~*BRIDECATIE*~ RECAP and a few non-pros!


**EDIT: More non-pros on Page 3!**


Wow, what can I say? I'm a MRS now. I cannot believe it! The day was amazing and could not have gone better. Everyone had an amazing time!


Ok lets see if I can wrap my head around the day and remember everything that took place.


I was actually quite surprised at how well I slept. I went to bed around midnight after everyone left from the RD, but I had expected to wake up at 4 or 5 am and not be able to go back to sleep! I did wake up at 5 but FORCED myself to stay in bed as I knew the day ahead of me was going to be long, in the end I woke up just after 730am when one of my BMs got up to have a shower. My three best friends/BMs stayed the night, so we got up, showered had some breakfast and headed out for our 9am hair appointment. My sister/MOH met us there. It went great, I absolutely LOVED my hair and all my BMs looked GORGEOUS!!!!!! From there we headed home (with a quick detour to buy some hairspray to continue the shallacking of our gorgeous updos!). We had a chance to sit and have some lunch and coffee before my SIL arrived to do my makeup. I had had my makeup trial done at MAC and as part of my wedding gift she was buying me all the makeup I would need. She did a gorgeous job and while she worked we cracked open a bottle of champagne and had some mimosas! While she was going MOHs makeup, the photographers arrived and we started getting ready, after my BMs had thier gorgeous dresses on they helped me get into mine! It took my MOH three tries but she finally got my dress tied properly. After that there was tons of pictures to be taken, I felt like a contestant on ANTM, it felt so strange to "strike a pose" for photos, especially solo....I finally got to see my gorgeous bouquet! I had never had a trial done or seen a mock-up so I was so pleased with how it and the BMs bouquets turned out!


It was soooo hard to just sit around after the photogs left! We wanted to give them sufficient time to get to the church before us so they could get some pics of the guys and guests. I was surprisingly calm for most of the day, but just sitting there waiting to leave was excruciatingly painful! to top it off I was starting to get hungry and thirsty but didnt want to risk having to go to the bathroom before the wedding started! however fear of keeling over at the altar made me risk it, but then I drank too much water and had to pee before we even left the house!!


***OH and here I have to say, that PW article about how to use the bathroom solo in your dress TOTALLY WORKS!!! I gave it a try and it work splendidly! I definitely recommend it! I would get a BM or friend to help get your dress and all your ties up before heading into the stall, but from there you can totally do it solo!***


Ok so it was finally time to head out, I went with my mom and one BM while my MOH drove the other two BMs, I'm so paranoid about being late but I didnt want to get there too early because I didnt want anyone to see me before I headed down the ailse. But even up to a minute before the 3pm ceremony people were still running in the front, so I slouched down in the car out front so no one would see me haha. Finally it was time to go in, they had the doors to the church closed and I was supposed to have time to get calm before giving the signal that i was ready, but I guess when I said hi to one of the GM when I was walking in her took that to mean I was ready lol so off we went.


It truly was exactly as people had told me. No matter how nervous I was about standing in front of a crowd and all those eyes staring at me, as soon as I walked through the doors and saw FI standing at the end of the ailse a HUGE gring broke out on my face lol. halfway down the ailse my dad tugged on my arm and was like "ok, slow down a bit" haha. He looked so handsome and I'm sure I looked like a complete nutcase with my ridiculously huge smile, but I was just so happy and excited. so many people commented on how happy and excited I looked walking down the ailse and they could not be more right! The ceremony was beautiful. The best moment was when my SIL got up to say her reading, her 4 year old son (my nephew) tagged along, she told everyone he was her assistant. he was so cute, standing beside her holding his "lamby".


 


Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm
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AFter the ceremony, the photographers got everyone onto the front steps of the church for a group photo. Oh and I guess I should also say, after a week of torrential downpours and freezing col weather the sun was SHINING saturday. It was quite cold for sure, but a beautiful day nonetheless...From there we were going to take our photos beside the hall, but so many people wanted to say hello and congrats, I kep trying to round up our families and wedding party, but every time I managed to grab FI I'd lose my parents, or Id find my BMs and then my parents would disappear! When we did finally get to the hall I first wanted togo in and see the hall all set up. After 20 months of planning, I had to let go of the reigns and let FI and his GM and sisters set up on their own on the morning of. When I walked in I was floored it looked so amzing, everything was perfect! OUr photogs had arrived at the hall first to get lots of detail photos so I was pleased. We walked into the park right beside our hall to take photos, the colours of the leaves and trees wehre beautiful. It was pretty nippy but the sun was shining. We walked up and down the path getting our photos and at first I was going alright, my dress having so many layers and being so excited I wasnt feeling the cold, but after two hours I was pretty chilled so we headed back. The only bad part was when we went to take our first photos, we walked off the path and because of all the rain last week I sank into the ground, it wasnt muddy, just soft, so I wasnt really worried but I discovered later that when I was standing, I was on the hem of my dress!!! I had all these muddy parts all along the bottom and even a few small tears in the fabric! We managed to get out the mud with some water but the tears are something else....so sad....


