“I Do” — Wedding Stories

About three weeks ago, on our second anniversary, I told you How I Met My Honey. So many people participated, and I had a lot of fun. I hope you did, too. πŸ™‚ (And it’s not too late to link in. Have I mentioned I love these stories?)

Today, we’re sharing wedding stories. You don’t have to tell a story about YOUR wedding. You can tell the story about any wedding you’ve been to, been in — or worn a butt bow in. πŸ™‚

After you’ve written your stories, don’t forget to sign the Mister Linky and link to your actual post, not to the main page of your blog. (If you’re not sure how to do that, click here.)

Enough of the details. Now to the stories.

In the words of Sophia Petrillo, picture it, northern Georgia, April 2006.

My friend Leslie, my matron of honor, spent the night before the wedding with me, at my parent’s house. Her husband stayed at the hotel with their three kids. My husband-to-be stayed at the same hotel with his sister, brother-in-law, mother, and our dogs.

The morning of the wedding, I snuck out of bed about 7:30 a.m. and left Leslie to catch a bit more sleep. I visited with my family for awhile, ate a little breakfast, took a shower and shaved my legs, etc. At the hotel, Ed ate breakfast with his mother and Bryan and the kids and then they walked the dogs. Ed enjoyed the morning, and I was glad he got to spend some time with them. πŸ™‚

Meanwhile, my friends Mike and Christie had arrived at my parent’s house. Christie had graciously volunteered to do my hair. When they arrived, I asked Mike and Christie if they could give us a ride the short distance from the church to the reception. Mike ended up WASHING HIS CAR in my parent’s driveway. I’m sure it wasn’t dirty, but it was so sweet of him to wash it.

Christie worked on my hair, my sister and Leslie worked on getting ready, Mike came in and out. My dad came in and out to see how we were doing and kept reminding us of stuff we needed to do and our time line for doing it. πŸ™‚

We finally got to the church — and more or less on time — around noon. The wedding was scheduled for 2 p.m.

Now the real fun began.

I put on my dress.

Put on my lipstick.

Had Christie help me with my veil. (From here on, you can click on the image and go to my Flickr page.)

Had some photos taken (Ed, too).

Waited.

Finally, it was time for the wedding. Or, it was past time, actually. (See the clock?)

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By the way, the little person at the bottom of the photo is Sarah, Leslie’s daughter. It was past her nap time. She wanted no part of sitting with Daddy after she walked down the aisle with Leslie and her brothers, so Leslie held her. It was all good. πŸ™‚

My dad, a pastor, walked me down the aisle.

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Then he performed the wedding ceremony.

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Scriptures were read.

A hymn, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” was sung.

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Vows were said.

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Rings were finally exchanged after Dad dropped them. Twice.

I sang “How Beautiful,” by Twila Paris.

My friend Bryan said an awesome prayer for us. Many of our friends came and lay hands on us. Ben, Bryan and Leslie’s second oldest, rubbed my arm through out the prayer (so sweet!).

Dad pronounced us man and wife.

We kissed. (Swoon…)

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A million pictures were taken.

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We went to the reception.

Cut the cake.

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Drank a toast of sparkling grape juice. Visited with friends and family.

Left to a shower of rose petals.

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Walked our dogs to the park. (You may remember we met because of the dogs.)

We swung.

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We went down the slide.

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We walked through town.

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We sat in the gazebo.

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We continued walking to the bed and breakfast where we were going to spend the first two nights of our marriage.

Happily ever after...

Our photographer took this final photo.

At the Tumlin House

And we lived happily ever after. Or at least most of the time. πŸ™‚

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Phew! That was quite a story. And that was the short version. Please, if you have time, click on the links, especially those that link to photos. And if you want to see LOTS MORE wedding photos, click here. They’re not in order, for some reason, but you’ll get the idea. And I love them all. And I wish I could have shared them all. Sigh… All photos are courtesy PKE Photo Group.

Now I want to hear your story. Bring it on! πŸ™‚

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24 thoughts on ““I Do” — Wedding Stories

  1. Sarcastic Mom

    Your photos are fabulous! Him dipping you, the swings, the doggies, and that adorable last shot of you looking back!

    And I love that you walked the doggies and then walked to your B&B. Really lovely story, Reba. Thanks for hosting this carnival – I needed to write out my wedding story! πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much. Photos was the one thing I HAD. TO. HAVE (as I think I mentioned when I commented on your blog post).

    It was the perfect day. I think we caused a mini-scene, though, walking down the street in a tux and wedding dress, respectively. And we still had the dogs when we walked to the bed and breakfast, adding to the spectacle. (The dogs were given to my new sister- and brother-in-law’s to be taken to Ed’s house and then to the kennel shortly thereafter. πŸ˜‰ )

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  2. Karen MEG

    What a gorgeous day!!!! The pictures were just beautiful, and I LOVED that you took a walk after through the park, so cute that you went where you met.

