Our Wedding: Part 3

5 Mar

Life is crazy folks!  New job, new city, new name, new husband, new, LOTs of excitement and change blah blah blah.  Hoping things calm down soon and I can get in a new routine and in the swing of things. (Umm…at this point, I think I actually have forgotten how to work out…gah!) In the meantime…until I get my life in order, more wedding fun!

Check out: Part 1 or Part 2

The Ceremony

The music had started.  We were lined up and ready to go.  This was it.  I was getting married.  I could feel the emotion starting to flood my body, that and adrenaline.

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Don’t cry, don’t cry!

My nerves started to subside and in place I felt calm.  Kind of eerie calm.  The kind of calm you feel when you’re getting ready to marry your best friend.  I couldn’t wait to see Adam.  I couldn’t wait to stand next to him.  I couldn’t wait to enjoy our ceremony together.  All I had to do was see him.

I saw my sister start to make her way down the aisle and I just about lost it then and there.  This was real life!!  She looked beautiful as she made her way down the aisle.  Next up: the absolutely adorable flower girls.  And right before me: our 3 year old ring bearer.  To be perfectly honest I didn’t expect him to make it down the aisle.  But to my shock and delight he trotted right on down the aisle with an adorable purpose in his step.

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Adam walking his parents to their seats.

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The girls were ADORABLE.

The doors were closed.  Wow.  Deep breath.  This was it.  My Dad and  I made our way up to the doors.  I repeated to myself, “Walk slowly.  Walk slowly.”  The aisle was extremely short and my Mom would hurt us if we didn’t slow down and soak up the moment.

The music began: Prelude in C by Bach.  The moment I had played in my head over and over and over again was happening.  The piano was calming as my eyes met Adam’s.  My Dad and I started tentatively walking down the aisle.  SO many people, I could feel and see them in my periphery.  My eyes stayed locked on Adam’s.  I wanted to soak up this moment, holding his eyes in mine.  We made our way down the aisle with a smile on my face and tears in my eyes (and maybe face?).  Thank goodness for that blusher veil!

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It’s time!

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My handsome groom!

Dad and I finally reached the altar.  The church was incredibly silent as our pastor said her first words.  My Dad lifted my veil, gave me a kiss, and placed my hand in Adam’s.

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Let the waterworks begin.

I could feel the tears streaming down my face.  I was never more relieved to be facing away from the pews.  We planned our ceremony meticulously, and first up had a few dear friends do a couple readings.  My future sister in law read the poem “I carry your heart” by ee cummings.  It was incredibly touching and at one point she choked up, whispering a soft ‘I’m sorry.’  Honestly I credit this moment with saving my emotion.  Her unexpected emotion made me chuckle, and helped me sort of get myself together.  The rest of the ceremony was lovely and very touching.  Honestly it was just perfect.  Here’s our ceremony in a nut shell:

  • Seating of the families – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)
  • Wedding Party Porcessional – Canon in D (Pachelbel)
  • Bridal Processional – Prelude in C Major (Bach)
  • Welcome & Statement of Purpose
  • Scripture Reading – 1 Corinthians, 1-8
  • Responsorial Psalm – Blessed Are Those Who Love You
  • Poem Reading – i carry your heart with me (cummings)
  • Wedding Message
  • Declaration of Consent
  • Affirmation of Family & Friends
  • Marriage Vows
  • Exchanging of the Rings
  • Lighting of the Unity Candle – Make You Feel My Love (Dylan)
  • Blessing & Benediction – Go Ye Now in Peace (Eilers)
  • Prounouncement & Recessional – Bugler’s Dream (Arnaud)
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A dear friend doing one of our readings.

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You may now kiss the bride!

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HOORAY! We did it!

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Happy. Pure happy.

