The Ceremony! (Non-Pro Pics)
- Last updated on November 17, 2009 at 3:38 pm
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I woke up the day of with three hours of sleep. The makeup lady and her assistant daughter arrived at 7 am. Sometime around 11 AM, Jerry and Ingrid, our photographers, arrived, and started snapping away. I was already done with hair/makeup by the time they arrived, but it was cool. My dad ran out and bought some take-out dim sum so we all munched on that for lunch. Jerry left around noon for the Woman's Club to go shoot Josh, but Ingrid stuck around as the BMs helped me put on my dress. Some relatives and my sisters's BF arrived, and then we were off to the Woman's Club!
We got there around 1:20 PM, and my DoC immediately came out and rushed me inside past all the guests to the dressing room to hide from the groom (haha I felt like I was escaping the paparazzi). The BMs helped put my veil on in the dressing room. I kept having to remind myself, BREATHE, BREAAAAATHE because of my nerves! :D It was so weird, because I was so calm leading up to the wedding, and only a few minutes before the ceremony did I start getting nerves. I could hear all the chatter and laughter outside the door and knew somewhere out there was my groom. His stepmom is in the background of this pic hanging up a jacket, and she came into the dressing room to tell me that Mr. Calm-cool-groom-Josh was actually getting nervous too! I thought that was cute.
Picture of the bouquets~ the BMs' had orange roses, green hydrangeas, and orange mokara orchids. Mine had gardenias (which smelled UNBELIEVABLY GOOD for days after), white hydrangeas, and bouvardias.
Our cute little cousin! She was a little too young to be a FG. :) MOH is letting her hold her bouquet. Plus set up...
...and then the processional began! My heart was pounding.
My entrance from the stage. Our officiant and coordinator came up with this idea on the spot during rehearsal when they saw the stage opposite the room! The rest of the bridal party entered from the side so you could hear audible gasps when the curtains parted!
At this point, my dad took my hand and guided me down the stairs.
The officiant suggested my dad and Josh shake hands, but they decided to hug instead - aww!!
My dad was supposed to take my hand and place it in Josh's, but after their hug, I jumped the gun and took Josh's hand myself on impulse!
Our officiant, Kathy of Heartfelt Weddings, was so wonderful. People came up to me afterward and told me what a great job they think she did.
We're both such softies - cried so much when we exchanged our personalized vows!
Rosann, we met as artists, then as friends, and finally as bride and groom.
When I first met you I couldn't have imagined that a silly girl holding a sketchbook would become so much to me.
You taught me how to become a more loving person in many ways.
When I had no food, you took me to the grocery store and fed me.
When I was sick, you cared for me - even when I had pinkeye!!!
When I am stupid, you show me patience, which is probably more often than I would like to admit.
And when I dream, you believe in my dreams.
You've always been there for me, and I promise to always love and support you in all the ways you have taught me, and more, through whereever our adventure may take us.
I'll even clean the house and cook...sometimes.
You will always be my best friend (no offense to my groomsmen!)
Josh, you are my home, the reason I smile, the wurbly feeling in my heart.
I will rub your shoulders when you're tired after a long day of work hunched over your drawing tablet.
I will knit you hats so you won't catch cold.
I will celebrate with you when you succeed, and dry your eyes when you fail.
I will stay by your side when times are good and we can go out to a nice dinner and when times are bad and we can only afford Taco Bell - not that you'd have any problem with that!
But there are some things I won't do.
I won't always wash the dishes so we'll have to compromise on chores.
I won't try to change you because I respect you as your own person.
I won't ever let you abandon your dreams and aspirations as I know you won't let me abandon mine.
And most of all, I won't stop loving you.
With our family and friends here before us, I vow to you to love you as best as I know how, and even beyond that knowing, and to grow our love as our lives change in the countless ways they will.
You are my first love and I will be forever happy to have you as my last.
YEAAAAHHHH WE'RE MARRIED!!
After the recessional, we walked back into the dressing room, then backstage, hugged, and boy did we cry!! Haha, I think we were really trying to contain ourselves during the actual ceremony. All our bridal party and new parents hugged us too.
We then took our formals. We did some in front of the arch, but our photog Jerry was captivated by the stage and made us all go up there too.
He took some silly shots of us on stage afterward - mafia and can can!
While the guests enjoyed little hor d'ouvres and refreshments...
...the photographers whisked the two of us off around Palo Alto for photos. Then it was time for our reception!