THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE
The deal is sealed. I am now officially Kelli Larson! November 15th was an amazing day. It is funny how people give you so much advice prior to your wedding day….like to eat enough beforehand because you won’t have a chance to take a bite of your meal….to make sure to stop and look around you every half hour and take in the beauty of the day….to be prepared for at least three things to go wrong during the night because it is bound to happen and to just laugh as they come…to relish in the moment because it will be over before you know it………well yes. I realized everyone knew exactly what they were talking about! I wish that day could have lasted all week.
From the very beginning of our engagement Sam and I talked about how we wanted our wedding to be one where every single person we ever loved and cared about could be with us to celebrate. We wanted to have the biggest party of our lives….surrounded by all the people we loved. Well it was that and more.
It hit me as I stood there on the alter, hand in hand with my “almost” husband, how incredibly blessed I am. To look around and see the face of nearly every true friend I have ever had, to have the support of 7 of the most amazing women standing up beside me, to see family who had traveled from near and far to be with us, to have parents who have shown me nothing but love, and to look into the eyes of the man I knew would stand by me forever, in sickness and in health, til death do us part….(gulp). It is a bit hard to explain in words the depth of love I felt that day, but it is something I will never forget.
I wanted to share a handful of my favorite pictures from the day. Shot by Erica. The wedding and reception were both held outside in the backyard of a friends house in El Cajon, CA. And although it was the middle of November, the sun decided to shine on us.
My dress is by Pronovias – San Patrick, and I wore ‘pearl’ flats by Jeffrey Campbell. My amazing sister did my hair and my good friend Janelle, who works for Laura Mercier, did my makeup. Sam’s suit is from H&M.; Florals were by Brenda Davis Landini.
And even though I am a little embarrassed to say it, I found my bridesmaids dresses at Charlotte Russe for only $38 dollars?! (I know…what!?) Well, it’s true. I had my eyes set on this $400 Alice & Olivia dress that I just LOVED. But when that didn’t pan out, I looked EVERYWHERE! And low and behold, Charlotte Russe cam to my rescue! haha! I altered the dress myself, removing the ric rac that was on it and adding my own trim below the bust. I used the same tattered tool on the top of my own dress to tie it all in. My friends are the most beautiful people I know. How I love them!