Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wedding wedding!!

To say Britt and Logan's wedding was fun would be a complete understatement. I was trying to think of what could have made it more fun and I think the only thing is if it were my own wedding. It was seriously a blast.
The rehearsal dinner was Thursday night at an Italian restaurant downtown called Trattoria Toscana. The dessert plate was ridiculous. Everything was amazing. Britt and Logan's siblings and fathers gave speeches and the whole evening was lovely.
Their photographers were with us this night and they were amazing. They are a married couple who know Logan because the husband, Stuart, served with him in Fiji. They live in Fiji now. Anyway, they stood outside the restaurant and when everyone would walk out they took a bunch of photos like they were paparazzi and it was awesome. It completely took me by surprise when I walked out but it was fun to see everyones reactions when they'd walk out. Some were total hams, Haley walked out like the celeb she is and just held her hand up to the cameras, and Britt and Logan walked out with glasses on and Log's hat pulled down low. It was a lot of fun.

And dinner we stopped by Britt and Log's new place to get a few things. Haley Roe and I got silly while waiting.

It was so fun to be together while Brittany got ready. As you can see she looked absolutely stunning. Seriously Britt always looks great but I have never seen her look better.

I died over this adorable hanger Britt ordered on etsy. So cute.

Everyone stayed at the Millennium Hilton downtown. In the morning I had to go up to the boys' suite to pick something up and they had this great view of the 9/11 memorial from their window.

When I used to see that couples would do a "first look" photo I used to think, "eh." I thought there was something so much more magical about seeing each other for the first time when they were actually getting married. However, I've completely changed my mind. It was so awesome to watch Logan stand there, knowing his gorgeous bride was right behind him, and then watch him turn and see her for the first time. And to be able to capture that moment on film was amazing. So many tourists stopped to take photos of them. It was so cute. Just the sight of Britt brought Logan to tears and that's when I realized, to have a man love you so much that he can't even keep from crying when he sees you on your wedding day would be pretty amazing.

After the sealing. I've never waited for a bride and groom outside the Manhattan temple before. It was kind of funny, people kept stopping to ask who we were waiting for, thinking it was a celebrity, since there was a big crowd of us and photographers. They thought the same thing the night before at the dinner.

Our group went to take photos across the street and Lincoln Center with the temple in the background and we were immediately stopped by a cop who said we needed a permit. Britt and Log had researched and had found out we only needed a permit if the photographer was using a tripod, or if we were asking people to move out of our photos. Since neither of those would be happening, they didn't get one. However, this police man would not let up. Logan went to talk to him and the VP of Lincoln Center just happened to be strolling by. She overheard and said she'd go take care of the permit, no problem. Logan's sister mentioned the night before that things just seem to always work out for Logan. We all laughed because Britt has the same luck. Between this, and the 50 degree sunny weather (in New York! On December 30th!) it seems their luck will continue.

We took a bunch of photos and even though we froze without our coats, we had a total blast.

I miss living with these two.

We all all headed downtown to Battery Gardens for the ring ceremony and reception. It was beautiful. We were greeted with the most amazing sunset over the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty, and the venue had gorgeous views.

Britt and Log's first dance to Ray Charles's Georgia. So sweet. I loved their choice of song. Everything the whole night was perfect. The photo booth, dinner, and especially the dancing. It was so fun to have so many former New Yorkers in town. We seriously danced our hearts out all night and just had so so much fun. At one point a bartender asked me why none of us were drinking alcohol and I said, "Do you think we need it?" He laughed and said, "I guess not." I wish I could express how much fun it was. At one point I just stopped and looked around at all my friends, dancing like no one was watching, making dorky faces and just having fun. I was overwhelmed with gratitude. I am so thankful for my friends. I feel so incredibly blessed to have them in my life and for the lessons I've learned from them.

Britt and Logan did such a good job incorporating their heritage into their wedding. Logan is Scottish so the groomsmen wore green and blue plaid ties and Logan wore a green and blue plaid dinner jacket. They had a similar background for the photo booth. Brittany is part Hawaiian so when they left for the night they were wearing leis. Something I also really loved was their party favor. Back in May Britt and Logan took their first trip to Chicago together, to Logan's home. On their first night back to New York they got take out Chinese and they were given three fortune cookies. They each had one and decided the last would be their fortune together. It was something along the lines of, "Within the year you will move into a wonderful new home." That began their serious talks of marriage and here they were, two days before the new year, getting married. They had the fortune framed, and in lieu of favors made a donation to Habitat for Humanity, which is close to Logan's heart, to build others' wonderful new homes, and we were sent home with little Chinese takeout boxes with fortune cookies in them. I thought it was so perfect.

I know I'm forgetting things but it seemed like everything was just perfect. I am so thankful these two made it official!!


Elise said...

Really fun weddings are the best & I feel like they are few & far between. This sounds like it was super fun! Especially with all your friends.

I love your dress from the wedding! So pretty!

Haley Roe said...

I love this. perfect summary Rae...(PS when I just tried to write Rae, I accidently wrote RAR..haha GET IT) love it and you

Nadia said...

Rae, your dress is beautiful. Was it your choice or the brides?

Kambria said...

I loved this! I needed to hear/read the play by play and pretend I was there. So fun!! said...

Beautiful ladies! Your dress was amazing!