We knew we wanted our ceremony to be several things: intimate, share our love for each other, and our covenant with God. Mike and I were so happy that a close friend and mentor, Ryon agreed to marry us. His wisdom and love truly set the tone for the entire day. From the second Mike asked me to marry him, we knew Ryon was the one. Although he had never married anyone before, we respected him and his family. We wanted the person that married us be someone we could call on for the rest of our lives, whether it be for personal, relationship, work, etc. Leading up to the wedding, we met with him and his wife, Jan, for advice on the lifelong commitment we were signing up for. We talked about who we were individually, what we bring to the table for each other, etc. It was intense but was not sugar-coated, which was something we needed to hear.
We chose to not do a first look. Although it would have been easy for pictures and timing purposes, it was important for us to not see each other beforehand. Not to mention I wanted Mike's facial reaction photographed when he saw me walk down the aisle. My nerves hit right before I walked down the aisle. As we were beginning to line up: groomsmen, followed by Mike and his parents, my mom, bridesmaids, and flower girls, I took my dad's arm. He made me feel calm and collected, just like he has my entire life. Before we walked out he said "you look beautiful...I love you" and I started to loose it with tears, telling him "you can't do this right now." We walked down the ombre pink aisle to the string duo playing A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
Mike and I decided to write our own vows, which was terrifying. I was so worried I wouldn't be able to get through them without ugly crying (which totally happened), but I'm so glad we did it. We agreed on a rough word count so one wouldn't out-do the other. A few months leading up to the wedding I had an ongoing drafted email in my phone where I jotted down notes to help me write my vows. After we were pronounced husband and wife, we walked back up the aisle to Viva La Vida by Coldplay. We had a few minutes with each other before we had to fight the sunlight and take photos, then went to join the party.
Photographs: Rolo Tanedo Jr. Next up: Wedding Week - The Reception
Did you catch yesterday's post with our wedding look? Check it out here.
Venue: Trentadue Winery
Hair/Makeup: It's A Date At The Powder Room
Photographer: Rolo Tandeo Jr.
Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia
Bridal Belt: Customized with Novella Bridal
Veil: Novella Bridal
Wedding Dress Hanger: Etsy
Groom/Groomsmen Tuxedo: The Black Tux