The Ceremony {9.23.2011}

After we got ready, my bridesmaids and I arrived at the Sandusky Yacht Club. It had been raining all day and I assumed we would have an indoor ceremony (our backup plan). But 5 minutes before our ceremony was to begin, my dad came in to tell me that the rain had stopped (!) and the chairs were dried off. The ceremony was still going to happen outside :) Under the weeping willow I love so much.

Our ceremony music was performed by harpist. I loved the harp, there’s just something so beautiful about it. I loved this whimsical touch to our ceremony.

I hugged my bridesmaids goodbye as they went to start the processional. I remember feeling super nervous, but excited, and kind of silly, standing alone with my father inside the yacht club, waiting for our cue to walk out. I just wanted to see everyone already!

I remember how strong and soft my dads hands felt when held mine to start our walk. I grasped onto his arms as we made our way outside, into the crisp fall air, towards all my friends and family. He never let me slip or stumble.

I remember holding onto the moments during the ceremony with all my soul. I didn’t want to miss a breath. I cherish those minutes, totaling only about 20, during our ceremony. They were surreal, and intimate, and perfect.

…A reading, a favorite excerpt from the timeless Velveteen Rabbit, read by one of Weez’s best friends.
…Personal vows, we wrote ourselves (that I still want to get framed for our home).

…Exchanging our rings, giddy with excitement.

…Our unity ceremony aided by our moms, so utterly “us” (an acid/base titration reaction, using a pink phenolphthalein indictor)(*important tidbit: we met and still work in a chemistry lab ;)).

I remember taking the time to look back at my bridesmaids, forward to Weez’s groomsmen, over to Weez’s and my parents, to take a mental picture of just how incredible they all looked. They all looked so good. So happy. So happy for us. I felt so lucky.

Then came that rockin’ Kiss The Bride moment. The moment I had been waiting all day for. I could finally kiss my man. My husband.

Then off we went, down the isle as husband and wife.

I could write every emotion we felt as we walked down that isle, but if you’re married, you know what they were :)

As my mom says, there’s no better feeling that knowing that one’s well-being lies in the heart of his/her spouse.

There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not madly in love with you, Weez. Or speechlessly thankful for your heart. I will try, for the rest of my life, to make you as happy as you make me every day.

As our guests made their way to the cocktail hour (with slammin’ hors d’oeuvres and flowing wine), Weez and I took portraits with our families and the bridal party, before wandering the docks for our own movie star bride and groom session…

I can’t wait to share the fun of our reception with you all tomorrow!

(All photography credit goes to Red Gallery Photography… Lisa and Clay are the best of the best and I can’t thank them enough for their amazing work on our wedding day!)

7 Comments Add yours

  1. i LOVE the acid indicator liquid mix! (can you tell chemistry isn’t my thing?!) so YOU two! you looked absolutely stunning!

  2. Jessica T says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! You are stunning. Love the chemistry element of your ceremony

  3. What a beautiful outdoor wedding! You guys look so happy :-)

  4. Lisa says:

    Wow, talk about story-book :) Your special day looked just amazing.

  5. Holly says:

    Waaaah! Love the acid/base thing. So fitting! Too bad I married a lawyer… ;-)

    Also? I recently attended a wedding with a Velveteen rabbit reading – I’d never heard it used at a wedding before, and was struck by how perfect it was (was it the part about being loved, and getting real, when your hair is worn off and eyes are falling out…?). Bah! I won’t cry!

    [The movers are here. Singapore is happening. Are you sure you can’t work in another trip next summer…?]

  6. lgsmash says:

    what a beeeeautiful ceremony! you look so gorgeous!! and your recap of the day, the ceremony is so sweet and touching. :) happy 1 year this weekend!!!

  7. SAH611 says:

    My fiancee and I are also planning to use the phenolphthalein in our wedding ceremony. However, I am struggling with the wording for that part of the ceremony, if you wouldn’t mind sharing how yours went I would love some advice from a fellow science bride :)

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