We finally made it into the hall, sadly missed out on all our appetizers, although we were told they were delicious! My brothers were our MC's, so just after we arrived and got ourselves some drinks they asked everyone to sit and started the evening. One of my borhters got up and thanked everyone for coming and then said he had just been handed a toast to read. He started reading and it was a letter from one of my oldest friends, who is currently living in Chile and was unable to come. She said how sad they were that they couldnt be there and that she and he FI were thinking of us. So happy they had gotten to know FI during our visit last year and how all our time together had shown her that Jarrett was definitely the man for me, how he made me so obviously happy. I was in tears, I was so surprised and it was so amazing of her to go to so much trouble. She had emailed the toast to a mutual friend who brought it to give to our MC's.


After that dinner was served, all the food was delicious and everyone had more than enough I think. After each course we had some speeches to try and spread it out, first were the MOH and Best Man, both were very nice, short and sweet, as my mom would say. Then followed by both our parents, as usual my parents were short and sweet. FI's dad did go on for quite a while, but it was a funny speech. We actually met when I was hired at a government diagnostic lab due to a nematode outbreak. So FIL talked about how our match was made due to these parasitic groundworms getting together and starting an outbreak...apparently the table with our old coworkers from the lab though this was HILARIOUS and died laughing....it was pretty funny...After dinner FI and I made our speeches, I hate speaking in public so FI went first. He was really sweet talking about my best qualities, my butt being one of them apparently lol but also he said my kindness and generosity, at which point he pointed out our favor cards which were a donation made to the Humane Society in honour of our guests! When I got up I did the thanking of people, all our helpers and friends, I realized after I had completely forgotten to thank our parents!! I went up and thanked them after and they laughed and said of course they knew. I also mentioned that to a couple of friends who had gotten married recently and they both said they did the exact same thing, which made me feel better! I just finished my speechwith how I had notice FI immediately when I started my new job, but that at the time he had had a girlfriend, but that it was actualy a blessing as it gave us a chance to become great friends and from there realized how much we cared about each other....And how happy I am now to be his wife!!


Right after that we had our first dance. We did the ipod reception and it was great, although at first when the music started it sounded muffled, I thought maybe it was just a bad sound system and I really dont know anything about music equipment, but a few of our friends and my brothers took it upon themselves to try and fix it, in the end it was my SIL who realized the plug just wasnt pushed in completly, one extra shove and it was perfect! I was a little upset at first because no one was really dancing, quite a few couples got up to slow dance but n one was dancing to the fast songs...plusmore than half our guests left shortly after dinner, I thought they probably would as all my relatives and a lot of FIs are elderly, but in a way it worked out well because it allowed the younger crowd who stayed to let loose and allowed us to play the type of music the older crowd would not have enjoyed. All in all it seemed like everyone had a great time, the drinks were flowing, people we laughing and chatting, my aunts and uncles telling me how happy they were to be there at a happy occasion (they hardly see each other except at funerals these days). We even got a compliment from our bartender!! He said that he had never worked wedding with such happy and friendly guests! So sweet!


At around 1230 we started to clear up. Thankfully the BP and a few other friends stayed to the end to help us clean up and also thankfully our hall coordinator had allowed us to leave everything overnight, we had to take everything down but could just leae it in the corner and went back to pick it up today.I think we got the whole hall taken down and packed up in 20 minutes!


All in all it was the most amazing day. Its so hard to believe after 20 months of planning it finally over and I am married to my best friend! I cannot wait to get our pro pics but until then SIL posted a few non pros from last night so enjoy!!!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm
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I cant belive most of your guests left after dinner. How rude. Did you have a planner? Why did she not set aside a plate w/apps for you?


Anyway, Im glad your wedding was great. i cant wait to see pics

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm
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FI FIL and Grandfather photo 2328206-1


FI, FIL, and Grandfather FI


FI FIL and Grandfather photo 2328206-2


SILs


FI FIL and Grandfather photo 2328206-3


Walking down the ailse with my dad


FI FIL and Grandfather photo 2328206-4


With FI and his sisters

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm
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caite! you look wonderful! Your bolero turned out to really look great with your dress.

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm
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head table FI and photo 2328212-1head table


head table FI and photo 2328212-2


FI and I


head table FI and photo 2328212-3


with two of my BMs


head table FI and photo 2328212-4


Our first dance

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm
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You look gorgeous!  Can't wait to see more pics :)

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm
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My bouquet which I photo 2328224-1My bouquet which I absolutely adored (except for the neon green ribbon lol but oh well)


My bouquet which I photo 2328224-2My bouquet which I photo 2328224-3my matching green flipflops and garter!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm
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thats it for now! hopefully more soon!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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More pics ~ yay!  Everything looks great!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm
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beautiful!!! You looked great! Congrats :)

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm
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wow, sounds amazing! I love your dress!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm
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Congrats!  Everything is lovely and you both look so happy.

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm
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Congrats!! you looked beautiful! =)

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm
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Everything was so pretty! Congrats!!!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm
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Congratulations!  You looked amazing!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm
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You looked beautiful!! Congrats!

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 4:32 pm
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Looking good cant wait to see more. Congrats

Posted on October 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm
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bump

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 11:44 am
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you look so pretty!  yay!

Posted on October 4, 2010 at 11:47 am
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meeting my groom at the altar


meeting my groom at photo 2331556-1


meeting my groom at photo 2331556-2


Hubby got creative with the clinking of the glasses....


meeting my groom at photo 2331556-3


 

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