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Wedinated: Ruth and Nate, Part Trois

Yes, there’s MOAR. Nate and Ruth had entirely too much awesometasticness for me to pass up … however, I don’t do trilogies. So here’s part three … with one more to come. xo!

Photography: Sunny + Scout Photography

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Wedinated: Gabrielle and Aaron.

Squee!!! My first Australia post!!! Gab is wise. Very wise. Reading through her responses has almost a calming effect because she gets what’s important. While it’s fun to have the details, what matters most is the relationship, the reason why you’re coming together. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect as long as there is love. Real love.
Gab sent me so many photos … it was so hard to pick.  Beautiful.

Name: Gabrielle Newhill

Age: 28, both of us

Occupation: Aaron is a diesel mechanic working out on the mines in Karratha. I’m a mother of 2 so I’m EVERYTHING.

Wedding location: We got married in Dongara, Western Australia. Its about 400km (248.5 miles) north of Perth. It’s a little town Aaron and I have lived in a few times now and both our kids where born there, so it was somewhat a special location for us. Our first weekend away together was to Dongara. We went for the blessing of the fleet, as Dongara is a major fishing location. It was a weekend that changed our lives.

Wedding Date: We got married on the 2nd of April, 2011.

Length of engagement: Well depends how you look at that one!! Aaron, or we, decided to make it a real deal on the 2nd of December, 2010, on a drive back from a weekend in Dongara to be honest! But we were kind of on and off again dating since we were 17 yrs old. We have had the craziest relationship I have even known of, this is the first time we ever been together long enough to even think about getting hitched!

About your wedding: We got married in a little old church that has stood in that town for over 100 years. We had the sweetest minister. He made the whole thing feel so natural and fun. Very understanding man … couldn’t have asked for anyone else to marry us. I wrote our vows, short and sweet, just us. I kept our ceremony booklet so that we can use the same service to renew our vows later on. Our reception was at the local bowling club which made for a really relaxed environment. We didn’t decorate much at all. I wanted it to feel like it was at the bowling club. We hired a jukebox from Geraldton and it worked out great (ps if you do this hide the key so no one can change the music). We had the cake made in Geraldton at a cake shop. I grabbed all the decorations for it from Spotlight. We hired a catering company in Geraldton to do a tapas menu, and my GOD it was amazing. So glad I put the extra money into the food and not the booze! As you can probably tell we had to do the whole thing on a very small budget as we paid for it ourselves from our savings.

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Well that is complicated. I can’t say I had just one moment that was my favorite; as a mother my most moving moment was as I pulled up at the church and got to see my 2 babies standing there waiting for me. My children are my world so seeing them all dressed up and holding hands waiting for me made my eyes water.

Only moment of the day I was overwhelmed enough to want to cry with happiness; BUT as a bride as a women on her day, it was a real big deal to see my “to be husband” after all these years together fumble over his words at the altar as he looked me in the eyes and said his vows to me. My husband is a typical Aussie. That was the first time I have seen him so vulnerable in our whole life together. It was very strong moment that I will never forget.

What disasters did you avert … or not avert and how did you deal with it? Well some things you can’t avoid. Like family. There has always been bad blood between them all and putting them all together always ends with dramas, so it was UNavoidable to say the least. But the whole town lost power for the hours before the wedding which nearly gave us all heart attacks as we couldn’t get hairdryers, curlers, AIRCONS {eds note: The first time I read this phrase, many moons ago in an email, I was like WTF??? It’s air conditioners, for those of you not versed in Aussie speak.}, music, fridges … nothing running. We ran all our hair stuff from a generator that we borrowed, then had to move that genny to the boys place so they could get ready, THEN had to run it to the church so we could get power to  run the music to walk down the aisle too.


I have to admit it makes for a laugh now but it was so hot me and the girls were in our undies till our car pulled up. It was so hot we couldn’t put our dresses on and our makeup and hair was doing crazy things.

Was there anything you would have done differently, or do you have any regrets about how something went? You can’t regret anything in life, that’s my rule!! BUT if I had my time again, the girls and me and my man and his boys plus my kids of course would have just run away for a wild weekend and eloped!! For sure!!! It could have maybe been a bit more structured when it came to photos maybe, but then again it was my girlfriend that did it for me and she travelled all that way for me, so there is no way I would complain about it. I love all my photos. Classic and very true, they are.

What was your biggest challenge in planning? Doing the planning from Perth, where we live, I didn’t meet our caterers until the night! And being a very small town in WA, I was not able to do half the things I wanted as I couldn’t get it up there or locally, so that made me have to change a lot of things around and find other ways to do things!

