- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
Again, all photos are courtesy of the phenomenal Kenneth Staab out of northern Delaware.
We got married at a beautiful vineyard on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
It had been sunny and warm all week, but on Friday night it began to rain, and it didn’t stop until Sunday. I was freaking out, because we were supposed to get married outside, in the vineyard, with this as our backdrop:
Because of the rain, our ceremony had to be in the tasting room of the vineyard. We had intended it to be just our cocktail hour location, but it was pulling double duty. I had dreamed of walking down the long brick path to the fireplace (not pictured, sadly) and getting married with the autumn vineyard in the background. Instead, I had a super short 3-second walk, but it was amazing!
I was sitting in the car with my brother, waiting for my cue to make my way into the room. The rain was trickling, but it was cold and the wind was starting to pick up. Our coordinator came over to the car, jumped in the driver’s seat and got me as close to the door as he could. He came out, helped me out of the car, and grabbed my train to help me in. I was so nervous. The music was Vivaldi’s Autumn, but because of the short aisle, it barely had a chance to begin before I was at my “alter”. When the door opened and I walked in, my breath was sucked from me. The room looked amazing! It had been changed to accommodate the ceremony, and my friends and family were all around smiling.
I caught the slightest glimpse of my groom, standing at a wine barrel with our good friend who was officiating. He smiled at me with the biggest grin I had ever seen, but because of the crowd I lost sight of him for a second. When we caught eyes again, I couldn’t look away. Seeing him for the first time, standing in this glowing light from the room, surrounded by our friends and family, and having this look of joy on his face and the feeling of love he radiated was overwhelming.
Our officiant began the ceremony, and I couldn’t take my eyes off my groom. He was smiling from ear to ear, and I couldn’t stop either!
We did a wine box ceremony; fitting as we were at our favorite winery!
Because of my torn cornea, I was forced to wear one contact lens for the wedding. When it was my turn to hammer the nail (which my hubby had pre-drilled for ease of hammering and preventing splitting the box – which was a six dollar find from Hobby Lobby that we stained), I couldn’t figure out which eye to use to focus. I made a joke about it (and everyone knew about my predicament) so it caused a huge roar of laughter from everyone as I struggled.
Then we exchanged our vows and rings. My hubby was strong and stoic (even though he was so worried about crying).
I, while planning on being the strong one, had a catch in my throat while reciting my vows and placing the ring on his hand. The sensation in my chest was so powerful, I thought my heart was going to burst out! I fought tears, successfully, but it was incredible.
After the rings, it was time to get our smooching on! The small crowd of 53 people went bananas for us, and the roar was incredible!
We pulled apart, giggled, and then went in for another!
Patrick Street’s “Music For a Found Harmonium” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PltA5woXKaA) started to play, and we just laughed and smiled at each other. Our officiant pronounced us husband and wife, and the crowd went wild! Because of the weather, there was no where for us to walk away to, so we just moseyed over to the corner to smooch for a second, and then joined the party!
More to come!
Recap: Getting Ready