Thursday, February 2, 2012

Skippy Says: Where It All Began, Part II (Skippy Gets Married)

Read our big announcement about a little package we're expecting here, and where it all began, part I here!

I spent the night before the wedding with my 3 best girlfriends (and bridesmaids) in the same room Ryan and I later stayed in on our wedding night. I'll just go ahead and say that if you ever have the chance to stay at the Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco, you should jump at the opportunity. The view alone is worth it. We had the hair and make-up artists meet us in our room in the morning because seriously, what's better than being pampered while staring at the city you love most from a gorgeous room with a 42nd floor view?

Taking a break from the beautifying process to share a moment with my BFF/maid of honor:


The back of this dress is seriously a large part of the reason why I bought it:


Oh, and what have we here? I'll tell you what. This right here is what happens when you learn that your limo company thinks your wedding is on August 31st rather than August 1st, and you have about half an hour to somehow get yourself across the city to your ceremony site. Cue hysterical laughing because really, what else are you going to do?


Except hail a cab. Classy.


Somehow we made it to the ceremony only a few minutes late. You see that tall girl, second from the right? That's my overly emotional best friend Marina. Here she is already crying when I just started walking down the aisle. God bless her heart. As you can see, I did not have my bridesmaids all wear identical dresses. Instead, I told them to pick out a purple dress of their choice in a similar material. Their material of choice? "Something kinda shiny." I dug it.


Ryan and I had a Jewish wedding ceremony, where one of the traditions is for the bride to circle the groom seven times. Unfortunately, I was a little nervous and lost count. See hilarity of evidence below. On our wedding video, you can actually see Ryan holding up his fingers to show me how many times I've already circled, and how many I have left to go. Atta boy, what a helper.


This right here is our rabbi holding up our Ketubah, the Jewish wedding contract. We chose to write our own, comprised of our vows to one another.


Oh, and look at me getting my wedding band- I think I like it! Per Jewish tradition, Ryan first put the ring on my index finger and then I moved it over to my ring finger. The reason for this is twofold. First, in Jewish mysticism it is believed that there is an artery running straight from the index finger to the heart. And second, by me moving the ring to my wedding finger rather than Ryan placing it on there, I am indicating that I am willingly entering into this marriage. Do I look willing or what?


At one point during the wedding, the rabbi said he wanted to wish us the best of luck. And I stopped the ceremony in order to thank him. What? It seemed rude not to. Below is Ryan making fun of me. I think. Either that, or this is the part of the ceremony where the rabbi described the time Ryan tricked me into being locked in our dog's crate.


At the end of Jewish wedding ceremony, the groom smashes a piece of glass. As Ryan said, he destroyed it.


After the ceremony, we took a few family photos before heading to the reception. Ryan and his mama:


Me and my papa:


And a few of the two of us:


 Ok, maybe this isn't the most attractive photo of me, but it's very typically us:


Stay tuned for part III, the wedding reception, tomorrow!

44 comments:

  1. Ohhh your wedding was beautiful. I love all of these pictures and you had me laughing at a few parts (taxi cab, dog crate). I really like the dresses your bridesmaids chose (and yours of course), and the colors are beautiful.

    o hope you have most of these framed in your home!!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful...and I love the flowers! :)

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  3. Absolutely beautiful ! congrats dear!

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  4. Congratulations honey! wishing you a very happy married life! Lovely pictures and an even lovelier bride :) xx
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  5. Wow, you look amazing! Your dress is absolutely gorgeous and you and Ryan are both glowing with happiness! So so so beautiful. What a day to remember!

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  6. Are those hydrangeas in the bridesmaid bouquets? I had a friend who wanted them in her bouquet for her wedding, but the florist told her they wilt too easily. Your bouquets were beautiful, so I think my friend was lied to.

    Tara
    Penniless Socialite

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  7. awhh i love thiss!!!

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  8. awwwwww I love these photos!!!!!! Such a beautiful ceremony!

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  9. Beautiful photos, and beautiful wedding! I love your dress and how happy both of you look :)

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  10. beautiful! i am loving all these stories about your beginnings with ryan!
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  11. this is fantastic! i'm actually getting married in august and contemplating using the mandarin as my getting ready suite and also for the night of!

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  12. So pretty! Thanks for sharing these stories! I love reading other people's love stories.

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  13. Wonderful photos, I like them!!! This is such a nice post!
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  14. bestdressedinthenestFebruary 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    And just when I thought the 2 of you couldn't be any cuter, you go and get even cuter. :) Beautiful pix! I love that you're smiling and laughing in all of them. <3

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  15. That is probably one of my favourite wedding dresses I've ever seen, which is saying a lot! The neckline is lovely, the lace is so vintage and pretty, and that TRAIN is just the cat's whiskers. Plus all your bridesmaids looked gorgeous, your setting was picture-book adorable, and you look so HAPPY! Thanks for sharing.

