I promised to share wedding pictures and here we are! We were married on October 12th in Seattle, very close to where we used to live. It was a wonderful day to celebrate what Ryan and I have known for a long time - we're in this for the long haul.
We opted to do a "first look" - even though Ryan and I had already seen each other that day (our Starbucks that morning had "bride" and "groom" on them). But Ryan finally got to see my dress.
This next photo is one of my favorites. No idea what was so funny, but I am obviously at least kind of mortified. Classic.
Me and my lovely mama.
Wedding Party & Family Processional : "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
Bride and Father Processional : "Sea of Love" by Cat Power
Recessional : "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
And a lovely reading by my sweet sister Cara, that went as follows:
"The Art of Happiness," by Wilferd A. Peterson
Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens,
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage, the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say, “I love you,” at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
The courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
It should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
Of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation
And demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
Understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
Dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner,
It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.
Then the chairs got moved away and the party started. Hors d'ouevres, wine and beer, and eventually (though not soon enough for the kids!), cake.
We opted to just do two quick dances to kick of the reception, rather than have an awkward dance floor in the middle of the afternoon. Just our speed.
First Dance : "I Will" by the Beatles
Father-Daughter/Mother-Son Dance : "Ain't That Love" by Ray Charles
Food and mingling. And a few wonderful toasts.
It was a beautiful day. And now I'm just glad I get to spend the rest of my life with this guy.
Venue: EM Fine Art in South Lake Union, Seattle (now closed)
Officiant: Simply Marvelous Wedding Ceremonies
Photographers: Julie and Andy Fitts of Julie Harmsen Photography
Catering: 12 Baskets
Day-of Coordinator: Very Important Events
Invitations: Little Yellow Leaf
Music: iPod (playlist compiled by Ryan, run by our friend Brianne!)
Flowers: Ryan's Aunt Cindy (and help from cousins Carly and Crislee!)
My Dress: Oleg Cassini, bought at a charity dress event
My Shoes: Kate Spade
My Veil: "something borrowed"
Ryan's Suit: Calvin Klein
Groomsmen Ties: Bows N' Ties (my best find, I swear)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom and J. Crew