Wedding Wednesday: The Ceremony

Wisconsin Wedding CeremonyAs I mentioned in a previous Wedding Wednesday post, the ceremony was our favorite part of the day. There were a lot of really great moments, but I don’t think anything can top when you’re actually exchanging vows with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.

My amazingly talented and extremely patient bridesmaid (and Bill’s cousin), Lexi, designed all of our paper products. Bless her heart for dealing with me the entire time. I first had a wedding logo designed by Ink Jelly. We then used the greenery throughout all of the paper pieces – the save the dates, invites, wedding programs, name cards, menus and our thank yous. More on those coming next week!

I didn’t remember this picture of Bill and my brother so when I found it putting together this post I cried. Such a special moment captured by our photographer. We miss you every day, Kev.

Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding CeremonyI love our flower girl and ring bearer so, so much. Gianna could not have been more helpful that day. I kid you not when I tell you that she followed me around with paper towels to dab my sweat (it.was.so.hot), and Buddy was such a trooper with a broken arm and all. If you didn’t see the post on our engagement, you can read about how these two were part of that special day here.

Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding CeremonyMy dad talked to me the whole way down the aisle. I was grateful that he was keeping things light so I didn’t have a total water works moment before I even saw Bill on the other side.

Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding CeremonyFor the music during the ceremony, we had a member of the North Coast Orchestra play acoustic versions of the below songs. I linked to the YouTube versions I sent them for reference. I honestly don’t remember the recessional, but I loved all of these songs leading up to the wedding and still do.

Processional – Crazy Love
Bride’s Processional – A Thousand Years
Recessional – You are the Best Thing

Long Gray Bridesmaids DressesThis is one of my favorite photos of the bridesmaids. They all looked absolutely gorgeous, and I’m still so happy that we found these dresses for under $70! I also love when they send me pictures whenever they wear the Loren Hope earrings. They were the perfect accessory.

Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding CeremonyFor our readings, my uncle read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and Bill’s aunt read the beginning of Time in a Bottle. When I found the second reading, I didn’t realize it was a song, and then it turned out that my mom and dad had that song played during their wedding so it was meant to be and extra special.

Bill and I met with the priest quite a few times before the wedding so he knew us and our families really well. He took the time to share what Bill and I admired most about our parents and their marriages and gave a very personalized homily. It was even more perfect than I could have imagined.

Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Wisconsin Outdoor Wedding CeremonyI told you the ceremony was the best part – look at that those smiles! Next week we’ll start talking about the reception, which might take more than one post because there were some pretty amazing surprises.

Photos by June & Jae Photography

FULL VENDOR LIST
Dress: Bliss Bridal | Seamstress: Tina Cotton (message me for contact info) | Hair and Makeup: Erik of Norway | Flowers: Impressions by Esther Fleming | Logo: Ink Jelly | Invitations: Lexi Swain (Bill’s cousin and one of my amazing bridesmaids) | Band: Northcoast Orchestra | Location: Watermark at Shully’s | Rentals: Canopies | Cake: Simmas Bakery | Linens: BBJ Linen | Videography: Character D Films | Photography: June & Jae | Wedding Planner: The Bride Consultant

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  1. Angelina wrote:

    Hi!! So fun to read your posts since I’m in the middle of wedding planning, and using Amanda Schlagenhauf as well.

    Two questions for you – did you have a catholic priest marry you? I didn’t think they’d do a ceremony outside of the church, but would love it if they would!

    Where did you find $70 bridesmaid dresses?!? 🙂

    Thanks, your wedding was beautiful!
    Angelina

    Posted 3.8.17 Reply

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