Wednesday, December 5, 2012

LK + A {saying 'I do'}

Post 2 in a short series about my recent wedding.

We were all prettied up and buttoned in and ready to get the church on time. Unconventional as it was, we didn't get a limo or any sort of fancy car. I borrowed my mom's Hyundai Veloster (yep, that tiny thing) and my marvelous bestie/Maid of Honor, Megan drove the two of us to the church while the rest of the bridesmaids followed in a 2nd car. The boys arrived in 2 cars as well. As our wedding was largely a DIY-type affair, we chose to spend our budget on the pretty and the party, rather than the transportation.

The boys arrived first, by plan. Alan was under strict instruction from both his mother and grandmother that he could NOT see me before I walked down the aisle (nor was he allowed to see my dress, or shoes, or veil, or any bit of my outfit). This made for a humorous arrival as our tiny country church has no real entryway, so the wedding party had to line up just outside. The groom just had to keep his eyes looking forward.

And then it all went by in a whirl.

Alan waited to escort his beautiful grandmother and mother down the aisle.

My sweet flowergirls (all cousins) waiting for their big moment. Yes, I had 4. Could you choose between 4 adorable and sweet little girls? The more the merrier!

Best Man A & Maid of Honor M // attendants M & J
The bridal party processed to Jay Ungar's "Ashokan Farewell" (you might know it from the documentary The Civil War) played on piano.
Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar on Grooveshark
attendants K & E // bridesmaid K & marvelous ringbearer Ceci! (she kicked off her shoes in her first steps down the aisle).Not to shabby for 11 months old.
The aisle runner was put in place, and the girls did their best to put down as few petals as possible (which was hilarious).
Now it was my turn. I tried my best to not cry too much, but I failed a bit. A vintage handkerchief caught my tears as our pianist played "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova.
Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová on Grooveshark
My brother and sister were our readers. E reading a verse from Ecclesiastes and B reading the comical and sweet book A Lovely Love Story by Edward Monkton. It was funny and it was perfect for our day.
We said our vows
He gave me a ring
I gave him a ring
My Mom's siblings, Aunt B and Uncle J performed a beautiful rendition of John Lennon's "Grow Old With Me." It was deliciously imperfect which made it marvelous. (Here's a similar take)
Grow Old With Me by Peter Breinholt on Grooveshark
Then the pronouncing of husband and wife happened. And there were smooches! I was all in and Alan had no idea where to put his hands amongst the masses of tulle in my skirt!
We were married! Our recessional was the one piece of music I didn't list by name in our programs, because I wanted it to be a surprise. (My cousin-in-law commented later in the day that the selection cemented it as "the indie rock wedding" even before the reception!) Blasting Florence in a tiny country church was one of the many high points of the day.
Dog Days Are Over by Florence and The Machine on Grooveshark
We rang the church bell.
After hugs from everyone as they went outside, it was our turn. CONFETTI!
confetti copy
...and then it was over. Fastest half hour of my life, really.

More wedding fun to come - pretty pictures and carousel horses!

 *All photos by Sondra Ralston photography except confetti photos (by my cousin S and our friend L)  


Ditsy Print said...

Aw Laura you look so beautiful and happy, congratulations!

sarah.boirin said...

I love the last photo of you both, you look so happy xxx

laura kate said...

Thanks, ladies! :)

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