Monday, April 26, 2010

The Yankee marries The Limey: Jocelyn & Dan's Wedding

Dahlings, Dahlings...

Warning: Longest post I will probably ever have- at least it's all in PICTURES.

This post has been a long time coming. I have no words beyond the ones I'll share as we go...

I'm sorry to bore some of you but this Blog is personal to me. As much as it serves as a trivial outlet for me to discuss style items I find aesthetically pleasing and brilliantly beautiful; it also has an element of my personal life and events in it. I couldn't possibly let my Sister get married and not go a little buck crazy in a post dedicated to her (and also because my relatives read my blog like good family members oughta).

Here we go... the day of Jocelyn's Wedding.

The morning of her wedding we had breakfast room-serviced (that's not a correct term) to our suite and though neither my Mom, Me or the Bride-to-be were very hungry... we decided having food and coffee was a wise choice. As you can see with the sunlight permeating through... it was a beautiful day. (below)

What was horrible about the morning was that I had inadvertently used a face wash that I'm allergic to the night before. So literally... I woke up with completely swollen shut eyes. I'm not talking about some puffiness and redness, I'm talking swollen eyelids, swollen undereyes... bad. I spent the bulk of the morning trying to de-puff them. They went down a great deal but I still did watch my Sister get married with puffy eyes- what a shame!

Anyway, after breakfast... we headed off to a Makeup Salon for Hair and Makeup.

Below: Bridesmaid Amy on Left, Jocelyn the Bride on the Right.

After that it was time to have some Champagne and start getting ready to get dressed for the Big Day at the Hotel Suite.

Below: THE DRESS, Jocelyn and Me having some Champagne before we got into our pretty outfits.

My Sister's dress was just as she is (she's never even dyed her hair!): no fluff, no frills, no muss- just simple, classic beauty.

Below: The Dress all ready to be put on the Bride.

Below: My Sister all dressed and ready at the Hotel.

After we were all dressed and became scared to touch lipsticks and brown/red food or drink... we hopped into a Limousine to roam about town and take some pictures and relax before the event.

Left Below: Jocelyn in the Limousine. Right Below: Mother-of-the-Bride and the Bride.

Left Below: All of the Bridesmaids in the Limo. Right Below: Me and my cousin, Olivia, in the Limo.

Upon completion of our beautiful ride... we arrived at the Venue.

Left Below: Ceremony site. Right Below: Reception site.

And then it was a painstaking couple hours at the Venue hanging out in the Bridesmaids den and waiting for the ceremony to start.

Left Below: Cousin Olivia noshing before the ceremony. Right Below: An anxious Bride!

Below: My Little Brother and Me taking some pictures pre-ceremony

Left Below: Me, little Cousin Charlotte, Cousin Olivia Right Below: Little Charlotte

Below: Me, Grandma Fran, Jocie the Bride and Great Aunt Marg. (2 sets of Sisters)

Below: the Bride peeping at the guests. I love this shot.

Below: My Cousins Jason, Tim, Ryan & Shawn ushering guests. I think I have the most handsome cousins around.

Below: Jocelyn and her new nieces, the Flower Girls.

And then, before we knew it... it was time to get Jocelyn married.

Below: Dad and Me RIGHT before heading out to start the ceremony.

Below: The Bridesmaids waiting for the Bride.

Below: The Groom, his nieces and his Groomsman. I learned in England that they do not have a full line of Groomsmen like we have here in States. Thus, Jocie and Dan merged their cultures and he had his Best Man and Jocelyn had all the traditional Maids.

Below: The Wedding Coordinator looks on as my Sister and Dad prepare to head down the aisle.

Below: Here she is! My Dad and My Sister.

Below: And the ceremony began...I was already crying

Below: I was thinking two things throughout the ceremony: 1) I can't believe I'm witnessing my Sister get married and 2) Don't start laughing... don't start laughing!

Below: Being a good Maid-of-honor and getting my Sister a tissue.

Below: My Dad and Stepmom watching the ceremony.

Below: Getting married, so in love.

Below: Husband & Wife!

Below: Right after the ceremony.

