- 8 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
I was SO relaxed on the day of, it helped that MrN & I were together until 11am on the day of the wedding. We woke up & went to Starbucks then walked down to the falls then he popped into Tim Horton’s for a breakfast wrap and I wandered into the gift shop. It was nice to have some time alone with MrN and to reflect on what the day meant to us. We then made our way back to the hotel (OMG the hill up to the hotel was killer!!) and relaxed a bit then at 11am my hair& make up lady showed up so MrsN was kicked out to go down to Bestman K’s room (which is when Maid/Matron of Honor D came up to my room). I got all pretty as did Maid/Matron of Honor D then my photographer/friend started clicking pics (she took a few while we were getting ready, I was too busy drinking pink bubbly to care),
Photographer D then went down to MrN & Bridesmaid or Best Man K to snap a few pics & deliver a card I had for MrN and then she came back to me with a card from MrN and made me get dressed, took pics then allowed me to read the card which made me cry so hard I cried off my fake eyelashes!! then we did a picture where MrN is on 1 side of the wall and me on the other and reaching around to hold hands.
Then they guys left and we followed behind them to go to the ceremony …. Photographer D’s fiancé drove us and we had a slight mishap … across from the wedding chapel there was another chapel which we pulled into in error, turns out it was a funeral home!!! Photographer D ran in to find out where the wedding chapel was and came out laughing and directed us across the street (apparently the funeral home is used to the mix up). We made it to the chapel where my dad was waiting outside for us, everyone else was inside waiting.
We went inside, Photographer D went & got ready to take pics, Maid/Matron of Honor D got in place in front of my dad & I (after fixing my train) then they started the music … Maid/Matron of Honor D froze!! LOL I had to tell her to walk after about 20sec of the music playing and she went and practically ran down the aisle!!! My dad said “she’s running!!!” LoL My mom stood up till she realized it was only Maid/Matron of Honor D then sat down until my dad & I started walking. Then my dad and I started … I had always imagined walking down the aisle to Cannon in D but honestly after Maid/Matron of Honor D started I went into a haze and don’t remember hearing any music or seeing anyone else but MrN, he wasn’t looking at me (apparently the minister made him wait until I was 1/2 way down the aisle) then he looked at me and had a HUGE smile on his face, he said I looked scared though.
We got to the front and I forgot to give Maid/Matron of Honor D my bouquet, she fixed my train then MrN leaned in to whisper in my ear and sneak a kiss on my cheek. He whispered that I was breathtaking and I teared up, then he tried to hold my hand which is when I realized to give Maid/Matron of Honor D my bouquet! lol The minister started and we did the rose ceremony where we presented our mom’s with a single white rose, it made them both bawl their eyes out.
MrsNtoBe and MrN want to acknowledge the source of their love.
Someone first loved and cared for them; someone showed them the true meaning of love and gave them space to grow; cried for them in the midnight hour; worried about them when they were late coming home; rescued them when no one else was available and lvoed them in spite of themselves. So MrsNtoBe and MrN want to honour their parents today.
Then the minister read the traditional Apache wedding blessing that MrN had found & loved
May the sun bring you new energy by day; May the moon softly restore you by night; May the rain wash away your worries And the breezes blow new strength into your being, And all the days of your life may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty. Now you can feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now there will be no more loneliness, Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together, And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
and at the end of it I whispered just like Sons of Anarchy and he whispered “and I promise to treat you as good as my leather and ride you as hard as my Harley”. We had chose that blessing ages ago then we had started watching Sons of Anarchy & in the 3rd season 2 characters get married and they say that prayer then the 2nd part about leather and Harley’s. It was a cute moment between MrN & I and we thought no one heard but apparently his sister heard me say Sons of Anarchy and she put 2 & 2 together to know what MrN said to me. Then we said our vows and I cracked … the tears started at that point and I didn’t stop until after the rings.
In the presence of our family and friends, I love you, you are my best friend. Today I give myself to you in marriage. I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, and when it is an effort. I promise to cherish you and always hold you in the highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of my life.
I improved and said and EVEN WHEN ITS A STRUGGLE! lol That made everyone laugh a little.
Then it was time for the rings, I realized that my engagement ring was still on my left hand so I quickly slipped it off and onto my right hand. Bridesmaid or Best Man K gave the minister both rings and then we exchanged rings.
