I thought I would do a few posts on my wedding. I won’t get them all done in a row, so you’ll have to check back to see when they’re up!
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I woke up at 7 am on August 14th, 2010 tired, jittery, thrilled, nervous. It was that same feeling of waking up the day I took the SATs or first day of a new job. I hadn’t slept much but BAM I was awake. And then instantly tired.
You want to know what I did that morning? Shh. Don’t tell too many people, cause what I did, some people think of as very, very, bad.
I had breakfast with my husband.
In the Catholic church, marriage is seen as a partnership that two people enter into as equals. So they discourage superstitions like not seeing each other until you are the altar. But on the other hand, I wanted that special moment of seeing each other for the first time when I walk down the aisle. So we decided to grab breakfast with each other that morning. We met up at Bollo’s and nibbled at pastries and downed hot coffee. I needed to see him, I needed to know that we were stepping in this adventure together. It wasn’t a super romantic breakfast, and I have no idea what we talked about. But it was our wedding day. OURS. And it was beautiful.
Then I departed to get my hair done. Because of scheduling at the salon, I had to get there an hour before my bridesmaids. That was one of my big regrets of the day – I felt like I did a lot of it alone. But it was okay cause in the end my hair looked gorgeous.
My sister and I got to the church before anyone. All made up and nothing to do but get dressed, we sort of just walked around. My dad got there a little late after receiving four (4!) wasp stings while setting up tables for the reception.
I gave the kiddos our wedding our present – The Karate Kid. I was super classy and left the price tag on, something I didn’t even realize until I got our pictures back.
Six of my cousins were in the wedding, as a ring bearer, cross bearer, flower girl, altar server, and 2 gift bearers (the gifts for Communion, not wedding gifts!)
When the groomsmen arrived, it was time to describe the apparently complex ring pillow.
I made this, and I must say it is my favorite wedding craft I did. The book is an old book of fairy tales that I found at my parents house, probably a relic of my grandpa’s old used book store. I made the “flowers” by sewing one end of the ribbon and pulling the thread taught till it curled. The green ribbon “stems” were to tie the rings down.
Apparently this was the confusing part. My husband must have spent much time lecturing his little/taller brother/best man about how not to lose the rings. He was even reluctant to hand them over to the photographer to take some pictures! The instructions were: “tie the rings to the book. Hold on to the book. Hand it to the ring bearer right before you walk down the aisle. Take the book from the ring bearer, take the rings off, and put them in your pocket.” Best man’s response? “How will I get the rings off?” Me: “Um, well, you’re the one who tied them on, so you could probably untie the knot…” Groomsman: “Don’t worry, I’ll explain it to him.”
Apparently I wasn’t the only one that was nervous! Most of the pre-wedding details were squared away. Everyone who needed to be there was there; all the important accoutrements (dress, rings, readings) were present and accounted for.
Now just for one teensy bit of pre-wedding drama…stay tuned!