What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? Um… go with your gut, and never do something just to please anyone!! If there was ever a day to stand up for yourself it should be this day! And that at the end of it all, love what it WAS, not what it COULD HAVE BEEN.

What was your biggest “holyamazeballzI’mfreakininlove!” moment? The moment I took his hand at the altar. He was shaking so much. I new it was real at that moment. Its like for a small moment there I could feel both our hearts pounding away.

What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding? Getting a make-up artist and a hairdresser to come do us up for the wedding. We were not going to do it at all because of how much we had already stretched ourselves for the wedding but like 2 days beforehand my partner said to me, go for it why not, you deserve it. So we did and it was well worth it.
I loved my dress, and the dresses for the bridesmaids, took a lot of running around and a lot of failed ideas but it all worked well.
My handmade flowers, I ordered them online from America because there was no way I could get flowers up there at all! I love them so much.


The wedding car that was also a last minute thing. Friends of ours knew someone who knew someone and a lovely man in town had an old favorite hanging out in his shed and he let us use it for the day … well to be honest, he let us borrow him as well. Perfect gentleman. He was well prepared for the event. Opened the door for me, helped me with my dress, was always checking on me at the photos. He was the kind of guy that, well, just doesn’t exist anymore! I couldn’t have thanked him enough, nor would the day have been the same without him.
The songs we had at the church. It was so us. I will never forget the sound of the guitar solo as I walked into the church, its was the most perfect musical interpretation of what I feel, if I had to turn it into music.

Top 5 least favorite? Oh wow, touchy subject with not-so easy answers.
I was disappointed with how others behaved throughout the evening. It’s very hard to feel special when there is so much disaster and conflict present. To put it simply, I wanted to hold up a big sign saying HELLO this is OUR wedding not a stage for “Days of Our Lives” drama. But hey, if there’s one thing I know its that you cannot control others actions, you can only control your own. It is very hard to see something so beautiful turn into something so ugly due to others actions.

What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? None. I didn’t get any advice like that at all. Um depends though, I got a lot of input about how I should do the wedding or more WHAT I HAD to do at the wedding. There is no reason you have to do anything as far as I can see; it’s your day it’s your relationship so make it as unique as you are.

The best? Um that hey I can always get divorced if I change my mind hahahaha… No um best advice I got was when it all turned to the dark side at the reception and my beautiful wedding started to look like the start of a seen from”Fight Club,” a friend of mine said to me, don’t worry about it. Simple but true. I grabbed my husband’s hand and said this has nothing to do with us, lets go home. And that’s what we did. And to be honest, best thing we did together as husband and wife so far.

If you’ve been married for more than a few years, what have been some challenges? Well we have been together so long and I can promise you there has been some hard times, and we have had to endure a lot together already so here’s hoping it gets easier from here in, but the most drama we have had so far has been changing my name over, banks accounts, drivers license, school stuff for the kids, all our billing info …its been full on with all that so far. And I can’t get used to using my new name lol.
What from your wedding vows/ceremony still holds the truest? “With all that I am and all that I have I honor you.”
Being married for me, or the idea of being married, is not a fairytale ending to a love story. Its a promise that you will always be true and love that person for ALL they are to choose to stand beside them through life, and all that life will bring you.


Any other bits of wisdom? Well to be honest I am far from wise. I am completely learning as I go, so my only comments would be, trust yourself whole heartedly. You are the only person making the choices in your life. Trust THAT part of yourself; look within for all parts of your wedding, your marriage, and your life. As far fetched as it seems, no matter what happens before during or after the wedding, it will be an adventure worth experiencing. Even if it doesn’t turn out so perfect, and for me and my life and my relationship it wouldn’t be ours if it didn’t have a bunch of challenges in it. It kind of the way it goes for me. And I accept the challenge!!!
Oh and this: blood does not mean anything if it doesn’t pass through a heart. Don’t do any of it for anyone else. My partner and I come from very broken families and trying to FAKE it never works for anyone. Love is a word people have forgotten how to feel. For others or themselves.

All photos by Emmaline Yearsley. She can be reached at emmalineyearsley@gmail.com.
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Here’s a Jumping Photo I Can *almost* Get Behind.

We all know how I feel about jumping photos.

But … this one featured on Ruffled today is pretty rad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via Ruffled via Lizelle Lotter Photography.

