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Our ceremony… That was eventful, to say the least! Everything started off so well…
It was a scorching summer, so I was thrilled to have a few drops of rain.
where he promptly had the groomsmen “edit” the ceremony seating set up so he knew I would like it. (So sweet of them!)
My new aunt-in-law did a beautiful job setting up our (late, the second hiccup) ceremony and reception flowers.
A little while later, I read a cute little note he had written for me, ever the romantic, before we saw each other for our first look.
We had our first look tucked away in the gardens. I would completely recommend a first look, if you’re thinking about it. It’s such a special moment that helps you really connect together before the wedding whirlwind and seeing all your guests.
After some shots with our bridesmaids and groomsmen (more on that Friday!) we headed back to the restaurant.
At that point it was hovering around 3:30pm, 30 minutes before our ceremony was set to start. I was so proud for actually running on time! I had spent so long planning it (right to the very last detail) and knowing how late I can run was definitely something I did my best to avoid.
We had a little extra time for some fun shots with the flower girls and ring bear (not the ring bearer, I was informed), my nieces and nephews (officially now!).
My then it was 4:00 and our wedding officiant still wasn’t there. All our guests were there, the DJ was set up, everything was set to go, except for that little detail! I wasn’t all that concerned, thinking he might be a bit late, but our wedding party thought otherwise.
Shaun went out to keep our guests up to date, and to share a few jokes of course.
While guests mingled and drank few glasses of wine to get in the swing of things.
Meanwhile, my wonderful bridesmaids and Shaun’s groomsmen, unbeknownst to me, were calling new officiants like crazy! Amazingly, they found someone who had just finished a ceremony a few blocks away. He called me on his way to get up to date, and coolly stopped by at 4:45, only 45 minutes after our scheduled start time. I was beyond grateful for how our party pulled together and how well he brought us together!
My brother and new sisters.
Our new officiant was perfect. It was as if he had known us all along! My brother, a tree planter, brought down a little sapling from his work up in Northern BC so we could have a tree planting ceremony. Having it travel all that way made it even more special, and our officiant worked it in perfectly.
While Shaun of course made us all crack up. I love this photo- I think it completely captures the relaxed and happy feeling of our ceremony.
We signed our papers with our mothers as witnesses…
(Aren’t Shaun’s second-cousins on the right the sweetest?)
I loved every moment of our ceremony, even if it was a little delayed! What about you? Any wild wedding stories you experienced or heard about? I’d love to hear about them!