With lots of traveling, a wedding and a concert, it's been a fun, action-packed Memorial Day weekend! Thought I'd do a little picture journal blog post and share what went on. We took off Friday morning for Trussville, Alabama (near Birmingham) for the wedding festivities! It's where Kalee's now-husband Jonathan is from, and they scoped out a gorgeous venue. The roads were very busy and it ended up taking us seven hours to get there.
Once we arrived at the hotel, I quickly got myself ready (that's the dress I wore to IMATS!) and then did Kalee's makeup for the wedding rehearsal & dinner. Tyler was an usher and I was a bridesmaid, so we learned what we had to do, and met some of Jonathan's other friends and relatives. Then we got some rest for the big day!
I got going Saturday around 9 to do my own makeup, and then went to the venue at 10:30 where there was some food and more time to get ready. I got myself ready first because I knew I was going to be doing Kalee's makeup, and wanted to be available to help anyone else who asked. There were a couple of super awesome hair ladies there too, and while I was planning to wear my hair half up, during some downtime the ladies said- hey let's play with your hair! And they gave me a cute low bun (wish I would've gotten a pic from the back!) The rest of the afternoon seems kind of like a whirlwind. I first did Kalee's mom's makeup (she's a proud Beauty Broadcast viewer!) She looks so much like Kalee... it's amazing how much more you notice facial similarities when you're doing someone's makeup! I also did fellow bridesmaids Jessica and Melaney, and then Kalee :) I helped a couple of others with false lashes and eyeshadow, too. I blogged about my bridal kit here, and it definitely contained everything I needed. All of the girls couldn't have been nicer and they looked so beautiful! :)
I brought my camera and fully intended to take some video of the process- but there was no time! I barely had the chance to snap a quick picture and clean brushes in between each application... and I just feel like I get "in the zone" in these situations. Any makeup artists know what I'm talking about? I mean, it's not just makeup for fun, it's makeup for a wedding, plus you have to keep track of the time. I've said it before, but if someone else was there to handle the camera, it would've been great! Does Beauty Broadcast need an intern?! :)
Before getting pictures taken, a very important member of the bridal party still had to get ready! Kalee's sweet dog Mia Bean was a "flower girl" and a cute little dress was made for her... it was actually made out of Kalee's wedding dress (since she's so short, there was a lot of extra material!) We talked about this in a video on my vlog channel, and many of you said you wanted to see Mia in her dress! In the pic above, a couple of the girls tried to get it on her...
Isn't it SO cute?! I think it just snapped around her waist.
Once the dress was on, she immediately started racing around!
How beautiful is this picture?! I nabbed this off of Kalee's facebook page, where photographer Amanda Pair gave a sneak peek of some of her pictures. I wish I would've gotten some shots of the venue itself, but it was stunning. We were at a house in Trussville- it was very historic-looking. It had a big yard with rolling hills and white fences, and the perfect spot for the ceremony that overlooked a pond... there were also horses frolicking in a nearby pasture. And in case you didn't already feel like you were reading a fairy tale, Kalee surprised us by arriving down the aisle, or "down the lane" leading to the house in a horse-drawn carriage with her dad. I think it brought tears to everyone's eyes. Mia Bean, who ran down the aisle after the bridesmaids (it was ADORABLE), was sitting with Kalee's mom, and let out a single "bark!" when Kalee appeared in the carriage. I know-- overwhelming cuteness. The whole ceremony was just wonderful and the weather was perfect. Kalee is a meteorologist, so that's appropriate! :)
The reception was on the same property, and I snapped this picture of the couple's first dance. How cute are they?! I am so thrilled for Kalee and Jonathan!
Tyler and Kalee during the Dollar Dance... she's even shorter than me, and Tyler is 6'6"!
One of the younger Beauty Broadcast viewers! 5-year-old Emily watches with her mom, a cousin of Jonathan's! (sorry for my crazy red-eyes!)
She said that she and Kalee were talking about makeup, and she was mentioning a girl on YouTube... Kalee said- "is it Emily?! She's my friend!" I thought that was so cool! And the fact that she and her daughter watch together is really sweet :)
There was karaoke during the last hour of the reception, and Tyler (yes, Tyler!) is shown here singing N'sync's "Bye Bye Bye" with fellow usher Otto and some other guys. Big hit. LOL!
Everyone lined the entrance to the property and held sparklers- so cool! Stole this pic off of Tyler's instagram. We headed home the next day and the roads weren't near as crazy- made it home in six hours and then chilled and napped on the couch. Hope Kalee & Jonathan are enjoying their honeymoon!! :)
Monday night we went to a concert at Herrin Festa Italiana! (It's an Italian festival that happens here in southern Illinois). It gets underway every year during the week leading up to Memorial Day with events, a parade, carnival rides, fair food, and they tend to have some pretty big-name musical acts... country music fans-- in years past they've had Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, and Luke Bryan. This year they had Florida Georgia Line, and Tyler and I are fans! :) The concert ended up selling out, so I'm glad we got our tickets early. In the above Instagram pic, I'm sporting a cute dress that I got for less than $20 from Ross! :) Fittingly patriotic colors for Memorial Day. Didn't wear boots (not all boots are bunion friendly! and I of course wanted to dance about!), so I had on some comfy sandals.
All the tickets were general admission... so you just had a huge group of people standing in front of the stage and you had to try to get as close as you could. After seizing some delicious corn dogs (my fair food of choice), we worked our way up the side and got surprisingly close. Being 5'0", it was a bit of a challenge to see, but I wasn't complaining! We got there for the opening act "Old Southern Moonshine Revival"... what a name!! And while I wasn't drinking moonshine, I did have a couple of Bud Lights in my cup with the moustache (remember, it's Herrin Festa Italiana, haha)
Toward the end of the Old Southern Moonshine Revival... clouds, wind, and rain rolled in. Cold, kinda heavy rain. The opening act ended early and all 8,000 of us were left standing in the rain... I was soaked, and my face was pretty wet too, but I must say... the hat, my waterproof eye makeup, and Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation helped a lot and from the neck up, I stayed looking pretty fresh! :) My feet... not so much. The ground became a mixture of water, gravel, cigarette butts, and other random trash. Fortunately it was all flowing somewhere and eventually dried up quite a bit. Florida Georgia Line came out in the midst of the rain just to say hi-- and the crowd went nuts. They ended up starting not too far behind schedule, and the rain was gone for the rest of the night. Much bopping, singing, and cheering ensued.
This was Tyler's view- he could pretty much see over everyone. I was basically looking at the back of that blonde girl's head a lot of the time... very familiar now with her waves and highlights... but was able to squirm around and get a better look at the action on stage from time to time. Everything wrapped up around 9:30... and it was SO much fun! So I suppose this whole post has pretty much been my "daily nuggets" :) I hope everyone had a great weekend and has a good week ahead, too! New video coming tomorrow to Beauty Broadcast!