Wedding week: the ceremony!
It was time for the wedding ceremony! We chose to have a morning wedding. I have always wanted a morning wedding and morning weddings happen to be very British, so it worked out well for us.
Here’s my cousin Israel, walking one of my grandmother’s down the aisle. The grandmothers and mothers walked in to Iris and Jasper by Hans Zimmer from the movie The Holiday.
And then escorting my mother into the chapel…
Bridesmaid Ashley, one of ten. The bridesmaids walked in to Love is Waiting by Brooke Fraser.
And bridesmaid Christan, bringing up the rear.
After the bridesmaids had entered, the chapel doors were closed and the song Holy Lord Carry On by Sandi Patty began playing. This song came out when I was a child and, for some reason, I used to play it on repeat while walking around my bedroom with my bed sheets tied to me like a wedding dress. I must have practiced that “walk down the aisle” hundreds of times as a child, with that song playing in the background. So, naturally, that’s what I chose to have for my real walk down the aisle.
The girls entered first…
And then I entered.
This picture of Paul as he watched me coming down the aisle makes me feel so loved.
The ceremony was great. The pastor began by mentioning my time with Starlite, the fabulous five and my foster children and how all of that had led to this day. I didn’t know he was going to be talking about those things until that morning. It was such a good surprise and it made me feel like the fabulous five were, somehow, represented that morning after having been such a major part of my life.
Paul’s vows to me blew mine to him right out of the water. Here’s a shot of the pastor right as he remarks to the congregation that, in case they couldn’t hear, Paul’s vows were good.
And then, before we knew it, it was over! We walked out to This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) by Natalie Cole.
As guests headed to the reception, we stopped to make a few photos. A picture of me, my mom and my dad all in the same shot? I’ll treasure having it forever.
And of course these little ones were still around!
So sweet of Paul and his mama.
And, a couple of pictures that mean so much to me, that I can’t even begin to describe it.
But the fun wasn’t over yet. Up next was the reception!
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