Jeff and I got married September 22, 2007. My family loves to camp (not just my parents... my ENTIRE family... aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.) and Jeff's parents also love to camp. My dad's friend owns a campground that has a BEAUTIFUL gazebo area and told us we could use it for free and have the reception there! It was exactly what I wanted.
The morning of the wedding I woke up hearing POURING down rain (on a day it wasn't supposed to rain!!!). I panicked. But the rain left after about a half hour, unfortunately when it left the humidity came in. It was the hottest day in September!!
Our wedding took place at 3:45pm.
There was a string quartet from the high school I went to. They were AMAZING. The girls walked down the aisle to Bach's "Air on the G String" (my mom found this title hilarious, but I just loved the song!), I walked down the aisle to Pachelbell's "Canon in D". I want to point out that I heard this song when I was a kid and absolutely loved it. I had no idea that it was used for weddings. I even bought a tape of this song playing with ocean sounds. I would make my parents play it when we were in the car and over and over they heard the same song. They would wait until I was asleep and take it out. I have always wanted to get married to this song.
My favorite memory was walking down the aisle. My husband's face was amazing.
I truly think it is important to look at your husband and no one else when you are walking down the aisle. You have the entire reception to look at everyone who came... but only that one chance to look at the man you are about to marry as you are walking down the aisle. It was wonderful.
My grandfather performed our wedding. He is a minister. He baptized me, gave me communion, and now married it. It was very important to me that he marry us. Above he is pictured preparing for the wedding. Also in the picture is a table my dad made for me in college so that my TV could go over the AC unit in the dorm room. It ended up being a beautiful table and perfect for our rustic wedding! On it is our unity candle. We ended up lighting it at the reception because it was too windy to light during the wedding.
We did a circle of trust at the wedding, which my parents did at their wedding. This is where the parents come up to where we were and we all stand in a circle and speak a vow that we will go to them for guidance if need be, and they will let us find our way.
We both choked up during our vows (me more than him, but he did have a tear or two in his eyes).
I am an AVID football fan, as is my husband. (No seriously, for our wedding Jeff gave me a Patriots jersey with my new last name on it and the number 22 for our wedding date). I tend to be very vocal when we watch our team. My husband, me, my grandparents and my dad all used to get together to watch Sunday Night Football together (a tradition started by my dad when he wanted to spend more time with his grandfather). Well, the weekend before our wedding my team played. As we were watching and they scored I shot my hands in the air and yelled "TOUCHDOWN!". My grandmother thinks it is hilarious and then said that at the wedding, as we turned around to walk back down the aisle she was going to stick her hands in the air and yell "TOUCHDOWN!". My grandfather and dad quickly said they would too. Well, I didn't actually think anyone would do it until we turned around to be announced and walk down the aisle and see this:
And it wasn't just her too, most of my family was doing it, but my grandmother was the only one we got a shot of. They didn't yell touchdown, but their arms in the air was enough!
We walked back down the aisle to the "Hallelujah Chorus!" It was so fitting because we were together for 5 years and engaged for another year before we got married. HALLELUJAH!
I had written a poem for my husband to be read at our wedding, but because of differences with the reader we decided not to have a reader and decided to have it printed in the bulliten. Below is the poem I wrote for him:
A Message from Me to You
(written by Abbie at www.MyKayakSunset.blogspot.com)
I am hit with inspiration.
I pick up my pen and start to write,
and words come flowing from my mind.
I am writing a message from me to you:
My dear love, Mein Schatz,
Today I vow myself to you, I give my whole self to your whole self,
and you do the same.
And as we pledge to each other, looking deep into each others eyes,
That just as I trust you will love me always,
I will always love you.
That just as I know that you will support me always,
So will I support you.
Through the years and the tears, the past and present, the good times and bad,
I will be by your side, just as you will be by mine.
Know that I will always be your companion and friend,
A safe haven when you need one,
Just as I know you will always be this for me.
You are my heart, and you have my heart.
You are my lover and I am yours,
My best friend, my confidant, and my rock,
Just as I am yours.
We are committing ourselves to each other this day,
To be steadfast through the laughter, through the pain, through joy and through sorrow.
As we look towards the future, with hopes and dreams in the deep blue pools of our eyes,
and overwhelming love in our hearts,
know that I am truly yours, and I give myself to you today, forever.
And just as you love me, I love you Mein Schatz.
I put my pen down, and wipe the happy tears from my eyes, and join you in the other room.
It was a beautiful day, and my favorite part of the day. A fter all, without the marriage part, the rest of the day couldn't have happened! I am so happy to be married to my best friend!