This is the final wedding recap post! I'm gonna warn you, I tried to cut it down but there are still lots of photos. I'll keep it short on the words. :)
If you need to catch up:
Right after the ceremony Mike and I got to spend a few precious minutes alone before the wedding party came busting in. It was short, but wonderful to be able to catch our breath and revel in the fact that we were MARRIED!
It was amazing to have all of our best friends in the world in the same place. They came from Arizona, Virginia, South Carolina, and Mississippi to be there for our big day. We love you all!
Can't forget our family! Ok, this is all my family besides Mike's parents who are standing beside him. They were the only ones who made it down from Virginia for the wedding, but we can't wait to finally go for a visit and celebrate with the rest of the family!
I also have to add that even though we somehow didn't get a photo with just my Gran and Pop (in the back right row) they are responsible for making all our wedding dreams come true! Thank goodness for generous grandparents! We love you!
Oh yes, you know I had to get some mustaches-on-a-stick.
And here's the back of our Mr. and Mrs. chair signs! They are now hanging in our bedroom. :)
Our first dance was to "When a Man Loves a Woman." We didn't (and technically still don't!) have a "couple song" and we have such different tastes in music, so it was really hard to choose. We finally decided on this one, which was even more special because it's Granny & Pop's song too.
I STILL don't know exactly what they were all laughing at here, but I can guess...
We had live Irish music thanks to my cousin's band, although somehow we don't have a single photo of them!
I totally cried when I first saw the cake. It couldn't have been more perfect.
Obviously we weren't aware that we were supposed to feed each other at the same time. We were too busy concentrating on making the other one nervous by shoving a huge piece of cake in the other's mouth (although I made it very clear that this was one day where messing up my make-up was NOT OKAY).
During the reception, we actually snuck (sneaked?) off with our photographer for a few minutes to get some shots across the road. I wanted to do all the group photos out there, but it was too wet and we ran out of time. I'll gladly settle for these few magical photos we got of just the two of us:
When we got back it was time for the toasts--by far, our favorite part of the day. Almost all of our wedding party spoke (even though my girls had no idea until all the guys got up there--sorry girls!), but they were all so sincere and heartfelt. We still bawl when we watch the video!
Chris actually brought out his laptop and quoted the speech that Mike gave at his wedding a couple years before. I'm pretty sure this was the moment that got us really emotional, and the tears continued throughout the rest of the toasts.
After that, it was time to throw the garter and the bouquet. I would've forgotten to do it if someone hadn't told me!
Mike's garter toss went about two feet, where my little cousin ran up and slid on his knees to grab it. You can see Eric's disappointment here:
And then it was my turn...
...and I pretty much did the same thing. I threw it really really high, but it didn't really go anywhere. In fact, it almost hit me on the way down! Of course my little sister sprinted up and grabbed it.
What can I say? My family is a little competitive!
With the wedding being several hours away from most of our guests' homes, our crowd dwindled quite a bit by the end of the night. At least we had those closest to us to see us off with some sparklers!
And yes, that's my little cousin in a sleeveless shirt and shorts. I guess he couldn't wait five more minutes to change. (Don't worry, I'll get my revenge someday!)
Jamaica here we come!
Thank you all for all your sweet comments this week! It's been wonderful sharing our little wedding story with you, even if it took me a whole year to do it. Now the question is, should I go straight into our honeymoon photos next week or share our Chicago trip first? A serious blogger dilemma, for sure.