Wow. You guys. This definitely took a lot longer than I anticipated. So sorry. I also just want you all to know that there are A LOT of pictures ahead….I’m talking like 100…at least. Sorry again!
I tried to use this website called Fotor to collage some of the pictures, as you can see. But I didn’t want to shrink all of the pictures, so some of them are of normal size. I understand if you stop reading right…
Congratulations if you’ve made it past the jump ;)
I’m actually going ahead and documenting the whole wedding weekend in this post. I kinda really miss talking about Olivia so I wanted this to be the last of the wedding pictures for a little while. I think I’ll be getting the professional photos right around the time we (hopefully) go on our honeymoon, so I’ll share more then!
Anyway, thank you to everyone that sent me pictures, and those that let me steal them from all of their social media sites, it is much appreciated :)
So we’re gonna start with the rehearsal day. There were a few last minute running around errands that Nancy (my official mother in law!) and I did in the morning…I love you, girl! ;) It was also Dominic’s birthday that day, so in the morning, I asked my in-laws to take Dominic out for a bit while I made him a cake…..more on that in a minute because that deserves a paragraph all to itself.
Our actual rehearsal at the church started late…..because of my wonderful Husband. He was late. Not a surprise though that man is always late.
When I got there, one of my maids of honor, Mandy, handed me a “rehearsal bouquet” made of all the bows and ribbons from my bridal shower. It was so cute! And while we waited for Dominic, we got some last minute paper work out of the way, and introduced everyone to everyone. Once Dominic got there, we went through a dry run, and got out of there as fast as we could.
We. were. ALL. starving. And we all knew very well that there was a gigantic pasta FEAST waiting for us at Dominic’s parent’s house. Thank you to my father in law and grandfather in law for that one!
When we finally arrived to the house, we walked through the backyard, and it was beautiful. I hate myself for not taking more pictures (I was really trying to be in the moment and take it all in!), but the whole backyard was covered in white lights, and there was one long table set up and it was just really pretty. Shout out to my father in law and husband for making that happen!
We ate…a lot..and then…our friend Ricky distracted Dominic while I went in to get the cake. I was seriously SO excited for this cake.
Dominic doesn’t like cake. He prefers Krispy Kreme Donuts. And up until the Monday before his birthday, he was gonna get a fancy Donut cake. But then.
“Peanut Butter Butterfinger Blizzard Cake”
It popped up on my Pinterest dashboard and I just knew that my plans for the Donut Cake were out the door. It would’ve been a sin to NOT make that cake for my soon-to-be hubby. His favorite candy in all of the land is Butterfinger. I had to. And I am soooooooo glad that I did. It’s a peanut butter cake, a whipped frosting with folded in butterfinger pieces, and a peanut butter ganache with extra butterfinger pieces on top. It was delicous. Dominic was SO surprised and everyone loved the cake! I can’t wait to make it again.
After we all ate, we cleaned up and gave our bridal party their gifts! We got the groomsman monogrammed cufflinks from this etsy shop and the bridesmaids monogrammed silk robes from this etsy shop! :)
And if there weren’t enough surprises for the night…….
I was inside the house, with Olivia, when all of a sudden my friend, Stef, said, “Katie, come outside! I have something for you.” And so I followed her out, and instead of Stef having something for me, Dominic took both of my hands and guess what he did?
I know. You’re confused.
Dominic got me a new ring a few months ago, I knew he got me one, but I didn’t know what it looked like and he kept telling me I wouldn’t get it until our actual Wedding Day. And although I told him I didn’t want a new one, he insisted. I loved the first ring he proposed with back in AZ but he wasn’t satisfied with it.
I will tell you, though, the new one….it’s beautiful.
I plan on saving my old one to give to Olivia one day :)
After that big scene, and after we all stopped crying (the crying only got worse after that moment….I mean really…the rest of the weekend was all just spent in tears. All of us. For real.), everyone slowly started to leave, and I went home with Dominic to pack a bag for myself (I was staying with Nancy at her house) and get Olivia ready for bed (she was staying with Dominic at our house for the night). When I got back, my cousin and I ran to Walgreens, and then as anxiously awake I was, I tried to get as much sleep as possible. Like a whole 5 hours.
So ready, but so nervous.
One of my bridesmaids, Carly, brought us all some Starbucks, that angel of a woman. And mine said Bride on it, I loved it ;) The whole morning went smoothly, and slow. And then the last hour we were just rushing to get out of the house.
We were late. All of the times that Dominic is late and I chose to be late on our wedding day….Dominic even admitted later on that he was getting nervous that I wouldn’t show.
