Wedding 29… and arguably the most important part of the part of the day. As it turns out, we needed to promise each other a few things (jury’s still out on whether I agree with the “richer or poorer” part 😉 ) before we could get to the party. Wedding 30 Wedding 31Jeff and I – having already seen each other – played it a little non-traditional and decided to hang out together with our bridesmaids and groomsmen before the ceremony. In hindsight, I’m glad we did. It definitely helped ease the nerves. And clearly, the boys needed a quick huddle before it was time.

Meanwhile, I thought putting on the veil would be quick and painless, but I guess I was wrong …↓ Wedding 32… but have no fear, it stayed on throughout the ceremony. The day can’t all be glamorous, right?

Then – in what felt like the blink of an eye – the music started playing and it was time for the ceremony to begin – all in the very church I grew up in. Wedding 33 Wedding 39Sidenote: Jeff and I lucked out when it comes to musically talented friends. The piano player is also my boss, the violinist my former co-worker, and the soloist, the very lady who set us up on our blind date! Wedding 51 Wedding 84 Wedding 36 Wedding 37↑ That moment right there was incredibly emotional. I’m one lucky lady that both my parents could be by my side.

Though really, the entire ceremony was emotional in many ways and for once, I’ll try to let the pictures do the talking. 🙂 Wedding 42 Wedding 41 Wedding 40 Wedding 43 Wedding 44While I hope this was evident from the photos, I should tell you that the ceremony was nothing short of wonderful. I think I’m still in a state of shock that it went off without a hitch!

Including getting that marriage license signed in a prompt fashion. Whew. Wedding 45But it wasn’t party time quite yet, we still needed to pose for a few more formal photos … Wedding 50… or maybe not so formal. Wedding 35And really quickly, I must talk about these ladies ↑. We’ve known each other – some of us since grade school – for a while now and it’s times like these that I’m in awe of our ability to remain close aside from the years and miles that separate us. I love them so.

Okay, wiping away the tears now, because these gals have also been around for awhile and it turns out I kind of love them too. ↓ Wedding 52I promise I’m wrapping this little post up, but somehow I feel like I barely scratched the surface in telling you about this part of the day. I hope, if nothing else, you could tell how much we loved the ceremony.

Now to just tell you about the reception … I’m saving that for later this week.

P.S. Sad you missed the first wedding recap? No fear, you can read all about it, HERE.

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