*CountryGirl91* RECAP: The Big Day!
Sunday -- April 8, 2012:
Despite falling asleep around 3AM, my sister and I were wide awake by 5:45. My MIL (bless her heart!) had been telling me all week that it had always snowed every time a Will got married, so it was definitely going to snow. So, of course, the first thing we did was sit up (we decided to share a room one last time before I was an old married woman lol) and look out the window to check the weather. My sis started jumping up and down and yelling, "It's sunny! It's beautiful! It's sunny! You're getting married!!" By then, the rest of my family (we all stayed in a mobile home on DH's family's property) was up so we all started piling people through the shower and eating breakfast. Mom, my sis, and I all showered and ate first so we could head to the hotel to get ready My SIL caught a ride with us to the hotel where we met my cousins (Mom's side) and aunt (Dad's side) who were doing our makeup and hair. FI's cousin also showed up to help with hair/makeup. My 2nd BM showed up a little later, along with FI's cousin (assistant photog) who was taking getting-ready pictures. I was thrilled to have my aunt do my hair, since she used to be a hairstylist and also gave me my first hair-do when I was little. She did an amazing job on my hair, and then started on my mom while my cousin did my makeup. My other aunt (Mom's sister) brought out some snacks for us to eat while getting ready since we didn't have time for lunch. I did Mom's makeup while we waited for my BMs to finish.
After all we were all "prettified", we hopped into the cars and headed to the church to get dressed. We got the the church, and all the guys were downstairs (where we were supposed to get dressed) playing ping-pong, instead of getting dressed! SIL went in to talk to them, and got them to go upstairs so we could get into a room to change. We were all dressed by 1:15 (ceremony was at 1:30), so we stood around and talked. The photographer came in and took some more photos of us waiting around, and goofing off. My other SIL showed up with her kids (FG and hostesses) about then, and quickly got them dressed. Our other FG was already there and dressed, and my BIL got the RB dressed out with the guys. The guys still hadn't gotten ready -- whatever happened to the bride being the one who isn't on time?!? -- so the DOC had to go get them to hurry up. We were finally ready to start around 1:45, when BIL came in and asked where the wagon was! Apparently, I forgot to remind the decorators about the kids needing a wagon since neither of the little ones were walking yet. The DOC (she was amazing!) ran and told them and they had a wagon all ready within 10 minutes. Thank goodness we had used one for part of the foyer decor!
All the guys headed upstairs, and I made a beeline for the bathroom. I have to say, peeing while wearing a wedding dress is definitely not easy! My dad came down to meet us, and told me how beautiful I looked, and that he loved my dress. :)
I was super calm until we got to the top of the stairs and watched everyone else head around the corner to walk up the aisle. I started getting a little shaky and teary about then, so Daddy started talking to distract me. Before I knew it, the harpist starting singing "From This Moment", and we were walking down the aisle. Between trying not to trip on my dress and concentrating on not crying, it seemed like we got up there pretty quickly!
The first part of the ceremony was flawless, and then we got to the vows. We had chosen to go with the traditional vows, however, the pastor was nervous and accidentally called me the "husband". Landon (also nervous) copied him and said, "I, Landon, take you, Ayla, to be my lawfully wedded husband....." He figured it out about then and just looked completely shocked! Everyone (including me) burst out laughing! It was hilarious! It was so funny apparently, that I couldn't stop laughing until the vows were over. It went something like, "I, Ayla, take you, Landon to be my lawfully wedded husband...hahahaha.....to have and to...hahaha...hold...hahaha...." Everyone thought that the pastor did on purpose, but it was a total blooper.
We wanted a short ceremony, so after the vows (and the laughing) were over, we signed the marriage license and performed the sand ceremony while "The Marriage Prayer" was played. Next, we were pronounced husband and wife, and Landon was told he could kiss his bride. :) We ended up kissing twice, because SIL decided our first kiss wasn't good enough and yelled, "Is that all we get?!" LOL
Pastor Charles introduced us, and we practically ran down the aisle and stopped for the receiving line. My veil was falling off by the time I had hugged over 100 people so my aunt fixed that before we went back upstairs for family photos. I forgot my photo list though, so didn't end up with all the pictures I wanted. :( We took our wedding party and bride & groom pics at the train station in town. They turned out amazing!
When we had finished with photos, we went to the reception hall...and got to sit in the truck for almost an hour because they weren't ready for us! I wasn't too thrilled about that, but it did give us time to sit and talk about the day and just enjoy being together. My aunt came out and helped me put on my garters (they were itchy so didn't want to wear them all day!) while DH looked the other way so he didn't see them. LOL She also touched up my hair and tightened my dress for me.
We finally got inside around 5:45, maybe closer to 6, and our MoC (DH's uncle) announced us. The reception was amazing! The food was incredible, decor was amazing, and the speeches were both touching and hilarious. My siblings had also found a survey thing (you know, those crazy things you do on FB when you're bored out of your mind!) I had done when I was 15. It was all about what I wanted in a husband, and the MC proceeded to read select questions and answers about what my teenage-self had wanted. It was rather hilarious (and slightly embarrassing) since most of it had completely changed! My sister and I also sang a song for DH (she sang harmony and played guitar) called "Born to be Your Woman" by Joey + Rory. The best man (DH's younger brother) gave a hilarious speech where he told DH to "Always treat Ayla like a Thoroughbred, and she will never become an old nag!"
The MC "stole" my cowboy boot (yep, I wore boots!), and told everyone that any girl who wore cowboy boots to her wedding was obviously a country girl, and then passed it around. LOL
We finally headed to our cabin (we rented a cute little cabin for two nights) around 9PM. We were exhausted, but when we got there we found that our younger brothers (ushers) had snuck into the cabin and put miniature babies, bottles, and marbles all through the bed. By the time we got all of them out, we were wide-awake again, and...yeah, that's about all you gals are gonna hear. LOL
All in all, it was a perfect, practically hiccup-free day! I'm so happy to be married to my best friend! Married life is amazing! :)