our wedding: formals

September 16, 2011


Some things that kept us sane while planning the wedding were weekly date nights, wedding off limits conversations, and an amazingly supportive group of family and friends. You all will be pleased to know that I did not turn into a bridezilla! I was calm and collected the whole time {sans morning of}, and my bff/MOH Lizzie was actually the one to turn into what she dubbed a “MOHzilla.”
I was so lucky to have my best friends by my side. On the left is Pauline, who I met in high school. We bonded in our sophmore year Spanish class over our love of The OC. Lizzie is by best friend who I’ve known since 6th grade. We used to play with our American Girl dolls and have tea parties…and we did that when we were kids too haha! We both love musicals and our faith is a big part of our friendship. We went through so many of our sacraments together, even leading our own Confirmaion Group and being a part of our church’s Youth Group throughout high school. And Hanna has been one of my best friends since 6th grade. We played soccer together and even competed in our high school’s Track and Field {Long Jump! haha}. She’s my silly counterpart and one of those people that I can just toally be myself around. I love these three girls more than anything!
 love this photo so much bc the photographer said, “Ok, now give the bride a kiss,” and I puckered up and closed my eyes.
hehe I love my bestie Lizzie!
Matthew and his best friend Daniel.
 my brother Anthony! Isn’t he so handsome? I love this guy so much! The sweetest and best brother a girl could ask for!
Another huge factor in keeping me sane was all of you. Seriously, and I mean seriously, I am so grateful for all of your support. Having Wedding Wednesday posts was a way to keep all my thoughts organized and getting your thoughts and opinions about hair, dresses, guys attire, song choices, etc. was invaluable. I appreciated your advice, experience and knowledge more than you know. I think that’s why I didn’t go all crazy, because I had all of you there. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of our wedding and letting me share these photos with you. I love you guys!! I hope these photos weren’t too much over the course of the week. I learned that I’m not the best photo editor because it was so hard for me not to include all 800 photos! {I luckily restrained myself though}.
  • Great pictures , You look so lovely ! Conratulations 🙂

    Bisou 😡

    Doudinou <3

  • So very beautiful. And you could never post enough! I love them all!

  • so gorgeous!! you all look beautiful! congratulations 🙂

  • oh my cutest wedding ever!

  • I love these photos so much! Everyone looked amazing! 🙂 🙂

  • Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, smiling faces of family and friends…I don't think it gets any better than this…thanks for sharing all the goodies M! You're such a stunner!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  • Mara everything looks so beautiful!! I am loving the guys suits…so much nicer and funner than the typical black

  • so beautiful, mara

  • i love them 🙂 thanks so much for sharing.

  • I don't know what else to say other than AMAZING! Thanks for sharing these with us. Three years later I still love going through all 1200(!) of our photos. Each one brings me back to that day/night & I just love it.

    Be sure to let us know if your photographer ends up in the magazine he submitted to! :o)

  • the joy of that day is palpable through these photos– beautiful

  • Your photos turned out fantastic. Like jaw dropping gorgeous and mesmerizingly beautiful fantastic. And very 'real'. Nothing seems too posed. So happy for you girl! Your a MRS now!!!

  • i've loved all your pictures this week, mara! you and matthew are one amazing gorgeous couple!

  • Don't be surprised if all your photos end up over the entire with every girl in the world oohing and ahhing. Gorgeous photos!

  • Mara, this has been SUCH a happy week full of your wedding photos! I'm so glad you let us take a peek. You and your bridal party look GORGEOUS; I love the dresses and Matthew and co look super handsome!
    xo Josie

  • So so lovely Mara.

  • absolutely beautiful!! like a dream 🙂 I'm glad you had such a lovely wedding because you are such a sweet girl 🙂

  • You make a gorgeous bride! The photography here is really beautiful, love the photos.

  • aww, beautiful couple & beautiful photos!! I loved your wedding week thank you so much for sharing this everyone Mara. I love your blog & posts, they always make me smile. Happy weekend hun. xo veronika

  • You look so dreamy. LOVE your dress! You two are so perfect together!

