The Wedding Details – Part 1

Since these posts are going to be so picture heavy I am breaking it into three posts. Enjoy!

Everyone said that the wedding day would go by like a blur. I said, no way. I am going to remember and savor and enjoy every minute of it! They were right. It’s a blur. It’s a lot of 10 second snapshots of the moments and the big ones are all kind of hazy.

The morning started with my maid of honor, Rachel, my mom and I going to get our hair done. I went to Wooptido in NE Portland. It’s where I’ve been getting my haircut for six years–by Jody, who is amazing. She always does a great job and when I met with her before the wedding to plan the hair, I kind of didn’t have any strong feelings. I was going to leave it all up to her, really. I know, so NOT me. I kind of wanted to do my hair part up and part down. But as the wedding day approached and the weather report said 90 degrees, I decided to have it all up and I am so glad I did! And Jody did an amazing job! I just let her do whatever her vision was. And she was so sweet, she didn’t even charge me. She said it was a wedding present. Aw….

I hope the photographer got some better pictures of it. Trust me, it looked fantastic. It took nearly 2 hours and probably an entire can of hairspray (plus 1000 bobby pins) but it was great. And we got done and to the venue early. I thought that meant I could take a little breather, but not really! Everyone in the wedding started arriving to get ready.

My friend Star, who was also officiating for us, did all the girl’s makeup and she did a fantastic job. Very subtle, very natural looking. Anna, cousin and bridesmaid, found a bottle of white wine and opened that for us to share while we got ready. My mom made a fantastic snack tray that went largely uneaten (I should have eaten more). The girls all looked great in their dresses! Then it was time for me to get into mine.



I am so glad I took a picture of the corset tied up by my seamstress so we could recreate it on the wedding day. It was a lot harder than I thought! The bridesmaids all pitched in to help. The dress was bought at Richele Kay Consignment here in Portland it was actually the first dress I tried on. It was a Maggie Sottero Coutoure dress that was originally in the $1300 range and I got it for $475. šŸ™‚


Grandmother’s shoes. 1930’s boudoir slippers that my grandmother wore on her wedding day (I think in 1951) and several of my aunts have worn on their wedding day. It was something really special to me and I am so glad they fit!


Now they are trying to figure out the bustle. šŸ™‚ I am so thankful for my friends that were there helping me! But it was also a very surreal moment. I stood there, in my dress, while all these women buzzed around me getting me ready, lacing me up, applying the final touches and I felt disconnected from all of it. I don’t think any of them noticed that I was slightly freaked out at this point. It was real. It was happening. My heart was racing and I felt butterflies in my stomach in perpetual motion.


Hmmm I wonder what was in that!

After I was ready, it was time for the “first look.” First it was my dad. My mom walked me out to my dad. It was a special moment for me. Then he walked me to Michael for our first look photos. Later Michael said he was really glad we did the first look pictures (originally we weren’t going to) because it helped him relax — and I think it helped me too.




We did the first look and then went back to my room to be alone. (See this post.) We had about 15 minutes alone before things were about to start. Everyone got in line, bridemaids grabbed their flowers and I hid in my room with my dad and watched as the music started and they started walking.


Heart racing….

To be continued…

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

14 thoughts on “The Wedding Details – Part 1”

  1. I love that you had those shoes to wear, very special!

    I remember my hair on my wedding day. I had an updo as well (my hair used to be long) and I took out a thousand bobby pins and then my hair was so crunchy with spray that it actually stayed in place šŸ˜€
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  2. More! More! Oh, and you looked beautiful!

    First looks are awesome, and I recommend them. There is so much emotion and you don’t always want an audience for it. I had a first look with my dad, too, and it was such a special moment.

  3. I’ve never heard of this first look thing, but in thinking about pics from my brother’s wedding, my SIL must have done that with her dad, but not with my brother. They did exchange gifts/cards, but weren’t together when they opened them, so their first look was when she was going down the aisle. It was pretty great but I can TOTALLY see that having a private moment beforehand would have been really calming.

    You look SO great, the makeup is perfect. I laughed when I scrolled down to the goom’s sippy cup šŸ™‚
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