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A Highland Fairy Tale: We Dance and Drink the Night Away

OK, enough with the sappiness, let’s get this party started!!!  From about 9:30 pm until we were kicked out at midnight, the dancing was energized and non-stop!

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It was a pretty typical wedding reception.  The DJ kept it mostly fresh with new hits but threw in a few old school songs for good measure.

Girls in their late twenties danced to “So call me, maybe” with no shame.

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Scottish men got physical in odd-shaped huddles.

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The flower girl, who LITERALLY danced all night, took the prize for most adorable.  To this day, people still tell me how cute Littlest C was at the reception.

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Note: Littlest C has a glow stick attached to her dress.  We added a whole bunch of glow sticks to our order with Midwest Sound and it was definitely worth it!  They were a big hit with kids and adults.

And the bride and groom kept kissing each other.

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Now I wasn’t too picky about the music at our reception BUT I did have one major stipulation!  NO ORGANIZED LINE DANCES!!!  But wait, Mrs. Sword, wasn’t the ceilidh dancing one big line dance after big line dance???  Yes and no.  Those were culturally specific and more intricate.  Right!?

Well, Mom Sword and MOH Big Eyes LOVE American line dances and my cousins actually requested one but I had to lay down the law and emphatically tell them that line dances were on my “Do Not Play” list!

I ended up seeing the error in my ways (and apologizing to said cousins) because apparently the girlfriends of Mr. Sword’s buddies from Scotland were the ones who were DYING to try an American line dance.  They’d shown us theirs, it was time to reciprocate!  So I lifted the ban and we taught the Scottish folk the Cha Cha slide.  Fun was had by folks from both sides of the pond.

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While I was dancing up a storm this was also happening:

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Pretty sure that’s the best picture ever.  This wouldn’t be a Scottish wedding reception without a platter of shots now would it?!?!

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Cheers everybody!  Our wedding day was jam-packed and super fun, but it was the dancing portion that really flew by for me.  Up next, Mr. Sword and I sneak away for a few more pictures and the Sword wedding comes to an end!

Did you or do you hope to have an epic dance party as well?  Who else put a ban on American line dances?

All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.

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Skipped some of the Sword saga?  It’s OK, catch up today!

Pre-Wedding
Teaser video!
Final preparations, snow, and tears!
Ladies’ Luncheon!
Elevators of anxiety!
Rehearsing and screaming!
Burgers and surprises!
Kisses at midnight!

The Big Day
Bacon for bridal baby!
Hair and makeup!
Men in kilts!
Tiara and bouquet!
Becoming a bride!
Champagne toasts!
First look!
Cold couple portraits!
The Swords with swords!
The men pose!
The women pose!
Altogether now!
Elevator madness!
Big reveal!
Family photos!
Posing with our flower girl!
True Scotsman indeed!

Ceremony
People processing!
Bridal cry/laugh walk!
Ceremony readings!
Vows and handfasting!
Receiving line!

Reception
Cocktail hour!
The pretty details!
Grand entrances!
We get roasted!
Parent dances!
First dance fake out!
Stripping the willow!
Anniversary dance!

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A Highland Fairy Tale: We Watch Me Cry/Laugh Down the Aisle

At this point the DJ faded out and Bagpiper E started playing again, this time, Highland Cathedral, also known as my bridal song.  I kept wondering in the back of my mind if I’d regret walking down the aisle to bagpipes but I’m to report I was 100% happy with my bridal march!  Some folks said they got the chills when the bagpipes started again.  Me too.  🙂

I’ve included a link to the song if you want an idea what E played but you’ll have to imagine it without the drums and going a bit slower in tempo:

Before I entered, our flower girl, Littlest C, mader her appearance down the aisle, scattering petals in preparation for the bride.  She took her job very seriously and looked absolutely adorable.

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She did a fantastic job scattering petals and she looked adorable.

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If you’re at all like me, you were a bit nervous (or you will be) before walking down the aisle, but once Dad Sword and I got started, the nervous butterflies turned into happy butterflies and I was so excited to be walking down the aisle to my groom in front of all of my favorite people!  I am an extrovert after all.

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When Dad Sword and I first began walking I was worried about tripping but I soon forgot about my feet and all of my energy became focused on NOT SOBBING.  Watch as my face attempts to “keep it together.”

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My emotions were getting the best of me and I’m pretty sure it had something to do with this amazing guy:

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What do you do when the love your life is beaming at you in his handsome kilt minutes before it’s time to pledge your love to each other?  Completely lose it of course (with Dad Sword grinning away as a proud FOB next to you).

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And then start to chuckle cause you’re so happy you feel silly.  I don’t know how anyone can cry all the time and NOT have a sense of humor about it!

