Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Best Friend's Wedding {Ceremony & Reception}

For those of you just stopping by, be sure to check out Part 1 of My Best Friend's Wedding to see pictures from the Rehearsal and Wedding Prep!

Today I'm going to share with y'all my pictures and recap from the Ceremony and Reception! No need for chit chat, let's get straight to it!

Ceremony:

Again, the church is so beautiful (it was actually remodeled just a few years ago!) and the perfect place for a wonderful couple to become one. Don't you just love her arrangements? They are the white flowers on the side with the pussy willow!


Ms. Kathy {Nicole's mom} being seated by Cody {Nicole's cousin}


I love this picture of Nicole and Cliff's moms {Kathy and Monica} lighting the unity side candles. Such a beautiful moment. Props to the hubs for capturing this one!


Junior bridesmaids. The flower girls were wearing similar dresses which are so cute and age appropriate!


Walking down the aisle with Cliff's brother! {Kind of an awkward angle}


Here comes the bride!
It's such a shame that this picture is dark and blurry. But...I really do think it looks kind of neat!


Walking down the aisle with her dad {Scott - left} and step-dad {Jan - right}.
I love that she was able to have two incredible men in her life to share this moment with her :)



Again, kind of blurry, but still capturing all the right moments. This is when Nicole and Cliff were exchanging their rings with the MOH's and Best Man by their side.


They did it! Officially Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Valdez!


Clearly I am getting my sassy picture taking face ready!


Wedding party! Oh and it was quite the party.


This girl is clearly having a good time!


Love this picture. I can't wait to see the one from the photographer!

All in all, the ceremony was beautiful. The Priest was a family friend of the Valdez's and the Deacon that did the sermon was actually Cliff's uncle! It add the perfect amount of personalization and love to the Catholic Mass.


Reception:



Everyone knows that one of the best things about a wedding is the cake. These cakes were phenomenal! The brides cake {left} was a towering silver cake with intricate piping and draping and the groom's cake {right} was decorated featuring Cliff's favorite sports team!


Name cards for seating! I helped put these together :) 


Really dark, but this is when the Best Man and I were introduced. We all had mini intros like we were players on the Rockets - I'm a 5'6" starting guard. Then it went into a little blip about ourselves!



Being introduced for the first time as husband and wife!


 Right: Katrina and I - figured we should get another picture with our beautiful bouquets!
Left: How could I not get a picture with my sweet hubby?

Below are pictures that the hubs took while the photographers were taking group shots!





Me and Ms. Kathy :)


Speech time! Jan started off strong and was a tough act to follow.


Can you tell I like the microphone? I had my speech in bullet points, but clearly didn't use it. I used it at one point to read the name of a person I was quoting...that's about it. What was the quote you ask?

"Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and difficult as that." - Michael Leunig

I find that quote so very, very true. It seemed to be the best and most simplistic words of advice I could offer the newlyweds! Well that and about 5 minutes of me rambling. Did I mention that I love the microphone?


Cake cutting! They were sweet and barely got it on one another!





All of the dancing pics were taken on my iPhone. My camera died after the speeches! Sad day, but I'm sure the photographers were able to capture some perfect moments that I am beyond thrilled to see!

After the formal dances, I pretty much danced the night away. The reception was such a fun party and it was great to see how many people came out to celebrate and show their love for Nicole and Cliff!

I hope y'all enjoyed part two of Nicole and Cliff's wedding recap! Don't forget to take a peak at part 1 if you haven't already!Now it's time for me to get back to work :) 
See y'all tomorrow!

Until next time...
With love and God bless,
 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Best Friend's Wedding {Rehearsal & Prep}

After uploading all the pictures from Nicole and Cliff's wedding to my computer, I decided to break out my recap into 2 posts :) First up is the Rehearsal and Wedding Prep!

Rehearsal:

In honor of What I Wore Wednesday, here was my rehearsal dinner outfit!
Dress: Zara - Shoes: Target - Watch: Fossil - Clutch (hiding): Coach


The ceremony was held at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Sugar Land. Isn't it stunning?



Love our bridesmaids gifts: Tory Burch flip flops! You really can't go wrong with Tory :)


My last picture of the bride and groom before they became man and wife!





Of course I had to steal a moment with both of them :) Some background:
I've known Nicole since we were in 8th grade. We became inseparable in 9th. Not only are we great friends, but we were also roommates our first 2 years at Texas A&M. It's safe to say that we know a little bit about each other!

I met Cliff at the very beginning of our freshman year of college. We started hanging out with him every so often (Nicole has actually known him since 2nd grade!) Soon it was more and more. Sophomore year it was normal seeing him at the house, but they were just friends. Luckily by our senior year, they both realized that they were more than friends and that they belonged together.

A marriage based on friendship and love will last a lifetime. I am so happy for Nicole and Cliff and they're new adventures in life together!


With my second family :)



We had a wonderful time celebrating Nicole & Cliff's last night of being "single"!!!

Wedding Prep:
Wedding Day - May 26, 2012


A little pre-wedding champagne for the bride-to-be!



Nicole's dress was gorgeous. Gorgeous actually doesn't even begin to describe its beauty. The entire dress was beaded from bust to bustle and I will have you know that it was NOT light weight by any means. Now, the dress was beautiful, but I truly believe that the bride made it even more stunning. Who knew that was possible?



Getting Nicole into her dress was not an easy feat. Good thing she had two maid of honors because girlfriend needed two of us :) There was a full corset, zipper, hook and button. The corset was to help keep the dress from slipping due to its weight! 





Nikki with her MOHs - Katrina on the left and I'm on the right!


Ready to get married!



Slipping on Nikki's garter! Oh la la!



Nicole and all of her maids: Jaci - Erin - Dana - Katrina - Nicole - Amy - Rebekah - Kalli - Kelly


Ready to head to the church!


Our last picture with Nicole before she became a Mrs!

Whew! And to think, there are SO MANY MORE pictures on my computer that I decided not to share :) I took about 200 or so before my camera died. Tomorrow I'll share pictures from the ceremony and reception! Hope you enjoyed the first batch, so many more to come tomorrow.

Have a great hump day y'all! It's already Wednesday! Gotta love short weeks :)

Until next time...
With love and God bless,
 

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