Then while most went upstairs to start having some drinks, the wedding party went off to take some pictures:

Below: All the Bridesmaids after the ceremony.

Below: Karla and Me- our dresses had pockets!

Then, after pictures were taken, ceremony was done... it was time for all the wedding tasks you know and love:

Below: Jocelyn & Caitlin, Sisters & Best Friends

Below: The beautiful Bride

Below: The Wedding Party having dinner

Below: Me, Karla, Cousin Olivia, Cousin Sofia

Below: Father/Daughter Dance

Wedding Toasts

Below: Me, working my way through my toast.

Below: My Dad giving his Toast.

Below: The pretty venue

Below: My Sister, My Brother, Me & Cousin Sofia.

Below: Mom and Cousin Angie

Then after all tasks were complete... it was time to dance the night away:

Below: Sister & Brother

And as quickly as the day started... it ended... I will leave you with 2 pictures that made me laugh:

First: I found my Bouquet/Shoes like this at the end of the night and had to take a picture, I love this.

And finally... The Boy and Me at the end of the night looking all kinds of disheveled, ugly, messy, sloppy and hilarious.

  • Happy Wedding Jocie
  • Welcome to the family Dan
  • Thank you Family/Friends for gathering and having such a ball with us.
  • & thank you Readers for sharing in my joy.
All images have been gathered from various sources must not be reused in any other medium.

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Kara said...

Ooooh I love this post!! Everybody looks SO happy, so carefree and like they're having so much fun. Congratulations, it's obvious how special your sister is to you :)


Sher said...

Aww, I love looking at beautiful weddings! Your sister's was lovely, I especially love the pics where you guys were holding black umbrellas! So very picturesque!!

I can only imagine the feelings you went through watching your sister get married. I'm sure I will definitely tear up even before the ceremony began:)

Now when's your turn?


Kim Axani said...

WOW... Where to begin?
1.That was a BIG wedding (I counted the chairs hehe)
2. I LOVE the black bridesmaid's dresses!
3. Your cousins are HANDSOME!!
4.Reception hall was SO pretty!!!!

Awwww ... I loved this post!!! It honestly braught joy to my lil heart, esp since I'm planning a wedding myself. Everyone looks so happy in all your pics =), and that's what a celebration of love should be like!! You look stunning as the maid of honour!!!

mirmirzimzim said...

dangitt one day i want to write "first" loud and proud. love this post in all its long awaited glory. jocelyn looks so beautiful (doy), as do you (duh)and i love the pics. the umbrella photos are totes adorbs, and i love the pic of your pops holding jocies hand as he walks her down. and the dancing pics are fun, LOVE the twinkle lights! awwwwwwwwww.

mirmirzimzim said...

oh and i forgot to mention the dishevled pic at the end. LOVES IT!

Leah said...

I love this... it's like looking at a wedding album... a story book. You documented everything. Did you cry while doing your toast? I always do every time I give my toasts to my sisters.

You are all gorgeous... I always say that you have such a beautiful family Caitlin. Congrats to your sister! xoxo

LadyBugSays ... said...

Looks like an amazing day!

Nathalie said...

Oh Caitlin, such a wonderful post. From these pictures you can really tell what an amazing day this must have been. Your sister looks beautiful and so do you. And I really like the last two pictures, those really captured the moment :) Those umbrella pictures are such a great idea, too.
Thanks for sharing this moment with us. Love it

ellinelle said...

..looks like wonderful and perfect wedding ..beautiful pictures with beautiful happy people ..
Your sister looks STUNNING in her beautiful white gown ,Oh , she must be so excited at the morning , all the brides I have met always sooo nervous : ), of course , it's such a big day ..
I LOVE the umbrella idea , it's so original , I never saw nothing like that before , it looks very original ..
You look stunning ,I notice how beautiful is your make-up ..soo flawless ..

wonderful post dear , with lots of love : )


I love the party pictures , they are always awesome , you know , the real emotions ..he he he

Unknown said...

the bride looks gorgeous xxxx

Anonymous said...