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Wedinated: Ashley and Mike

Ashley has been a friend of mine for a loooooooonnngggg time. Like, a really long time, if you didn’t pick that up. She would come to Jackson from Florida every summer to spend it with her dad and our families would spend nearly every weekend up at Jackson Lake camping. For many summers during my childhood, she would be the only other kid connection I would have for weeks at a time. So, obviously, we were great friends. I’ve kind of known Mike for about as long, but not nearly as well. Mike and Ashley were high school sweethearts and really epitomize it. I was broken-hearted that I couldn’t attend their wedding. Not only was she the first of my friends to tie the knot, but looking at the pics it looked like a blast. Alas at the time, a plane ticket from Boston to J-Hole was not in the cards. Anywho, not only are they a gorgeous couple, but they’re really great for one another. I got to see both of them (together!!!) this past Christmas and it made me so happy. Ashley is a total goof, which is a breath of fresh air sometimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Ashley and Mike

Age: 28 (29 on June 4th)

Occupation: Affiliate Marketing Manager for FramesDirect.com

Wedding location: Jackson Lake Lodge, Jackson, WY

Wedding Date: 9/3/2006

Length of engagement: We got engaged on July 20th, 2005 and married on Sept 3rd, 2006…so…..over a year, ha ha

Tell me about your wedding: Rev. [Paul] Hayden performed our ceremony. Having a religious figure of some kind was not a requirement for either of us. I wanted some kind of “Christian” something or another and we felt our grandparents needed and would appreciate more religion in our ceremony. Therefore we chose the hip and cool Rev Hayden.

We did not write our own vows. I’m not good at expressing my emotions and, honestly, prefer not too publicly. I did request to have the word “obey” removed and I wanted my name to be said first in the “I now pronounce you Mr. and Mrs. Ashley and Michael DiPrisco” part. Thinking about that now, almost 5 years later, that seems silly. {Ed.’s note: Not silly … and I’m totally doing the same thing.} At the time, however, I think I was having a “I don’t want to lose my identity” moment.

We also chose not to have an aisle to walk down. Being a tad nontraditional (I didn’t wear a veil either and let’s be honest, we were already living together) we had the family and bridal party enter in from the side.
Being from the same town and having too many years of bad history on my side of the family, we avoided any kind of Bride and Groom’s side seating. Instead we had 3 sections with 2 walkways. My bridesmaids also chose to wear stilettos. It wouldn’t have been very nice of me to ask them to walk off of the pavement, through the grass and up the grassy aisle. Although, maybe the lodge would have given us a discount for aerating their lawn with the girls’ heels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Honestly, I don’t think I can narrow it down to just 1 part, thing or event… as cheesy as it sounds, it was perfect.

The majority of our families were able to be there and everyone was in good health. The weather was absolutely perfect. My parents were extremely generous during the entire process and it turned out to be a wonderful event.

I am glad we decided to have a receiving line. We went back and forth about whether or not to do it, but I’m glad we did. We had a chance to thank everyone for coming and that was important to us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What disasters did you avert … or not avert and how did you deal with it? Weather was good – thank God. We didn’t have a backup plan for rain. Everyone was also on their best behavior. 😉

Was there anything you would have done differently, or do you have any regrets about how something went? No regrets but yes, we would do a few things differently. First, I would have a different dress…or a better bustle. I loved the way my dress looked but it was heavy, hot and my bustle (1 button) broke right after the ceremony. Just bad planning on my part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was your biggest challenge in planning? It was very challenging to plan a wedding from afar. We were living in Mississippi and planning a wedding in Wyoming = crazy. I headed to Jackson 6 weeks before the wedding to finalize some details and the wedding turned out better than we could have imagined, but it was challenging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What lessons did you learn from planning or from the wedding itself? I learned that I LOVE to plan stuff. Ya ya, big surprise. I’m not sure that I learned any lessons but I did learn things I didn’t know before. An example would be that everything is negotiable if you have the time and energy to negotiate.
Sorry I don’t have any deep and inspirational lessons to share. {Ed.’s note: Pffft.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What was your biggest “holyamazeballzI’mfreakininlove!” moment? Ha ha, can one have such a moment at the ripe age of 16? To layer on the Velveeta again, I think the moment I first knew we’d date for a while was during our first kiss. Not only was he super-hot but he could kiss too! Ok, so I guess that would be lust.

Other than that specific moment I have several other events that just solidified and grew my feelings for him. When he went off to basic training after high school graduation he wrote me a letter every day. A real letter, on paper, sent through the mail. That is just crazy. (here you go making me all uncomfortable by getting personal and digging into feelings) One letter also had a pressed flower that he picked from a field they had to do pushups in. I will admit that I teased him about being such a cheese ball but deep down I still can’t believe he’d notice a flower while doing pushups and then mail it to me. I mean, who does that in real life? That’s only stuff you see in sappy girl movies like The Notebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another “wow he’s a great guy” moment was during his first deployment to the Middle East. He surprised me by flying in my best college girlfriends for the first weekend of his deployment. Again, who does that? He’s the one leaving home for 77+ days, on a deployment to the 120+ degree dessert to live with dudes and eat chow hall food while “defending freedom” and he’s planning fun things for me. Freaking amazing.

