Kittyglampants' Recap Pt. 6: Ceremony!
I heard the prelude music and knew this was now for real. I was fairly relaxed and was surprised. Then the mother’s processional music was played which was “Love theme from The Godfather”. I was surprised it was already that time. And the orchestral music was so beautiful! I hoped that the song was long enough for our mothers to get up on stage and pour the wine into the decanters for our wine unity ceremony later.
I heard the bridal party’s processional music which was Vitamin String Quartet’s “All I Want Is You” (by U2). It was all so perfect and the nerves kicked in a little harder. I was told to come downstairs by Jen’s assistant/daughter Raven. I was surprised to see 2 “guards” at the main doors to the room, holding the doors closed. They were staff members but their job was to make sure nobody opened the doors and saw me before it was time. Again, I felt like royalty. My song started and they said I could take as long as I needed, just to let them know when to open the doors. I had worked hard to edit the hell out of “Love Story Meets Viva La Vida” by Jon Schmidt. I made sure it wasn’t too long and that my favorite part of it (the key change) was in the beginning. Since I had such a short walk down the aisle (shorter than I had thought it was), I waited for the song to play out a bit before I came in. I waited for the piano glissando in the music and then said “Okay, open the doors.” I could not have planned it better if I tried! That’s when the music transitions from “Love Story” over to “Viva La Vida”. I don’t even know how I did that.
The lights were bright because they had a spotlight on me (the theatre is dark) and I was just concentrating on walking slow and not tripping on my dress or my shoes. I heard one of the guests say to me “Perfect!” but I don’t know who it was. The music was super emotional and the whole thing was like a dream. I can’t describe it. The ceremony décor was beyond stunning. The cylinder vases with the floating candles were so freakin’ beautiful. It was magical. And by that time I was near the end of the aisle. Dan came down the stairs to me and gently took me by the arm. The music was at the emotional climax of the song, my favorite part with the vocalizing “Oh’s”. I saw my aisle runner that I had slaved over painting. The monogram ended up in exactly the right place on the aisle somehow. I was shaken with emotion because everything was right. For that brief moment, I felt like we were in a movie. It is my favorite moment of the entire day. If I was going to cry that day, that would have been when it was. But I couldn’t. It was just too surreal. (But most of our guests did then!)
Dan helped me up the stairs to the stage. No falling, thankfully. And the ceremony started. We loved our officiant! I chose him and booked him without even meeting him based on reviews and my gut. He was perfect.
Our vows came sooner than I expected and Dan went first. He was really emotional about it and I thought he was going to cry. He’s a tough cool guy so this made everyone there cry. Our wedding party had no chance. Most of them were crying. Dan and I had shared our vows with each other a few weeks ago. He loved mine so much that he made his similar changing some words that were personal to him for me. They were funny and romantic and perfect. I read mine next and my voice wavered a few times which made people cry again. And they also laughed at the funny part.
We did the ring exchange, then the wine unity ceremony which worked out just fine. The song was Vitamin String Quartet’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. We found out later (from his mom) that this was Dan’s parents’ song which was just crazy because he had forgotten that. His dad passed away 2 years ago so it was really neat that we unknowingly included him in the ceremony.
Then Ebony sang “At Last”. She has a beautiful soulful voice but she was so emotional and had just been crying so she sang and cried and barely got through the song. Which of course made more people cry. I’m telling you, the whole ceremony was a bunch of smiling/crying/laughing/crying/smiling.
Then it was time for the first kiss! Eruption of applause and yelling. We walked back down the aisle to “We Go Together”, the ending song from Grease. I’m glad we switched it from “Everlong” a few months back. This was more fun and upbeat, like a true celebration. Aside from that, Grease was my favorite childhood movie and I loved the idea that we were like Danny & Sandy, ending up together.
And we were finally married! =)