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.
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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/