Last week was the dress…My dress came from my Aunt’s bridal shop north of Atlanta, Ga. It was a special day picking out the dress along with my Mom, Grandmother, Aunts and cousins! I don't have any digital pics, so I had to scan these, and there weren't any really up close....But, Here’s my dress from the front:
my limerock ring
We were married 5 months later, on May 17, 2003! (I wanted an outside reception, so we had to shoot for as early summer as we could to beat the Florida heat…) This week it was ceremony, flowers, and wedding party….
Our flowers were all fresh and we had a great florist. I can’t think of anything I would change about the flowers at our wedding…
I had known for years that I wanted lots of white and greenery. I’ll never forget watching the real Father-of-the-Bride (not the Steve Martin one, although I do adore that movie), and at the end, at the wedding, seeing the center isle of the church adorned with greenery on each side. I can’t remember how old I was, but I remember my mom and I saying that when I got married I was having that! Devin and I were married at the church I grew up in, by my pastor at the time. I remember thinking that I didn’t know WHAT color I was going to pick that would go with the baby blue pews and carpet. On top of that, there were electrical outlets on the outside of the step that were going to be in all the pictures…Looking back, I am thankful to have been married in my home church, baby blue carpet, visible outlets and all! The center isle was draped with antique moss fern. It’s so dainty and old fashioned. I LOVED it! You can see all of the greenery and white flowers it in this picture…
( I don’t know what all kinds of flowers it had in it…(other than hydrangeas) I took a picture to the florist and he recreated it..)
The bridesmaids carried little fabric satchels with flowers in them…(you can see them in this pic):
Now, the wedding party…
Me, with the bridesmaids & flower girls
(DW’s best man was his Daddy. His groomsmen included both of his brothers, my brother, a couple lifelong friends, and his college roommates.)
My matron of honor was my cousin Amy, and my Maid of Honor was my cousin Stephanie.
Here's all the bridesmaids:
Bridesmaids included Carrie, who I met my Jr. year of high school. We were fast friends, but it was during my Sr. year that we became inseparable. She moved up to Nassau county to go to school at UNF for a journalism degree. She and her husband Adam still live up that way, but we see each other at least once a week! Her baby girl, happens to be Annabelle’s BFF, too! Katie and I were introduced when my cousin dated her cousin. We go way back and since she’s a couple years older than me, she was driving us all around long before we had licenses or cars! She kept telling me about her other BFF in Trenton that I needed to meet. She said we were just alike…(That friend happened to be CARRIE!) So I owe Katie for not only her own friendship, but for introducing me to Carrie! Katie stays busy being an ag teacher and FFA advisor, but Carrie and I try to meet her for lunch on days off! My friend Kim and I went to high school together. We weren’t exactly friends at first. Her stepdad was principal at our school. I thought she was the biggest snob! Ha.. SO NOT TRUE. Kim is the most laid back down to earth person ever. She’s silly and fun and is always a blast on our girls trips! I love her tons and even though I don’t get to see her often, I always enjoy catching up when we can! She’s a kindergarten teacher and has a little girl and a little boy. I also asked DW’s baby sister, Kelsey, to be a bridesmaid. She was 8 (almost 9) at the time. The first time I met her, (she was in 1st grade) she smiled the biggest smile and said, “I’ve waited my whole life to meet you!” Then proceeded to go into the kitchen and tell her Mom, “Momma, she’s just perfect for ‘Bubba’!” Is that adorable or what?!?!? I have loved her from the moment I met her (and not just because she said I was perfect for her brother!)! It’s been so fun having a “little sister” and I have loved watching her grow up… this summer she got her restricted drivers license and we are ALL feeling OLD!!! Devin loves her so much and I’ll tell ya, I pity the boy who takes her on her first date. He’s got a Daddy and big brothers to deal with! And DW is one protective big brother… Our flower girls were my cousin, Amy’s daughter, Katie and Devin’s niece Taylor. The girls were 3 years old! They were SOOOO cute and did such a good job. Katie didn’t make it down the isle, but it wasn’t a big deal, because Elliot (our nephew, Taylor’s brother) and Taylor did. It was so cute!
If were to get married again now (to Devin, of course), I’d have a few additions to my wedding party. (I’d have to add some bridesmaids…those friends/family that I’ve gained since marrying DW….Steph & ‘LuLu’, you’d totally be bridesmaids!)
The ceremony was very traditional.
I remember crying during my vows because I really was just so happy. I could not believe that DW had asked ME to be his wife and there I was…on my day, the day I’d dreamed about since I was a little girl, in my big white-poofy dress making a promise to love him forever. To think about it still makes my heart flutter…
Next Friday is the Reception… for more weddings, you can click over to Kelly’s Korner!
Happy Friday! We’re headed to the beach this afternoon…