for you, the sun will be shining

Yay! Finally, the wedding day has arrived! After a year of planning, Lisa and Branden were ready to tie the knot!

After a fitful night’s sleep (what bride doesn’t experience that?), the bride and her entourage arrived at the hotel. We had a stylist come to my hotel room to do our hair, and she did a great job.

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Wedding Details

After we finished our hair and makeup, we hung out and had a little lunch. Meanwhile, the boys were at Lisa and Branden’s apartment playing video games and eating pizza.

The robes that Lisa gave us were perfect to wear that morning as we were getting ready.

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And then the flowers arrived! They were beyond gorgeous. Straight out of a magazine.

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Lisa booked a big yellow school bus to transport us to and from the wedding and she called one last time to confirm.

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Kelly Wedding

Time to get in the dress! All ready to go! Quite beautiful if I do say so myself!

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The flower in her hair and her necklace were great Etsy finds.

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As planned, the school bus was waiting for us in front of the hotel to take us to Lisa and Branden’s apartment where they would see each other for the first time on their rooftop deck overlooking the Manhattan skyline. What better place for a first look?

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Luckily, the rain held off! The cloudy overcast was better for pictures and it was still clear enough to see across to Manhattan.

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Kelly Wedding

The boys were positioned on the rooftop deck. Branden was standing on the far end, awaiting his bride. The photographers were poised and ready. Family was anxiously standing to the side. Time for the girls to bring in the bride! We walked ahead of Lisa as she prepared for her big moment.

Kelly Wedding

Kelly Wedding

And the moment was wonderfully special. Lisa was much calmer after seeing Branden. She finally started to relax.

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Time for pictures!

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Kelly Wedding

And a toast!

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Kelly Wedding

Then we all loaded onto the bus and headed to the Brooklyn Historical Society. Unfortunately I was too busy being a Matron of Honor to get any pictures of the ceremony. But Lisa’s friend took some good ones. The ceremony was personal and lovely. The venue was the perfect setting – the dark wood bookshelves added drama, but made it cozy. I can’t wait to see the pictures from the photographers.

After the ceremony, I had the honor of signing their marriage license as a witness. We spent some time at the library taking pictures and then headed to the cocktail hour to eat some yummy hors d’oeuvres and mingle with guests.

Once guests took their seats, the wedding party was introduced to Phoenix’s “1901” – which made my husband very happy.

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The couple went right into their first dance to “Songbird” sung by Rosie Thomas

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Kelly Wedding

Kelly Wedding

Time for the Best Man and Matron of Honor speeches.

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I hope mine went over ok. I don’t really remember much, except that I was nervous.

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Kelly Wedding

The tables at Bubby’s turned out great – with flowers from the florist and table # flags made by yours truly.

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The menu was delicious (designed by me) – and the food was pretty good too! Actually the food was spectacular! I had the fried chicken.

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Instead of wedding cake, Lisa and Branden had wedding pies – Apple pie and Peanut Butter pie (Bubby’s is known for its pies after all.) They had cupcakes too!

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The bride definitely enjoyed her fried chicken. I love that she stuck her napkin in her dress! Ha!

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The beers were served in wide mouth Ball jars. And I think my brother quite enjoyed them.

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Because this is what happened. He broke out his “Tom Haverford” face.

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After dinner, Lisa danced with our Dad to “She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel.

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And Branden danced with his mom to “In My Life” by The Beatles.

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Then the dance party could really begin. Branden’s nephew Joe really brought the moves. He was hilarious.

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The girls tore it up to Katy Perry’s “Firework”!

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Kelly Wedding

Kelly Wedding

The end of the party came way too quickly, so we headed to an afterparty at a nearby bar.

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Brothers-in-law… Weird.

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Of course the boys couldn’t end the night without taking a shot of something.

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The night was absolutely fabulous and quite memorable. It flew by for me, so I can imagine it was quite a whirlwind for Lisa and Branden. At least they got to relive the memories on their honeymoon in Turks and Caicos. And Drew and I had plenty of time to relive it as well, while we dealt with flight issues the following day. But we made it home!

See the rest of my pictures from the wedding on Flickr.

*Blog post title is a lyric from the song “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac

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2 Responses to for you, the sun will be shining

  1. Lisa says:

    Thank you, Leigh Ann and Drew, for capturing our wedding so beautifully. If I only had an album of your pictures to remember my day, I would be a happy bride. Love you guys!

  2. Kari says:

    What a gorgeous bride and a gorgeous wedding and a gorgeous matron of honor! Looks like it was a fantastic day!

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