(Love Love Love her dress)
(I had to stitch the slip to the dress so it wouldn't be visible)
(One last glance in the mirror before she's a married woman!)
The photographer shot the boys first then it was our turn. The way everything was set up looked like an Anthropologie photo shoot. It was surreal. These are just a preview before we get the professional pictures.
(I can't wait to see the picture he got of this pose!!)
We all piled into 3 black SUV's and made our way to the back of the farm. We took a back road and ended up having to drive through a park to get there but we made it with no one the wiser. Peaking through the curtain, we could see the groomsmen and Matt start to walk down the aisle. Then it was our turn. I made it through without tripping! Me and my groomsman took our position and watched the rest of the bridal party make their way down the aisle before it was time for the blushing bride herself. The band began to sing:
SAY LITTLE DARLIN', WON'T YOU MARRY ME LIVE IN A HOLLER 'NEATH THE OLD OAK TREE SAY DARLIN' SAY IN THE OLD OAK TREE WE'LL MAKE OUR HOME NEVER MORE THIS WORLD TO ROAM SAY DARLIN' SAY
Every one stood, tissues at the ready, and through the crowd, Mary Ellen and her father made their way to the alter.
The ceremony was beautiful. I was sniffling the entire time. Instead of lighting a unity candle, everyone in their immediate families were given a freshly cut flower to line up and had to either Matt or Mary Ellen so they could place it in their unity vase. It was a great way for the families to show acceptance and give their blessings. The pastor, Chip, prayed before finally announcing them as man and wife. It was all sealed with a kiss.
Back down the aisle we walked and as soon as we were hidden from the crowd, everyone was hugging and sobbing. Super emotional! We had to wait to get pictures taken as a group before we could head up to the reception. Apparently, it was one hungry crowd because all of the food was gone by the time we made it up! At least there was still beer!
The maid of honor and best man gave their toasts and then it was time for cake pops!
Shortly after dessert, Matt and Mary Ellen made their exit. We were all given sparklers and told to line up along the front walkway towards their car. No sooner were the sparklers lit and the newlyweds were running through to start their new life together! It was a grand exit to a spectacular event!
The next morning her parents hosted a brunch for all of the out of town guests. It was a great way to say goodbye to the happy couple before heading back to our homelands.
(The "after" picture)