Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday! I sit here with a beaming smile as I relive this day, these moments and emotions of our day.
From the moment before I was even engaged (insert laughing emoticon here), I knew I wanted our wedding ceremony outdoors. I think I touched on this before, but my true vision from before I can remember (high school maybe) was an outdoor wedding located within the walls of a grey stone structure (executed the vision with our engagement session location which you can see here), open to the skies with of course, perfect weather. Once we were actually engaged, I was too scared to host the entire event outdoors due to the unpredictability of the weatherman but knew that I could not part with an outdoor ceremony. So the plan was outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception with a rain plan of being married within our reception space.
As mentioned in my getting ready Wedding Wednesday post, I felt so calm and relaxed during the getting ready stage except about the weather. The grey storm clouds lurking in the sky with the weather network stating thunderstorms scheduled for ceremony time had me on edge all day (and this is without me even knowing that there were tornado warnings and possible sightings nearby) Luckily, I live by the quote “thoughts become things” and knew someway, somehow, it would be outdoors in the end. It did rain while we were getting ready but the sun came out just before ceremony time and I was ecstatic that I’d get the outdoor vision I’d been dreaming of. Unfortunately, when pulling up to the venue, the venue had taken the entire outdoor ceremony down and we arrived to an empty parking lot. The tent in which we were using to exit down the aisle from was crumbled down on the ground, all the guests were inside and my prince charming was waiting within our rain plan. Total shock. Luckily we had the best wedding party, friends, family and wedding planner a couple could ask for. They worked some major magic and hustled to get it all set up again while the limo did a lap around the parking lot. Fifteen minutes later the limo was backing up into the space the tent was supposed to be in (we opted to not take the time to re build it), the guests were re-seated outdoors, most of the ceremony decor was where it was planned (a few little details that no one will ever notice didn’t make it during the madness while other main decor pieces, like the wine barrels from Beach & Barn, took a little extra effort) and the music was playing. It was time. Our wedding singer sang “A thousand Years” for the bridesmaids and “Found a heart” for me (which I’m obsessed with and you can hear on our highlight video). As each girl was signalled to make it down the aisle, I was getting more and more excited. I couldn’t wait for Beau to see his precious Olivia come down the aisle and for me to see my handsome groom. There is something so magical about having your child present on your wedding day and marrying their father. She was walked down by my mom and brother. The emotions, happiness and pure love you feel is indescribable. Her walk down the aisle was an emotional one for not only daddy but guests AND groomsmen. Seeing the tears flow from everyone in our wedding video just gives me butterflies! My walk down the aisle was everything I could have dreamed of! The beautiful song playing, seeing Beau for the first time before we became husband and wife, having my step dad barely able to keep it together as we walked and the ear to ear smiles and whispers of compliments from our closest friends and family, are moments I will never forget Our officiant was the best. He was so witty and full of humour that he had everyone captivated. Beau and I laughed the full belly laughs when watching our ceremony on video. He made the occasion just so joyful, positive and fun! Walking back as husband and wife and then holding hands with our daughter as we ventured off to do some family images was the best feeling in the world.
Wedding Vendors Videography: Sunmoon Media Wedding Planner: Katie The Event Design Company Florist: Plush Flowers Dress & Veil: Helens Bridal Seamstress: Stacey’s Something Blue Photographer: Erika Alveranga Photography Vintage Signing Table: Beach and Barn Wedding Rentals Whisky/Wine Barrel Rentals: Beach and Barn Wedding Rentals Wedding Bands: Robert Cleeve Jewellers Makeup: Robin Gibbons Hair: Chantal from Rush Hair Studio Flower Girl Dress: Custom Officiant: Tom Cooke Boutonnieres: DIY Seating Sign: The Event Design Co