Getting Ready: Hair, Presents, Crying, and a Video

While detail shots were being taken, I resumed position for the tail end of getting my hair done. I opted for clip-in extensions rather than sewn in ones, because with my fine hair we were afraid that it would destroy hair post-extensions. I admit, it was a little weird having an unknown Russian’s hair mixed in with mine, but I quickly got over that when I realized how long and awesome it looked. (Before I totally destroyed it, that is. Thanks, June weather in Georgia. Best wishes.) June also thought it would be a prime time to get a bit of an adult beverage into my system. (I bought the cups at Swoozies about 100 years ago. I’m pretty sure they still exist.)

When my hair was just about finished, Laura came back in with my wedding day gifts from JP.

I was nervous as to what they were, because I heard tons of awws, laughing, and crying the day before while he and Laura wrapped them in the back of the house. Nervous toe curl in the adorable pink Valentinos, along with evidence of the worst pedicure in history.

I opened the card first, which was so very sweet.

I still am surprised that I didn’t cry while reading it– cards and notes tend to turn me into an embarrassing mush!


Previous two card photos taken by me. Couldn’t resist.

Laura instructed me to open the larger package first, and much to my delight I found a Hello Kitty bride and groom.

You see, I have a thing for Hello Kitty, and JP knows it. Big time. I am banned from buying anything Hello Kitty for myself, otherwise we’d have an HK hoarders situation on our hands. My only avenue to HK is via JP, and he was sweet and thoughtful enough to track down these guys. So, so adorable.

Next up was the small package. Laura started crying as she handed it to me, and I had no idea what to expect. I carefully unwrapped the package…

…and cry number two hit like a ton of bricks. I instantly went from jovial to tearful, and thankfully everybody had tissues on standby.

What was this gift that turned me into an ugly-cry-face mess? As mentioned in my previous post, I had planned to wear the earrings that my father gave my mother on their wedding day. JP knew how special this was to me, and decided to continue the tradition. He gave me a pair of beautiful pearl earrings, just as my father had given my mother.

I promptly put them on, then Luke did the finishing touches on my hair.

I went to the bathroom to finish putting on makeup. (I have realized that my putting-on-lipstick face is a little too similar to a “Here’s Johnny!” Jack Nicholson face. Awesome.)

I checked Twitter and played with the giant scissors while the rest of the posse got their hair finished up.

To top this pre-dress getting ready adventure, here is a clip of the girls’ side of the morning from our longer-in-length wedding video from Matt Odom. It’s positively lovely, and you’ll get to see my weird switch to instant cry. And silliness, etc.

Next up? We’ll put on the dress, check on the boys, and blow this taco stand for the first look!

*All photographs from Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love unless otherwise noted. Video by Matt Odom of Rock and Roll Hearts.

Need to do some catching up in the recap department?

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AmySeptember 29, 2010 - 3:25 pm

I love that video! :) Reminded me of my insta-tear moment.

Bowie BrideSeptember 29, 2010 - 3:27 pm

admittedly, when you opened the box of pearls JP gave you, i cried too. i’m such a sap! but come on, that was just too sweet of him, i’m not a robot!

(these recaps are awesome, btw)

FARoutSeptember 29, 2010 - 3:38 pm

OMG! This is fabulous!

Chichi {From Now Till I Do}September 29, 2010 - 4:09 pm

Such a beautiful card from JP!

Jaime @ rabit stewSeptember 29, 2010 - 6:18 pm

That video! I totally teared up when you opened your earrings. Seriously, sweetest moment I’ve seen in a long time.

Mrs GatorSeptember 29, 2010 - 7:43 pm

Aweee the video is so sweet!

KelliSeptember 29, 2010 - 7:48 pm

I cried! That video is so beautiful. I think I might like it even better than your famous wedding video.

Laura LewisSeptember 29, 2010 - 7:59 pm

i love everything about your recaps — mostly because you can feel like you were part of the day. you can feel the love and emotion. i love it so much lauren! <3

StephanieSeptember 30, 2010 - 9:22 am

I can’t get over how amazing your pictures are – fantastic. And I love love loveee the HK bride and groom! Can’t wait to see more!

StephSeptember 30, 2010 - 11:36 am

Uh how is it possible that I am JUST NOW finding your site?!
omg your recaps are AMAZING!? I think I’m all caught up now after spending the first hour of my morning looking/reading :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE this video…ack! So can’t wait for more!!

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