That is so exciting! it looked so beautiful! and you looked gorgeous girl!

Vanessa said...

Your sister looks gorgeous and so happy! congrats to her! Love the pics! & the venue with all the lights is GORGEOUS!

Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

YAYYYYY!!!!!!! Looks like an AAAAMAZING wedding! Aw! So nice!

Caitlin, you looked GORGEOUS!!

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Slamdunk said...

Congrats to your sister. Great pics--that must have been some ceremony.

Holly Lefevre said...

Weddings make me happy! I began my own wedding day the way you all did...a great way to begin a wonderful day.

Everything looks fun and amazing and fabulous. It is so sweet to hear the way you talk about your sister and your family. I can feel the love.

The photo of your shoe/bouquet is awesome...sums up a wedding night pretty well.

I love the umbrellas in the photos.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Wow, I think it's so cool how you, your sis and your mom are so alike yet are very different! Also, I really like your blue shirt like dress, looks great on you! The venue looked amazing with all those little lights on, so futuristic!

Panty Buns said...

Weddings and receptions can be so beautiful. How wonderful that you have your sister's fabulous event memorialized with so many fantastic photos. i too like the photo of your sister, the bride, peeking out at the guests. Everything looks beautiful. Love the bouquets. That looked like real Sterling place settings and i like the way even the tent supports were decorated. The whole wedding party looked radiant and fabulous. Great photos.

Audrey Allure said...

Such amazing pictures, and it looked like such a beautiful wedding! The wedding dress looked stunning on your sister, and loved the black & white table cloths on the tables :)
Congrats to the newlyweds!

bananas. said...

Awww so cute. Even i got a little teary looking at these...then i saw the last one of you after the funny! And cute! You definitely had a good time!

Congrats to your sister!!!

Sierra said...

I LOVE how many pictures you posted, feel free to post away love, I'll still be here! Looks like you had a great time, you look lovely and I can't even tell your eyes were puffy! Your sis makes a beautiful bride and cute last pic with The Boy!

the "L" spot said...

The wedding was beautiful!! I loved every part of it!! I felt like i was there! Your dresses are beautiful i love the pockets! And your sister's dress is simply beautiful! I'm kinda sad the wedding is over I was really and enjoying all the wedding talk!

Alison Kinsey said...

You and your sister look so beautiful! What a gorgeous wedding :) I'm glad you chose to share so much of it on your blog, you don't need to apologize ;) it is your blog after all! Loved looking at all the pictures, it looks like it was an incredible day!

maddy said...

Caitlin!! What gorgeous pictures! You and your sister look beautiful... your whole family is gorgeous!! Congrats to your sister, her dress is fabulous. My favorite picture is the second picture! So fabulous!! Thanks for sharing miss! love love love

stay classy

Marla Singer said...

wow pretty pictures! you look gorgeous and the wedding looks beautiful <3

Grumpy old man said...

What a post!! Great family, and you all looked gorgeous. Believe me, I see no traces of puffy eyes looking at your pics, you look stunning.

I can never do toasts as I always get lumps on my throat that just refuse to go away... so I refuse from the start...

I think you did one hell of a job doing this post, it is very special and I am sure your sister/family will always enjoy to look at it.

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my last post, great hearing from you.

Have a lovely day.

Lara said...


Really nice and sentimental post!


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Mari said...

That hotel is sick! and i love the colors and style going on here!! You two sisters are AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL and congrats to your whole family!

Alicia said...

congrats to the bride and groom!! what a gorgeous wedding! you all looked amazing!! spectacular!!

Marina e Camilla said...

Wow, that pics are amazing! Congratulations *_* Your sister seems really happy! *_*
An hug :D

o said...

yay the long awaited wedding post! ur sister looked gorgeous! i love the simplicity of her dress! of course, u look beautiful, too, caitlin!:) wow, i'm loving the reception venue and all those lights! thank u for sharing!

Rhiannon Bosse said...

Yay the post is finally here!!! I knew it would be just as beautiful as it really is. Looks like it was such a magical and fantastic day :) Thanks for sharing lady! and as usual you looked STUNNING!! XO