    You both looked fantastic and amazing that your father performed the service. How special!!

    Ohhh, I just love weddings, thanks for hosting this, beautiful lady!

    Thank you!

    Actually, we didn’t meet at the park where we took the post-wedding walk. But we HAD swung there and slid there. So it was still a sentimental journey. πŸ™‚

    And thank you, too, for calling me “beautiful lady.” πŸ™‚

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  3. Colleen

    Looks like you had a beautiful wedding! I love that you walked your dogs together – after all, if it hadn’t been for them…!

    Thanks for hosting! This is fun!

    It was a truly lovely day.

    Our dogs ROCK!

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  4. Trish

    mine’s up now but I made a booboo with Mr Linky

    Mine is here I do

    Hi, Trish. No worries… I see two Mr. Linkys for you. Is there one you’d like me to remove? (And more comments on your lovely comment later. πŸ™‚ )

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  5. Shannon

    Great story and you actually remember most of the details. I on the other hand have 11 years to look back on and the details are fuzzy! Great shots! Thanks for sharing. My story is up.

    Your story was great, too. I really did enjoy it!

    And thanks so much for the lovely comment.

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  6. Paloma

    Your wedding was absolutely beautiful.

    I need to write my story still, and will link to it as soon as I do.

    I love that you are hosting this. It needs to be written. i mean, I type out my meal plan every week, but have yet to write about my wedding.

    Time to start scanning some pictures into the puter.

    Thank you, Paloma. I look forward to reading your story. πŸ™‚

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  7. abby

    great recap! I love the photos! that photographer did great work!
    Both your smiles are so radiant – your joy jumps out at us!

    Abby, thanks! πŸ™‚

    We were so happy that day… still are, actually.

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  8. LME

    Reba,
    How kind of you not to mention how dear Sarah screamed, cried, flung herself onto the floor and made you wait to get down the aisle for your own wedding….(I was quite embarrassed…) Glad you repressed that memory! πŸ™‚ Too bad my arms almost fell off after holding her the entire time (I had a repeat of holding her for another ceremony 2 months later, but she didn’t scream this time. NO, she played with her siblings and cousin and burnt a hole in her dress as sat too close to the pretty candle on the platform…yikes…weddings with a 2 1/2 year old… πŸ™‚

    I don’t know WHAT you’re talking about! πŸ˜‰

    No need to be embarrassed. She was 2 1/2. That happens sometimes when you’re 2 1/2.

    It was all good. πŸ™‚

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  9. Judith Shakespeare

    I simply ADORE the picture of you looking back over your shoulder… BEAUTIFUL!

    Thank you, Judith. I see Ed’s face in that photo… even though all you can see is the back of his head. If that makes any sense…

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  10. Burgh Baby

    I LOVE the photos of y’all playing on the swings/slide!

    Thank you. I love them, too. My parents weren’t there when we went to the park. (I think they were helping to clean up… EEK!) I think Mom might have fainted if she’d seen us playing, though. The dress! (But it’s only a dress. And the wedding was over. Why not have some fun? And the dress DID survive the experience just fine.)

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  11. Sandy (Momisodes)

    Oh man,..how did I miss this one too!?!? I need to get it together 😦

    Your story is so beautiful, and so are your photos! I adore the photos of you getting ready and on the swings…such a fairy tale πŸ™‚

    No worries, Sandy. I’d still love to read your story, if you ever want to share. πŸ™‚

    And thank you for your lovely comments. We had a great day. I’ve never thought of it as a fairy tale, but, in a way, I guess it was. πŸ™‚

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  12. bits & pieces

    Beautiful! It’s such a beautiful story and the photos are just stunning. Thank you so much for sharing your story and for providing the chance to share ours!

    Thank YOU! I love the photos, too. We were really blessed with the gift of wonderful photography.

    And the best part is that we were blessed with a wonderful marriage, too… even more important!

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  13. abby

    mines up now! thanks for hosting this.
    I wouldn’t mind workin up some honeymoon picture s and stories

    You’re so welcome, Abby!

    I’ll decide on a honeymoon story carnival date soon. I’m glad you’re interested in participating!

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  14. Katie

    Oh my goodness, what beautiful pictures! I love the one of you two on the swings with your dogs! I bought my dog a teeshirt to wear on my wedding day that said, “Always the Bridesmaid” So cute!

    Thank you, Katie! We loved going to the park and swinging. It was so much fun!

    We thought about buying “tuxedos” for the dogs, but Fox the dog would never have worn it. CUTE t-shirt you bought for Lola. (It is Lola, right?)

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  16. Al_Pal

    Aww, great post! Very sweet and awesome.
    If I get married someday I’ll certainly blog it, heh. ;P
    Love the shots with the dogs!

    Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

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