My favorite highlights of the ceremony:


I loved that we ended up doing traditional vows.  Honestly as  an incredibly emotional person even in rehearsal I was struggling to speak.  I couldn’t believe how hard it was to choke out my vows (I honestly had somehow forgotten that I needed to say stuff).  Saying the words that millions have said before me was pretty powerful. We initially were a bit sad that we didn’t write our own vows, but it ended up working perfectly for us.

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Adam saying his vows.

Family Advice

One section we added into our ceremony that was a bit unique was something we called “family advice”.  We asked all of our Aunts/Uncles/Grandparents (on both sides) to share their best marriage advice.  It was optional, and we asked those who wanted to participate to email my Uncle their thoughts (50 words or less).  My Uncle gathered all of the advice, added a little intro and closer and gave the most wonderful ‘reading’ of sorts at the wedding.  We loved hearing from all of our family members, it was really special. Having my Uncle share it in one concise reading made it efficient, without losing the meaning.

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Uncle E sharing the family advice.


Adam and I both love music.  And conveniently enough we have a lot of talented friends that we could incorporate into the ceremony.  We had the most lovely music in our ceremony from all the singing to my friend playing the flute, it was just perfect.  We got so many comments on the caliber of singing in our ceremony, one of the perks of having friends who can sing! :)

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Lovely friends singing!


We knew we wanted a way to greet all of our guests after the ceremony, but thought a receiving line would be a bit cumbersome for us.  Our solution was to dismiss our guests ourselves after the ceremony.  It was so smooth and allowed us to say hello to everyone.  It took about 15 minutes, but gave us a chance to say hi and hug everyone.  The beauty of the dismissal is that everyone is watching you (waiting themselves to be released), so they don’t talk long.  With the whole congregation watching people typically just say congrats or other quick well wishes, instead of a conversation.  Instantly we could greet everyone, but didn’t have to take 30-45 minutes for a receiving line.  Efficiency at it’s best.  I LOVED getting to see everyone  right after the ceremony.

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Heading back in to do some dismissing!

The Cookie Bar

Because we knew there would be a little bit of a wait while we dismissed guests, we had a cookie bar in the family room!  It was perfect – it allowed guests an initial chance to mingle while waiting for us to finish dismissing.  We put the Moms in charge of making the delicious cookies, which was fantastic.  It gave people a chance to eat a little something before heading over to the reception as well.  Once we finished dismissing the last guest we made our way to the family room for a bubbly send-off and went straight to the reception!

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Yay! We’re married!

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It’s reception time!

11 Responses to “Our Wedding: Part 3”

  1. jojo922 March 5, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    Yay!!!!!! I love reading these!!! It’s like I was actually there! Can’t wait to read about the reception!!!

  2. Change of Pace March 5, 2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Such a great recap! I love that your sister-in-laws emotions kept you in check. That’s really sweet. I also love how you incorporated friends and family into everything again- so special!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings May 20, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed! We recently got our video back and it’s so great to see everything, and see if it’s really how I remember it ;)

  3. Brittany March 5, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    That last photo is AMAZING! I say this every time, but you are seriously so stunning!! This wedding is beautiful and I am so excited for you two and your upcoming adventures!

  4. sincerelylily March 6, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    Ok, I am the worst and have been away from blogging due to three weeks till the big day (I KNOW YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW WITH EVEYTHING !) but holy moly….. This post made me tear up so much and calmed me down too. The ceremony is what I am looking forward to the most- it is what I dream about and where the marriage takes place. I love your recap of waiting behind the doors… and the eerie calm you felt. Whenever I think of that moment, my heart seems to just squeeze and I immeiddately get watery eyes — I will try , like you, not to cry TOO much!

    We are doing traditional vows too…. I think there is something special in the traditional. Almost like there are years and a history into it- you know? I LOVE your cookie bar idea! ahhh!!! And my music is simlar to yours….. I’m walking down to Canon in D!

    Love these images…. you were simply stunning.

  5. lifeaslisaknowsit March 8, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Love your recap and all your pictures! You looked absolutely gorgeous! :-)

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