  • Thank you so much for sharing the wedding pictures with us this week! It truly looks like you had a DREAM fairytale wedding!! And though as a single girl I hate to admit this, I'm now day dreaming about my own day. Shh, our little secret! Where did the ceremony take place? I'm in orange county so I'm just curious.

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  • i love the shot of you laughing! these are so gorgeous, the lighting is perfect!

    <3 steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  • these are such great photos!! i am such a sucker for formal photos in beautiful clothing.

  • You were a gorgeous bride Mara!! Haha, love the shot where you were laughing. Great photographer, that's for sure!

  • Wow! Beautiful pictures! Everyone was so gorgeous xo

  • all the pictures you've shared are beautiful. you did a good job with your selections!


  • You looked absolutely breathtaking!!! I love the sweetness and simplicity of all the details! The photos truely capture the realness of your love! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • THANK YOU MARA for sharing your special day with us! Please share as many images as you'd like, they're absolutely stunning!

  • Gorgeous.

  • awww, these make me so happy!!! you look absolutely beautiful 🙂

  • Such beautiful pictures!

  • Such a beautiful wedding!
    I've been so looking forward to seeing these photos and they are so beautiful! 🙂

  • I started following your blog towards the end of your wedding planning and I just wanted to say that everything turned out beautifully! I love all your DIY touches and your photos are gorgeous!

  • omg. stunning!

  • Yay! The last one is my very favorite!!
    Love, Leigh

  • I hope my wedding photos turn out like this, stunning. I've just got engaged, can't wait to start planning our wedding xxx

  • oh my gosh WHERE are those bridesmaids dresses from?!

  • the pictures weren't too much at all, I could easily see a few more posts with all the pics from your wedding! where are your bridesmaid dresses from? I am looking for light pink dresses for mine too but have found NOTHING! i am thinking i will just let them go to the mall (with me!) and pick out outfits that match!

  • Um, I vote you don't restrain yourself and show us all of your wedding photos!!!

    And seriously, talk about a ridiculously good looking bridal party!

    x Jasmine

  • sooo stunning. i can only hope my wedding will one day be as gorgeous as this.

  • Your wedding is so beautiful! I love all of your pictures. and your flowers are gorgeous!

  • You were a stunning bride and you had a beautiful wedding!

  • YAYYYYY you finally got to post these photos! You two look so adorable and everything was SOOoo pretty!

  • Perfection Mara!!

  • These photos are so beautiful, Mara! YOU are so beautiful! I'm in awe of how perfect everything was – you obviously did an incredible job throughout the whole process! I'm really glad you shared your wedding with us and I'm insanely happy for you right now! YAY.

  • I LOVED your wedding recaps this week! (I'm gonna keep those DIYs in mind for years from now when I'm actually engaged! lol) These pictures are just too precious. That last picture looks like something that should be on Pinterest! You should totally pin it…I'll repin it!!! 🙂

  • I wouldn't mind you sharing all 800!!! I have so looked forward to every wedding post. I think I am stealing ALL of your ideas for my wedding 🙂 so beautiful, intimate, and unique!

  • You and Matthew look fantastic!
    The entire wedding party does!

  • Beautiful! The photos are also very well taken. 🙂



  • I love all these pics everything was so wonderfully put together Mara. thanks for sharing such a beautiful and special day with us.

  • I loved wedding week!! Your style is so adorable! I think you may like my blog! Check it out: http://buttonspockets.blogspot.com/ 🙂

  • The photos look great!!!!

    I dreaming it so much… =)


  • Beautiful wedding. Gorgeous bride! I absolutely love the photo of 'the guys' just cool as can be.

  • So, so lovely. My fiancé and I watched your video together and loved all aspects of your day. It makes us wish even more that a videographer could be in our budget. Are you willing to share your venue location and where the guys got their suits?

  • You can include the 800 photos!! Beautiful wedding!!

  • Wow your dress is amazing!

  • your pictures are so very amaizing!

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