    <3 Cambria
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  16. In San Francisco? That's the only one I've ever stayed in, and it was fantastic- couldn't recommend it highly enough!

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  17. Okay, you are seriously the most adorable bride ever! Most brides are a bundle of nerves; you looked like you were just having a grand ol' time. I only hope I look half as graceful as you did when I officially become Mr. CP's ball and chain.

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  18. It's undecided whether marriage or motherhood makes you most beautiful ;)

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  19. EverythingprettygirlsFebruary 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Your pictures are GORGEOUS! You look so happy and you're glowing!! Love them.

    xo everything-pretty.com

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  20. Aw, Lara, thank you- you are seriously making me cry. And I know it doesn't take much these days for me, but...

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  21. Oh I was a bundle of nerves. But an ecstatic one :) You will look twice as graceful (honestly, grace isn't my thing) and I can't wait to see photos!

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  22. What a beautiful wedding ceremony Inna! WOW! I've actually never seen up close photos of a Jewish ceremony so thank you for sharing! Your wedding gown is absolutely gorgeous and sorry to hear about the limo service. All the best to the two of you on the long road ahead.

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  23. These pictures are so beautiful and you looked so happy on your big day! I liked the fact that the bridesmaids chose different dresses but similar material :)

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  24. Exquisite photos - you both look overjoyed. :) I really like the idea of the Ketubah - I have seen some really beautiful ones on etsy. :)

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  25. What a beautiful wedding! Your dress is stunning and you looked gorgeous, glad you had a perfect day. xx

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  26. So lovely. The ceremony, your dress, it all looks really fantastic. I've never been to a real Jewish wedding before but I've been to some 'mixed' weddings and they accidentally brought the groom a 'non-breakable' champagne glass to stomp on. It took him like 15 stomps but he still managed to get it!

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  27. Well, ours was "mixed" too (Ryan isn't Jewish) but the ceremony was Jewish since Ryan isn't religious at all :)

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  28. Oh my gosh, that dress. So beautiful, Inna. I mean, SO beautiful. Speaking of beauty, you were one hell of a beautiful bride.

    I keep thinking we are going to run into each other in SF. How fun would that be?

    xoxo

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  29. I always get teary eyed when I look at wedding photo's and yours was no exception!! These photo's are SOO beautiful Inna!! I love the back shot of the wedding dress and the one of you and your papa....tears. You were such a gorgeous bride. And I love the color of your brides maid dresses. Did you let them pick their own style?! How awesome of a bride are you!??

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  30. Are you in SF often? Maybe we can plan a date sometime :)

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  31. I did! I actually like it better than matching bridesmaid dresses personally :)

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  32. Congratulations! You look so beautiful!!! Your dress is stunning, I love the detailing on it! Wishing you all the best on your new life journey together! Such gorgeous pictures, sweetie :)
    Good luck!

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  33. So pretty!! It just doesn't get any cuter than this!

    ox
    -davie+erica

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  34. OMG you look gorgeous. Congratulations!
    Can;t wait for part III. Been browsing through part I & II and everything looks amazing.

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  35. Oh my word, these photos are beautiful!
    And so are you in that gorgeous dress!!! I can see why you picked it. You are absolutely stunning.
    I love how you're sharing your story with us. You two really are such an adorable couple.
    And he tricked you into dog crate?? Hahaha, oh wow, I think you should share that story with us next ;)

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  36. Your dress is GORGEOUS!! You look great and you two make such a cute couple! Thanks for visiting my blog! =)

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  37. I knew it's going to be the most beautiful and romantic second part!!!! Too bad for the limo, but u did the replacement with a class!:) U looked gorgeous, as well your bridesmaids!! Now to see the third part!:)
    kisses

    Jelena
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  38. Wow, you were a beautiful bride (not surprising.) The back of your dress is so elegant, I bought mine for the back too. Your mix and match bridesmaid dresses were wonderful. So much love in these pictures!

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  39. Inna!! I am loving all those pictures!! They are so sweet! And the back of your dress is absolutely BREATHTAKING!!

    xo, sam

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  40. You are so beautiful. These pictures are absolutely perfect. I've never seen anyone look happier. Ahhh! I'm freaking out right now! Congrats on the pregnancy Inna, I am so happy for you!

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  41. Hi Skippy, I hope you have been well. It's been a while...I know I know...getting time to blog is difficult! But, I've browsing through some of your posts and then I came across this one. What a beautiful post. The photos are just stunning, your dress is lovely, the bridesmaids all look lovely as well.

    I hope you are enjoying your summer. Congratulations on the pregnancy!!! I'm sending lots of hugs your way hon~~~

    Toodles for now,
    Tammy <3

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