(You can read Part 1 here.)
I want to say a big thank you to Rachel & Jeep who had my camera for 90% of the event. Jeep took some fantastic photos, and some goofy ones. I am just glad he got some! I didn’t want to wait 6-8 weeks to see photos!
Okay, it’s time.
So the music was starting and I was watching from behind the door so no one could see me (I also filmed it with my phone and posted it on Instagram if you follow me). The music for the wedding party was All You Need Is Love by the Beatles.
Michael walked his mom down the aisle to her seat. Then my brother walked my mom and grandma to their seats. Then the wedding party walked down. Finally, our ringbearer Hans (7 years old) walked down. He looked so cute in his little suit with a tie matching all the guys and converse shoes like the guys! He did a GREAT job. I was a little nervous because he’s high energy but he did a fantastic job and didn’t run down the aisle. 🙂
The coordinator shut the doors after everyone was inside and then there was a pause and my music started.
She opened the doors when my dad and I were in place. I walked down the aisle to this song- More Than Life by Whitley.
It was seriously all a blur. My dad walked me up almost to the altar and then him and Michael shook hand and Michael led me up to the altar.
My friend Samantha came up and did a reading. Here it is:
Hindu Love Poem
Let the earth of my body be mixed with the earth
my beloved walks on.
Let the ﬁre of my body be the light in the mirror
that reﬂects his face.
Let the water of my body combine with the water
of the lotus pool he bathes in.
Let the breath of my body be air soothing his
Let me be calm sky over my beloved.
Star pronounced us husband and wife, the song started (Let My Love Open The Door by Peter Townshend). Michael leaned to kiss me and I reflexively put my hand to his chest and said “She didn’t say it yet.” It was a funny moment. THEN Star said “You may kiss the bride!” And we kissed. 🙂
We walked down the aisle and into our room (where Michael stepped on my dress!) and we had about 3 minutes to ourselves. Then the caterers brought in a plate of the appetizers and two Ninkasi Total Domination beers for us.
Our caterers were Grand Cru Hospitality. They were absolutely fantastic! I cannot recommend them enough. They were my favorite wedding vendor I interacted with during this whole thing. They were easy going, unobtrusive, on top of everything, laid back but organized. The food was outstanding–the wedding day was just as good as our private tasting a year ago. The appetizers were:
Dungeness Crab Cakes with Guajillo Chile Remoulade
Country Bread with Forest Mushroom Fricassee, Sherry and Goat Cheese Cream
Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta with Genovese Basil on Grilled Crostini
(When we joined the cocktail hour everyone was raving about the crab cakes. Also, I LOATHE mushrooms but I ate the mushroom appetizer! Seriously, it was that good.) Then the bridal party joined us.
Then we joined the party! Michael’s ring is black carbon fiber. The necklace I wore was my something borrowed from my dear friend Robyn (above photo). A gorgeous rhinestone necklace she wore on her wedding day. It went perfectly with my dress and earrings!
Here is my grandmother, my cousin Melina and me:
The ringbearer and Michael wresting. Boys!
While the guests were enjoying cocktail hour, we did all the official family photos.
The DJ instructed everyone in to the main room to find their seats and then shut the door. It was time for us to make our official entrance and dance our first song. The coordinator opened the doors and we walked in and had our first dance to The Lumineers Ho Hey.
Then it was time for dinner!
To be continued…
Oh Lisa, what a beautiful wedding. You and Michael BOTH looked wonderful. My heartfelt congratulations to you both. May your life together be long, and filled with joy, love, laughter….and Total Domination Pale Ale! 🙂 Hugs to you both.
Thank you so much Roz! It was such an amazing, magical day. I just wish I could remember all of it and really savor every second!
Love the picture of us three!!! That night was so much fun. We really had a wonderful time, and I am so happy for you and Michael!!!
Thanks Mel! I love that picture of you and Grammy. And I can’t wait to see the professional pics.
Beautiful! I can’t wait to see the rest!
Also, good call on the private moment with food and drink after the ceremony. I was bombarded with hugs after mine, and then it was straight to photos. My mouth was SO dry! I finally had a moment to send my husband to the bar and I flagged down a waitress and asked for some of the finger food. Luckily the white dress means you get special treatment 😛
Oh yeah! My mouth was so dry. I don’t know why!
I figure it was nerves… But I really needed a drink and I just couldn’t get away. I’m a maid of honor twice next year and the first thing I’m gonna do after the vows is get the couple a beverage!
Yes, nerves, talking a lot.
So fun reading all about your special day!! This will be such a great record for you in years to come!!
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You look absolutely beautiful!! Can’t wait for the continuation. Hugs!
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Thanks so much. 🙂
Congratulations! You make a beautiful bride. And the wedding looks lovely.
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This looks like it was a beautiful wedding. I love all of the small details. I am getting married next year and I thought that I couldn’t have such beautiful touches, but we decided to rent items vs. buying them and now I am going to have everything I want!