had at her wedding.
Either way, we are ready, there is no stress *yet* and everyone is getting along rather well.
I plan to post as much as I can this week, with my last post on Friday morning. Hope everyone enjoys thier week!
[9 DAYS TO GO!]Seating and Tree Off to the Printers!
Holy Crap- 9 DAYS!
I am getting ready to send my seating chart and my Guest Book Tree to the printers. They will both be printed as 20x30 as a poster.
Originally, I asked a friend to draw a replica of the tree. I bought a 20x30 foam Bristol board which had some gloss effect to it. When I received the tree, I felt horrible . I hated it. Not only did he enlarge the whole tree but he made it a lot fatter and I dont know, it just didnt WOW me how I thought it would. The person who did it is a really close family friend and he is an amazing artist, Im just not too sure if I am being too picky or not.
Not only did I not like it, when FH and I stamped our thumbs on it (to make Bride and Groom owls in the tree) the ink didnt stick and bubbled up (like if you take a water proof marker onto a photo or something). So now I am onto plan 2. I am getting this printed professionally 20x30 non-gloss paper. The grey around the tree will be taken out and I will also have our monogram (designed by JTHERRIE) at the bottom. Like this:
The seating chart was actually a lot easier to do. I designed it in Microsoft Publisher, which will let you make your images larger without the blur. Originally, I was planning on having it portrait style, but then when I went to my decorators, I saw a seating chart on the same aisle but it was in landscape style and I loved it even more. It was actually easier for me to have my tables (all 17) laid out like this and less overwhelming (to me).
Today I have been working on my speech. FH and I will be standing up together to say thank you, but then I am doing a short thank you as well. Since my parents paid for OVER HALF our wedding, I really want to take a time out for them.
This is the speech I have - about 1.5 minutes long (short, sweet and to the point!).
I just really want to express my gratitude to my parents. I would like to thank you both for the advice you have given me, for putting up with me and for pointing me in the right direction usually only to watch me go off and do exactly the opposite. And for welcoming Josh into the family.
Also, thank you to Dave, Susan, Sarah and Chris for making me feel like family and welcoming me with open arms. I am very thankful that I have in-laws like you. Thank you for your love and support you have given Josh and I.
For those of you who do not know, Josh and I met through my sister, Michelle and brother-in-law, Ryan . If it wasnt for the two of you, Josh and I would have never met, so thank you. Even though you both had nothing to do with us starting our relationship, Id really like to thank you for all the advice and love you have given us, especially to Josh.
To my bridesmaids . A huge thank you for putting up with me...You all look absolutely amazing and I couldnt imagine better people than my two sisters and three best friends standing up with me today.
To the groomsmen, thank you for getting Josh to the church. Im sure it was a hard enough task and you all clean up really nicely.
Lastly, to my new Husband! Last but certainly not least. I want to thank you Josh for showing up today and for a wonderful day thank you for all your hard work in realizing our dreams today has been so perfect and I cant wait for our future together.
Last night we had our final meeting with the decorator to confirm everything.
She did a quick mock up of our table with centerpiece which turned up blurry (damn camera phone!).
We will have 17 tall vases, with a silk arrangement. The only thing that is not in the centerpieces is black sand at the bottom with a hot pink Gerbera flower head.
I can't wait to see our hall decorated in what I have envisioned it to be. 10 days to go- and I can't wait!
FutureMrsLilley's Bach Party!
I can't believe that I can FINALLY say "I'M GETTING MARRIED NEXT WEEK!". Yes, there is 11 days to go!!! EEEKKKK!So Saturday night FH and I celebrated our Bachelorette and Bachelor Parties.
I had an AMAZING time. My girls planned the night perfectly and everyone had a really great time.
The girls really surprised me when they all pitched in a got my cowboys boots that I have been eye
A competition between FH and I broke out when BOTH our parties wanted to see some competition through out the night. While FH was out doing his thing, he had to see how many numbers he could get (with explaining it was his bachelor party) and I had to see how many pairs of boxers I could get- Needless to say I won with 7 pairs, 8 including FH's (had to save the last pair for the best).
Here's some pictures of my "wild" night.
Best Pair for Last <3 My Hunny's