somebody please hand me a dictionary and a pillow?
you’re handing me a dictionary and a pillow, you might as well hand me
something mixed with a little bit of vodka too. Because after that pre-show, mama needs some vodka.
And let me add a little disclaimer here….I’m fully aware it’s ABC that’s responsible for THE AWKWARD. Sean and Catherine were lovely.
If you are here visiting for the first time, this is normally a style blog, but every Thursday I recap The Bachelor. I started doing this a couple of years ago during Sean’s season because Sean’s big sister Shay (you might recognize her from being the HOTTEST bridesmaid in the line-up full of seriously pretty girls) is one of my besties!
Shay, I would like to use this opportunity to point out that you are probably THE OLDEST person in this picture. So, you can now feel my pain.
(Gosh, it feels get to make an old joke instead of being the punch line.)
And just for fun (in case you haven’t seen the other 36 times I’ve posted it),
this pic was taken at a watch party at Shay’s house during Emily’s season.
Speaking of Shay, you OF COURSE want to also check out her blog for a personal recap of the entire wedding weekend as well as some behind the scenes picture!
Part 1 HERE (arrival and rehearsal dinner)
Part 2 HERE (wedding day, ceremony, and reception)
Just try to imagine how much fun she had! And then multiply that times like 10,000.
Anyway, we have A LOT of fun over here on Bachelor Days!
BUT TODAY IS ALL ABOUT SEAN AND CATHERINE!
Today I will recap the wedding ceremony as well as the pre-show leading up to the wedding.
I thought about recapping the pre-show with the following bullet points and calling it a day:
- grown sexy
- grown sexy
- grown sexy
- lingerie shopping
- grown sexy
- budoire photos
- grown sexy
- honeymoon suite preparation cam
- and then grown sexy another 800ish times
Yep, that about sums up the pre-show.
However, I will dive a bit deeper into it right now, as long as you are prepared for lots of shy moments and PLENTY of awkward to go around.
You might want to grab a pillow yourself.
And your adult beverage of choice.
The show opens up with Sean and Catherine setting off on a road trip from California to Dallas.
They are so cute in the car together and we all get to see them just be a normal couple, which is nice! This is where Catherine drops the bomb that she wants the wedding to be the following:
1) grown sexy
I think I speak not just for Sean, but for all of America when I say we can get on board
with #2 and #3…
but we are all left scratching our heads a bit with the idea of “grown sexy”.
Why couldn’t she have just said “sexy”?
“Sexy” we get.
“Sexy” we understand.
“Sexy” we can support.
But “grown sexy”?
Was she afraid she might confuse people and that we might think she was
talking about “kid sexy” or “baby sexy”?
I feel that when talking about “sexy”, the fact that it is “grown” is implied.
Am I right?
After reading lots of comments and e-mails, I’m now beginning to understand that “grown sexy” really means “sophisticated sexy”! OF COURSE! Now THAT makes sense!
We then got to see Sean and Catherine at his parent’s house announcing the wedding date.
There were several sweet moments, but at the top of the list is Sean asking Jay to perform the ceremony. He was so obviously touched and it was just precious to watch.
Another top moment for me?
Seeing Shay in the Pinterest Told Me To MUST HAVE jacket.
There were lots of facebook posts, tweets, and e-mails about this, and I was just tickled that you all recognized the jacket.
We were 22 minutes in to the show when Harrison (who was doing a bang up job of channeling a golf announcer) first mentioned that Sean and Catherine were both saving themselves for marriage.
I LOVE this, think it’s awesome in fact, and I was even happy Harrison mentioned it.
I was however less than pleased that it was mentioned another 76 times after that.
We get it.
They made the decision to hold off on doing the Big Wiggle (what my high school
Young Life leader called it). 🙂
Let’s high five them for that decision (and be happy that all of America gets to see what they stand for!) but then let us all MOVE. ON.
And SHAME ON ABC for making us hear the term “grown sexy” around 845 times.
I know that sounds like a large number, but I think it’s fairly accurate.
The only thing that beats that number is the number of times I JUST ABOUT DIED FROM AWKWARD during the pre-show, because I think that was around 923.
