I love this photo… The Gerding Theater at The Armory (our wedding venue) is such a beautiful, special place and I feel like the photo captures that perfectly. It meant so much to get married there. First of all, look at it! Enough said. But more importantly, Carter’s dad’s architecture firm was the architect on the remodel of the building and it holds a special place in his dad’s heart (he’s said on multiple occasions that it’s his favorite project they’ve ever done!) So that made it special in and of itself.
Our wedding ceremony was exactly how Carter and I had always wanted it to be – short, sweet, simple and personal.
Our families walked down the aisle first, followed by our wedding party. They were actually supposed to walk to the string trio playing Can’t Help Falling in Love while my dad and I were supposed to walk to the tune of One Thousand Years after them. But the trio accidentally reversed the songs so I ended up walking to the wrong song. This threw me off for half a second but obviously no one else knew the difference and it wasn’t a big deal – I was just happy to start walking and meet Carter at the end of the aisle. I took a deep breath and took my first few steps.
I was so nervous and excited that I couldn’t stop giggling. The whole thing felt so surreal. And my dad kept cracking jokes at me too which didn’t help my giggles but certainly did lighten the mood.
Seeing Carter standing there at the end was obviously the highlight for me. He looked so calm, so sure, and so happy. It still melts my heart just thinking about it.
To keep things personal, we had an ordained family friend who has known Carter since he was young officiate the wedding. We met with her a few times before the ceremony to go through what we might want her to say, but much of it was an exciting surprise for us on the day of the wedding. She captured us and our relationship perfectly and I love her for it!
I also asked my bridesmaid Ashley, whom I’ve been friends with since I was four, to read a poem for us during the ceremony, Why Marriage? by Dena Acolste.
The ceremony was pretty lighthearted and quick. We laughed, a few small tears were shed, and we exchanged vows and rings…
And just like that, we were married!!!
Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for photos from our reception! In the mean time, you can check out our getting ready photos (part 1 and part 2), and our First Look.