The entire morning before the wedding was really relaxed, but the last 30 minutes before it was time to walk down the aisle were pretty chaotic. Sophia, our flower girl was getting her hair done, but her flower halo wouldn’t pin into her hair at all.
Our photographer showed up to get some getting ready pictures right when the minister came in to talk to me. All of a sudden, I realized I wasn’t dressed yet! I rushed to put on my dress and had my mom zip me up. Then I was ready.
All the ladies walked from the hotel room to the Roofless Church, where the men were waiting for us and the string-trio had already started playing.
My mom and I snapped a selfie before we lined up 🙂
My dad walked to the back of the church and got ready to walk me down the aisle.
All the ladies processed in to Canon in D and I think it all went well! My dad’s girlfriend Linda was amazing and stood in the back coordinating everyone and telling them when to walk.
Finally, I heard the violins start the wedding march and I knew it was time! I took my dad’s arm and started to walk down the aisle.
I wish I had a good picture to show you, but the isle was really long. Linda timed it and said it took a good minute to walk even if you walked a normal pace.
Kyle and I locked eyes immediately and he was smiling. I wanted to look at him the whole time, but my eyes kept tearing up and I knew I would cry if I didn’t look away!!
At the end of the isle my dad hugged me and I started really crying. I’m glad I had a handkerchief in my dress!
The entire ceremony was so beautiful. Our minister talked about marriage being like riding on a tandem bicycle; I love that analogy!
We had a sand pouring ceremony to symbolize uniting our two families and ourselves. During the sand pouring, the musicians played Ave Maria and Kyle and I got a chance to talk to each other while everyone else listened to the music. I loved that part! It was such a special, private moment that Kyle and I got to share during the ceremony.
Kyle’s sister Whitney read a poem (we ended up choosing a Shakespeare sonnet that I absolutely love), we said our vows (I cried the whole way through), and finally we were pronounced husband and wife!!
After the ceremony we took pictures as a family and then Kyle and I took tons of photos of the two of us. Everyone headed next door to the restaurant where we were having our reception!
Next up: Dinner!