Thursday, November 24, 2011

Best Day of Our Lives (Part 3)

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Happy Thanksgiving! If you're here, reading this, I kind of wonder why you're not with your family. But...I get to bask in your comments, so it's ok. :P If you missed the prep or formal pictures, you should go look at those first. :)

Anyway, on to the main event! We started our ceremony at 5:30 so that we could take advantage of the sunset. C proposed at sunset, so it was something that we really wanted to incorporate, especially since we get some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world here. The ceremony kicked off with this:

We didn't use traditional wedding music for our ceremony (because it's us...why would we have done anything traditional? :P), so the bridal party was walking down the aisle to the instrumental version of Imogen Heap's "Little Bird." We made our own song specifically for the wedding, so "Little Bird" was blended with another Imogen song to make a unique processional track. (Imogen is a very important artist for us, in case you couldn't tell)

Once the bridal party had made it to the front, this bundle of adorable made her way down the aisle:

She made it all the way to the front, and then proceeded to throw flowers at the bridesmaids and groomsmen before running over to her mom. :P Once she was out of the way, the music faded out of "Little Bird" and into the instrumental version of "Wait It Out." Our processional song is something I'll cherish forever, and I still can't listen to it without tearing up. :) Anyway, once my music had started, this happened:

And once I'd made it to our makeshift alter, there was a little of this:

Our minister welcomed everyone, and spoke a little about what it takes to make a marriage thrive. Then we said our "I dos" and exchanged vows. We wrote them ourselves, and it was really emotional (for everyone) when they were read. C wrote some beautiful prose about the meaning of life, and how I'd become the meaning of his life, and I wrote him a poem incorporating traditional vows, but with my own twist. I knew I wasn't going to be able to read mine without crying, so I had stuffed a couple of tissues down the front of my dress (I had no pockets, people, and I knew I was going to need them!). When I pulled the tissues out, the whole audience and bridal party laughed through their tears. :) It looked like this:

Once we'd giggled about my boob tissues, it was time for this:

And then this:

And with that, we were married! We walked back down the aisle as husband and wife, with the instrumental version of Imogen Heap's "Tidal" playing us out. :)

Of course, we couldn't head to the reception without doing a little of this:

And in less than 5 minutes, we had proof we're legally hooked to each other! C was a little excited. :D

I got lots of hugs from people, but this is my favorite picture out of that group:

Tomorrow will be the last set, with lots of pictures from the reception! You're not going to want to miss those...there's lots of crazy dancing. :P