While my parents argued over where Lucas and I’s second wedding in the States would be, I decided to grab my husband and my grandparents and make our marriage legal in the local City Hall. It was not the most romantic of places to wed your beloved, however we had already had the wedding of our dreams. Thus, to us it was irrelevant where our second wedding would take place. The only thing that was a must, was that my grandparents be our witnesses. Unfortunately, they were not in good enough health to attend our first wedding in Buenos Aires, Argentina, so it was important that they be an essential part of our second wedding.
Since the decision to get married at City Hall was last minute, I did not think that I would be able to find someone to photograph the event. Two days before, without any expectations, I decided to send out a tweet to see if anyone in the area would be interested. Within minutes someone responded saying they knew someone who knew someone and within hours I had a date to meet the photographer, Emily Chidester, the next day to discuss the details. I do not know why I continue to be amazed by the powers of social media, as it has made so many of my wildest dreams come true!
On the morning of our special day, Emily met me at Ambiance Salon, the only place in my city that I trust getting my hair done at. Nell, the owner, is truly my hair angel and if you live in or are visiting Charlotte, North Carolina, then you simply must stop by for the best haircut/color of your life.
One of the benefits of having a second wedding is that you can actually have fun! Do not get me wrong, I had fun during my first wedding, but I was also insanely stressed and nervous, as I wanted everything to be perfect. Now I was able to completely enjoy and appreciate every single moment of the experience without a care or concern. I wanted this carefree attitude to reflect in my hairstyle and ensemble as well.
I chose pink orchids for my hair, because pink is my favorite color and orchids are my grandmother’s favorite flower. She wanted me to carry orchids during my first wedding so badly, alas that was not a possibility, though now it was! I also went with an updo since I wore my hair down the first time around.
The next photo displays the gorgeous necklace that my grandparents had specially made for me to match my engagement ring. I wore it during my first wedding as a reminder that they were there in spirit.
My lovely bouquet was made by my Mother. When I was a young girl I was obsessed with daisies. So much so, that when I was fourteen, I sneaked away from my family during a trip to the Bahamas and got a tattoo of the flower on my ankle! The roses were a nod to my first wedding and the orchids were the leftovers from the ones I used in my hair.
We decided to take some photos outside, which despite the intense heat turned out beautifully. Of course, it was 105 degrees with 100% humidity — that is the South for you!
Then it was time to leave for City Hall (in our matching aviators). I could not wait to marry this man, again.
I feel so blessed that Emily came into my life, not only because she is a phenomenal photographer, but also because I now have a new friend! What is your favorite photo? More photos post-ceremony to come. . .