I Do.

Leah and Addie are best friends. Addie finally gets married and now it's Leah and Nick's turn. The planning, the stress, their love getting stronger, the jealousy. Leah and Nick are put to the test to get through their wedding and maybe an unexpected member joins the family on their way to the wedding day. Find out in "I Do."

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16. Prepping For the Shoot

Today was Wednesday, precisely 2 days before Nick and I were to be married. Family members were piling in, friends flying from all over the country, and posts on social media from celebrities congratulating us on our marriage. Nick and I had hired a professional photographer and videographer to capture our special day, but he insisted that we do a couple photo shoot in the big park downtown. The shoot is tomorrow but we needed to go over hair, make-up and all that beforehand. So today, Addie joined me in getting all glammed up for this shoot. The makeup artist and hair stylist arrived a little after 1pm to get started. I took a shower that morning, and even dried my hair. Let me just say something about my hair. It’s a dirty blonde color, but not straight or curly. It’s the awkward in between wavy. Some call it beach waves, but I don’t really think so. Anyways, I got my hair done into a soft ombre a little while ago and love it in soft curls, so that’s what I asked for. I showed the stylist, Brent, a picture of the hairdo I want for my wedding and asked if he could do something similar, but not quite the same for the photo shoot.

“Yes! Of course I can. Would you still like it up in the back as well?” he asked.

“Just change a braid or something. Oooh I love a waterfall braid. Can you try maybe something like that, and make this all side swept like this?” I told him, moving all my hair to my left shoulder.

“Oh I love it. We can definitely do that,” he said, then away he went.

As he was curling my hair, the makeup artist, Julia, worked on my eyes. She had already found my perfect foundation, base, and blush, and now moving on to eye shadow.

“So what were you thinking the colors should be?” I asked, holding up a picture of my dress.

“Oh that is just beautiful! I love it,” she smiled. “Well, I like the embellished belt, and the light peach satin ribbon behind it. I’m thinking maybe a rose gold kind of eye shadow?”

“I like the sound of that. Try some different shadows and I’ll tell you which ones I like together,” I said pulling her huge pallet of shadows closer to me.

“Do you do makeup? Like professionally?” she asked, grabbing a few eye shadow brushes.

“Well no. I’ve just watched quite a bit of makeup tutorials on YouTube and kind of love the shadowing and all the blending involved in the eyes,” I answered back, skimming the pallet. “This one! But I think it’s a bit too yellow-gold for me, don’t you think?”

She dug in her really big makeup bag and pulled out an Urban Decay NAKED pallet, showing me a shadow inside, “How about this one?”

“Yes! That’s perfect!” I gasped.

We picked out the colors together and I had her work her magic on my lids. After she was done, I opened my eyes and fell instantly in love. It literally was the perfect blend and everything!

“I love it! Thank you thank you thank you, Julia! You’re the best!” I gave her a quick hug before she continued to do the winged eyeliner and mascara, adding a few false lashes to the outer corners. While she did that, Brent had finished my hair and sprayed it lightly with hairspray.

“Well? Do you like it?” he asked hopeful.

“Brent?! Oh my goodness, it’s beautiful. I really do love it,” I hugged him as well. “Addie? Do you like it?”

Addie looked up from the magazine she was reading, “Oh my gosh, Leah! It’s perfect!”

After we arranged the time they would come over for tomorrow to recreate this look, Addie and I went off to get a mani-pedi, at our favorite place in town. I got a text from Mama J and my mom, saying that all the moms are going out together to get their dresses finalized, and to meet them at a little café for dinner, when we are done. Addie and I got our toes done with a French pedicure, and our nails done as well in the same style. They looked so pretty. We paid for their service and set out to do a bit more shopping. Afterwards, we met at a small downtown bistro that had delicious sandwiches for dinner with all of our moms.

My mom came up to me, giving me a big hug, “Honey, you’re hair and makeup look gorgeous!”

“Nick and I are doing a photo shoot tomorrow and I had to figure out my hair and makeup for it. I think I’m gonna do this makeup for my wedding too,” I smiled and hugged everyone else.

As we ate, the moms showed us their dresses and shoes. They were so cute! I told them to get different shades of red, but not super bright. They all were spot on.

“Did we do well, girls?” Addie’s mom asked.

“Y’all did awesome! I really like the shoes you guys picked too. The colors are beautiful,” I said, smiling.

After we finished eating, we all said our goodbyes and Addie and I headed back home. Nick said he got some confirmation calls earlier about decorations for the venue. I came in with my bags of goodies, and put them on my dresser.

“How did shopping go, honey?” Nick asked, nose still in his laptop.

“It went well,” I said, going over and kissing him on the forehead. “We ate dinner with the moms. They got their dresses and shoes, which surprisingly they did really good. I seriously can’t wait, sweetie.”

I cuddled up under his arm to see what he was doing.

“I’m sending one last invitation to my manager and the rest of the band. I also finalized the Administration for coming,” he said, typing away.

“The band we saw in town right?” I asked.

“Yeah. They’re excited to play for everyone. I am too, of course. They’re going to try to set up later tomorrow so they don’t wait till the last minute the day of,” Nick closed his laptop and put it on the night stand next to him.

I yawned a mighty yawn and stretched out across his chest, mumbling. Nick rubbed my back for a bit, then convinced me to get up and take a shower.

I went to the bathroom, grabbing a towel. I took out all the bobby pins in my hair and shook out my hairspray-filled curly locks. I wiped my make-up off with a remover wipe and stripped down to nothing. Turning the water to the perfect heated temperature, I stepped in, letting the wedding and hot water soak in. I can’t believe I’m going to be married in less than 48 hours. I giggled to myself with excitement and started on my normal shower routine. I shaved my legs and did one last rinse in colder water before stepping out, wrapping myself in my fluffy blue towel. I got dressed as Nick went to take his shower.

“Did you use all the hot water?” he called from the bathroom.

“No!” I said, defensively.

I could hear him scoffing, when I giggled. I towel dried my hair, putting it a loose side braid. I took out my favorite Bath & Body lotion and lathered my whole body in the sweet smelly-goodness. After reading a bit of my new favorite series, The Hunger Games, Nick walked in wearing basketball shorts. Wearing ONLY basketball shorts. Steam was rising off his beautifully toned abs and biceps, and let’s just say I was definitely not complaining.

I put the covers over my eyes, whining, “Honey…”

“Whaaaaat?” he smirked as I peeked my eyes over the corner of the blanket.

I rolled my eyes as he climbed into bed, just like that. With no shirt on. My oh my.

I put my book on the bedside table and turned off the lamp. I snuggled with Nick under the covers and talked, more like mumbled, until we fell asleep.

 

A/N:  The first picture is the wedding hair, and the second picture is the modified photo shoot hair. Thanks! :)

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