Prep & Ceremony

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I was a very nervous bride. Can you tell? The idea of everyone looking at me all day was intimidating. By nature, I am more of a listener than a talker. I’d much rather be in the crowd than up on stage. 

Anyway, it was important for me to feel prepared, calm and collected before making my way down the aisle. I woke up early on the morning of the wedding to spend a few hours by myself sitting in front of the Sofitel, writing thank you notes to my bridesmaids and parents. It was a good way to start the day. 

When it was time to get ready all my lovely ladies joined me in my suite for hair and make-up. We ate lunch, played music and made ourselves look pretty. I love this picture of Kate sitting on my lap.  She calmed my nerves significantly. 

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I broke the rules and called Jay. I needed to make sure that he and his guys were on track and knew the game plan for my own sanity! 

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They were having a much different kind of getting ready party full of beers, bathrobes and a lot of other things I don’t want to know about. 

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Meanwhile, back in the girls room we were adding the finishing touches and making our way out the door, but not before a few tears and some pep talks! 

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Then my Dad came to take my mom and I to the limo and there was no looking back from there! :)

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I was most nervous about the walk down the aisle. It was a really long aisle! 

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Once I got down there, all of my anxieties lifted. I’m so glad they did because I really feel like I got to enjoy the ceremony instead of just getting through it. Jay on the other hand seemed more nervous. 

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He made me laugh many times throughout the ceremony. Specifically when he thanked the wedding party for coming during the sign of peace or when he put my wedding band on the wrong hand. We made it through though! I like this picture because it kind of looks like we’re thinking "Can you believe we just did that?" 

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It was a really good feeling to be married and an even better feeling to know that the hard part was over and it was time to party! Wedded bliss!

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That total wedded bliss probably lasted about 5 minutes until Jay told a bad joke on the way to the reception and we were back to normal again. Which is just the way I like it. 

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