My day has come and gone...
But I will always remember it as a very special day for my then Fiancé, our children, our families, friends and myself! It may not have been perfect by some standards, but for me it was.
I’ll start the evening before. I went to my florist to look at my bouquets, bouts and corsages and I quickly find out that my flowers were not any where near completed. The florist’s daughter had been hospitalized and she was just getting back to the store to complete the arrangements for my wedding and another ladies wedding. I was stressed! The ladies daughter had been having seizures and at the moment had been sent home with a clean bill of health…but, with the possibility of having to go back to the hospital.--Don’t get me wrong her daughters health is much more important, but I wanted my flowers too! I leave to give her all the time she needs to finish the bouquets and we head to the rehearsal dinner.
Rehearsal and dinner go smoothly. It was lots of fun, laughter and enjoyment!
The morning of. I get up at 7:00 am, call the florist and find that my flowers were ready for pick up…She had stayed until midnight finishing the flowers for both weddings! And my flowers were GORGEOUS! Onto the next thing…it is POURING rain! Oh well, it is what it is. We go to get breakfast and then I go to the reception hall to let the cake lady in and meet with 2 people that are putting out our food for us. Cake lady arrives, the cake was supposed to have a square bottom tier and the top two tiers were supposed to be round. Mine has all round tiers. Oh well, still a very beautiful cake. Not going to stress. Can’t change it now. Things go well with my 2 “assistants”. So I take one last look around the reception hall and head to pay for our fried chicken and miss seeing my Fiance by 5-10 minutes. He was on his way to do the same thing!
11:00 am. I am now on my way to the church to have my hair done and get ready. The rain has slowed up to a light drizzle and the sun was beginning to come out. It takes 1 ½ hours to do my hair. We had only planned for 1 hour. We are behind schedule…oh well. I get dressed very quickly, take some quick pics and head off to the church entrance. The rain has stopped. Until this moment I had been able to hold myself together. I thought of my Grandfather (who passed away in February) and knew he had made this happen. And the tears fell. The music starts, the bridal party enters and my ring bearers enter (my 8 year old pulling our 21 month old in a wagon). It is my younger sons naptime and he is crying. I here Da, dum, dum, and I take my daddy’s arm, look at my Fiance-who is holding a sleeping ring bearer- and I start crying again! This couldn’t be any more perfect! I reach the alter, Daddy gives me away and the ceremony begins…A little later I look back and my 8 year old has the big smile and crying. We light the unity candles as a family…all while our sleeping baby is being held by my soon to be husband. We give our boys the gifts to honor them and we are pronounced husband and wife. We exit, my 8 year old looks at me and says through teary eyes, “These are tears of joy, Mommy!”. He looks at his new step-dad and says “I Love you Daddy”.
The day continued on with so much love and joy! I hope that all of the brides on here have as wonderful of a day as I did. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It will make your wedding unique and it will be your Perfect Day! And here are some pics …
Groomsman, My daddy(2nd from Left), & Best Man (2nd from right), My daddy decorating after the rain.
My Daddy goofing around. My then FI playing with our son (in the suit) & our nephew.
Me playing on my lap top while getting ready. My dress.
About 3 seconds away from tears! Love this picture!
We are Married!!! Small part of the bridal party.
Bridal party with my parents. My adorable Keeper of the Vows!
Getting ready to toss the bouquet! MMM...Cake!
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