Catherine meets with her wedding planner, Mindy Weiss (planner to the stars) and tries to help Mindy understand her vision. Somebody needs to hand Mindy a dictionary too, because she’s with the rest of us on the confusion scale. She did impart the knowledge to Catherine that sometimes sex in your mind is better than the actual deal.
Nobody wants to hear that.
Nobody wants to see a shot of the honeymoon suite being prepped for The Big Wiggle.
It’s just creepy.
Her mama was very sweet.
I thought the boob interaction was hilarious when Catherine blamed her mom for her girls. 🙂
Next up, we see Sean heading into La Perla.
Somebody hand me a pillow QUICK!
Now I’m just going to bullet point the rest of the awkward.
The sales lady said the red bra feels “nice on the skin” and told Sean to “not be afraid to touch things”. Sean rubbed the bra.
The term “easy access” is used to describe one of the pieces as the crotchal area was highlighted.
Sean nodded and repeated, “mm-hm. Easy access.”
They showed the honeymoon suite getting prepped. again.
Sean gave Catherine the lingerie he picked out, and they both got a bad case of the giggles.
Like a really bad case of the giggles.
And I died.
Catherine tells her friend that she is going to take budoir photos for Sean.
I thought about dying.
And then when they practiced how she was going to lay on the bed for said photos?
Yep. You guessed it. I died.
Catherine said the lingerie is going to be like “fancy icing” for her body.
And I died again. Really hard this time.
Catherine compares herself to a butterfly that is about to expose herself.
That’s right. I died.
Okay….ALL OF THE AWKWARD IS OVER PEOPLE!
Put up your dictionary and set the pillow aside.
It’s time for the GORGEOUS ceremony.
Andrew (Shay’s hubby) prayed over Sean with the other guys, and it was the first moment in a long time that I didn’t feel like dying.
I was so appreciative.
Thank you Andrew!
AND LET ME SAY THIS….
THE ACTUAL WEDDING CEREMONY MAKES UP FOR EVERY SINGLE MOMENT OF
“WHAT THE WHAT?” THAT THE PRE-SHOW PROVIDED.
Because the ceremony?
The ceremony was BEAUTIFUL, PERSONAL, and CHRIST-CENTERED.
It was PERFECTION.
Catherine was absolutely GORGEOUS, and Sean was as sweet as could be.
Shay was HOT, her hubby was oh so handsome, and her kids were DARLING.
Mama Sherry was A VISION!
And Papa Jay should officiate ceremonies on live t.v. for a living.
Because he ROCKED it.
First of all, the wedding venue was unbelievable.
I tried to find a picture of just the setting, but I couldn’t.
Just picture “grown sexy”.
he, he, he
Sean escorted his sweet parents down the aisle.
I MEAN. HOW CUTE ARE THEY?!?
Sherry looked so SOOOOO pretty. Her hair was fabulous and I absolutely loved her dress!
Shay and Andrew walked down the aisle, and HOLY HOTNESS.
(A little behind the scenes: Jose Eber and his team did everybody’s hair and he told Shay that her hair was “made for beachy waves”. Seriously Jose. Tell us something we don’t know.)
FYI, all of our friends were group texting before and during the ceremony. This was the group text going around after we begged Shay to send us a pic of herself after hair and make-up.
Erika and Andrea always make me laugh!
Well, after seeing Shay and Andrew, it should be no surprise to anyone that their children are
THE PICTURE OF DARLING.
Smith was just as cute as can be.
And sweet Kensington looked like a little angel.
Shay, you should know that I prayed those kids down the aisle.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a teeny tiny bit scared that one or both of them might freeze under the pressure.
And now LOOK AT CATHERINE.
And here’s a close up.
Here’s Sean catching his first glimpse!
And now it’s time to introduce the star of the show, that’s right…..
Another little behind the scenes tidbit: Papa Jay came down with a serious stomach bug the night before the wedding. Shay sent out a group text asking for prayers, and this is what our Smarty Pants friend Andrea replied. I only wish I had thought of it myself. 🙂
Jay starts by saying,
“You are the best son a father could have. Most importantly, I have watched you your whole life live out your faith in Jesus Christ. With no waivering and no exceptions. And I am so proud of you son.”