More than anything though he continues to amaze and impress me with his unwavering sense of right and wrong and regard for others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What were your top 5 favorite things about your wedding? The Groom, family and friends, the location/ venue, the band and the open bar.

Top 5 least favorite? Our flowers attracted bees during the ceremony, my bustle, Mike could only be there for 48 hrs. I can’t think of anything else.

What was the worst piece of wedding advice you received? I didn’t really get too much advice. More stories that started with, “when I got married…..and we did…..”. I really didn’t mind hearing other people’s ideas. Either way, we were going to put our own spin on it.

The worst wedding day question/comment: “When will we hear the pitter patter of little feet?” I mean really people!?! Can we please get married first before you throw out the kiddo question? Someone give me a glass of wine or something. Damn. {Ed.’s note: Arrrgh!!! Right?!?}

Ashley's little sis giving a speech.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best? After the rehearsal dinner everyone went into the bar at the lodge and we continued the party. One of my bridesmaids, Gillian, turned to me and said, “You need to put your glass of wine down and go to bed.” She was so right! She saved me from being tired and hungover on our wedding day. I didn’t want to leave but am thankful she could tell me that and that she did.

If you’ve been married for more than a few years, what have been some challenges? Oh boy… here we go….
No really, I wouldn’t label them as challenges. I’d say more like things we’ve learned, accepted or changed. (how’s that for a diplomatic start?)

One thing that was challenging for me was sharing space when we first moved in together. Being an only child for a good portion of my life, I’ve never had to share a bathroom. So I guess my taking up the entire counter and leaving a small and — in my opinion — unnoticeable, pile of clothes behind the door isn’t a good thing. Humm, my jammies like it behind the bathroom door.

I also don’t see why the dining room table has to be used only for dinner. It’s right near the entryway and is a great spot to leave my purse, car keys, sunglasses, scarf and whatever other layers I want to remove while entering the home. Makes sense to me.

So for me, it has been an eye opening experience to realize that I may be a bit of a clutter bug. At least in the common space of the home…..which I guess is now the entire home.

If Mike were writing this I’d imagine he’d say a challenge was:
1) How much stuff a girl has and 2) how most of it is in the closet which leaves only a few inches for his clothes.

Now that we’ve been living together for almost 6 years, those things are what we laugh about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What from your wedding vows/ceremony still holds the truest? Oh girl, I don’t remember our vows. Should I go watch our wedding dvd and get back to you?
Prolly the “to love and cherish” part. 😉

Any other bits of wisdom? Not sure you could call it wisdom. Maybe advice. I’d say just have fun with one another. If you can laugh and have a good time together the rest will all work out. Most of all, be nice to each other. It’s the one person who knows you best and is there for you. Don’t take that for granted.

Photos provided by Ashley, some by Imagewell Photography.
Also? Ash divulged that they had 8 bridesmaids, 6 dudes and 278 guests. That really takes planning. Srsly.
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Oh wow.

This cheery little wedding found on Ruffled had me smiling with the cheeriness, the colors and many other uber fun ideas.

http://ruffledblog.com/blue-red-california-checkered-picnic-wedding/

j’taime.

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There is SO much to love …

About this wedding, found on Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride. Don’t forget to wipe the drool off your keyboard.

http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2010/11/laurel-and-ryans-handcrafted-alice-bright-alice-in-wonderland-wedding-shoot/

xo

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Feeling blue? I am … because it’s awesome

Stumbled upon this amazing blueness. Swoon.

Check out homeboy’s kicks. Radtastic.

xo

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Color me … stoked!

So, I know I was originally just going to go with the turquoise/tangerine color scheme … but I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE. And while I still think those colors will def be a huge part of it … I want to add another element. Purple!!! Actually, I just want a buttload of color. I mean, lots!!! But, purple is pretty and one of Leigh’s favorite colors, so it’s pretty appropriate.

courtesy weddingchannel.com

I mean, geez!!! How pretty and complimentary is it???

Another idea, if I end up scrambling (I may get lured away from the weddingness by temptation of beach, snorkeling and volcano tours), I found this on ruffledblog.com

DIY Wine Bottle Pop Art Centerpieces

How colorful and wonderful!!! And so flippin easy … spray paint wine bottles.

xo

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