Monday, October 18, 2010

Cliche but true...

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Well, the wedding has come and gone and we're officially married :-) 
I feel like I haven't stopped smiling! 
{my cheeks really are hurting}
The day was more perfect than I could have ever imagined. 

It sounds so terribly cliche to say that it was 
the best night of my life
but it absolutely was. 
I don't remember the last time I had so much fun.
It was such an incredible feeling to be surrounded by
all of our closest friends and family who were there solely 
to celebrate the love and commitment
between little ol' me and Brandon.

And let me tell you, 
It pretty much rained every day up until Friday 
{when does it rain in Temecula in October?!}
I knew that worst-case-scenario we could put up a tent
but that seemed to defeat the whole purpose in choosing
the outdoor venue that we did. 

Somehow, the stars aligned, my prayers were answered 
and we got a beautiful, sunny day  
{80 degrees at the hottest point in the day}

I could not sleep the night before.

I was just too excited and wanted the day to be there so badly.

I was trying to decide what my favorite memory of the day was 
and one of them was definitely the hour that 
Brandon and I got to spend together before the ceremony. 
We did the First Look
which gave us a chance to soak up the moment and really take it all in 
just the two of us 
{and our photographers}
with no distractions. 

This made me so much less nervous to walk down the aisle!
The "first look" :-)  I think I was telling him I was about to throw up at this moment, ha!

We had one minor issue...
as we were waiting to take Bridal Party pictures 
{also before the ceremony}
I realized my bridesmaids were taking a really long time. 
We had already finished family pictures, 
and pictures with all of the groomsmen
and were waiting on the girls. 

A few minutes later
Kandi lets me know that Kelly's zipper broke 
and she was currently being 
I had a tiny, internal moment of panic but it ended up fine. 
(Although, she had to be cut out of it at the end of the night 
and will certainly be returning it to Anthropologie!) 

We took our girly pics and then I was able to go back to the room 
with my closest friends and relax for about 45 minutes before the ceremony.
Bridal Party
Once the shuttle picked us up, we quickly entered the Stone House 
{which is where we started before making the walk over the bridge and down the aisle}
Our bridal party left
and soon
it was just me and my dad. 

I got to really take in all of the flowers and arrangements in the stone house...
 and the dessert table
and peek out of the window at everyone sitting outside...
Before long, I heard our song start and took my dad's arm.
We were both pretty nervous I think.
The ceremony was slightly a blur.
I do remember seeing a few faces in the seats 
{Chelsea and Sarah especially stand out for some reason}
and then I found Brandon's eyes.
 {there was lots of laughing}
A few minutes later
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
I'm yours!
We got to walk back down the aisle as husband and wife.
I think this is when the huge weight lifted from my shoulders.
I was on a "high" the rest of the night.

Our first dance was to Eva Cassidy's Songbird
and the songbirds keep singing like they know the score
and I love you, I love you, I love you
like never before.
My dad's speech
{and view of the adorable stone house} 
At the end of my dad's speech
he invited me to dance.
Brandon and his mom joined in a few minutes later... 
At last my love has come along...

I loved the food {we had Italian} 
and our DJ kept us dancing all night long.
I kept catching glimpses of the ring on Brandon's finger and smiling.
It's something that I hope will always make me smile. 

Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, Dance, Dance till you drop.
~W.H. Auden

 Some of the fun :details:

The Escort Cards:

Lucky penny stamped with our wedding date:

Dessert Table:


Mckenzie Jean Lund said...

awww, I love your wedding photo's! I can never get enough of looking through other people's big day : ) David and I have been married over a year now, time FLIES after that day! Have fun!

Liz Brown said...

Your wedding (and YOU) were both beautiful! Having fun looking at your blog :)

Heather said...

you looked so happy!! I love all of these!! and i love the one from 1st look where it looked like you were running to him!! so amazing!! what a beautiful wedding!

vickichristine said...

what a beautiful wedding! and your first dance song...oh my goodness, i love that song. reminds me of 'love actually' every time i hear it. :) did you get married on 10.8.10? if so, we have the same anniversary girl!

Mish Lovin' Life said...

Gorgeous wedding! :)

Emily said...

Dude you're gorgeous. I loved this post. Nothing makes me happier than a good wedding. Just beautiful.

Jasmine said...

This is so, so, so lovely! You looked amazing and I love the colour schemes and all of the photos and just how nice everything looked! So jealous :-) very beautiful! xx

Libby said...

so pretty!! and your colors are my wedding colors too :) where are your bridesmaid dresses from? they are gorgeous!! only 1 more of my bridesmaids needs a dress and then we're done, phew.

Libby said...

oh doh, anthropologie! and that pic of you and your husband with the mountains behind you is breathtaking! i hope you have it in a big frame at your house :)

Karla said...

Oh who the .. what the.. why had I never seen your wedding pictures before?! In loooove with all the details, the venue.. bridesmaids dresses.. PERFECT!!
And hello?! You look stunning!!

Karla said...

Oh who the .. what the.. why had I never seen your wedding pictures before?! In loooove with all the details, the venue.. bridesmaids dresses.. PERFECT!!
And hello?! You look stunning!!

Mara {One Lucky Girl} said...

I LOVE your wedding flowers. We are doing something similar.

Congrats on a beautiful wedding! I hope mine turns out half as nice :)


Allie said...

Your wedding is beautiful! My oh my I love every detail! Thanks for sharing!

Abigail said...

Aww, beautiful!!

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