{wedding wednesday} volume 8: our ceremony

the most important part of the day was almost here!  after our group photos were all taken with the bridal party and our families, and the boys headed off to boys camp, the girls and i went inside my parents house to cool off in the a/c and just relax for a few minutes before our depature.  bethany got on her phone and showed me a picture dan had taken from under our reception tent as a little sneak peek...and boy, i was ridiculously excited for the rest of this special day.

before we knew it, our chariot awaited!

i told you i had over-the-top plans for the ceremony being on the island.  when that fell through, i couldn't let go of having some kind of on-the-water uniqueness to our day.

so friends of my parents, mr. & mrs. c, graciously volunteered their (gorgeous) party barge to escort the bride, maids of honor, and parents across the lake to the boys camp.  and i was one happy bride.

i knew mrs. c had contacted morgan at valley flower company to decorate the boat to fit the festive occasion, but little did i know how beautiful it would turn out.  full of whimsy with the streaming ribbons off the back and beautiful flowers that coordinated with everything.  to say i was excited would be an enormous understatement.

we slowly made our way across the lake on the most gorgeous day ever...

the closer i got, the more it all settled in:  i was getting married!  

i wasn't the slightest bit nervous (well, maybe of falling in the water), but not of marrying mike.  i was focused, calm, and ready for my vows.

if there is one moment i never could've prepared for, it's when the wave of emotion hit me right before our ceremony.  my dad and i stood next to the little red building, waiting for my mom and the girls to round the corner to their places.  

i started feeling overwhelmed, in a good way.  there were so many people there that i loved.  i quickly gazed around the crowd that could already see my dad and i not so patiently waiting.  i saw lifelong friends...coworkers...family members...

and i almost lost it.

my dad handed me his hankie and asked if i was okay.  i took a deep breath and told him i was with a half-crying smile, and we took our journey down the aisle.

we stopped at the end of the aisle to pick up my mom, so both of my parents could give me away.

and then it was time.  i took mike's hands and we locked eyes.

ben, my coach / friend, performed the ceremony.  he gave us each a questionnaire ahead of time so he could customize the ceremony to our personalities, along with vows that we wrote ourselves.  and let me tell you -- it was absolutely perfect.  well, i don't have to tell you...watch for yourself!

and that, my friends, is what i like to call "the best day ever".

stay tuned for more -- our reception, honeymoon, as well as some advice posts for other brides to be! =)


more {wedding wednesday} posts:

volume 1:  our faves
volume 2:  the big picture
volume 3:  what we wore
volume 4:  rehearsal dinner
volume 5:  getting ready
volume 6:  first look
volume 7:  bridal portraits


photography:  bethany and dan photography
flowers:  valley flower company


  1. I love the boat! That looks like so much fun. Your ceremony had me teary. Everything is perfect, and you two are the definition of love! Everything looks so special.

    1. thanks so much! i just had to incorporate being on the water somehow and all of our guests just loved it. every time i watch the video i get all happy-teary all over again! =)


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