As soon as we arrived at the church, I asked one of my bridesmaids, Steph, to take Olivia upstairs to Dominic to give him a gift from me.
About a month ago, I purchased a watch for Dominic (big watch guy), and I had it engraved. It said:
“You are the one whom my soul loves”
I really wanted to see his reaction, but I also wanted it to be a special moment right before we got married so I was happy with the way I went about it and bonus for me because the photographer said he got a few pictures on camera, let’s hope so! Anyway, Dominic loved it, obviously and then on the show went.
All of us girls hung out in the basement, where we were greeted by a box full of all of our bouquets. They were absolutely stunning. I was very very pleased. One by one, the girls made their way upstairs, until it was just Mandy and Me. And then the two of us started crying, so we couldn’t look at each other. We literally stood at the bottom of the stairs, not facing each other, in complete silence. And then she left me. And I was alone.
I have to admit, the last few seconds before it’s your turn to make your grand entrance…it’s a weird thing. I felt so nervous, so cold, so shaky. I just wanted to be up at the altar. I just wanted to see Dominic.
As I walked up the stairs to greet my Dad, I took one final breath, and walked to meet my dad at the beginning of the aisle.
And then as soon as Dominic and I locked eyes, Dominic cried.
And then I cried.
And then all of our friends and family waiting for us started crying, as I walked down the aisle.
It was one of the most emotional moments of my life, one that I will never forget.
It was beautiful.
(I’m crying while I’m typing this, by the way.)
And after I kissed my dad, he gave my hand to Dominic, and we began. I was shaking probably the whole time. I really couldn’t help it.
We went through our readings, and the songs, and then we read our vows.
Dominic and I decided to write our vows. Actually, I didn’t want to, but Dominic did, if you can believe that. I’m not good at revealing my emotions for another person so publicly….and more than that, I’m absolutely hate crying in front of people. I hate it.
So, quick little story in a story.
The night of our rehearsal, we got into a little altercation with the Deacon who was marrying us the next day. As you’ll see in the pictures, during our vows, he’s literally standing right in front of us. He basically insisted that standing in that spot was the only option. I didn’t like it, and Dominic was determined to get my way for me, but the Deacon was being so insistent, that I told Dominic to drop it because I didn’t want any tension the day before or on our Wedding.
I hate that I didn’t let Dominic and David get my way. I hate that I didn’t let them make the Deacon move out of the way, to stand somewhere else during such an intimate moment.
No one could see us (although the Deacon claimed everyone could) and even the photographer said that never in his 12 year career, has he seen something like that….which made me even more upset. The only other problem during the time of our ceremony was that he pronounced us Husband and Wife, and made us Kiss in the middle of the ceremony….something we didn’t know about the night of the rehearsal. It was weird.
But, I didn’t let it ruin the rest of my day. After all, we were married now, and that was the most important thing.
…..Although I am definitely hoping our photographer was able to work some kind of miracle and get a few good shots of the rest of the ceremony.
Anyway, back to the vows. So Dominic’s vows were beautiful. And we cried that whole time. We’re obviously very emotional people although if you would’ve asked me a few weeks prior, I can’t say that I was expecting Dominic to cry at all. I love him.
After the vows, when we were about to exchange rings….we realized that Dominic’s ring was missing. I had no idea that his ring was in the same bag as the watch that Steph had given him earlier so we had to wait for someone to go to the car to get his ring out of the bag.
It was hilarious, and it definitely wiped everyone’s tears away.
We lit the unity candle, gave flowers to the virgin, and finished the rest of the ceremony.
We were welcomed as the new Mr. and Mrs. by everyone blowing bubbles at the front of the church. It was so fun!
After a few pictures in and outside of the church, we went in the limo. I had asked Dominic a few nights before our Wedding Day if it was alright with him to make a stop to the cemetery to visit my Godmother (and my Nana, too.).
It breaks my heart that she couldn’t be there on my Wedding Day(I actually have a post drafted that is dedicated solely to her, I just haven’t had the stomach to put it up yet…). It’s something that she always talked about when I was a little girl, something that she really looked forward to. Out of all the people that couldn’t be there that day, she was the one I missed the most. I thought about her all day, and actually, leading up to the wedding, I had a few nights where I just cried my eyes out because she couldn’t be there.
Stephanie knew this, and as my “something borrowed”, she surprised me and borrowed me an old Locket, and I put my Auntie Cee Cee’s picture in there (as well as my nana), and wrapped it around my bouquet. It was so special that Steph did that for me, and I loved knowing that somehow, my Auntie Cee Cee was there, watching me get married, like she always wanted.
