Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tricia Huddas & Co. Real Wedding: Colleen and Mike, Part 2

Colleen and Mike's wedding day started off like most, slow going after a fun rehearsal dinner the night before, but excitement all around because the big day was finally here. The girls' day started in the salon getting hair and make-up done. We enjoyed Mimosas and conversation as we primped, and the location could not have been more convenient because the salon was located in the same building as the reception venue, Till Midnight.

My siblings and I are pretty much half Irish, half German, but our mother would lead you (and has led us) to believe that the Irish part is the only one that counts. My sister, in honor of our Irish heritage, had her hair done in an up-do that mimicked a Celtic knot. Check it out!

After the salon, we returned to the house to quickly grab the wedding dress and the flowers. The men were lounging around playing videogames in case you ever wonder what they do while the girls are primping! Then we were off to the church where Colleen’s friend Kate, thoughtfully, had food and drinks ready and waiting for the us, making surethat we had some lunch. Always a good idea, because in the rush of getting ready, girls can easily skip eating and that just leads to a bride or bridesmaid passing out mid-ceremony! Yikes!

The ceremony was at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan on a beautiful September day! The thing I miss most about Michigan - other than my family - is having a true Fall. Colleen and Mike chose to see each other before the ceremony so we could spend the cocktail hour cruising around town in a stretch hummer to take pictures. They still kept that moment private and just the two of them and the photographer were there. Honestly I have no preference on the couple seeing each other before the ceremony, but if they do I always encourage it to be kept private and special. Kelli with Cleaver Creations Photography took the couple out to the gazebo on the property for pictures and the wedding party followed behind a few minutes later.

Here are some pictures of the wedding party and ceremony. Colleen could not have looked more beautiful that day, and Mike just seemed so happy! I will follow up with the reception tomorrow!

Mike's friends don't stay serious for very long, so we are lucky for the shots we did get- this was their man bouquet! Don't ask!

I love this shot - Mike waiting on his stunning bride!

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