Our Wedding: The Ceremony

Calm, peaceful, fulfilling, emotional and sincere.

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The ceremony was by far my favorite part of the entire day. Our bridal party walked down the aisle to The Ghost on the Shore by Lord Huron. My dad walked me down the aisle to River by Leon Bridges, which was a feeling that I still don’t have the word for. A dear family friend officiated the wedding, My aunt read Union by Robert Fulghum. Our niece and flower girl, Sawyer, adjusted and readjusted my veil the entire ceremony and our nephew, Ford fulfilled his ring bearer duties — but not before sneaking away mid-ceremony to go the bathroom and returning right before handing off the rings.

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Despite my body shaking from head to toe, I stood at the end of the aisle with Matt feeling so sure of myself and my love and commitment to him. I looked out at our guests and felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude knowing what each of them mean to Matt and I. The ceremony was completely us.

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My favorite part was the exchange of vows, which we had both personally written. To be affirmed in this public way was humbling. Likewise, I was honored to share my vows to Matt in front of our friends and family. As you can see from the photos above, I cried. A lot. The kind of crying where you have to laugh in order to get a break from the crying. When people ask about what I loved most about our wedding, I always say the vows. Our words were so tender and true.

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When we were announced as husband and wife, Seeing Stars by BORNS played. I felt an adrenaline I had never felt before. As if I just won the gold medal. Essentially, I did. I was seeing stars. I felt and still feel so proud to be Matt’s wife.

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