Thanks to friends and family, a few photos from our wedding day are trickling in on facebook, and I’m just blown away at the moments captured (especially this one, caught by Sarah). There were so many beautiful moments throughout the entire day that I’ll never, ever forget. And I wanted to share them here.
1. running in the pouring rain, just me and my bff/bridesmaid melon, the morning of the wedding. and how refreshing it felt.
2. what my grandmother said to me, about her and grandpa. and hearing about their wedding day. they are so dear to me. i carried an old photograph of my grandpa with me as my “something old”. and i’m so glad i did. gramps was there with us.
3. walking down our curved staircase, in my dress, in front of my entire family. and seeing the looks on their faces. especially my big brother.
4. the look on my father’s face as he sent us off in the limo. just looking up into his eyes as he shut the door. feeling overwhelmingly thankful, but couldn’t find enough words to express it.
5. the limo ride to the yacht club, with just my bridesmaids. and how i was able to tell them why i love them, and how each of them are a part of me.
6. reading a note Brian wrote me, just 30 minutes before the ceremony
7. hearing word that the rain stopped and the skies were clearing.. and the ceremony was still on for outside.
8. grabbing onto my father’s strong arms as he led me outside - walking down the isle and seeing those friends and family in the chairs. many of whom i hadn’t seen in years. the overwhelming sense of joy and excitement.
9. the second i saw my groom. his beaming smile. grabbing for his hands once i arrived. reminding myself it wasn’t time to kiss him yet, despite how badly i wanted to.
10. looking back at my mother and grandmother after the vows. and the tears in their eyes. and just how radiant they looked.
11. shaking from excitement while the wind blew the weeping willow branches, the fresh smell of post-rain and the lake, and seeing nothing but Brian’s eyes.
12. our unity ceremony. and how perfectly “us” it was. and hearing the crowd’s laughter.
13. taking a mental snapshot of how gorgeous my bridesmaids looked, and how lucky i felt to have them standing there next to me.
14. when our ring bearer (logan) came up to me and asked for a photo after the ceremony. his father is Brian’s best friend, and boy was logan cute in that tux.
15. how the sunset looked over the sailboats while feeling like a rockstar during our post-wedding photo sesh
16. how, just two seconds before being introduced at the start of the reception, Brian goes “okay, when we walk in… i’m gonna dip you. trust me.”
17. the look on my sister’s eyes during her toast.
18. the genuine sincerity in eric’s toast. he’s full of heart and faith.
19. no longer being able to hold back the tears, when my dad gave his toast.
20. the rush of excitement while making our rounds to every table. and how good everyone looked. and how awesome it felt knowing they were there with us, and heard every word we exchanged during our personal vows.
21. taking the mic to personally thank Brian’s parents for welcoming and loving me with open arms since day one. then hearing Brian say the same to my parents.
22. dancing to Enrique’s “escape” with my Woo XC girls. and our coordinated dance moves, mastered from years of locker room DPs.
23. my terrible throwing skills, and how my first attempt at the bouquet toss shot straight into the ceiling.
24. just how perfectly chic rustic our reception looked. pine cone decorated cake. curly willow, cat tail, pussy willow centerpieces. summit photo table assignments. my mom’s skills really made our vision a reality.
25. Desperately, Unforgettable, and What a Wonderful World
26. rocking out to “Enter Sandman” in my white dress, screaming along with my groom and friends who also dig Metallica.
27. the party bus limo ride back to the hotel. and the mental photo i took of my friends, laughing and smiling.
28. cedar point as the next day’s after party. oh hey, millennium force.
29. the off-the-hook bbq my parents hosted that night. their home, filled with family and friends. being able to show my colorado friends my home. feeling proud and lucky and thankful that they were there with us.
30. being whisked off, by limo, to the airport for the start of our 6 day honeymoon. feeling like a queen, sitting next to my king.
I can’t say this enough… it was truly a fairytale.