Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Now that we have all our our wedding photos back, Nathan and I are so excited to share them! Rather than smush them all into one post, I figured that I would separate them into a few smaller posts.
A new post will be up every day starting tonight. I probably won’t put much-or any- text on the posts, but I will be updating this post with a little more info about each part of the day.
We hope you love them as much as we do!
P.S. Our wedding photographer was the AMAZING Dan Dalstra
The getting ready process was sort of a lot of “hurry up and wait”. I felt so sick all day; my nerves just seemed overwhelming. I was cursing myself all day for deciding to get married in the evening instead of first thing in the morning. After getting my hair done, we headed to the venue to get dressed. I did my own makeup, and we ended up having to cut my t-shirt off so that I could pull it over my head without messing up my hair. We crowd-sourced for a steamer to get the wrinkles out of the train on my dress, and it seemed like every woman even sort of involved in the wedding plus our photographer were crammed into the women’s bathroom. The most memorable moments of getting ready were definitely my mom helping me get ready, my mother-in-law helping me put on her mother’s vintage jewelry that I borrowed for the wedding, and my Dad seeing me in my dress for the first time. Tears all around for sure.
Doing a “first look” was really important to Nathan and me. I know that it ruins the first time you see each other being as the bride walks down the aisle, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Our reasoning for doing a first look was both practical and emotional. Practical in that we wanted to get a lot of the pictures out of the way before the wedding when we were still fresh and had lots of time. This ended up working out so well because after the wedding we were all ready to get to the reception (also, I am pretty sure that my smile was broken by this point, ha). The other reason we wanted to do a “first look” was because we wanted some time alone before the wedding. My stomach was in knots pretty much up until I walked down the aisle, and all I really wanted all day was to see Nathan. The instant he turned around for our first look I just felt so relieved. Everyone likes to tell you that your wedding day is just about you and your spouse and, while I would argue that that isn’t really true, in those few moments with Nathan it definitely seemed true. Being able to pray, talk, kiss, laugh together before the actual ceremony was really exactly what we wanted and needed.
We really could not have done everything for the wedding without our awesome friends and family. They were there to support us, help us, and encourage us every step of the way. We could never say enough “thank you’s” to all of them!
Our ceremony was actually one of the easier things to plan. We just opened the book of common prayer and found the marriage ceremony. We did change it up quite a bit, and we added more readings, but having the basic framework was really helpful. The music for the ceremony was so important to us (ok, mostly me), and I think the mix of songs ended up pretty great. My Dad married us, and it was the best thing ever. I love my Dad so much, and having him be the one to marry Nathan and me was so important to us. I really wish the ceremony had lasted longer. I mean, the actual ceremony and the vows is the most important part of the whole day, but it is also normally the shortest part. Promising our lives to each other in front of all the people we loved was the best part of the day, and I really didn’t want it to end.