Once we arrived at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, I nervously frittered about, organizing things in the bridal suite. My MOH and I were there before Jeanne Cusick of Cville Makeup and Elisa of Elisa B Photography, so there wasn't all that much that we to do. The rest of the bridal party, Dr. Bridesmaid and Sister Mink, joined us soon after and the venue staff brought the food I had ordered.
Much of the morning and afternoon are a blur. I don't know what came over me, but I stopped caring about all the details at some point and just wanted to go get married. When sweet Jeanne asked me if I liked something she was doing with my hair or makeup, I wound up looking at my MOH or Elisa. I guess I checked out a bit.
We hung around the loft, nibbled on the food, and champagne. Amanda Gray, our DOC, had dedicated one of her interns to the bridal loft, so we didn't really have any tasks. The intern steamed my veil and delivered little things I had in my bag that had to be placed elsewhere in the venue.
Dr. Bridesmaid brought her fancy camera (she's a fantastic photographer) and wound up documenting some things that I'll share in a future. I don't have as many photos of her in the loft because she wasn't doing much lounging around!
At whatever point Amanda's timeline instructed us to put me in my gown, that process commenced. I have an oddly nostalgic feeling when I look at this image of me showing of my monogram label. I never liked my monogram (the letters don't intertwine, so it always looked strange to me), but I love that label.
I held that dress onto my body at the waist just to so I could avoid having one of those "hands on breasts" pictures.
I was in my gown so quickly that Elisa asked us to unzip it and do it over again. You'll notice that in this second zipping up picture, I already have my bracelet on.
In just a few minutes, I went from sitting around in my robe to dressed and ready for the evening. I'm so glad this was a moment that I shared with friends who have loved and supported Mr. Mink and I throughout our relationship.
MOH and Sister Mink
Throughout the afternoon, I was checking outside to see how the sky looked. Storms tend to come through our area quickly and I was kind of hoping we'd have a tremendous storm in the early afternoon and have clear skies by ceremony time. The realist in me knew that no matter what, the ceremony was happening indoors.
All images by Elisa B Photography
- The Merry Minks: A reintroduction
- The Merry Minks: Last-Minute Details
- The Merry Minks: The Day Before
- The Merry Minks: The Wedding Morning