Before I dive right in, I want to announce the winner to my first giveaway!
I selected the winner through a very “scientific” process
I wrote everyone’s names on strips of paper for each entry (up to 3)
Then I put them in a big coffee-cup shaped bowl I have (cute, right?)
Mixed them all around & reached in to select the winner!
And the winner is…..FLOEY from SQUIGGLE FLOEY!!!
Hey girl, shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your address and I’ll get your Bonne Maman in the mail for ya! Thanks for all those who played!
If you are new to the blog, you should know that I just got married to my best friend this past November. Because there are so many pictures, I’ve split them up into a couple different posts. Part I chronicled before the wedding: all the pre-ceremony shots, getting ready, etc. And if you want to hear the story of the dress, you can check it out here.Today, I’ll take you on the journey down the aisle & to the
party reception immediately following.
Come along with me!
My Mom & Step-dad got married just 3 days before my 16th birthday. I didn’t grow up with him, but he is the best step-father a person could ever ask for. He loves my mom. I mean, LOVES her. He takes care of her in every way imaginable and he keeps her happy. They are my example of what a marriage should be.
I have a strained relationship with my own dad so I knew I wanted my Mom’s dad (my Poppy) to walk me down the aisle. Chris and I had an 18 month engagement, and a lot can happen in the span of 18 months. During this time, my Poppy had a heart attack, followed by 2 open heart surgeries and 2 strokes, and although he narrowly escaped death, he had to re-learn EVERYTHING from walking to tying his shoe (he’s still working on writing his name). For awhile we didn’t know who would walk me down the aisle because we didn’t think he’d be well enough.
But, bless his heart, my Poppy is a FIGHTER and literally got up from his wheelchair to walk me down the aisle. I love that man.
His wife, my Nana, was visibly moved.
The strings were playing
and then here I came
The ceremony was short & sweet – everything I’d hoped it would be
Before I knew it, the deed was done & we were pronounced Husband and Wife
then there was a barrage of family photos
my sister (the MOH), Nana, and my Mom
my darling grandfather, Poppy
Grooms’ brothers (best man & groomsman) and his Mom
The entire bridal party
Jumping for Joy!
And lots of shots with just me and the boy
Then the party began!
Our first dance
me dancing with my Dad (even though we aren’t close, I wanted to still do a father-daughter dance so he would feel included)
Chris with his mom
there were toasts
and there was cake
There was some boogying down
and there was a bouquet toss
followed by a garter toss
Finally there was a last dance
and a fabulous send-off
the whole thing was just amazing & made me feel like a princess!
Chris & I actually joked that it was like a birthday because we were the centers of attention – only WAY better & with WAY more presents!
Are you married?
If not, do you see yourself having a big “traditional” wedding?
I joked with my sister that when she gets married she better just elope!!!!