Greg and I got married in a rather untraditional way. We invited our parents and siblings and just went to the courthouse for a 4.5 minute ceremony. We literally just scheduled it with an available judge, got there on the day of...walked around the outside of the courthouse, picked a spot, and said okay this is good. Lol And that's where our ceremony was. Now, as simple as that was...we still wanted to look the part.
In the December 2009 J.Crew Style Guide, they released a new wedding gown: The Lucinda Ball Gown. (I actually called J.Crew Wedding the other day to verify the dress release date, and they were very helpful.) As soon as I saw the gown, I knew that I would one day get to married to my, yet to be determined, husband in it. I was IN LOVE with it. I just knew it was my dress. Keep in mind that in December 2009, I was a freshman at Purdue and was not even in the realm of thinking about marriage. But it reminded me of wearing a down comforter or something. I loved the way the material looked in the catalog. It was very simple and elegant, and it had pockets which was what sealed the deal to me.
Fast forward 6 years to Greg and I deciding to get married. As soon as the date was decided, I started my search for the Lucinda. J.Crew was no longer selling it so I had some digging to do. Also, I had never actually seen the dress in person, nor tried on any kind of wedding dress by J.Crew or anyone...but regardless, my mind was made up. I was going to find it. That's where Tradesy comes in. They had several used or NWT J.Crew gowns available and I found a NWT Lucinda gown in a size 6. The girl that had it, bought it and then decided to go with a different dress. So I figured size 6 would work and I could get it altered. She was selling the dress for $1000, which is a steal compared to what the dress cost originally, but it was non-refundable... so I was gambling but I had to do it.
The dress came in...Greg helped me try it on and by some miracle it was exactly like I imagined it would be and it fit perfectly!!! I don't even know how this is possible, but it is. I was over the moon. I bought J.Crew Elsie Satin pumps here to go with it and I was set for our day! Greg bought a J.Crew Ludlow suit here (in blue) and tie here and I think we were both extremely happy with our wedding looks!
Apart from the ceremony, we still wanted to have a gathering with friends and family so later that evening we hosted a private dinner at a local steakhouse for 40 of our closest friends and family. We had our own room. I got flowers for the tables, made menus and placecards on Vistaprint, and my mom got us a cupcake tower from Gigi's Cupcakes, which was awesome. I love cupcakes so much. It was perfect, everyone was there...we actually got to talk to people, and the food was stellar.
Now you have the run down on our wedding day festivities. The only regret that I had was that we didn't take enough pictures in our attire. We were mainly just enjoying the day and wanted to spend time with the people who came into town, so my sister shot some photos of us, but not that many. Photos just weren't our highest priority that day...enjoying the moment was. All that being said, I get a little crazy when I feel like moments aren't documented properly. And this was obviously a huge moment/day for us. That's where Lauren, from Lauren Koleff Photography, comes in. She took our engagement photos for us and they were so amazing! You can find them here. I decided for our first anniversary that I wanted to get new pictures in our wedding attire. Greg was not really wanting to do it, but I think once he realized how important it was to me, he got on board.
I am so pleased with how they turned out! They are exactly what I wanted and what I was picturing in my head. We went to Prophetstown State Park in Lafayette and actually didn't even end up going inside the park. There were so many perfect places just driving up to the entrance. I'm SO HAPPY that we decided to do this. Lauren does such an amazing job and she's so fun to work with. These pictures are amazing!!! It was hard to even narrow it down to this many. I don't know how she does it. We took all of these (and so many more) in under 2 hours. It was humid so my hair fell immediately but oh well. I had the last minute idea of doing a flower crown. I went to a Rubia Flower Market and just showed them a picture of something similar and it turned out so great. I felt so pretty in my flower crown and it was an extra dose of floral pop for the pictures. I hope you guys enjoy these pictures!!!