Wedding Day Part 2: Ceremony

In case you missed the first part of my wedding recap you can find it here.

Once I got back inside I took some solo shots on the balcony and slowly started to watch the sky turn dark gray.
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In case you missed it we had planned to get married outside.
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One of the event planners came upstairs and told me that it was going to rain in 10 minutes and asked me what I wanted to do. I wanted her to tell me what to do but she wouldn’t. Jeff’s sister recommended I move it inside because I didn’t have any pictures with Jeff and didn’t want to be soaking wet for them. At that point I was just ready to get married so I took her advice and told them to move it inside. It started raining 2 seconds after the event planner got downstairs.

Fortunately Jeff insisted on getting a tent for the outside patio and they were able to quickly relocate the ceremony to under the tent.

The wedding started a couple minutes later. Family, bridesmais and grooms men walked in to Pachelbel Canon in D.

My dad and I walked in to The Piano Guys version of A Thousand Years. I wanted to cry walking down the aisle but did my best to keep it together. In all the pictures you can tell I wanted to cry.
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Once I was standing up there with Jeff I forgot there were 180 people standing around watching us and it was like it was just the two of us. Jeff’s cousin Jason was the officiant.
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We had Cait and and my college friend Ashley do a couple readings.

Ashley read :Falling in love is like owning a dog by Taylor Mali

First of all, it’s a big responsibility,especially in a city like New York. So think long and hard before deciding on love. On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security: when you’re walking down the street late at night and you have a leash on love ain’t no one going to mess with you. Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable. Who knows what love could do in its own defense? On cold winter nights, love is warm. It lies between you and lives and breathes and makes funny noises. Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs. It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy. Love doesn’t like being left alone for long. But come home and love is always happy to see you. It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life, but you can never be mad at love for long. Is love good all the time? No! No! Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love. Love makes messes. Love leaves you little surprises here and there. Love needs lots of cleaning up after. Sometimes you just want to get love fixed. Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper and swat love on the nose, not so much to cause pain, just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again! Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk. Because love loves exercise. It runs you around the block and leaves you panting. It pulls you in several different directions at once, or winds around and around you until you’re all wound up and can’t move. But love makes you meet people wherever you go. People who have nothing in common but love stop and talk to each other on the street. Throw things away and love will bring them back, again, and again, and again. But most of all, love needs love, lots of it And in return, love loves you and never stops.

Cait read a passage from Captain Corellies Mandolin

“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being ‘in love’, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”

Together they read: From the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin: What’s it like to fall in love?

Hobbes: Well… say the object of your affection walks by…

Calvin: Yeah?

Hobbes: First, your heart falls into your stomach and splashes your innards. All the moisture makes

you sweat profusely. This condensation shorts the circuits to your brain and you get all woozy. When

your brain burns out altogether, your mouth disengages and you babble like a cretin until she leaves.

Calvin: THAT’S LOVE?!?

Hobbes: Medically speaking.

Calvin: Heck, that happened to me once, but I figured it was cooties!

After the readings it was time for Jeff and I to read out vows. We wrote our own vows to each other which was something I fought him on because I thought it would be too emotional for me but something I am so happy we did. Both of our vows were heartfelt and very personal.

After we exchanged vows and I do’s we were pronounced husband and wife! Actually we were pronounced man and husband thanks to Jeff’s cousins slip which we all had a good laugh about!

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Despite the weather and quick change of plans our ceremony was perfect to us!

Details on reception to come..

Photo cred: Tim Mannle

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