After the portraits were done we had just a half hour to the start of the ceremony. The ladies retired to the chapel, Tim and Jason to my Dad’s office, and the the rest of the groomsmen acted as ushers. My brother was playing the trumpet for the processional so he headed up to the front of the church.

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Check out the flowers on the pews. I never even saw them when I was in the church. I didn’t get to see them til we got the pictures when we returned from our honeymoon. Our florist did a great job. I love them – heather and thistle – so pretty!

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Guests were being seated – it was nearly time!
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Dean, Tom and Tom – groomsmen and ushers

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Carmen and Craig – so happy they came all the way from San Diego.

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Sam2 sitting with Steve and Sigrira – another set of long distance travelers!

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My ‘about to be In-laws’ sitting in the chapel waiting to go into the church.

Guests were being seated, our piper was playing merry Scottish tunes at the church entrance and I had just enough time to get to the restroom and also have a snack before heading down the aisle. The restroom was a bit of an adventure but with a little help from TBP and Sam, we accomplished our task and got back up to the chapel. Mom had brought me some grapes, cheese and crackers so I took a few minutes to eat a quick snack. Better not to faint at the front of the church given all the activity and excitement. I definitely made time to eat that day even though it was just a little at a time. At one point our driver came in to see if he could assist so we handed off my tote and some wedding party personal items to go into the car for the ride to the Radnor. He made a comment that I was and I quote ‘the calmest bride he’d ever had occasion to drive’. My reply? I had waited my whole life to marry the right guy and today I was getting exactly what I wanted – this was the easy part actually and 16 months of planning didn’t hurt either! In truth I was excited but I was also very calm and content – at peace. This was not hard at all!

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We asked long time O’Donnell family friend and childhood friend of Tim’s, Dean, walked Sue down the aisle. A special touch I think.

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A prayer with the parents and ladies of the wedding party before the ceremony begins.

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Last hug and kiss from Dad as his single daughter.

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Lining up for the processional outside the chapel headed to the main worship sanctuary.

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Dea’s new man Tom walked my Mom down the aisle. Dad was up front getting ready to perform the ceremony and my brother Jon was playing the trumpet. I thought it was a nice touch that one of our newest friends who is very special to Dea be the one to walk my Mom.

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My SIL Leah and neice Lily. I started making Leah’s dress just two weeks before the wedding and finished hemming with Sam’s help just two days before the wedding. If I recall, the hook and eye went on the morning OF the wedding – thanks Sam!!

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This is one of my favorites. She’s sooo cute and we definitely chose the right dress for her.

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Sue and Dean heading down the aisle.

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My ‘about to be’ SIL Kaye singing Psalm 139 while the Mom’s come down the aisle and light the family candles.

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My Mom walking down the aisle with Tom. Thanks Tom!

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I had the best co Maids of Honor in the whole universe.

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I just love this photograph.

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This one too!

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Mom’s ready to see her only daughter FINALLY get married. That’s my Indian beaded Moyna purse in her hands. I made her take it with her in case I needed something during the ceremony. hehe

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Tim is ready – I think he’s trying to stay calm. Dad is definitely ready to marry us.

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Another pre-ceremony photo of me….I just love my whole look that day.

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Sam right before she headed down the aisle…. 🙂

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Almost time….

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Leah and Lily – pretty as a picture.

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Our neice Kayli walking with Logan. You can’t see it but the pillow is Irish Linen embroidered with a Celtic style monogrammed ‘O’. I ordered it on Etsy and thought it very fitting for the day.

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Our niece Stephanie. I made her dress too. I love how it’s nearly as wide as the aisle with the crinoline under it!

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TBP smiling down the aisle! I just loved the size and shape of the dresses. I need to get me one of those giant crinolines!

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And of course Sam who made her dress out of the demon fabric from hell! Sorry Girl – but you did good and it looked beautiful on you!

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At the door to the sanctuary….is the veil dramatic enough?

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Here I go!!

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I turned and stopped so Claire could fix my train and veil…. love this shot!

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Apparently I laughed all the way down the aisle….I don’t remember but it does show up in the photos!

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I’m looking at Tim.

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We’re getting married!!

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This is one of my favorites. I think we’re laughing at something my Dad said during the wedding meditation (a very short sermon) but I don’t remember what it was.

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Dad pronouncing us husband and wife!!!

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I guess our kiss went on a bit too long b/c my Dad actually had to stop us…. LOL We had practiced that though…we thought it was funny.

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Newly married. Yay!!

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Second kiss as husband and wife.

The recessional!!!
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The ceremony was exactly as I had pictured it and was beautiful. We used the Presbyterian Church (USA) wedding service and added some music (Christian only, no secular) to specific places. Every part of the service had meaning and was intentionally performed given the sacred act of committing ourselves to each other. It was very special to me and Tim even if some of the congregation may not have understood the meaning behind each part. I hope it was evident to everyone there how much we love each other and how much the ceremony meant to us. I couldn’t have asked for it to be any more perfect than it was.

The complete set from the ceremony can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gwenyfhar/sets/72157625576877523/

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