Auntie Cee Cee, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you.
I’m glad that we stopped to see her.
And then when the limo picked us back up, our bridal party was there waiting with McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets. I don’t know when the last time was that I had those things, but let me tell you. They hit the spot that day. They were delicious.
And then we met at the park to take a million and one pictures in the park, across the street from our reception venue. Our photographer, Rad, was amazing. I really cannot say enough good things about him. When I first met him at the beginning of the day, I handed him a folder full of my Must Have Wedding Photos, and he made sure to get every single one. Well, almost every one. One of them involved Olivia and she wasn’t cooperating, but he did try! After he made sure that we had taken all of the pictures in the folder, plus the ones he wanted to take, we were free to go inside.
We were at the hall pretty early. About 2 hours before. But that’s the way I wanted it. I wanted to be there before all of our guests arrived because I wanted to make sure that everything was perfect.
And it was.
The whole place came together exactly as I planned in my head. Romantic, intimate, candle-lit, beautiful. I don’t have any professional pictures taken from the reception yet….so these are all pictures from friends and family and a special shout out to our hashtag #domanadkatie2013.
I’ll talk about all of our vendors and the rest of the details when I get the professional pictures back, so for now, enjoy an assortment of photos taken throughout the night, some sober, some drunk ;)
And somewhere around the middle of the night, we announced that we were going to do sparklers out front. I’ll admit that I didn’t know if my expectation of this moment was going to be met, so I thought about nixing the idea altogether, but I am SO GLAD that I didn’t. It was such an amazing moment.
My favorite picture so far from the whole day:
Ugh, take me back to that day. PLEASE.
After we cleaned up, my dad drove us home while Nick and Nancy followed behind, and we met at their house. We changed Olivia into her PJs, read her a story, gave her lots and lots of kisses and a million “I love you’s” later, we left her at Nick and Nancy’s for the night while we drove to the city to have a little mini honeymoon, if you will.
On our wedding night, we stayed at the Holiday Inn. Dominic booked it, and his words exactly, “It looked so nice on the internet!!!!!”
It. was. AWFUL.
The customer service was terrible, the room didn’t feel clean, and there were spiders all over the outside of the walls. Lucky for us, we literally just knocked out that night and woke up, packed our bags, and Nancy found us a WAY better hotel the next day.
Since we weren’t able to check in until the late afternoon, Dominic and I took the opportunity to explore the city a bit. We had a delicious breakfast, and then we went to the Water Tower Place. Neither of us had ever been there and to be honest, it wasn’t really anything special. Just a mall with lots of high end stores and restaurants. We enjoyed ourselves though. We shopped a bit, made out a bit, held hands the whole time and just basically enjoyed our first Sunday afternoon as newlyweds.
We were finally able to check in to our hotel. The Renaissance. It was so beautiful, Dominic and I were bummed that we didn’t get to stay there the first night too!
We took a little nap, and then we got ready to go out to a fancy dinner.
Have you guys heard of Giuiliana and Bill Rancic? Their restaurant in Chicago called RPM? Well, we went there. And it was amazing. Seriously, hands down the best food ever. I had a filet mignon, Dominic had spaghetti and meatballs, we split garlic bread, each had a glass of champagne, and ended our meal with a salted caramel chocolate mousse. There was not one thing we had that night that wasn’t good, but the garlic bread was particularly our favorite. And as for the restaurant, very clean, modern, chic, and popular. Our waitress was super nice and all and all we had a great time.
After we left, we found a Target (of course!), we bought some late night munchies, a bottle of champagne, some saline wash (my ears got infected!!), and then headed back to the hotel.
We went for a little swim, and then went back upstairs where I took a glorious bath and finally took out the bobby pins from my wedding hair-do (don’t you dare judge me, my hair looked awesome the second day!). There were 105 bobby pins in my hair. 105! So crazy. My hair is so thick!
The next morning we got up, packed our bags, went out to breakfast (we were living the good life that weekend!) and really missed our baby so we went to go pick her up!
Dominic and I are very lucky to have so many people that are always willing to watch Olivia. She stayed the first night by Nick and Nancy, and the second night My Sister took her, and we picked her up on Monday afternoon where she was sitting at the kitchen table with my grandma and sister :)
It was honestly the most perfect wedding weekend. It went above and beyond what I could’ve ever imagined, and I am so sad that it is over, although I did come out of it being married to a very handsome man ;)
Thank you all so much for letting me share this special weekend with you!
P.S. If anyone still has photos, still email them to me, please! I’m trying to round as many up as possible to put into an album :) I’ll update this post as more come in.