This was the moment I had been waiting for after a year and a half long engagement - the wedding ceremony. This was the most important part of the whole day, because well...this is when we officially became "man and wife". I held it together pretty well, after dropping a few tears on my way up the aisle, I wipped them away and I was fine. For some reason I always pictured myself crying the entire time - not because I didn't want to get married - but I cry whenever I watch weddings on tv...like the whole time. For some reason however, now that it was my time to step up to the plate, I was cool, calm and collected...for the most part.
I was a little ticked off during the beginning of the ceremony because my husband was standing like 2 feet away from me - here's the evidence:
I kept looking at him like "Damn, could you move a little closer to me, we're kind of getting married here." But his focus was dead set on the pastor and not at me at all. Later I asked him why he did that, he said he was trying his hardest not to cry, so he couldn't look at me. Plus his big brothers were there, and if he shed one tear they would have gave him grief about it, lol. To top if off, a bunch of us had a $100 bet going on that he would cry, lol...poor guy.
Baby Sis and Cousin Kim both performed readings + during the candle lighting ceremony, Cousin Mory played the saxophone while Cousin Shellyse sang "At Last" by Etta James.
Finally came my favorite part - the vows. We chose to do the traditional vows, however our pastor included a fun twist. While we were slipping the rings on each others fingers, she told us to say something from the heart. Husband was first, he told me he loved me and all that good stuff ::blushing:: There were lots of "aaawwwww" from the guests at this point, lol.
Then came my my turn. Always feeling the need to be the comedian, I thought this would be an appropriate time to insert some wit into this whole thing. The scene was getting a bit too mushy for me, so I felt the need to make everyone laugh:
:: crowd bursts into laughter ::
:: I mentally high-five myself (1 point for me) ::
Yes everyone in attendance knew that I at that point I only skilled with the microwave - but the joke is on them! Who knew that in just 4 months, I'd teach myself how to cook and bake up a storm (sticks out tounge)...but I love my family. Now they'll just make fun of me about something else...the height jokes never go away, so I guess they'll just continue with that.
Anyway - I did cry (a very ugly cry) at some point in the ceremony, but I'll save that for another time. I don't know how long the ceremony was. I remember telling everyone that I didn't want it to be more than a half an hour, but while I was standing up there I had no concept of time, so I really have no idea. But before I knew it, it was time for the big kiss:
The song for the recessional of the wedding was "One Love" by Bob Marley.
(Big Sis doing her matron of honor duty of fixing my train)
And so, we made our exit as Husband + Wife...
The rest of the bridal party making their exit...
Oh yea, everyone was supposed to blow bubbles during our exit, but instead everyone was snapping pictures - except my mom, God bless her, lol - she knew we paid money for those things, lol!
Cousin Kim + Cousin Jan...if you can't tell, Cousin Jan is very extra, lol
It was a beautiful ceremony! The weather was perfect...the sun began to set...love was in the air...I couldn't have asked for anything more.
These are all non-pro pictures I stole as usual
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