Oh god, this ceremony was the most emotional ceremony in the history of ever. Seriously. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house through the entire thing. I know Dominic and I spent majority of it in tears.
When we first got there, we were directly pointed to the basement. There, our flowers were waiting for us. Once everyone got their flowers, I asked my friend, Steph to take Olivia and give Dominic this watch that I had bought for him. I am so happy that our photographer got that moment on camera. If you notice, in the picture, the box is in no ones hands. Olivia dropped it! Haha, she is the best.
I know I already wrote about the ceremony last year, while it was fresh in my head, but I’ll post the gist of it here again, for the new readers!
All of us girls hung out in the basement, where we were greeted by a box full of all of our bouquets. They were absolutely stunning. I was very very pleased. One by one, the girls made their way upstairs, until it was just Mandy and Me. And then the two of us started crying, so we couldn’t look at each other. We literally stood at the bottom of the stairs, not facing each other, in complete silence. And then she left me. And I was alone.
I have to admit, the last few seconds before it’s your turn to make your grand entrance…it’s a weird thing. I felt so nervous, so cold, so shaky. I just wanted to be up at the altar. I just wanted to see Dominic.
As I walked up the stairs to greet my Dad, I took one final breath, and walked to meet my dad at the beginning of the aisle.
And then as soon as Dominic and I locked eyes, Dominic cried.
And then I cried.
And then all of our friends and family waiting for us started crying, as I walked down the aisle.
It was one of the most emotional moments of my life, one that I will never forget.
It was beautiful.
(I’m crying while I’m typing this, by the way.)
And after I kissed my dad, he gave my hand to Dominic, and we began. I was shaking probably the whole time. I really couldn’t help it.
We went through our readings, and the songs, and then we read our vows.
Dominic and I decided to write our vows. Actually, I didn’t want to, but Dominic did, if you can believe that. I’m not good at revealing my emotions for another person so publicly….and more than that, I’m absolutely hate crying in front of people. I hate it.
So, quick little story in a story.
The night of our rehearsal, we got into a little altercation with the Deacon who was marrying us the next day. As you’ll see in the pictures, during our vows, he’s literally standing right in front of us. He basically insisted that standing in that spot was the only option. I didn’t like it, and Dominic was determined to get my way for me, but the Deacon was being so insistent, that I told Dominic to drop it because I didn’t want any tension the day before or on our Wedding.
I hate that I didn’t let Dominic and David get my way. I hate that I didn’t let them make the Deacon move out of the way, to stand somewhere else during such an intimate moment.
No one could see us (although the Deacon claimed everyone could) and even the photographer said that never in his 12 year career, has he seen something like that….which made me even more upset. The only other problem during the time of our ceremony was that he pronounced us Husband and Wife, and made us Kiss in the middle of the ceremony….something we didn’t know about the night of the rehearsal. It was weird.
But, I didn’t let it ruin the rest of my day. After all, we were married now, and that was the most important thing.
…..Although I am definitely hoping our photographer was able to work some kind of miracle and get a few good shots of the rest of the ceremony.
Anyway, back to the vows. So Dominic’s vows were beautiful. And we cried that whole time. We’re obviously very emotional people although if you would’ve asked me a few weeks prior, I can’t say that I was expecting Dominic to cry at all. I love him.
After the vows, when we were about to exchange rings….we realized that Dominic’s ring was missing. I had no idea that his ring was in the same bag as the watch that Steph had given him earlier so we had to wait for someone to go to the car to get his ring out of the bag.
It was hilarious, and it definitely wiped everyone’s tears away.
We lit the unity candle, gave flowers to the virgin, and finished the rest of the ceremony.
We were welcomed as the new Mr. and Mrs. by everyone blowing bubbles at the front of the church. It was so fun!
Part one HERE
Part Three HERE
Part Four HERE