Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Long-Awaited Post: OUR WEDDING!

I have had a very hard time sitting down to write a post on our wedding day. Yes, life has been busy and crazy and unsettled, but also because it just seems such a gargantuan task, trying to put into words such an experience. So, I'm afraid I can't really try.

All I can say is, on the 1st of June 2013, I put on my mother's dress which I had altered to my taste, took the arms of my Grandpa and my Dad, and followed my 4 darling flowergirls, 2 adorable ring-bearers, 4 beautiful bridesmaids, and 4 handsome groomsmen down a baby's breath lined aisle in my parents' lush and green backyard. At the end of the aisle, in front of a hundred of our dearest friends and relatives shivering in the chilly, grey afternoon, stood the handsome man who won my heart. He extended his arm and I took it.

And it was the most precious, beautiful day to start our life together with.

Photo courtesy of the incredible Megan Robinson Photography
We were married in my parents' beautiful backyard, on Mom's little wooden bridge. It was STUNNING!
Photo courtesy of Paul Cannon Photography.

My darling Grandpa and my dad walked me down the aisle together :)
(My cousin Veronica and her husband Daniel were snapping some great photos like this one!)

Seeing him standing there at the end of the aisle filled me with so much peace after such an emotional morning!
(Photo taken by cousins Veronica & Daniel)
Charles and I had a time of communion in our ceremony just the two of us during a beautiful duet performed by my dear friends who came over from England. They sang "The Only Promise that Remains" by Reba McEntire (Hear the original version here: I love this photo. Charles was praying over us...
Photo taken by Veronica & Daniel

Our Communion table. The bible belonged to my great-grandfather Max Karo, the father of my dear Grandma who passed away last summer... She was so very missed at my wedding...
Photo courtesy of Paul Cannon Photography.
Our first kiss as husband and wife!!!
(Veronica, this is one of my favourite photos of the whole day :))
We JUST said "I Do"!
(Photo taken by my lovely Aunt Mary :))
My gorgeous bouquet. Our amazing florist was a lovely lady named Kelly Sandquist of Kelly's Cottage Gardens
Photo courtesy of Paul Cannon Photography
Details of our day. Photos courtesy of Megan Robinson Photography.
Photo courtesy of Megan Robinson Photography

Details of our reception tables. Each table held a different framed quote from love letters Charles had written to me over the years! And vintage dessert plates.
Photo taken by my Bridesmaid Emily

At our wedding feast :)
Photo taken by my bridesmaid Emily
My beautiful bridesmaids: my cousins Emily and Jackee, my dear friend Amanda who came all the way over from England, and my favourite big sister Hannah :)
Photo taken by my Aunt Mary
Charles and his groomsmen: my brother Jonah, his "brothers" from England Jon, Tim, and Paul
Photo courtesy of Paul Cannon Photography

Photo courtesy of Paul Cannon Photography
We had our "first dances" on the patio before starting the traditional British Ceilidh dance on the lawn. Charles and I danced to "Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce (hear it here:, then he and his Mum danced, and my Dad and I danced, and then we had a celebratory dance with the nieces and nephews who gained a new uncle that day ("Move it, Move it" because, after its Madagascar fame, it's become a big favourite amongst these little ones :)) Tucker was too shy to join us for this dance :(
Getting ready with my bridesmaids
Photo taken by my bridesmaid Emily

I am IN LOVE with my dress-- my mother's wedding dress redone for me! So very perfect! I didn't want to take it off in the end :)
Photo taken by my Aunt Mary
My handsome groom. Love him!
Photo courtesy of Paul Cannon Photography

It's a mix of available photos as we wait for our main pictures, but hopefully it gives you a little glimpse into our momentous day. Thankfully, so many friends took photos for us, and we were blessed with having a number of pro photogs there! I cannot wait to see them all and would love to share them with anyone who would like to see. I wish everyone could have been a part of this first day of the rest of our lives!

Many of my incredible friends back in the UK got together and prepared a very special video which was shown at our reception, to our surprise. I have the coolest friends ever :) Check it out here:

It was a perfectly beautiful beginning. It went far too quickly and I do wish we could go back and do it again now so I could savor each and every moment all over again. 

There are not enough words to describe the monumental feeling of pledging my life in faithful love to this man, my husband. All I can say is... thank You, Jesus. For him, and for what You have planned for us.

...I loved our wedding celebration :) 

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