Friday, March 23, 2012

Ultimate Wedding Week: Before the Ceremony

 Since Jor and I knew we wanted to see each other for the first time coming down the aisle, our before the ceremony time was very relaxing and filled with hanging out with our closest friends.  

We got ready in a hotel in New Haven, CT and had such a great morning. Since the ceremony wasn't until 5pm and since I had 8 bridesmaid, it gave us plenty of time to all get beautified. I hired a hair stylist and a make up artist who came to the hotel room. Trying to figure out how 8 bridesmaids, 2 moms and myself were all going to get done in time was challenging. Luckily we gave everyone a time slot and things actually worked out perfectly!

I would highly recommend hiring a hair stylist and a make up artist for your big day. It was so nice to not have to leave the hotel room, knowing they were coming to us. 

The highlight of the morning was when Jordan and I exchanged letters. I can remember how the tears started pouring the second I started reading it. It was a moment I'll never forget...and just for fun I got him some funky purple sock, which he loved!

Here are some of my favorite shots of us all getting ready, before the ceremony...












What a perfect day! Can't wait to read all about your before the ceremony fun!
-JK

26 comments:

Meghan @ More from Meg said...

You look beautiful! I love the color of the bridesmaids dresses! Love your blog, I'm a new follower!

Allyson said...

How beautiful! I love your photos!

Allyson
http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com/

Pamela said...

You have gorgeous eyes, girl! Love the socks! Too cute!

Valerie Griffin said...

beautiful pics!

Jill @ ACharmedLife said...

wow girl, you are gorgeous!!! such stunning blue eyes! you made quite a beautiful bride :) love the shot of you reading your honey's letter. I totally agree, those letters totally created the waterworks.

thanks for sharing! can't wait to hear more about your big day XO

Amanda said...

You are gorgeous! Those eyes are stunning. Love seeing photos from your big day :)

Tyah Ferguson said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the fancy jeweled belt around your dress!!!

Page Twenty-Two said...

WOW! Your makeup came out FANTASTIC!!! I love these pictures - so sweet that you two wrote each other letters!

Elsha.Rae said...

you are a beyond beautiful bride! and you and your husband make one beautiful sexy couple!

The Presutti's said...

You looked absolutely gorgeous :)

Amanda said...

You look gorgeous!

Amy {Fresh and Fancy} said...

you look amazing! i love love love your dress and the purple bridesmaid dresses - all so pretty! so glad you linked up!

Lauren said...

You looked beautiful!!! :) Love all the pictures!

xo

Kristen said...

You look absolutely stunning!! :)

Katie said...

You look gorgeous in your dress!

Emily said...

Found your blog through the link up and now a new follower!

We did the same thing {wait to see each other till the ceremony}, and it was so nice just to spend that time with the girls!

Emily

Kara said...

LOVE these pics! You look amazing and I adore your dress!

molliejon said...

YOU look sooo gorgeous! It all looks like a fairytale; so happy for you!

The Bluths said...

this makes me cry.

so thrilled for you.

what a stunning bride.

Faith said...

Wow!! You were such a stunning bride ! You have incredible eyes! Love your dress!! Beautiful pictures!

Laurie @ Rookiewife520.blogspot.com said...

Wow. Gorgeous photos!! I really love that every moment was documented. I participated in this too. It's so fun to remember those moments. I'm a new follower! xoxo

Christine said...

you are an absolutely stunning bride! Your dress is amazing! and I love love your little 'bride' top, too cute.

Brittany said...

You are SO gorgeous! Your dress is perfection...makes me wanna get married all over again!

Natasha said...

Hi Jillian! I just found your blog. Your wedding photos are beautiful! Your blog header is adorable too :)

xo, Natasha

Kristin said...

You were one gorgeous bride!! love the socks!

Emma said...

I read this the other day and forgot to comment to let you know that you helped Matt and I decide what we want to do before our wedding as a "gift" to each other. I love that you all wrote each other notes. Seeing that pic of you reading yours brought tears to my eyes thinking about it. So sweet!