Sunday, January 29, 2012

Formal Pictures and The Big Send Off

On the big day we only buffered in 20 minutes for formal pictures because we didn't want our guests waiting forever for us to exit the chapel.  We had a strict list and a game plan to get everyone in and out.

We left Scotty and Bryda in charge of getting the grandma's pictures done first and scooting them out of the chapel because they required assistance.

Both families together because we really are one big happy family :)
The only thing that put a damper on our wedding parade was the heat.  The chapel is not equipped with air conditioning and it turned out to be a pretty hot day.  This was the main reason for making programs that also working as fans for our guests.  Thankfully, there were fans up on the altar pointed at us so we stayed pretty cool for the ceremony...but here we look sweaty.

This progression is one of my favorite sets of pictures.  We opted to do a bubble send-off and purchased our bubbles on sale from Michaels right after we got engaged.  It was $10 for 100 bubbles and we had 116 guests at our wedding so it worked out nicely because some people weren't able to come to the chapel.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Rites of Marriage

We got a kick out of having our Jewish friend do a reading at our Catholic wedding, but Rissa did a fantastic job and no one would have even known.  We had Marissa read Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8;6-7a.

Scotty did a reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.  This is probably one of the most well known verses for weddings but that wasn't the part that spoke to us "Love is patient, Love is kind, etc" so we consulted with our priest and were given the ok to take that part out.  We felt that so many people get caught up in that verse because it is commonly used for weddings but the rest of the reading rings just as true.  Love never fails.
Bryda read our prayer of the faithful.
The mamas did the presentation of gifts....they were very nervous about tripping down the aisle.

What most people don't realize is that you are pronounced man and wife in the middle of the ceremony.  This does not signify the ending of the service but you're still free to clap and get excited when that becomes official.
We read traditional vows in the repeat after me style.  Father Mac started them off for Bob and when Bob didn't seem to be able to get it out, Father Mac repeated them again.  Bob was just a little choked up and couldn't get the words out....I started balling like a baby.
We decided that only the two of us and our matron of honor/best man would receive both the host and wine.  It was a little awkward when the rest of the chapel came up to receive.  I wasn't sure if it was ok to watch or if I should continue to look forward.
Our final kiss before heading down the aisle :)

The Ceremony - Processional

Bob and his best man Todd waiting for the procession to start.
Scotty Doo walking my grandma down the aisle.

Bryda walking Bob's grandma down the aisle.

Mama and Papa O
My brother-in-law Alec walking the m-dukes down the aisle.
Kevin and Kate

Dave and Lizzie
Heather, my matron of honor!
And the moment everyone was waiting for.....

I am my father's daughter -- we have the same look on our faces.