The morning of the wedding, I woke up long before my alarm went off. I was excited and could barely sleep. Chris had spent the night at home since we didn’t care about the whole tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding ( after all, we already lived together and were expecting!!).I did a quick FaceTime test with my Aunt in England who would be joining us later for the ceremony. Chris left around 9am, just as bridesmaids started to arrive. We set up shop in our living room and started to get ready.
Funny story about the above photo: only two of my bridesmaids knew I was pregnant. When no one was looking, they switched out my mimosa for ginger ale and OJ. No one was the wiser and I was so grateful to have them help me keep the secret!
I was just stepping into my dress when the limo showed up.. almost 30 minutes early!! My dress had lots of layers so even if I wanted to hurry, there was no way I could. Fortunately, the limo driver didn’t mind waiting and we still had lots of time. My Mother-in-law, Sister-in-law and Maid of Honor all helped shimmy into my dress.
As we got into the limo, one of my bridesmaids asked me if I was nervous. I really didn’t feel nervous at all. I had anticipated that I would be a mess of tears and anxiety, but I felt so calm all morning.
We headed into the Galt and hid out in a back room. Before I knew it, the music for the ceremony began to start. The guys walked out to “Mean to me” by Brett Elredge.
We quickly shuffled into the hallway and the bridesmaids walked out to “The One” by Kodaline.
THIS is the point when I got nervous.
“Heaven” by Boyce Avenue started to play and my Dad and I started to head into the ceremony.
As I turned the corner, I saw Chris. It still makes me teary thinking about the look on his face. He was crying , flushed, had the biggest smile on his face.
I’ll never forget how Chris looked at me through the entire ceremony. He never stopped smiling and kept whispering to me how beautiful I looked.
We both wrote letters to each other ( see below) which we read after our vows. I was pretty strong during the ceremony, but hearing his letter had me in tears.
I remember looking at Chris thinking that he is the love I never thought I would find. He was my *almost* husband and the father of our unborn child. I felt so much love in that moment and couldn’t have been happier to be pronounced husband and wife.
The ceremony was short, personal and perfect in every way. We hadn’t planned on doing a receiving line but we had such a lovely amount of people come up to us after the ceremony that it just felt right.
We headed off to do family photos in the coulees followed by more ( hilarious) photos with our bridal party. I’ll be posting a recap of the wedding through Chris’s eyes soon. For now, here is the letter Chris wrote and read during our ceremony:
Photo credit: BJG Photography