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After hugging Dad Sword, I was presented (sounds better than “given away,” right?) to Mr. Sword and proceeded to hold his hand as much as I could for the entire ceremony.  There was nowhere else in the world I wanted to be.

All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.

Did you cry and then laugh at yourself while walking down the aisle too?  Anyone else use bagpipes for their bridal march?

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Skipped some of the Sword saga?  It’s OK, catch up today!

Pre-Wedding
Teaser video!
Final preparations, snow, and tears!
Ladies’ Luncheon!
Elevators of anxiety!
Rehearsing and screaming!
Burgers and surprises!
Kisses at midnight!

The Big Day
Bacon for bridal baby!
Hair and makeup!
Men in kilts!
Tiara and bouquet!
Becoming a bride!
Champagne toasts!
First look!
Cold couple portraits!
The Swords with swords!
The men pose!
The women pose!
Altogether now!
Elevator madness!
Big reveal!
Family photos!
Posing with our flower girl!
True Scotsman indeed!

Ceremony
People processing!

A Highland Fairy Tale: We Cuddle With a Cutie

After our families had left the lobby to finish getting ready for the ceremony, Crystal was able to snap a few more pics of Mr. Sword and myself indoors.  By this time, I had fully thawed and was happy to continue smiling for the camera.

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We decided to switch things up and move locations and I’m so glad we did because I love these next few pics.  So romantic and bridal looking.  And for reference, this location is a tiny hallway near a window on the second floor of the hotel.  Nothing special about it in real life but a great spot for some lovely photos!

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On my photography shot list I had also made time for a mini photo shoot with Littlest C, because well, she’s pretty damn important.  I’m pretty sure I was picturing her as my flower girl before I’d even met Mr. Sword!

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We went outside and Littlest C got to wear her beautiful jacket.

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The next three pictures tend to make me tear up!  Notice our matching tiaras?  🙂  I had this idea for a pose that we should both hold her flower girl basket and I’m so glad they turned out as well as they did!  If you are taking pictures with your ring bearers or flower girls, I recommend getting down to their height level, it makes for better photos!

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I love how much we look-alike (even though we’re obviously not blood-related) and I’m just reminded of how grown-up and beautiful Littlest C looks!

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Did you see the purple petals?  Those were cut from fake flowers I purchased at JoAnn’s when shopping for boutonnieres.  So easy, and so much cheaper than real petals!

All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.

Did you take extra pics with any of your little ones?

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Skipped some of the Sword saga?  It’s OK, catch up today!

Pre-Wedding
Teaser video!
Final preparations, snow, and tears!
Ladies’ Luncheon!
Elevators of anxiety!
Rehearsing and screaming!
Burgers and surprises!
Kisses at midnight!

The Big Day
Bacon for bridal baby!
Hair and makeup!
Men in kilts!
Tiara and bouquet!
Becoming a bride!
Champagne toasts!
First look
Cold couple portraits!
The Swords with swords!
The men pose!
The women pose!
Altogether now!
Elevator madness!
Big reveal!
Family photos!

Showered in Chicago

As you can probably guess from the title of my post, I had my Chicago shower this past weekend.  Although I mean it both figuratively and literally, because we had a whole day of rains showers to match my event!  It was a wonderful afternoon and I’m so grateful to all of the beautiful ladies who came to celebrate with me!

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When I first got engaged early last year Boss Lady told me she wanted to throw me a LLLL shower here in Chicago for all my Chicago peeps, and I was so touched!  I know bridal showers are a bonus as not everyone gets one, and I was thrilled when she made the generous offer.

Boss Lady is also Mom to my flower girl Littlest C.  Littlest C was so adorable at the shower, I heard she helped set up, I saw her greet and talk to guests, and when she wasn’t bonding with Sister/MOH Big Eyes she was being the cutest, most adorable and mature 6-year-old ever!

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Miss Sword, Littlest C, and Boss Lady

The LLLL stands for Ladies Linen and Lingerie Luncheon.  Like the name implies you aren’t limited to buying off registry because sexy late night outfits and panties are encouraged as well!  I received lots of beautiful and clever gifts, and some awesome pieces of lingerie.  I think the raciest one was given to me by my mother!  AWKWARD.

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Boss Lady had the luncheon catered and the food was amazing!

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Boss Lady decorated the space with gorgeous purple and white flowers, and made the sweetest treat bags for everyone.  They included a nail polish from Victoria’s Secret, scented drawer fresheners, and adorable hankies.  All in different colors.  So clever!

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She really put together a classy event and I’m so lucky so many of my friends could make it.  Mom Sword and Sister Big Eyes were also in attendance having flown in from MN for the weekend.

This was taken at my church the morning of the shower, apparently it's the only pic I have of the three of us!

This was taken at my church the morning of the shower, apparently it’s the only pic I have of the three of us!

NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT CAKE.  I have to give a shout-out to my friends S and A for bringing the most amazing cake I’ve ever seen!!!

S and A are the sisters on the left.

S and A are the sisters on the left.  Can’t you tell?

Isn’t this thing adorable???  It’s got a tartan sash and a little sword.  I mean, COME ON.  I’m in love.

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The tartan sash definitely looked more purple in person than it showed in photos!

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Another shout-out goes to my girl M for coming up with the most unique shower game I’ve ever played!

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She actually printed out status’ from Facebook and had everyone guess if Mr. Sword or myself had written them.  Hilarious, smart, and perfect for our social media crazed era!  Of course most of the longer posts belonged to yours truly, but I think I was the only person who got 100%, go figure!  🙂

Mr. Sword showed up at the end of the shower so he could carry gifts to the car and help me thank everyone for coming.  I mean, most of the lingerie is a present for him anyway, right!?!

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Finally my favorite photos have to be from my sneaky Sister Big Eyes.  She was in charge of taking pictures during the shower and she decided to surprise me with an abundance of my famous “Miss Sword” poses using her own mug.  I definitely laughed out loud when I saw them on my camera later that night!   🙂

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Did you just have a bridal shower?  Has anyone played the Facebook status game before?  Isn’t the cake just perfect??

…What a Weekend Baby: 3, Miss Sword Pretends to Craft

OK, so I’m doing this series and I’m holding out on you guys because I have sort of a surprise coming when I recap the shower, but I have to wait a bit longer before I start sharing what happened, so in the meantime, I’m jumping a bit out-of-order to show you an evening of wedding planning in my parent’s home.  Sit tight while we watch (through photos mostly) the Sword women do a bit of DIY.

I decided a long time ago I would make our guy’s boutonnieres (since they wouldn’t be made of real flowers) many months before the wedding to minimize stressing about them as much as possible.  I wanted to make sure we started far enough in advance because  A) What if they looked terrible and we had to start all over? and B) What if this DIY thing is harder than it looks? (it is.)  So after gathering a bunch of supplies, Mom Sword, MOH/Sister Big Eyes and I all set to work making a few prototype bouts.

This is me working slowly hard.

After one pathetic attempt I gave up and Sister Big Eyes (aided by Mom Sword) gave it a whirl.

Below you will see what I came up with next to what Sister came up with.  My version is the sad piece on the left, hers is the one that looks like it will stay together for the duration of a wedding day.  Clearly, we had a DIY limitation on our hands.  CLEARLY.

Needless to say we’ll be going with MOH Big Eyes’ prototype, which started off with a bit of ivory ribbon placed behind the flower to make the tartan pop out, but in the end we decided it looked a lot “cleaner” and “finished” without the ribbon.  What do you think?

With this wedding decision tackled all we need is a few more tartan scraps and some free time so we MOH Big Eyes can get started on the rest of them!

But don’t worry, I definitely redeemed myself by showing off my scissor skills and cutting flowers to fill Littlest C’s flower girl basket with petals.  We plan on spraying them with perfume for a nice feminine touch.

Isn’t Fibonacci the best helper EVER?  He’s also Littlest C’s understudy…

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What do you think of our hard work?  Do you like how the tartan is popping up everywhere?  Isn’t Fiblet adorable?!?!

Every princess needs one of these

We all know I have a tendency to talk about the more controversial topics of wedding planning here on the hive (because that stuff is as equally important as shoes, invites, and budgets), but today I want to talk about something that is sure to appeal to the masses.

BUT FIRST:

I want to use this post to talk about something pertaining to the top of my bridal look:

My wedding tiara.  Is there a sweeter, softer phrase that was ever uttered?  🙂

Now, as I sit in a Starbucks wearing my purple rockstar jeans and blogging in one of the biggest hipster areas in all of Chicago, I have to laugh at myself. (haha)  I’m sitting here feeling relatively artistic and cool (you can judge me if you want), but at the same time thinking how wearing a tiara at my wedding seems a bit juvenile and dated.  Since I tend to be one big contradiction in all areas of my life I’m not really bothered if wearing a crown at my wedding is not considered hip, I’m just finding it comical.  I’ll be 29 when I wed, not 10!  But myself and my six-year-old flower girl will be wearing complimenting tiaras and we are going to look SO GOOD that it won’t matter.

While a tiara may not be as artsy as the birdcage or as fresh looking as a beautiful hair clip or headband, it seems like the perfect choice for our highland fairy tale wedding and my princess-themed bridal look.

My tiara was a gift from Auntie B back in June.  We found it the same week I was shopping for my wedding dress and it just seemed like fate!  Plus, we got a fantastic deal on it because the lady who owned the boutique was going out of business.

