Our wedding was short, sweet and simple. No sand ceremonies or poetry readings. I didn't want a big production. Just us saying our vows to one another and exchanging our rings. The officiant started out with a brief introduction and a paragraph about love and marriage and then I started first with reading my vows.
|Mj wipes his eyes and I can barely get the words out as my voice wavers|
I love to write so I was really excited about writing my own vows. It really felt like I'd waited so long to say in front of everyone just how much I loved him and I was finally getting my chance. I pretty much cried my way through them. It was such a release saying those words in front of all of those people. I didn't realize just how emotional it would be for me or for Mj. I have never seen him cry. I could hardly believe it when I saw him tearing up as I looked through tear filled eyes of my own and it made me cry even more. I later discovered in pics that my make up was streaming beneath the trail of tears down my face. Not a good look. But at the moment that was the last thing I was thinking about. A tissue would have been nice! I turned around and mouthed to my little sis "tissue" and she just shook her head. She probably had to use the tissue I gave her for herself! We weren't the only ones that cried. I think everyone was really moved.
Mj, ever the procrastinator was up the night before trying to figure his out. I'd say he did it justice and the words he spoke to me were perfect. Then, we moved onto the ring exchange. The officiant made a statement and we each repeated after him as we put the rings on each other. Then, it was time to kiss the bride.
At the rehearsal the evening before kissing in front of a group of people felt so awkward. Our wedding coordinator didn't help any by making us kiss over and over just for kicks. I started to get nervous about having to do it in front of even more people at the wedding. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. I was so in the moment and so excited that I happily went for it. Mj went for it and the kiss was as natural as could be. Which is a good thing because that kiss was just the beginning of more kissing with all eyes on us as the night went on.
Our officiant did so good! Our midnight rehearsal the night before really paid off and everything went perfectly. He is my bridesmaid Eb's husband. He probably never thought in a million years that he would be officiating a wedding. I wrote the script, we practiced, and he pulled it off like a pro.
|Another kiss for good measure|
I LOVE the song that we played as we walked down that aisle after being pronounced man and wife. Hearing the opening melody of that song start right when it was supposed to couldn't have been more perfect as we faced our guests and walked down the aisle together. It Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk [Listen to it here]. Every time I hear it now it makes me smile and I think of our wedding day.