#WeddingWednesday: Our Ceremony

The Most Special Moments of Our Wedding Ceremony
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The Most Special Moments of Our Wedding Ceremony

Let’s take a trip back to our wedding ceremony. I’ll grab a box of tissues and hope to keep my sappiness to a minimum (but I make no promises).

I began my vows to Brandon with, “Today, it has been 1283 days of me loving you. That may seem crazy, because if you can do math that quickly, you’ll know that it means I fell in love with you the day I met you.” That was all it took for me to begin choking up. I looked up at him at this moment and saw his eyes glistening, and realized in that moment that I had never been happier in my entire life. We had just gone through several months of stressful wedding planning, we’dΒ finally moved most of our belongings into the home we would live in together, and we had beenΒ waiting until marriage for over three years (yep – you’re picking up what I’m putting down).

After some of the really challenging things I had experienced in my life, I was about to make a commitment to battle through the rest of my years with a partner by my side. It was reassuring, to say the least. My husband is my best friend, confidante, and the love of my life. I might be a total ball of cheese when I start to talk about how much I love him, but I’m always speaking from my heart. So you can only imagine that saying “I do” to life with Brandon was the most exhilarating promise I could possibly make.

Photos // Virginia Ashley Photography

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Let me give you a run-through of our dreamy ceremony.

Our number one request when it came to this part of the wedding was that it needed to be quick! I didn’t want an endless speech that had our guests lolling in their chairs. Brandon and I both knew the moment we asked our good friend, Walter, to officiate our wedding, that it was going to be fantastic. He wrote up a “fairytale” based on our actual love story, had everyone laughing like crazy, and led us to our vows within fifteen minutes. Good thing, because my nerves were beginning to get the best of me, and I don’t think my legs would’ve held me up much longer.

A little, quirky addition we made to our ceremony was the “wing-bearers.” That’s not a misspelling, I promise. One of our favorite things to do together is eat buffalo wings. When we asked my nephews to be our ring-bearers, we decided to put a totally corny twist on it and have them carry the wedding bands in on a plate of hot wings (complete with celery sticks and bleu cheese dip). They even had signs around their necks with the wedding date and the title of “wing-bearer.” I’m not sure how many people understood the pun, but we got a good laugh out of it! πŸ˜‚

We chose to write our own vows, and I’m quite glad about that. It was a tender moment for the two of us, and when Brandon was reading to me, it felt like we were the only people in the room. Then there was a quick exchange of rings (which is always an awkward, fumbling mess to laugh over later) and a kiss that felt like fireworks! I’m so glad we had our best friends and closest family members there to celebrate our union.

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Want to see more from our ceremony? ClickΒ here for the video!

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The Most Special Moments of Our Wedding Ceremony

Photos // Virginia Ashley Photography

Officiant // family friend

Makeup // c/o KK Shoaf Inside Out Beauty

Bride’s Eyelashes // Curly Willow Spa

Bride’s Hair // family friend

Bridesmaid Hair // family friend/bridesmaids

Wedding Gown // c/o Lillian West via Ava LaurΓ©nne Bride

Bridesmaid Dresses in “Dusty Rose” // Azazie

Druzy Earrings // c/o The Shinn Life

Location // Pocahontas State Park

Groomsmen Suits // The Black Tux

Groom’s Tux // The Black Tux

Wooden Wedding Signs // c/o Susan Atkins Style + Design

Tulle, Lights, Greenery, Florals +Β Wooden Arbor // handmade by friends

Chairs + Tablecloths // Riverwood Events and Catering

Emcee // family friend



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    February 6, 2019 at 6:35 AM

    That dress. Your face. His smile. Your wedding was what dreams are made of. Simple, sweet, and divine at the same time. Nothing more perfect.

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    February 6, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    So sweet!!! You look absolutely stunning. You ceremony sounds like it was absolutely perfect. Love seeing these wedding posts!!

    xx Mollie

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    February 6, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Omg Tears!! I love it!! And the wing-bearer is hilarious! This is definitely a special moment!


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    Hillary Conheady
    February 6, 2019 at 9:17 AM

    What a beautiful ceremony!! Such special photos!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

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    Katie N
    February 6, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    What a beautiful wedding! I bet it’s been so fun to look back and relive the memories.

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    Laura Botkin
    February 6, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Wow I love the wing bearers! That is just adorable and so special to you guys!

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    Laura Allen
    February 6, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Oh my gosh, I’m obsessed with your dress girl! Your story is so amazing and I definitely teared up several times reading this! Thanks for sharing a little bit more about yourself!!

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    Laura Adney
    February 6, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    These shots are absolutely magical! So much love there

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    Lavenda Memory
    February 6, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    This is SO sweet! Adore your photos and sweet words. What a special day babe πŸ™‚

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    February 6, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Haha wing-bearers!! Too darn cute!! And I love that you wrote your own vows, ever so sweet!!!

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    February 6, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Oh my gosh – your ceremony was so dreamy!! Love the beginning of your vows and the wing-bearers!


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    Indya | The Small Adventurer
    February 6, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    This is the sweetest post ever. I know it’s sappy, but there’s nothing I love more than love. I know the day I finally marry my partner – who I’ve been with for almost 6 years now – I am going to be a blubbering mess. I can’t wait! πŸ˜‚

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    February 6, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    So happy for you two! I can definitely feel the love over here. Seems like it was a really special ceremony. We waited for marriage too πŸ™‚

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    February 7, 2019 at 12:28 AM

    Oh my gosh so adorable!! Love it and this inspires me for my own wedding someday! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    February 7, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    I’m not crying, you’re crying!! Weddings get me every time!! Especially now that I’m planning mine!

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    Taylor Mobley
    February 7, 2019 at 10:34 AM

    You looked SO gorgeous and your ceremony looks like an actual DREAM.

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    February 7, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    Your ceremony sounds like it was so tender, sweet, and loving! Congratulations to you both!

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    February 7, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Your wedding is beautiful! Looks so dreamy!

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    February 8, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    These photos are PERFECT!!! Couldn’t have capture this very special moment any better. Congrats again!

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    Azanique Rawl
    February 9, 2019 at 6:19 PM

    I cried reading that one sentence from your vows. How beautiful to count the days πŸ™‚ I loved your dress doll <3

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

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    February 10, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    WHoa, what an amazing ceremony! thanks for sharing these precious moments!

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    Jamaria Johnson
    February 11, 2019 at 11:51 PM

    This is such a sweet post and I love your dress! Thank you for sharing such an amazing time in your life. XO

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    February 14, 2019 at 11:36 AM

    Omg what a beautiful ceremony! Love the play on “wing bearers” and that you two wrote personal vows for each other. Congrats on a beautiful wedding and here’s to a loving marriage!

    Xo, Kacie

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