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I’ll let the pictures do the talking on how the rest of our day went…


After we all finished getting ready, we headed down to the lobby so I could greet my parents before heading over to the church. Our photographer took some pictures of us, and then we headed out to the limo and drove over.

I honestly think that was the longest drive over to the church. I would practically make that exact same drive every single day when I used to work at the hotel to go back home, and my mind was all over the place. Before I knew, I looked out the window and we were a block away and it hit me that this was it.

I climbed out of the limo and headed over to the small bridal holding room. And yes, it was a holding room. I hated being in there by myself. I felt like I wanted to either start jumping around, throw open the door, start dancing, yelling…anything to get other people in there so I wasn’t alone.

They finally let me out and we lined up at the back door. The doors opened, my uncle started playing the trumpet along with our organist, and everyone stood. I started walking down the aisle, and then I felt my dad’s arm pull me back…I was walking just a tad too fast. Oops.

I started catching friends and family’s eyes, and then I caught Kyle’s eye and the tears started. I just became so overwhelmed with seeing everyone and seeing him at the end of the aisle and I was just so happy.

We finally got up to the the alter, and my dad, just like he said at the rehearsal, repeated the following words to my soon to be husband. “If you ever hurt her, I will hunt you down like the dog that you are.” Of course there were smiles all around…there’s never a dull moment with my dad!

Now don’t ask me what happened during the ceremony, because this is seriously all I kept thinking:

“Oh man is this bouquet heavy…okay, must sit down…chair, good…okay must move abundance of dress out of way so I don’t get my shoe caught in it when I stand up. Damn heavy flowers. Oh there’s my cousin reading, and there’s the other one reading…seriously, how am I supposed to hold this bouquet and not crush the flowers on my dress. STAND!”

Before I knew it we were reciting our vows, which I didn’t stumble on, and our rings went on perfectly fine! We were announced and kissed, and walked up the aisle together as man and wife.

We doubled back around so we could sign our three marriage licenses, and I swore to everyone that our entire ceremony took no longer than 30 seconds. Apparently it was more like 35 minutes, but it felt like it was over before I knew it.

Once we got our formal pictures done, we took some bridal party pictures out on the front steps of the church. There is nothing like standing there, waving at all the cars, and them honking their horns and yelling well wishes out the window!

After we finished getting our hair done at the salon, we piled back into our separate cars and drove back to the hotel. Our makeup artist was due to arrive around 11am, so we turned on the tv around started watching The Price is Right until we heard a knock on the door.

Our makeup girl arrived and immediately got to work on one of my mom’s closest friends first, followed by my mom, then one of my bridesmaids, and then finally me. They like to put the bride in the middle of everyone for whatever reason.

I hopped up to sit on the table and she got to work following the instructions she had written down from my trial back in March.

After the rest of the girls got finished with their makeup, we all decided that we wanted some shimmer on ourselves, so we all stripped down our tops, and were dusted with shimmer.

Now that we were all prettied up, the girls went back down to their room to get changed, and I hopped back into my trusty chair to watch more tv and waited until our photographer showed up.

I woke up Friday morning around 6am, after not really sleeping through the night. I got up, showered, got dressed, and plopped down in the chair and watched Lady Gaga on GMA until my bridesmaids texted me saying they were ready.

We piled into two cars and headed over to the hair salon ready to get all hair sprayed and bobbie pinned up! The below two pictures are from my hair trial back in March and how it was for the wedding:

My veil was put on over the full bun…like so:

Once our hair was done we headed back to the hotel to meet up with our makeup lady!

Last Thursday night we had our ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. We left the hotel to head to the church and it was pouring down rain. We all get to the church, and considering half the people had never been there, and the church only had one door unlocked, it was a lot of running around to get everyone finally inside.

The rehearsal was run by two older women, as well as my amazing aunt who took over as my day of coordinator. The church ladies were completely clueless in what was going on, and I think we all left there more confused on what we were doing, then we were when we arrived.

After we went through lining up, walking down the aisle, standing there while paying no attention, and then walking up the aisle, we packed up and headed over to the restaurant.

We held our rehearsal dinner at my favorite local restaurant, Buddy’s Pizza! We ordered salads and pizzas, ate and drank, and had a wonderful time!

We got back to Kentucky yesterday afternoon and crawled into bed around 8:00pm. Go us! We are just utterly exhausted after all of last week’s festivities. My husband (!!!) has to work today, but I have it off, and will be resting up in prep of going back to work tomorrow.

Once I find some energy to sit down and write about everything that happened, I will. But for now, all I want to do is lounge around and relax, and do the mounds of laundry from the past week. We also need to start our thank you card’s, which I know will be an adventure in it’s own.

But for now I will leave you with a picture: