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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.



One Year Later: The Wedding Recap.

It’s hard to believe it has been a whole year.  In some ways it feels as if it was just yesterday, and other times I feel like we’ve been married so much longer.  Our wedding day was so special to me, and so surreal – every single person I loved in this world, all together under a big white tent filled with music, laughter, and love. 

I never blogged about my wedding, and only shared a few pictures.  Back in my wedding blog-reading days, I read a line that seemed like it was literally taken from my thoughts – “Part of me doesn’t want to share my wedding with the world.  I think I’m afraid if I shake it too hard the glitter will fall off.”  So now, a year later, it’s finally time.  Because a year of marriage has taught me that May 9th will sparkle forever…

I woke up in an amazing gigantic hotel suite with all of my sisters and bridesmaids with me – the perfect way to start the day.  We all headed to the salon to start our day of pampering. 

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While the day was a celebration of me and Casey, it was also so much more than that.  How often do you get to have everyone you love together?  I felt so lucky to have these girls by my side.  (Plus Mary Ann, who must have been getting her hair done at the time!)

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My goal for the wedding day was to be as relaxed and casual as possible.  We left the salon and headed over to my house, where I set up a fun bridal brunch for all of my bridesmaids. 

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My mom had come over earlier and dropped of bagels and fruit salad, along with the gorgeous flowers she had arranged for the rehearsal dinner.  Oh the joys of having a florist for a mother!  :)

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With our hair done and stomachs fed, we headed upstairs for makeup and finishing touches.  I never really like how professional makeup turns out, so I was perfectly content to sit at my own dressing table and do it myself on my wedding day.

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Did you notice the shirts that Mary Ann made for all of us?  Operation:  Mrs. Malone.  Too cute!

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With hair and makeup done, it was time to get dressed…

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I had been soooo nervous that my dress wouldn’t fit after so many alterations. 

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Huge sigh of relief when it was successfully zipped and I could breathe comfortably.  I absolutely loved this dress.  I got it the very first time I went shopping.  It was about ten sizes too big and 75% off at a tent sale, but I knew it was mine the minute I tried it on…

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My bridesmaid dresses were real sundresses from Anthropologie.  I searched for them for months and months, and fell in love when I finally found them.  I even got one for myself! :)

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The other piece of my ensemble was my cameo necklace – worn by 5 different women on my mom’s side in all of their weddings…

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Right on time, my mom showed up just as I was getting ready to put it on. 

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Dressed and ready – time to head to the church.  I remember standing there just trying to take it all in before the reality of it all hit me at the church.  It was so strange to not talk to Casey all day long, and I wondered how he was doing and feeling too…

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I drove myself to the church in my wedding dress.  Everyone thought I was crazy, but I just wanted to feel like myself.

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When I got to the church I saw my flowers for the first time.  Oooohhhh how I loved those flowers!  We picked our wedding day to be in May for the sole reason that I was completely in love with the idea of having a bouquet of peonies.

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My mom spent the entire two days before the wedding making all of the flowers for the rehearsal dinner and all of the wedding bouquets.  I was so excited to finally see them for myself!  On that note – Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!  :)

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I knew that Casey had arrived at the church when Shannon went and fetched his ring for photos…

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She assured me that he was hidden away on the other side of the church, so we headed outside for pictures of all the girls.  I was not a very traditional bride by any means, but for some reason I was really adamant that we not see each other before the ceremony.

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Three sisters – obsessed with these girls…

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Since Shannon was with us, I don’t have any pictures of what Casey was up to all day long.  But I know that he had a great day with his brother and best friends.  They all went to an old-school barber shop and got hair cuts and shaves, and then had a nice lunch together at one of our favorite restaurants back home.  It sounds sappy, but there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing Casey happy, and I was so glad that he got to have a fun day with his friends – many of whom live far away…

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The church was all set and ready to go….

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And before I knew it they were playing the interlude and our moms were lighting the candles.  I had spent countless hours agonizing the music for our ceremony, and when I finally heard it I kind of fell apart.  I peeked through a side door right at this moment, and heard “One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story being played by just a single flute.  Tears started flowing big time.  I couldn’t believe it was all really happening…

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Casey and the groomsmen walked out…

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And the doors opened for me.  I made the very looooong walk down the aisle all by myself…

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But it didn’t matter that I was alone, because I saw this guy waiting at the other end…

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And because it takes way too long to relive an entire wedding in a blog post, the rest of the story will tonight!  :)

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Meagan     at 5:40 pm

WOW – what a fun read. And I agree, I love your dress!
Why didn’t you have anyone walk you down?

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thanks! :) I walked by myself because my dad wasn’t invited to the wedding – that’s another blog post though. :) I actually kind of felt like walking down alone was sort of symbolic of all that I’d had to do on my own growing up, so it was a full circle moment for me!

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Meagan Reply:

That makes sense! It must have taken a lot of courage to do it alone!

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M Reply:

I love that you drove yourself + walked down alone. You rock girl!

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Allison @ Happy Tales Reply:

I love that you walked yourself down the aisle. I have been thinking about what I’m going to do when that day comes for me… and I think I might do the same thing. Either walk myself, or have my mother walk me down.

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grace b Reply:

I LOVE that you drove yourself. Seriously. The second I read that I was like “Woah! That makes so much sense! I should do that too!”. Infact as someone who loves to drive I would actually really enjoy the process of driving myself and going from such an independent act to the act of bringing two lives together in marriage. Go you!

Also I LOVE your dress! It was gorgeous!

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wishful nals     at 4:23 pm

emily, you were a GORGEOUS bride! i am celebrating my one year anniversary this weekend, and i can totally relate. it goes so fast! :)

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Omg – thank you! Happy anniversary! :)

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]     at 11:32 pm

Stunning!

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 10:17 am

what a beautiful wedding!

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Hermione     at 5:39 pm

I always read your blog but I rarely comment. I had to on this occasion though – what a beautiful post!

I also love your wedding dress – it’s goooorgeous!

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thank you so much! :)

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Chase @ The Chase Project     at 9:34 pm

So sweet! Gorgeous job on your makeup!

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Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers     at 2:37 pm

no lie, i was SEARCHING for your wedding recap on your blog yesterday & couldn’t find it for the life of me! i was SO excited when you posted a link to it today.

such a beautiful, beautiful day. you look so in love and absolutely gorgeous.

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Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thank you so much!! I need to get the links on one of the landing pages. People ask me for them all the time!

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Chicago Cuisine Critique     at 2:49 pm

You looked gorgeous! What a special day. Thanks for sharing. :)

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Marie     at 2:57 am

What a lovely wedding!!! You are such a beautiful bride! I love your dress, make-up, and hair. You have such pretty colored eyes! Asians are always dark brown so I am always intrigued by the lighter colors. ;)

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Molly     at 5:08 pm

Such a beautiful post! And gorgeous dress!! Where on earth did you find it??

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Heba     at 6:22 pm

You’re absolutely stunning! I stumbled upon your blog today and have been looking through it for the past half an hour or so … love all the material on here! Can’t wait to read more. But just had to comment on this post, because it’s so touching. You and your hubby make a really adorable couple! :)

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Amy @ThenThereWere     at 3:41 am

I have just noticed how blue your eyes are, really unusual given you are so dark haired. Gorgeous!! And love the dress, especially the colour and sash.

Amy x

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Carly     at 8:44 pm

Your wedding pictures are gorgeous!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Thank you so much!

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anne     at 12:49 pm

Beautiful. I too always wanted peonies, but my husband’s school program didn’t get a break till August. So August it was! Actually though, I had white roses and they had opened some in the heat and kind of looked like peonies anyway so I was happy :)

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Ellie@Fit for the Soul     at 10:00 pm

wowwww you looked soooo gorgeous, natural, and classy on your wedding day!! :D I’m inspired

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