Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Burning River Wedding: Gettin' Prettified

Despite only a few hours of sleep and feeling like complete crap, I pulled myself together and started getting ready. I inhaled the granola bar and the ginger ale was really helping my stomach. Once all of the girls arrived I ordered breakfast for have no idea how much I was looking forward to eggs and ham.

While we waited, the stylists got started on the girls. I also pretended the outside world didn't exist so I didn't have to witness rain on my wedding day, hence the closed curtains.

BM Helen and BM Ena. Sorry Helen, I had to do it :) 
We all looked a bit rough that morning
*Photo courtesy of BM Nikki*

I got a head start on my make up before BM Bree tackled my hair. I'm glad I left plenty of buffer time in the schedule because doing my own make up definitely took longer than normal. 

Right before we started my hair, our photographers arrived! I was SO happy to see them. I hired them over a year before the wedding and stalked them for nearly a year before I booked, so this was a long time in the making. Rachel is a beautiful person with amazing talent and I was so thankful to have her with me the morning of my wedding. I really should have insisted we take a picture with our photographers. They truly are special people.

Bree requested we start with freshly washed hair because her philosophy is you can always make it "dirtier" but you can't ever make it "cleaner." Makes sense to me! She started by blowing out my hair the way only she knows how. Sigh...I'm a lucky girl. Then she curled it and began pinning.

There's a smile from Mama P! One of the few caught on camera that day.

Laughs all around...I was feeling much better by now.

I also worked on my face a bit while Bree pinned. This was harder than it looks.

Some of my favorite pictures of the day are the ones Rachel captured of everyone laughing and having a good time. My goal was to create a relaxed and happy environment, free from stress and drama. I think the pictures showcase this.

I spy with my little eye....a mother-in-law-to-be!

The suite was definitely buzzing with activity. We put the finishing touches on my hair and make up:

The moms got their hairs did:

And the ladies prettied themselves up:

*Photo courtesy of BM Nikki*

Next thing I was time to put on The Dress! And guess what: we were totally on schedule!! I couldn't believe it. We actually had time to spare.

Burning River Bride Tip (I've lost track of the numbers...whoops): Create a TON of buffer time in your wedding morning schedule. If you think something is going to take 30 minutes, give yourself 45. We managed to stay on time all day which I hear never happens. We started really early (8am), but we were relaxed and not rushed.

Next Up: I become a Bride

Was your wedding morning crazy and rushed or pure serenity?

**All photos by Linczak Photography unless otherwise noted. Do not take without permission.


  1. Totally love that tip! I think that buffering in time all over the place is definitely important as it allows you to relax and enjoy the day. I never once thought "oh no, I'm going to be late" and instead I got to goof off in our extra time.

    Love it! Love the photos of you getting pretty, you're so cute!

  2. Ugh, definitely should've done things more like you! Well, I actually tried, but my hair appointment got pushed back because a 'regular' needed her hair done at the time I'd originally booked. (Some 60 year old woman.. Seriously?!) And then I'm sure you read about my sisters being insanely late and throwing everything off anyway.

    But anyway! You look absolutely gorgeous! I loved your hair and makeup!

  3. You're so pretty! I'm so glad you could have a nice, relaxed atmosphere to get ready in!

  4. Such a good tip to allow buffer time. And the photos are so great and fun. You totally look prettified for sure!

    * My stylist also said that you can 'always dirty hair up more if you need to' so I also washed my hair beforehand :)

  5. Haha, all of the faces people are making whilst getting ready crack me up. I definitely have what I call a "mirror face" when I'm getting ready in the morning.

  6. I know you're all "I don't wish my hair on anyone" but I just absolutely adore it. First of all, it's perfect for you and just suites you so well. And I would do anything for naturally curlier hair!!!!!!

    And amen about buffer time. I did, but wish I had a little more :)

  7. nice work girl and thanks for the tips for the future :D