At long last we are in possession of our pro-wedding photos, so I couldn’t think of a better time to finally post our wedding recap! I hope you enjoy the recap as much as I had reliving the moments, the excitement, the joy, the love…
Our wedding day, Saturday, October 13th, 2012 dawned overcast and dreary; “they” say rain is lucky on your wedding day, well, if that is the case, then we’re due a very lucky marriage!
Taken from our “room with a view”
The girls and I got our hair and make-up done in our suite at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, while the boys did whatever they did before heading over to get ready at the church. (We were married in DH’s sister’s church as we were not affiliated with one in the area.)
The boys cleaned up well.
All the flowers, corsage’s, and boutonniere’s were handmade, by DH and I, out of book pages(We even hand-dyed the colored ones!)
In lieu of vows during the ceremony we opted to exchange notes beforehand.
I love that we’ll always have these to go back and read.
Time was ticking, which meant it was time I put on my notsolittle white dress, veil, and all the other details that transformed me into a bride.
My beautiful dress, simple but elegant, and just a splash of bling!
The yellow tie was a surprise for DH;I loved my shoes and wore them til the very end!
I loved how the bouquets turned out, but they were a lot of work!
Rain or shine, it was time!
Seeing my Dad and the rest of the bridal party once we got inside the church made me giddy with excitement, the only thing left to do was get up that aisle to my groom!
My favorite moment, seeing this face
Some of my other favorite captured moments, including when a dear friend sang her solo
Soon enough it was time to exchange rings, and I must pause here a moment to share a pretty funny story. So I have really knobby knuckles and because of this my rings had to be just big enough to get over them, but as a result, appear a little big on my fingers. Well not wanting to have to cause a scene in the middle of the ring exchange I preemptively lubed up my ring finger with vasoline. Except we held hands the whole ceremony, and it had all rubbed off! When the time came, he couldn’t get my ring on and had to force it, the very thing I had tried to avoid, much to the amusement of all. We cracked up, what can you do? After that, the only thing left was to kiss and make it all official!
Love that our best man is keeping it classy!
I’ll end things here, for now, the same way we ended our ceremony, with the traditional Irish Wedding Blessing:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.