Wedding Recap: Our Wedding Ceremony!…

Hi there!  Happy Friday to you!  What are you doing this weekend?  I have a busy weekend ahead of me.  Tonight, Mike and I are doing date night together.  So I’m definitely looking forward to that.  Tomorrow, we have one of Mike’s old co-worker’s weddings to attend.  This will be the first wedding that we are not a part of since our own wedding.  It will be nice to finally relax and enjoy a wedding than have to worry about being a part of it.  I’m looking forward to that.  Hopefully there will be some good eats.  I’m thinking since it’s a fall wedding, there might be pumpkin for the wedding cake?  I’m hoping that there is.  I love pumpkin cake!  Then on Sunday, Melissa and I are attending a food show which we are both super excited about!

I’m also really excited to talk about today’s blog post!  Today, I am going to recap our wedding ceremony.  This is the most important aspect of our entire wedding day.  I think it is the most important aspect of everyone’s wedding day.  This is the symbol of everything coming together at once.  I have to say that I have never in my entire life felt as nervous as I did walking down that aisle and standing up there during our ceremony.  I have sung and acted my entire life in front of large groups of people and of course sometimes you get a little nervous but it was nothing compared to what I was feeling on my wedding day.  I wasn’t in any way shape or form nervous to marry Mike.  I was just nervous at the entire situation and being the center of attention standing there with him.  I was nervous that I was going to trip on my dress or on the aisle runner.  My dress was way too long.  The seamstress didn’t do the alterations correctly so I did trip on my dress walking down the aisle.

I remember the rush of emotions I felt when they said it was my turn to walk down the aisle.  My heart was racing out of my chest and I felt like I couldn’t breathe.  I couldn’t wait to see Mike standing there waiting for me at the end of the aisle.  I didn’t know if I was going to cry or not but I sure felt my eyes welling up with tears.  It was hard for me to even speak.  I was just so happy and excited because we both waited almost 7 years for this moment to happen.  We have been through so much together and this was our moment.

In our religion, you are to sign a marriage certificate before the ceremony.  Usually, the bride and groom does this together.  It doesn’t need to happen this way so we decided to sign it separately because we didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony.  So Mike signed the document first with his parents, grandparents, my parents and his brother in the room.  Mike’s brother was his witness who also signed our marriage certificate.

Mike’s brother, Ryan signing as a witness

Explaining of the document

 

Mike is ready to sign!

All signed and ready to be delivered to Melissa and I! Mike, Ryan, his parents and my parents (I love the height difference! My family is very short.)

 

Melissa and I listening to what we will be signing

I love this picture of us

 

Happily signing to make the document official!

How the boys celebrated before the ceremony!

 

And this is how the girls celebrate before the ceremony! (I made the wine glasses!)

Wine glasses and glass for Mike to step on

 

Such a pretty shot of the glasses

I had the deck lined with tulle

 

Floating candles were lining the aisle

Rabbi starting the processional

 

Mike being escorted by his parents

One of my favorite pictures! My parents and I watching the ceremony before it was our turn to walk down the aisle..

 

Walking down the aisle with my parents, filled with so much emotion

Greeted by a kiss on my wrist by my groom!

 

Wide shot of the ceremony

I was very happy with the aisle runner!

 

I love my facial expression in this picture

Mike stepping on the glass! One of his favorite moments of the ceremony for sure!

 

Our first kiss as husband and wife! 7 years in the making!

We did it! Happiest moment of my entire life!

 

Ready to spend the rest of our lives together <3

Getting ready to take pictures after the ceremony..

The ceremony went absolutely beautiful!  The Rabbi did a phenomenal job.  She made sure to explain everything that she was saying and what we were doing so everyone would understand.  I made sure in the program to explain everything so our guests would be aware of what was happening when and why.  I think it really helped especially for those people who may have never attended a Jewish wedding before.  We couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony.  She did a really great job and helped to ease our nerves.

I loved standing there just gazing so deeply into Mike’s eyes.  We were so connected in those moments unlike anything I have ever felt before.  Words can not express how you feel when standing there with the one you love.  It was such a surreal and out-of-body experience.  I loved every second of it.

After the ceremony, we did a ton of pictures with our families and the bridal party.  That is going to be the next part of our wedding that I am going to recap.  I am also at some point going to recap all of the little details that you have been noticing.  I am going to explain and show signage, various aspects of things I was wearing, etc.  I am going to explain it all.  So definitely stay tuned!

Have a great Friday!

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7 Responses

  1. Awwwww I love this all so much! Oh Hope, what a beautiful wedding! You are so gorgeous and you two are so precious together! Congratulations again! :)

  2. The look on your face when you were walking down the aisle was absolutely priceless. And when you and Mike were standing up there together? I swear, all of us could literally feel the love you have for each other. It was such a beautiful ceremony! :)

    • Aw, thank you Shari! I wish I would have smiled more but I was just filled with so much emotion. I didn’t know what to do at that point. Thank you! :) I think the Rabbi did a good job. I was pleased.

  3. Love it! Your ceremony was beautiful :)

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