Officiant: The wedding ring is an unbroken circle which symbolizes unending and everlasting love. It is a visual symbol and it shows commitment to one another.MrNplace this ring on MrsNtoBe’s finger, and while holding that ring will you say to her: I give you this ring that you may wear it as a symbol of the vows we have made this day. I pledge you my love and respect, my laughter and my tears. With all that I am I honour you.
MrsNtoBe place this ring on MrN’s finger, and while holding that ring will you say to him: I give you this ring that you may wear it as a symbol of the vows we have made this day. I pledge you my love and respect, my laughter and my tears. With all that I am I honour you.
With the blessing of all the family and friends who are present here today, MrsNtoBe and MrN you have pledged your vows to each other and have confirmed them by the joining of your hands and the giving and receiving of rings.
We signed the register then we announced the Mr & Mrs and walked back up the aisle to Pitbull’s song “Give me Everything”
From there most people went back to their hotels so we could do pictures. Photographer D’s fiancé drove MrN & I + Photographer D back to Fallsview where we wandered around and took some pictures by the fountains and sculptures in the mall area then some random family came up and asked us to pose for a picture with them.
Then we went outside (I was SOOOO hot) and took some pictures by the big fountain, our parents then joined us and my sister-in-law & her husband so we did family pictures and then Bridesmaid or Best Man K & Maid/Matron of Honor D arrived, and also a few with my longest friend M
we finished up pictures then wandered over to the Hilton and took some pictures in the lobby
then went up to photographer D’s room to take some pictures (nice rooms)
and some pictures in the hallway and lobby of her floor then Bridesmaid or Best Man K & Maid/Matron of Honor D left, MrN & I took some more pictures around the Hilton
then wandered back over to Fallsview & walked around the mall taking some pictures, we went downstairs to Johnny Rockets, a 50’s style diner and ordered a strawberry shake and took pictures of us at the counter sharing the shake.
A group of kids from somewhere in the US (Iowa I think) asked us to take a picture with them (there was like 10 of them) so we did that
and then stopped into the Firkin (beside Johnny Rockets) and had a beer (I couldn’t drink mine, I hadn’t ate for almost 2 days and after a few sips felt sick)
then we went upstairs to Canyon Creek for dinner, we arrived 5 minutes late (on purpose, it was our wedding lol). I realized the menus they provided us were wrong, the cost for the menus they provided was almost $15/person more so MrN called the manager over to fix it.
Our only complaint was that we had 16 people and they gave us 2 wait staff but those wait staff also had other tables so service was slow. I ordered 4 drinks total and only got 2, I drank 1 of Maid/Matron of Honor D’s drinks!!
The conversation was good, glasses were clinked and we were made to kiss more than once, some touching speeches were said (my dad said MrN is now the son my dad never had).
Maid/Matron of Honor D had told my dad about the best coconut cream pie (my dad’s fav) and that it was sold right at Fallsview at a place called “The Famous” http://www.thefamous.ca/main.html and he was interested until he heard that it was $11/slice (he’s cheap) so Maid/Matron of Honor D and I snuck away from dinner to get him a slice of pie … well by then I had taken my tiara off (it was hurting my head) and Maid/Matron of Honor D was wearing it so as we were walking through the mall to The Famous people were clapping and we didn’t know why, then when we ordered the store manager said to not charge the beautiful “newlyweds”!!! OMG, they thought Maid/Matron of Honor D and I had got married!! (She was in a black dress with my tiara on and I was in a wedding dress)!! It was hilarious so we just went with it and she leaned over & gave me a peck on the lips!! hahahaha!! people were clapping and cheering for us!!!
We finished dinner then everyone went their seperate ways, we walked back across to the Hilton to get out stuff from photographer D’s room (our Mr & Mrs signs, my heels, red cardigan, bra lol) and on the way out of the Hilton there was about 75 -100 people there and they all started clapping and cheering for us, it was kinda awesome!
Originally we had planned on going to Dragonfly night club but there was a $20 cover charge per person + we were all stuffed from dinner and dessert so we ended up hanging out in Bridesmaid or Best Man K & Maid/Matron of Honor D’s room (I was still in my dress) then we walked over to the Firkin at midnight for a few drinks (with Bridesmaid or Best Man K, Maid/Matron of Honor D and Bridesmaid or Best Man K’s friend and her BF who live 5min away) then we walked back the long way around the falls & up the hill), back to Bridesmaid or Best Man K & Maid/Matron of Honor D’s room then around 3:30am we left and went to our room. It took MrN forever to get me out of my dress! I was so exhausted & hot … collapsed into bed and that’s where my story ends! 😉