I feel as though if you’re not in attendance at the ceremony, the blog posts recapping them can be kind of boring. That being said, you can’t exactly skip over that part in telling the story, as it is the pivotal point of your entire wedding day! I find ceremony recaps are best retold in pictures, so that’s just what I’m going to do.
Readings were spoken…
And Guido slept. Standing up.
Rings were blessed…
and then vows were exchanged.
Stories and laughter were shared, as were sly looks of love.
The gifts were brought up by our mothers and the Eucharist was given.
We waved a few quick hellos as people passed…
There was more singing and praying (and coloring)…
Then Father Mike blessed us…
And it was time to “kiss the bride.”
And we were officially husband and wife!
The ceremony was really special to both of us, and obviously, it was the highlight of the day. I can’t even really put into words what it meant to both of us, and I am being selfish and keeping those feelings to myself instead of blogging them to you. Sometimes, when you blog, especially concerning a big life event like this, you “lose” things that were just yours, if that makes sense. And how I felt about the ceremony is just mine…and I want it to stay that way. So you’ll forgive my glib recap post about it…and know that it was really, really special, and I never wanted it to end. I just want to keep those feelings between Dr. Groomy and I, because they are…remarkable, really.
Another side note: many of you remarked on my previous post about how cool it was that our parents all participated in the “hand off.” Actually, that was a requirement of our church! My mom was actually supposed to walk down the aisle with us but she got special permission to just stand up at the end of our walk because she knew she would be too emotional otherwise. The Catholic Church and our parish especially really emphasizes the family connection to the wedding ceremony, hence the reason that all the parents participate in that part. Pretty cool, no?
First I got a mani-pedi with my sister, then I cried.
Next, we headed to church to rehearse.
After that, we had a fiesta-themed rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant.
In the morning, we went to the salon to get our hair done.
Meanwhile, the guys went to a chili contest and got ready at the hotel.
Back in my hotel room, the girls got ready.
Then, I put on my dress and officially became a bride.
*All photos by Sarah Immel Photography.