It’s Ultimate Wedding Week ceremony time! If you missed Friday’s post that featured pre-ceremony photos, click here.
Our ceremony and reception were held at the same location– a restored 1940s barn. We liked the idea of having a one-stop shop for us and our guests. Our ceremony started at 5:30 PM and lasted about 25 minutes. We like short weddings so it was appropriate that ours be short and sweet.
We rolled up to our ceremony and reception location in a stretch Excursion. I told the limo company that the complimentary red carpet wasn’t necessary.
When we arrived I took some photos with my family. I have the smallest extended family (we’re talking like 11 people) so that wasn’t very difficult. Somehow Brad was left out of the photos. He was inside troubleshooting our DIY photo booth software. I’m with my dad, mom, and step-dad on the left and my older brother and younger half-sister on the right.
After those photos were taken I headed into our reception room to hide from the guests that had started arriving. My bridesmaids and Brad’s cousin helped clean my dress. I wish I was making a pretty face in this photo, but of course, I’m not. Can you tell that I’m freaking out about a small detail, like the position of a centerpiece, in my head? I clearly didn’t drink enough champagne in the limo.
My mom made my veil. She cut the tulle from a pattern and hand stitched the lace along the bottom.
While I was in hiding, our guests started arriving in the ceremony area. I made the moss covered monograms (that I’m also selling in my Etsy shop) and peony topiaries on the mantel. I also made the peony pomanders that lined the aisle.
Brad’s paternal grandparents were unable to attend our wedding because of his grandfather’s failing health. So Brad’s cousin set up a live web cam in the back so they could watch our ceremony on their TV at home. How cool is that?
Brad’s second cousins were our ring bearer and flower girl. Our flower girl cracked everyone up because she dropped like one petal every couple steps because she didn’t want to waste them. Then after the ceremony was over and the bridal party was on their way out, she started to pick up the petals. Adorableness.
I’m behind the doors flipping out because the music was cutting out during the seating of honored guests and bridesmaid processional. I’m pretty sure my eyes bulged out of my head every time it cut out.
Brad and his Best Man yucking it up. I’d like to think that his Best Man is saying, “You’re really lucky, Brad. Chelsea is a dime.” And Brad replies, “Yeah, I know. Chelsea is pretty darn amazing.” Or they’re laughing because they know I’m behind the doors cursing our DJ.
My step-dad and dad walked me down the aisle. I chose Vitamin String Quartet’s version of Dare You to Move by Switchfoot as my processional song. The doors opened at the :57 mark. I’m dramatic like that.
We switched the designated sides for our ceremony. I hate it when I go to weddings, and I can’t see the person I’m there to “represent”. So my guests sat on the groom’s side and Brad’s guests sat on the bride’s side.
We look like giants standing next to our officiant. She’s about 5′, while Brad and I are 6’+ in our shoes.
Mr. and Mrs.
Making it officially official.
After the ceremony we took a photo of both of our families together.
Then we took photos with Brad’s side. Here we are with his parents and younger brothers.
Our cute flower girl and me.
All photos by Anya Albonetti.
Gah, after getting all these photos together I want to get married again or plan another wedding. Who wants me to help plan their wedding?
Come back on Wednesday for the par-tay reception photos!
Where did you get married?
What song did you choose for your processional?
Did you have any crazy moments happen during your ceremony?