20 Jan 2019

Mimi Takes Five - #34 - Wedding Diaries

ONE // Stained Glass Lantern
I'm officially a married woman now! Yesterday was the most magical day of my life! Plenty of wedding-related blog posts will be published in the coming weeks (once my pictures come in). In the meantime, today's edition of Mimi Takes Five is entirely about wedding things! I'm kicking things off with my custom stained glass lantern. This is what I carried down the aisle instead of flowers! I chose not to have any flowers at the wedding. To me, it's a frivolous expense that gives you very little bang for your buck. Plus, in the dead of winter, they would all die anyways. We had an evening, outdoor ceremony, so the lantern was the most unique things to carry and gave off that yesteryear-meets-Disney-princess vibe. Even my flower-girls (who are 2 and 3 years old) carried little lanterns and it was the most precious thing I've ever seen! I have to give credit to my sister for the brilliant idea! It was definitely her best suggestion! I actually got it made by a local artisan (S&S Creations) when we were visiting my parents last summer. She let me customize the colours of the glass to match my wedding's colour scheme. It was a great way to add a source of light and I am so pleased with the turnout. Plus, now I get a great souvenir that I can put in my home office/craft room as a reminder of our big day. 

TWO // Quilted Hunter Boots
If you follow me, you know how much I love/wear my red Hunter boots. Seeing as I was getting married outside, in the winter, I knew I wanted a new pair! Yes, I wore Hunter boots with my wedding dress. Once a country girl, always a country girl! I did opt for the new quilted style in a hue to match my colour palette. The best part about this choice of footwear is that it was not only super practical, but I will get so much wear of them after the wedding. As much as I always thought I'd get a pair of designer shoes for my wedding, it just wasn't going to give me enough bang for my buck, so I was sensible and spent a reasonable amount. I even got them at a huge discount, so it was meant to be! I actually snagged them at Marshalls in the spring of 2017 and have been dying to wear them ever since! I resisted until now, but be prepared to see these bad boys a lot from here on out!

THREE // Rehearsal Jumpsuit
Here is an exclusive sneak peek at my rehearsal dinner look! I wanted something fun, white, a little different and comfortable. I snagged this white off-the-shoulder ruffle jumpsuit at Forever21 for peanuts. The quality is not the greatest, but I only plan on wearing it once, maybe twice, so it's not a big deal. It was so cheap that if I only wear it once, I got my money's worth! I'm thinking I might get another wear out of it on honeymoon... We'll see!

FOUR //Fur Earmuffs
The theme for our wedding was Fur and Folklore. Naturally, fur was a key element sprinkled here and there to give off that cozy, winter vibe. I wasn't too sure about my outside head-wear until my friend suggested earmuffs. It was an ah-ha! moment for me and the hunt was on to find the perfect pair. I scoured the internet in December (not the best time of year to be looking for a very specific thing), and came up with a few options. Before pulling the trigger on an online product, I decided to go to the mall and scope out options there. I started with Nordstrom and didn't have to look any further! These silver fox beauties jumped out at me and it was love at first sight! They were the most perfect (and totally me) finishing touch for my outdoor ceremony look! 

FIVE // Perfect Manicure
So I usually do my own manicures, and actually enjoy doing them, but I wanted a long-lasting finish for my wedding, so I turned to one of my best friends for advice. She gets her nails done regularly and helped me navigate this unknown terrain. I wanted to keep my own nails because I have naturally great nails that grow well and did not want fake nails or tips. She suggested shellac and it seemed the best option for me. I wanted a nude shade that looked super natural and found the perfect one. I got my nails filed and shaped, got the cuticles trimmed and then got three layers of the chosen colour. The result is perfect! It's sheer enough that you see my natural white tips! I could not have asked for a better result! I realize it's a lot of work to make them look as natural as possible, but it was so worth it! Plus, I got to spend quality one-on-one time with a close friend a couple days before my wedding. I don't think I'll make a habit of getting my nails done, but I'm glad I dipped my toes in!

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