- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
I instructed my photographer to find a private place to do a quick first look picture with my groom at the hotel. I met him down there and apparently no one understood what “private” meant….all the groomsmen were there and the bridesmaids all followed me 🙂 haha! Oh well. It was cute. But like I said in Part 2, this was also when we were suppoesd to take photos of me and my dad, me and my sister, me and each of my bridesmaids…but we skipped them because we were cutting it close on time, thinking we’d do it later. And we didnt. 🙁
So anyway, the guys left for the ceremony. They were also serving as greeters and ushers, and they passed out the programs. Maybe that’s not “traditional” but since we were at a park, there was nowhere for the groosmen to hang out before the ceremony.
When it was time, our mothers lit the unity candles (which did not stay lit, it was windy!), and the groomsmen lined up along the stairs:
We arrived and the bridesmaids and I had to walk down a kind of long sidewalk from the parking lot — so in this photo they’re not spaced out or anything yet. They all picked their own dress style. The colors in this pic looks more royal purple but they were eggplant!
Then our ring bearer (stepson) pulled our baby in the wagon. Looking back I should have taken out Baby’s pacifier, but he had just woken from a nap, and it was cold, and I didn’t want him to cry. My dad and I were avoiding eye contact so we wouldn’t cry! 🙂
My flower girl’s (she’s my stepson’s older sister) basket disappeared the night before (and we still haven’t found it) so last minute, we threw some petals in a silver purse! There was a lot of spacing between our ring bearer and flower girl until the little guy started down the aisle…he saw all the people and practically ran into his sister at this point because he was walking so fast pulling the wagon! It was a near-crash but they made it.
My hug with dad as he gave me away, all the girls and Jeff trying not to cry:
We walked up into the gazebo to begin the ceremony, and the wedding party followed us up.
And we were announced husband and wife!
Our officiant at the beginning of the receiving line, letting us know that we can call him ANY TIME, and Jeff and I about to lose it:
Annnnd, we’re married!