Thank you to everyone who entered our contest yesterday! Our winner is Amber Housley. Congrats Amber, I know this is going to be amazing for you!
Today we have a guest post from a past bride, Mattye Woodcock, who scheduled a lovely Bridesmaids weekend photo shoot.
“As soon as you get engaged, you are introduced to a world of questions from friends, family and even strangers. You know the drill- we’ve all asked or been asked… “How did he propose?” “Do you have a date set?” “What colors are you using” “How many bridesmaids?” “Where are you honeymooning?” “How many people are you inviting?” And of course, “What are you doing for your bachelorette party?!”
Having witnessed a few bachelorette parties in my day, I knew the standard drill. A night or weekend locally or out of town spent at dinner, dancing and other spontaneously chosen late night establishments. While plenty of brides have grand parties of this sort, I wasn’t so sure that I wanted to follow that exact pattern for my own bachelorette celebration. Considering my options, my gut told me that some laid back quality time with dear friends would be a perfect way to say “so long” to my singleness. Not to mention, I’m of the school of thought that if you are one that loves to “live on the wild side” that your “final wild night” should not happen right before you marry, but rather right before you meet the person you’re going to marry. I mean nothing screams, “I’ve found the one my heart loves for all of time and that I’m choosing to pledge my faithfulness to” like a night of debauchery where one could assume by your activities that not only are you the most single person on earth but that you have every intention to stay that way, right? Yah, no, I don’t think so either. Needless to say, I was aiming for something full of fun but lacking some of the typical activities we see, and, just to be clear, the only striptease I was gearing up for was the one on the wedding night.
Now that I knew the type of event I wanted, I needed to figure out where it should happen, and it didn’t take me long to find just the spot. Knowing we were having a destination wedding in Saint Simons Island, I was so excited to share this special place with all of our wedding guests and I wanted to give my bridesmaids a sneak peek of our beachfront haven. So a few friends and I packed up and road tripped our way for a Girls Getaway in late September. In our eagerness to arrive, I even received an early wedding present from the kind officer who did not give us that speeding ticket we deserved…really, he said it was a wedding present…I guess I’d better get going on that thank you note!
About a month before our trip, Sarah and I were talking about wedding photos and I mentioned my Girls Weekend in SSI and before we knew it the idea for a photo shoot had been born! There were so many reasons this was going to be a great idea. It gave Sarah an opportunity to get to know some of my bridesmaids before the wedding day, which always makes for a smoother, more fun day! Not to mention, how often do you get the chance to photograph a Girls Weekend? I mean, sure, you could plan it, but taking advantage of already having booked a fabulous wedding photographer just made it so easy and fun. The older we get, the harder it is to plan time with just girlfriends so I knew getting these photos would be a memory that would gain value over time. Looking back, I am SO glad we planned it because we had the best time with this shoot! It was like we reverted to ourselves as high schoolers. We carefully planned and coordinated our outfits, giving each other opinions, swapping accessories and helping with hair and makeup! It was so fun to get ready together and be carefree in front of the camera. Unlike many pre-wedding activities, this was low pressure and light hearted which was the perfect feel for our weekend away.
Since the wedding, these pictures have become even more special to me and represent more that just that Girls Weekend. While getting married is exciting and one of the best decisions of my life, it is still a transition that brought life change- for the good- but still change. Looking back at these photos with my girlfriends reminds me of many dear friendships throughout my life, and the sweet simplicity of girls just being girls together. What started as a spontaneous idea for a photo shoot has turned into a beautiful documentation of one of the biggest transitions in my life: the girl I grew up to be as a “miss,” the great journey to “Mrs.”, and the dear friendships that I would carry from one stage of life to the next.” -Mattye Woodcock
Mattye was so sweet to ask me to be in a couple photos tooHappy Thursday!