Our wedding has come and passed without even a proper farewell across the city with hideous trappings, flying balloons or fireworks… Well that’s kind of what you are expecting if preparing a wedding requires a handful amount of tasteful family members, – a mother with 4 hands is a must -, plentiful good friends who turn out to be very successful full-time cheer up mechanisms, a small army of professionals from a wedding organization company, tons of advices (none applied though) and finally yourself – the soon bride to be – buried in a sack of pictures for inspiration.
Well, I don’t mean to scare off the new “born to be afraid of commitment” generation but that’s what you should be expecting if you want a well organized, good wedding. You always have the option to pay the money and back off, leave every detail to professionals, but this option was not even an option if the lead character is me – many of my closest friends can confirm that I am a total control freak, with proof. seriously. As much as I have adored every single detail that A46 team has created, I entered the ballroom at least 20 times during the 3 days of decorating process and was dragged out by Ahmet and reminded that I had to let people do their jobs. Blaaah.
I did MY JOB though. I wore a bridal, became a total bridezilla at the last minute, freaked everyone out, had a couple of drinks, said yes, kissed 600 people (makes 1200 cheeks), changed my dress, danced on my heels until 4 a.m, jumped, laughed and DONE! There you have the summary of the short transition from being a bride to becoming just another wife. Not that I’m complaining, but when I think about the days, God they were fun!!! The wedding hassle began 3 days before when our friends began to arrive Istanbul from London, Athens, Paris, Madrid and etc. Our friends and family were absolutely AMAZING at all times, making everything much more easy, calm and enjoyable. Thinking now about back then makes me realize why I love them this much. Seriously, they are the best.
Anyways, since my job as a bride is totally done, here is my job as a blogger. After tons of request, here you have the wedding pictures. This is gonna be quite long so I hope you have time.
definitely one of my favorite pictures. tugce & me.
.. and my mom. cute ha? 🙂
…and the groom’s room. the atmosphere is quite different there. no wonder why people were running away from my room and hiding in his.
Ahmet & Tugce.
my handsome cousin.
amazing photo that is definitely going in one of the 30 empty frames around our house 🙂
another amazing photo of my mother & father in law.
my wonderful grandfather, one of the funniest & smartest & best people in my life.
my dad being cool as always 🙂
finally getting dressed.
about to meet downstairs for the rehearsals and see each other for the 1st time.
…. Jaws soundtrack effect here ….
Jaws soundtrack. Faster.
definitely one of the best moments in my life.
now the rehearsal & the photo shoots. I will skip this part very fast.
By the way, I will make a whole other post about the wedding decoration.
mothers checking out the venue for the last time.
cutest family photo.
rehearsing our entrance.
back in our room again and the wedding is about to start…
some sneak peaks from the venue.
lounges designed for our friends in the middle of the ballroom.
candles and flowers can never be too much. never.
the menus designed by the amazing A46 team.
my bridesmaids getting ready in the room.
another fave photo.
the freaking out moment mentioned above.
going to the wedding. a glass of drink or sedatives are highly recommended at this moment.
a peek inside the ballroom, not the smartest move to see everyone standing up and waiting for you. more sedatives recommended at this point.
our best friends & family making the entrance ahead of us.
best crowd ever – our friends & some closest family members. After the wedding, this ceremony got more compliments than everything else.
ok. let the party begin.
2 of my mom’s closest friends / 3 of my favorite women in this world.
I challenge you to find one photo with my mouth closed.
Love this pic.
Ahmet’s youngest aunt.
Carnaval Turco – one of the best parts of the wedding.
I changed my dress at around 1 a.m. This mini dress was designed by our favorite Turkish designer, Zeynep Tosun who also designed two of my best friends’ gowns for that night. Zeynep is the coolest and cutest person you can ever meet and she is the best as a designer since she always listens to you and does her best to make you happy.
throwing the bouquet.
The closest crowd at 4 a.m.
You can have all the decoration, music, flowers….. but the most important thing is to make the night memorable. Having friends like the ones in the above picture will make your night perfect without any effort.
Bridal: Vera Wang, 1st head band: Jenny Packham
Organization company: A46 & team (Amazing company, amazing people)
Venue: 4 Seasons Hotel Bosphorus
Music Band: Gold Singers
Photography: Ayse Kaya
Videos: Can Kinalikaya
Music & Light & Sound: Gaydar Mix Music
DJ: Emre from Mix Music (the best !!!)
Carnaval Turco performing at 12.00
2nd dress: Zeynep Tosun, 2nd head band: Jenny Packham