We were the first wedding at Villa Parker to do something different when it comes to the ceremony part of our day. Typically ceremonies are held in this same room but turned 90 degrees. It's hard to see but there is a stage in front of the arches on the right hand side of the picture where there ceremony usually takes place. This is definitely a beautiful option as there's a natural stage for the bride and groom to serve as an "alter" of sorts, there is a wall of windows that looks out onto the mountains and plenty of room for rows of guests. We however decided to be the first to use the space long-ways because the idea of walking down an aisle that was short (how it would have been the other way) was not something I really liked. I wanted the grand entrance and time to walk!
After the Ring Warming Ceremony and the readings done by our families the rest of our ceremony was relatively traditional. There were prayers for us in our marriage, promises made by each of us and lots and lots of tears from the two of us, our wedding party and many of our family and friends.
J and I both agreed that we wanted to write our own vows to each other which I am so happy we did. Let me explain the above picture a little bit since it happen while J was reading his to me. J started his vows explaining how when we met 5 years ago I was his boss working as a lifeguard at the pool. Then he said "And well, nothing's really changed!" He always tells me I'm the boss, something that in our relationship is very endearing for me, and it made every single person start laughing. I am so happy our photographer was able to capture that picture because it was such a personal moment in the ceremony!
After reading our vows and exchanging rings it was finally time to pronounce us as Husband and Wife. For the last year during all the planning I found myself thinking of this moment, as the day that I will become J's wife and it surpassed my expectations. The feelings we both had in that moment were so amazing, so joyous and so happy!
We are husband and wife! Off to pictures with our family, wedding party and each other and then to celebrate!
Next up: Formal Photos
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