Jul 28, 2011

Wedding Week: Going to the Chapel...

“I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.”

-Unknown-
Me and my lovely bridesmaids ready to start the beautification process!

D's sent me a really sweet letter. He's always been good with words.

And he made a video slideshow of all of his favorite photos of our life together thus far. It brought tears to everyone's eyes!

My adorable cousin and flower girl. She's 11 now and still knocks 'em dead with that smile!

My undergarments look almost like a dress...besides the almost see-through crinoline skirt.

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My florist is a flower genius! I absolutely loved him! Perfect colors and arrangement for a July wedding.

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D's best man either telling him not to go through with it or telling him to calm down. Knowing Elliott, he was probably saying the former. Gotta love 'em.

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I mean, could he be more handsome?

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I love this photo of D and his Dad. Sweet men.


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I was lucky enough to have two fabulous Maids of Honor, my sister and my best friend.


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My family


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How sweet
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One of my favorite photos of the entire day! A girl can do anything with her ladies by her side!

 
 Back down in the bridal suite...getting nervous while waiting for 4 o'clock to roll around.

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The string quartet started playing and it was time to start...

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“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
-When Harry Met Sally-

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Exchanging of the rings

Lighting of the Unity Candle

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This was one of my favorite parts of the ceremony. Our pastor prompted D and I to partake in the Lord's Supper in a very intimate way. He turned off the microphone, spoke directly to us in hushed tones, and used exaggerated hand movements as if to interpret what he was saying to us to the congregation. Some of my family in the pews farther back said they couldn't hear a word our pastor was saying, but the silence was powerful. It was very important to us to enter our marriage fully committed to God and to show our loved ones our intention to uphold a Christian household for ourselves and our future children.

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You may now kiss the bride!! Yippee!

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Happy newlyweds!

Kisses for my husband :)
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As with any great wedding, there is a little bit of smoke and mirrors. Make-up, fancy dresses, faking a getaway from the church to the reception hall in a super cool Rolls-Royce but actually parking out back and going back into the church to take more pictures. Yeah, it was like a scene in a movie. I love that we did this, though. The photos turned out great and the fanfare made for some awesome memories! We felt like celebrities!

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We got to ride in not one, but two different Rolls-Royce's on our wedding day. The first car's A/C conked out as we were "faking" our getaway and while we were inside the church taking more photos, they sent another air conditioned one to the rescue. Thank goodness because it was one of the hottest days in July!

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This photo still cracks me up to this day! Poor D had no idea what to do with his hands...so this is what he came up with! He said it felt weird wearing a ring and he was afraid it would fall off. Almost every one of our formal photos has his hand like this. So funny!

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“Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.”
-Walter Winchell-       
                                                                             

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