I left off showing all our ceremony details. At this point in the day our guests were beginning to arrive. Meanwhile my bridesmaids and I were hiding out in the bridal suite anxiously awaiting for the ceremony to start.
MOH N with her sons. The best ring bearers ever! They were so patient and well behaved.
I had to get a picture with them too!
I don't remember what I was saying to him in this picture but I absolutely love it.
Then I had to have a pre-wedding staged moment with my Mother
Singer J and I took some "Model shots"
I posed with my DIY ring bearer sign
Yeah at this point I was getting a little antsy....
Finally I had to get up and walk around a bit. It seemed like time was moving so slowly. I was ready to get this show on the road!
I decided to re-read my vows and imagine myself saying them aloud. My vows were the only thing I was nervous about. I feared I would only be able to whisper them or they would be unintelligible because I would be sobbing. I also feared they wouldn't sound genuine. I wanted the meaning behind the words I wrote to shine through. I thought with the nerves and excitement I might end up sounding like a robot... I never really said my vows aloud before the ceremony and I was starting to think maybe that was a mistake.
Finally our DJ/MC Brent from Entertainment Express came in to say we were almost ready to start! He also said he came to get some very important information... Our drink orders! He took the entire bridal party and immediate families drink order before the ceremony so that we could have drinks brought to us while taking pictures during cocktail hour. How cool is that!?
After taking everyone's drink orders it seemed like it was go time. My Dad had now joined us and my Mom had left to get in place for the processional. Brent and one of our coordinators from Padua said, "We're almost ready to go we just have one more question for you. Were we supposed to save a seat for Dads girlfriend?" This was a point where I could have had a huge freak out moment. No my Dad's girlfriend was not supposed to have a reserved seat, she was supposed to sit with my Dad's friends. I then learned that she had plopped herself down in the second row... I can only imagine what my face looked like when they told me that. I started stumbling something like, "No no no she can't sit there..." I looked at my Dad and said, " I'm so sorry Dad but she can't sit there Mom will freak out." My Dad agreed and said, "I have no idea why she is sitting there I told her who to sit with."
Like I said, I could have had a heart attack. Brent and our coordinator from Padua said, "Don't worry about it we'll move her. Not a big deal. That's why we asked." And that was it. They moved her and I could not be more grateful. I plan on writing about this in more detail in a later post but let me say now, if you have any possibility for family drama tell your vendors. If I had not previously told them about my situation with my parents they wouldn't have thought anything of my Dad's girlfriend sitting in the second row. That could have gone really badly but our amazing vendors went above and beyond to make sure everything was OK.
Crisis averted! Then all of the sudden it was time to get married!
*All Photos are personal
Anyone else have any stressful situations right before the ceremony was about to start? Did your vendors go above and beyond to make your day stress free?
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