Show Us Your Life 07.31.09

Kelly of Kelly's Korner fame is continuing the wedding theme this week as we show off more photos to include our wedding party and flowers. I managed to cram in a scanning marathon, so I am armed with wedding pictures to fit whatever she throws at me :)

But first, I want to show off my dress and veil a little more because frankly, I could look at them all day long, and I wasn't able to share all (22 ... 76 ... 147 ....) that I wanted to last week. Plus, it's my blog, and really, y'all should be thankful that I don't just post every single wedding photo I own :) So without further babble, here are a couple more dress photos before joining in with this week's theme:

The train was detachable, which was a han-dee feature, let me tell ya. Made reception fun, well, more fun :)

(By the way, I'm totally wishing digital photography had been the norm when we got married ... scanning loses some details, don't ya think? Anyhoo ...)

Now for the wedding party and flowers portion of our game.

I loved our wedding. I truly truly did. I can't think of a single thing I would change, really, other than I wish my Grandma could have made it (she lives in AL and I am in AZ and, well, Grandma don't do planes, ya know). We were married November 26, 2004, at St. Timothy Catholic Community here in Mesa. Since it was a full Mass, we had the opportunity to choose a number of songs, plus the readings. Our friend, Matt, played piano and guitar, and sang at our wedding, and Fr. Gerry was the celebrant. Here are the songs and readings we chose:

Prelude: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach
Processional: Fragrance Prayer by Tom Booth

1st Reading: Song of Songs 8:1-7
Psalm Response: The Lord is My Life by Matt Maher (Psalm 27)
2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Gospel Reading: (can you believe I can't remember?! I'll have to find my program ... I'm pretty sure it was the wedding at Cana, but again, my memory fails ...)

Preparation of Gifts: Set Me As A Seal by Matt Maher
Communion Song: Your Love is Extravagant by Darrell Evans
Recessional: Love One Another by Kathy Troccoli

It was just beautiful. At least, I think so. I really, that's the opinion that counts, right? :)

We had a great wedding party, I must say. And super-cute kids to participate, as well. My friend, Mary (of Etsy store fame) made the bridesmaid dresses, so not only were they pretty, but fairly inexpensive as well, which I just think is important when you're asking people to spend their money on your wedding (dresses, shoes, hair, airfare, etc). It was Thanksgiving weekend, the first weekend of Advent and when my family traditional begins Christmas decorating, so I wanted a Christmas-y feel, which is why I chose the wineberry color for the girls' dresses. My Mom made the flowergirl's dress. And Hubby picked out the tuxes the guys wore (though I totally weighed in on the color and pattern of the vests. Ahem.)

And just to introduce you to everyone, from left to right: Ashli, Nicoletta, Nicole, Me, Mary, Sarah, with Ellie, the flowergirl (or Sugar Plum Princess, if you asked her who she was that day) in front.

The guys are: Tom, Ed, Hubby, Todd, Chad, and Danny (kinda in front).

The flowergirl (sorry! Sugar Plum Princess!) and ringbearer and Bible-bearer are: Ian, Ellie, and Anthony.

Cute little buggers, aren't they?!

All the flowers were white. My bouquet, Hubby's boutonniere, and the parent's bouts/corsages, each had gardenias in them, as well, because I love their smell and they remind me of home (Alabama). Otherwise, it was all kinds of textures and types of white flowers, and I'm still pleased with them.

And just because I can, here is what is probably my favorite photo from that day, just because it's all romantic and sweet and soft:

Oh, and I just want to say, I purposefully scheduled our wedding the week AFTER the Auburn/Alabama game and before bowl games started ... my momma didn't raise no fool :)

So, now it's your turn! I mean really, who doesn't like to see (or show off!) wedding pictures? :) Come on ... join in the fun!