The entire morning of the wedding seemed to drag on, especially once we arrive at our venue. We got ready, took photos, and then waited in our separate rooms for what seemed like forever. Then, all of a sudden, it was ten minutes until 2pm and we were scrambling to line up.
I was excited, jittery, and terrified of toppling over in my heels. My dad, on the other hand, was calm and strong as we walked down the aisle.
Our ceremony music was played by J’s family members–the acoustic guitar and flute. The wedding party walked down to Be Thou My Vision, the processional was Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, and our recessional was Ode to Joy. They provided the music as their wedding gift, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with how sweet and whimsical it sounded.
My uncle officiated the service and did a fabulous job keeping it serious, yet comical. Although, I honestly can’t remember much of what he said—looking back, it felt like an out-of-body experience.
This was the moment when we exchanged vows, and I was trying my hardest not to cry. We chose our vows and exchange of the rings to be traditional, yet I added a few words (like respect, cherish and happily) to the traditional versions.
Our wedding kiss looked kind of awkward! My uncle said, “You may now kiss the bride… or your husband” and it totally threw me off. I guess we should have practiced? (Brides: Did you practice your wedding kiss before?)
Overall, the ceremony was sweet, solemn, personal to the two of us and honoring to our families. It was my favorite part of the day.
Vows: I, (MPP/J) take you, (MPP/J), to be my lawfully-wedded (husband/wife), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, respect and cherish for as long as we both shall live.
Exchange of Rings: I give you this ring as a symbol of my love; and with all that I am and all that I have, I happily marry you and join my life to yours in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.