So I have my tiara, but that doesn’t mean I’m going veil-less.  In fact, I’d like to wear both the tiara and a veil on my wedding day but I’m a bit unsure of how to proceed.  For starters, I’d like to point out that I don’t plan on purchasing a veil because they seem to be one of the most over-priced pieces of all bridal garb.  Unfortunately, they also seem to be one of those wedding necessities in my mind.  MOH/Sister Big Eyes is DIYing a veil with her future mother-in-law and one of our original thoughts was that we could wear the same one.  But after thinking about it I decided if she was making the veil she should wear it first (I don’t want the responsibility of making sure nothing happens to it!), and then there’s the issue of her dress being white and mine being ivory, so eventually that idea was scrapped.

So what’s a princess bride to do?  Well, once she figures out what she wants she will be borrowing one (hopefully from a fellow bee).  Something borrowed?  CHECK.

What I do know is my ideal look.  I want a simple tulle veil, with no added lace or beading or crystals or pearls.  I think the tiara would be complimented best by a simpler veil.

What I don’t know is how long it should be!  I’m absolutely uninterested and uninspired about veil length to be honest.  The shoulder, elbow, and fingertip lengths are what I’m leaning towards but I’m not drawn to anything in particular.

So I’d love some help on this Hive, please vote for your favorite veil length based on the fact that you’ve seen my tiara (in all it’s beauty), and knowing that my gown is a fit-n-flare (named Evie) who I would describe as both sexy AND princess-like.  🙂

Poll:  Which veil length should Miss Sword go for?

A) A shorter veil would look best with the tiara!  Go with shoulder length.

B) Elbow length is ideal in my opinion, it hits at the right spot.

C)  Fingertip length will flow the best, longer looks more elegant.

D) I have no clue Miss Sword, you’re wearing a tiara and it’s weird, but I still like you.  🙂

(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)

Is anyone else sporting a tiara on their Big Day?  What are your thoughts on veils?  I’m also wondering where I should place my veil, directly behind the tiara or lower on my head like Mom Sword prefers?  🙂

Flowers for Girls

There are only a limited few wedding details that I’ve had planned for years, (one being that Sister Big Eyes would be my MOH), and one that came about only a few years ago.   It’s a detail I had solidified in my head even before I met Mr. Sword.  Something so right that you just feel it long before you realize it.  My flower girl.  Littlest C.

Littlest C is almost 6 now but I’ve known her since she was 11 months old!

I always end up crying when I look at these old photos!

How I became a nanny is a story for another day but let’s just say I’ve never been a nanny before this family and I probably won’t be one after this family.  It just fit.  And I basically fell in love with the kids right off the bat.  And PS (while it’s expected of me), I’m NOT one of those people who think every kid is cute!  Obviously my two nanny kids are really special to me and I’m actually celebrating my five-year anniversary with my nanny family in October.  Littlest C’s older brother, we’ll call him Big C, is going to be an usher in the wedding, along with three of my awesome cousins.

Anyway, this past weekend my very talented Boss Lady (who’s making all the extra tartan pieces if you’ll remember), Littlest C, and I went shopping for a flower girl dress for Littlest C and boy oh boy was it exciting!  Littlest C is a bit of a girly-girl like myself and after seeing me try on a few dresses this past May, she couldn’t wait for her turn!  Lucky for her (and unlucky for us) she looks good in everything!  We went to David’s Bridal so she could sample lots of different styles but to be honest, we’re probably going to buy online because it’s a better selection at better prices!  Win win.

The goal was to find something that hints at my dress without being an exact replica.  Boss Lady and I think we have figured out the ideal fabric and fit so all in all I’d say the shopping trip was very successful!  Here are some of the dresses Littlest C got to model for us:

I really wanted Littlest C’s opinion and encouraged her to tell us what she felt most comfortable in and what she liked the best.  Littlest C deemed skirt twirling ability to be most important and she loved the princess-like dresses.  Ahhh, a girl after my own heart.  🙂

Once she discovered how much she looked like a cupcake when she sat down we had trouble keeping her off the ground!

The purple was eliminated pretty quickly because we all think she should be in ivory like the bride!

Littlest C is going to be dropping flower petals on the aisle runner just like a traditional flower girl.  We want to find a nice square basket in ivory or light-colored wood to partly cover in the tartan fabric so she gets a bit of Scottish something for her ensemble as well!

Speaking of Scottish, this is what Mr. Sword what was doing while us girls were shopping.  Video games with Big C.  Such a tough life!  🙂

All in all, it was a wonderful and girly afternoon.  I’m so honored to have Littlest C be my GORGEOUS flower girl.  Not sure who is more excited for the wedding day, her or me!

LOVE.

Are you having a flower girl or ring bearer in your wedding?  What are they wearing?