He says sweet things to Catherine too and everybody just looks so incredibly happy.
Sean and Catherine each recite their own vows, and it’s just so beautiful.
She says he’s the bug to her light.
Weird imagery, but at least I understood it. It was sweet.
You can just about FEEL THE LOVE coming out of the t.v. screen.
These two have it bad for each other and it was so neat to see!
And then Jay says what I think is THE MOST IMPORTANT part of the entire evening.
“Love God the most, and you will love each other more!”
What an amazing message to be on National T.V.!
And then when Papa Jay announced them as Mr. and Mrs. Sean Lowe, he was SO STINKIN’ CUTE!
He kind of 1/2 shouted and he threw his hand up in the air out of excitement.
I loved it!
TAKE A SECOND TO SOAK IN ALL OF THE GORGEOUS
These two are going to have some pretty babies.
BEST. WEDDING. PICTURE. EVER.
And this is neither here nor there but I would kill for her arms.
Look at her tiny little arm.
And while we’re at it, I want her glowy skin too.
And her tiny little waist.
Oh…and her hair.
I definitely want her hair.
And then our boy Sean ABSOLUTELY LOST IT walking out of the ceremony.
So incredibly sweet.
And I’m not sure you caught this, but in the last 30 seconds of the show, Chris Harrison says he hopes the wedding lived up to Catherine’s expectations of Grown Sexy.
Ashley Rosenbaum became America’s voice when she looks over at her hubby and asks, “What does
WE DON’T KNOW ASHLEY!
We just don’t know.
We are so happy you have found Catherine and finally get to start your life together.
Two more things before you go today:
You won’t believe the AMAZING deals Nordstrom has going on right now!
I posted these last night on facebook and each size was stocked. However most sizes LITERALLY flew right off the shelves. It was crazy. There are some sizes left, and hopefully you’ll get lucky!
DANGIT! They did fly off the shelves, and now there are only 24, 25, and 26s left.
MUST HAVE JEANS click HERE
ALL other Vigoss options are HERE. I have 4 pair and LOVE them all. They are such great jeans for such a fantastic price (even when they are not on sale).
Also, in case you are wondering: the awesome cardigan is HERE, the
Kimberly necklace is HERE and THE MUST HAVE WEDGES are HERE!
(If you are new here, I feel like I must tell you that these are the MOST COMFORTABLE but still totally SASSY wedges EVER. They are a MUST for spring and summer!!!
If interested, I highly recommend the putty color.
Click HERE for the Saevon boot. This is a CRAZY AWESOME deal!
There is NO way that these are going to last long.
My friend Erika has them and loves them!
General consensus is that they run a 1/2 size big….so order a 1/2 size down.
Make sure you click HERE to see how cute the back is too.
You are NEVER going to find a better deal for boots than this!
Click HERE for the Ellerby boot.
We talk a lot about mixing black and brown on the blog, these take the guess work out of it for you!
Or have you been DYING for a pair of Hunter boots.
Click HERE for the brick red pair (mine are pillar box red, but they aren’t on sale).
I was TOTALLY wishing for rain today so I could wear mine. I’m wearing mustard skinnies and a blue and cream striped shirt, and I thought my red boots would be perfect. Sadly, no rain. Boo!
Before we leave shoes…
click HERE for women’s flats on sale (includes some Vince Camuto, TOMS, Sperry’s, etc.)
click HERE for women’s tall boots on sale (you know THESE are my favorite GO TO pair).
click HERE for women’s booties on sale.
And I was totally excited when I saw these bags were on sale!
I am LOVING the maraschino color for Spring!
black Kate Spade HERE,
maraschino “Curtis” Kate Spade HERE (sold out already)
my favorite “Murphy” Kate Spade HERE
Click HERE for all Kate Spade bags on sale.
And if you want to see some tops on SUPER sale, the click HERE to see my post from last Friday.
Shay and I did our monthly shopping trip and documented it for all to see!
I hope you enjoyed the recap, and I hope you found a fantastic item for yourself on sale!
Ah! I just thought of one more thing!
If you would like to put your name in the hat to win an ENTIRE REGIMEN of one of the
4 Rodan & Fields product lines, click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the post.