Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Our Wedding Day - Part One: The Ceremony

It's true what they say about your wedding day being a blur. Let me just say that I'm SO so happy that we got a videographer and a wedding video. I love that we have a video of our entire ceremony, because it was such a wonderful ceremony.

{click to enlarge the ceremony collage}

We got married in San Diego, CA on Mission Bay at the Mission Bay Hilton Resort. It was a beautiful, hot August day and the sun sparkled off of the bay and across the lawn where we wed.

I'll never forget how it felt walking down the aisle with my Dad. The beauty of the setting, the stringed trio playing the wedding march, the love I could see on the face of my husband-to-be, the support of friends and family. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

Our Pastor did an amazing job officiating. He was funny, well-spoken, and delivered a beautiful message about God's plan for marriage and what biblical love looks like.

Our families are very important to us, so we had my Mom and his Dad do a reading. My Mom did a medley reading which included words and poems from Kahil Gibran, The Velveteen Rabbit, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Jerry Maguire, Robert Munsch. It was amazing. I've posted it here.

And The Mr's Dad read from Romans 12, our favorite Bible verse.

We chose to our own vows. The Mr's vows were truly amazing. I laughed, I cried, I loved him.

After the vows Dad played the guitar and sung a song which was soooo special.

He sung "The Wedding Song" while we did our Sand Ceremony (in lieu of a unity candle). After the Sand Ceremony the Mr and I went aside and prayed while my Dad continued to play. It was such a sweet and intimate moment for us.

The the Pastor pronounced us husband and wife! And the Mr. definitely "kissed the bride."

We'd selected "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles as the recessional but I was so excited I didn't even hear it.

After the ceremony was over we couldn't stop laughing and kissing. Looks like the paparazzi caught us!

I should also take a minute to say how much I loved our ceremony decor.

I loved how the turquoise and tangerine elements looked against the backdrop of the ocean, I loved the pencil starfish everywhere, and I loved the beautiful flowers.


KLC said...

your dress is gorgeous!!

Sarah said...

Those pictures are great!! What a beautiful setting for your wedding!! Thanks for sharing!!

SassyEngineer said...

I love the pictures, and you were so beautiful! I love love love your dress :)

Rachel said...

Beautiful pictures...seems you have a wonderful support system in your families.

Love the pictures!!

Chic Runner said...

So cute and your dress is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing these with us all :)

Miss Adventure said...

your wedding pictures looked amazing! i hope my wedding will end up being as well captured as yours.

Emily said...

Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog! ur the sweetest! also, glad you shared your wedding day with us! your pictures are absolutely breathe taking! you looked stunning!

Sweet Simplicity said...

Beautiful wedding! Can't wait to see more pics.

Jess said...

What a beautiful ceremony!!

You rocked that dress! I'd never be able to pull the meremaid-type style off, but you did it flawlessly!

I also love the sand ceremony. Do you display it in your home?

Gwen said...

Beautiful Photos and a Beautiful Bride!!! I'm with you on remembering that walk with my Dad also. That was the first time I remember really feeling sad that I was leaving his house to go to Brian's. I still get teary thinking about it. {HUGS}

Anonymous said...

beautiful, beautiful pictures. i was married in san diego too and also did a sand ceremony instead of lighting a unity candle. i love sd, so pretty.

Lacey said...

It looks like your wedding was gorgeous!

A Balancing Act in Heels said...

What a gorgeous wedding! You made such a beautiful bride!

I can't believe that it will be 10 years for me this year! It's crazy how fast time flies!

tootie said...

Your wedding pictures are gorgeous!!

Mandy and Jack said...

Your wedding was beautiful!!! You make such a beautiful bride. And I know how you feel about the wedding being a blur!

Laelle My Belle ♥ said...

Wow! What a gorgeous wedding! Everything looked just perfect. I always said if I married in the summer I would do a beach wedding... But I was married in December instead.

I'm really enjoying your blog and I think it's so neat how you did a "other blogs you might like" link, I would love to do this, any tips?

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