The Wedding Day: Part II
If you didn’t read Part I, click there to catch up! This is part 2, where I talk about our ceremony!
Our rehearsal the night before didn’t go as well as planned. There were silly little mistakes here and there and I of course freaked out and thought the ceremony was going to completely bomb. My grandpa was super nervous for some reason and he kept forgetting parts of the ceremony and didn’t do them in order. This didn’t really bother me that much, but I was really worried that it would happen during the actual ceremony.
The music started playing loudly for my entrance. I stood at the door taking deep breaths so I wouldn’t cry. We walked towards the end of the aisle and I locked eyes with Jim and then tears just started falling down my face. I really, really didn’t want to cry, but I just couldn’t help it. It felt surreal to me that this was finally happening. After all our waiting, we were finally minutes away from being married! When I got up there, Jim had the biggest smile on his face which of course made me tear up more. I was shaking so much that I kept moving my feet to stop it, but it didn’t help much. Jim apparently asked me if I wanted a tissue and I said no, but I don’t even remember him asking!
My grandpa said the greeting and jokingly “forgot” my name, and then told everyone that I was his granddaughter. He said under his breath a few times how beautiful I looked (hopefully nobody heard that on the microphone!) Jim’s little brother had the first reading and my Godmother and Aunt Carol had the second reading. Unfortunately, as she was walking up to do her reading she got caught on one of the pew bows and was there for a good few minutes. Oops!
My grandpa was supposed to read the Gospel next and for some reason he had us walk up to the altar where we say our vows. I kept pointing to the podium and asked him if he was going to read the Gospel but he told me he forgot it in the car. Thank goodness I printed another copy that was up there. But then Jim and I (along with his best man and brother Steve and my MOH Megan) were up at the altar and facing away from him. I didn’t know if I was supposed to turn around or what, but we just awkwardly stood up there facing away from everyone.
We got to the part where we say our vows finally and Jim and I held hands up at the altar. He had Jim repeat the lines after him. But when it got to my part, he read the whole paragraph! There was no way I was going to remember everything he just said! What the heck was I supposed to answer with? I just said “I Do?” really loudly. Everyone laughed but I had no idea what I was supposed to say! Thank goodness my grandpa just had me repeat the rest because I was in no position to remember more than 1 line at a time!
Another funny moment in our ceremony was when we were supposed to light the unity candle. My grandpa forgot the part where we did that and he started to pronounce us husband and wife and I’m just like “WAITTT!!” and pointed at the candle. He looked at me and goes “oh, you want to light the candle?” Yes, grandpa. So we lit the candle, the soloist sang, and we just stared at each other for a while and talked about the funny events of our ceremony. Nobody likes a boring ceremony, right?
He pronounced us husband and wife (for the third time) and forgot to tell us to kiss (apparently that’s standard in Catholic ceremonies but it’s totally not in Lutheran). So what do I do, grab Jim and kiss him!
We started to talk back down the aisle and I almost forgot to grab my flowers from Megan. I had the biggest smile on my face and couldn’t wait to greet everyone in the receiving line.
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