After the first look, we met up with the wedding party to take a few pictures in the garden. Just your typical Friday afternoon photo shoot.
Then it was time for the ceremony. Kevin and I stole a moment alone – just enough time for a selfie.
The ceremony was short and sweet. Probaby 20 minutes all inclusive – processional, ceremony, recessional. Boom. Done.
My sweet and funny Aunt Sandy is a district judge and performed the ceremony. Kevin and his parents walked in to Windstrings (an instrumental trio) playing Canon in D. Then the bridesmaids and groomsmen walked in, and finally my parents and I did. At some point, Windstrings switched to an instrumental version of A Thousand Years, by Christina Perry.
This groom. *Sigh*
We started with vows:
On this day,
I give you my heart,
That I will walk with you,
Hand in hand,
Wherever our journey leads us,
That I will nurture your dreams,
Help you shoulder our challenges,
And share with you the joys of life.
I promise to love and care for you,
And I will try in every way to be worthy of your love,
For all the days of my life.
Then we put letters that we had written to one another in an empty wine bottle – we’ll read the letters on our fifth wedding anniversary. And then we’ll write another set of letters to read on our tenth anniversary and so on and so forth every five years forever.
And finally, the exchanging of rings.
I give you this ring as a symbol of our marriage
For today, tomorrow, and all the days to come.
Wear it as a sign of what we have promised today,
And know that my love is present, even when I am not.
With this ring, I thee wed.
And then he kissed his bride.
And there was a recessional to What a Wonderful World.
The recessional included high fives, chest bumps, etc. courtesy of the wedding party.
It was perfect – even (or maybe especially) during the imperfect parts. Those are some of my favorite pictures from the day. Like when a plane flew overhead, and we had to pause so it didn’t drown out what we were saying:
Or when I got lost in Kevin’s eyes during the ring ceremony and said, “Wait…what??” during one of the repeat-after-me phrases.
My husband and I agree – it was an absolutely wonderful day.