- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
Watch the full slideshow here.
After the outdoor winter photo shoot, DH, my Bridesmaid or Best Man and I came back to the venue where everyone else from the bridal party already was. DH went in through the front, to greet guests and check on how everything was progressing. My girls and I had come in the back way and were hiding out in a room of our own. I don’t know how long I waited… 20 minutes? A half an hour? It felt like an eternity! The other two girls had gone through a fast food drive thru and were pigging out without us… lol. I made do with breath mints, haha.
Our ceremony space! Pre-flowers.
DH escort both our mothers down the aisle after everyone was seated, which I think was beautiful.
The song we had playing during the seating – Storybook Love (I think it was that version? DH deleted it from his playlist so it’s hard to say now!)
What’s here next is our ring warming ceremony. I had a really hard time finding photos of others’ ceremonies, so I was sure to include a lot for other brides to look through.
The best man and maid of honour carefully guarding the rings beforehand.
Both of my sets of grandparents and both of his sets of parents warming the rings while saying a silent, personal blessing or prayer.
I did not get to see any of this as it was happening, as I was hiding out in the other room! We put it right at the beginning of the ceremony, giving others a chance to filter in without interrupting things. I truly love these photos and I feel like it makes our rings extra special. We just bought them at some store, but having had every guest hold them and give us their best wishes makes them super cool now.
We found this wording here on the bee, sharing it again for others.
Later in the ceremony Bride and Groom will exchange rings as signs of their commitment to one another. As the ceremony proceeds, we invite family and friends to take part in a Ring Warming. As the rings make their way around the group, please take a personal moment to hold them, warm them with your love, and make a silent blessing or prayer for this couple and their future together. When these rings come back they will contain, in their precious metal, that which is more precious, that which is priceless—your love and hope and pledge of support for their union.
My last chance to cover my tracks with the fire extinguisher as I make a break through the exit toward freedom!!
The song we had playing during the processional – Far Off Promise & To Good Friends (which we picked as our processional song 8 years earlier on the road to our first vacation together – the same place we went for our minimoon).
This photo is actually the only one with my other sister in it!! You see that mustachio’ed man on the left? The little bit of forehead right behind/above his head! She looks exactly, exactly like me though, so if you’ve seen me then you’ve seen her too 😉 She was too shy to be involved in the wedding! Flat out begged me not to include her and then she hid at the back of the room with her friend. Oh well, 15 year olds!
Again, I do not know how the photographer got me looking so calm. My legs were shaking violently at this point. It started right when the music swelled up, just before walking down the aisle. It didn’t stop until I sat down after the ceremony. The one time in my life I get stage fright! Or commitment fright? Hahaha!
Reading my vows. The only photo where I think I look as nervous as I felt! My voice didn’t break though, thank goodness.
My beautiful mom! She looks so sad.
Getting my ring from his sister, so sweet.
The kiss! Out of all of our guest and pro photos, this is the only shot of it we’ve got!
What can I say? He’s a hugger.
The song we had playing during our recessional – Coin Song
My dad hid out here for the whole ceremony. He actually started off the whole thing by growling at DH very audibly, freaking DH right the heck out! This is the only shot we have with him from the ceremony and it’s not full of the warm and fuzzies! Just goes to show that things like this will not ruin your day at all.
We went to the back room together while the bridal party escorted everyone for the cocktail hour and showed them to their seats. Our escort card board was our one DIY project we did not get done. People needed us for other parties the night before the wedding. A print out on a sheet of paper honestly worked just as well 😉
We took family photos during the cocktail hour, upstairs where we had the ceremony. A lot of them were awkward to take. You get through it, though! Got this nice shot of my mom and I from while we were doing that.
My mom and I are not super close either, her level of involvement with the wedding planning was also hovering around the ballpark of nonexistence. Once more, just goes to show that it is possible that it will not ruin your day at all.
Check out the first part of the recaps here. It has the getting ready & the first look photos.
Check out the second part of the recaps here. It has the bridal party photos.
Check out the fourth part of the recaps here. It has the reception photos.