i have to say, our bridal party was top notch. everyone was so supportive, helpful, and an absolute blast.
my maid of honor was my sister, annie, who did a phenomenal job. she got rave reviews for ensuring my dress was perfectly fluffed at the ceremony and delivered a beautiful speech at the reception. courtney, ryan's sister, was one of my bridesmaids, who was fantastic to have and i'm lucky to have her as a sister-in-law now! next are toni and katie, who i've known since we were ten years old, and erika, who i met in high school. finally, jenny was one of my closest friends who i met in college!
as for ryan, his best man was eric, who he's known since he was a child. next was bobby, my brother, who ryan met when we started dating. matt and steve are long-time friends since they were kids. finally, ryan met bryan and jeff in college and have been great friends.
since ryan and i didn't do a first look, we had to do all of our photos after the ceremony and before cocktail hour. not doing a first look was very important to us, so the time crunch for pictures was a sacrifice we were willing to take. despite a little chaos getting from the church to the hotel for photos, we were able to finish everything relatively quickly and head to celebrate at cocktail hour!
enjoy the photos!
EASILY ONE OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM THE NIGHT. HERE'S THE STORY: AT MY MIDDLE SCHOOL, I LEAD ZUMBA ANYTIME WE DO AN ACTIVITY DAY. MY CHOREOGRAPHY FOR BRUNO MARS "UPTOWN FUNK" IS COMMITTED TO MEMORY. WHENEVER THIS SONG HAS COME ON AT A BAR OR WEDDING FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS, I DO THE DANCE. MY FRIENDS HAVE LEARNED THE MOVES OVER THE YEARS. SO, HERE WE ARE, DANCING TO GOOD OLD BRUNO!
Overall, ryan and i are so thankful to have such outstanding people in our lives. you all are the best!
bridal gown: seng couture
bridesmaids dresses: bill levkoff from bella bridesmaids (color: cranberry)
tuxes: men's warehouse
venue: lake valhalla club
hotel: sheraton parsippany
hair and makeup: i do your hair and makeup
music: so good entertainment