Ding ding ding! Wedding day picture and story time!
I have so been looking forward to writing this. Any reason to go through the photos and flip through the memories in my head from this day is a good enough reason for me!
I left you all last week with our hospital engagement story. As you might have assumed, there was a lot of planning that happened between then and our wedding day later that October. But I’m just so excited to share about the actual day, that I’m skipping all of that for now!
The day started with us getting ready with our sweet friends. Anthony and his friends got ready in a cabin that was on the lake we got married at. While I got ready at the venue! Anthony decided it would be silly to have the photographer with him because he was, “only going to take five minutes!”
Here are some shots of us getting ready that morning. Just try your best to imagine the best mix of TLC, Shania Twain, and T-Pain songs playing in the background!
We had some serious fun that morning together! Next came the dresses! My dress was super special and handmade by a friend of mine named Gayla. She tailored it to my every need, especially my tubes and my brand new Hickman I’d gotten not too long before the wedding. My friend Tiffany learned how to tie the bow just right and was so helpful that morning!
Meanwhile, my sweet man was out and all ready to go in his handsome suit! I wrote him a note and gave him a handkerchief as a gift that he opened while we were still getting ready.
Then I was finally put together and ready for some photos!
Then it was finally time to see my man’s sweet face for the first time that day! We did a first look with just us and the photographer for a bit!
Then some fun party photos! It was SO dang sunny (I’m not complaining, but boy did it make photos tricky!)
The room where the ceremony was happening was all ready!
Finally, it was getting married time!
We started the ceremony by asking our friends and family to pass around our rings for a ring warming ceremony. They were tied to a little embroidery hoop that I’d made. It was so special to feel the love flowing into those rings from all of the special people in our lives.
Our pastors, Robb and Vanessa, did a fabulous job at making our ceremony so special.
It was time to say our vows we’d written for one another, and I cried all the cries. Thank goodness for hankies.
For our unity ceremony, we decided to be extra us and make a PB&J sandwich together, then take a bite of it. It was so special. And got extra awkward when we realized we had picked a super long song to do that to, ha!
Then of course, the rings were exchanged after they’d gone around and been warmed by hands and thoughts of our friends and family.
Then we kissed! And we were married!
After we walked back down the aisle as happy as could be, we got to go outside to see all of our friends and family who had come in for the wedding! It was so much fun to get to hug their necks and thank them for supporting us!
Then it was time to eat! We had a PB&J bar that we’d set up with TONS of different toppings, homemade stew that my sweet local friends made, and salad!
While we ate, some of our friends made the best speeches while my friend Scott emcee’d the whole reception like a total boss!
And then the dancing began!
Next up, cake! Now honestly, these cakes deserve their own dang blog post. They are absolutely stunning! My great friend Sam made them for us!
There were so many special people who made it for our special day! I just have a few photos I want to share of some of the many!
The rest of the night, we spent dancing, eating, chatting, and being married!
It’s so true when they say that your wedding day goes by so quickly. Which is why I’m so grateful to have these photos to remember all of the sweet details by! I could re-live that day a thousand times and never get tired of it. It was so full of love and fun. It was just so special and so Us. I’m beyond thankful to have found my person, and being able to spend my life with him by my side.
A huge hank you to Michael Drager for these beautiful photos! And another huge thank you to everyone who made this day happen in such an amazing way!
I hope you enjoyed reminiscing on this day with me!