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My Life: Our Wedding Ceremony

Hello again, I’m so glad you’re here!

Today I’ll be sharing probably the most special part of our wedding with you– our ceremony!  There were lots of happy tears, cozy blankets, and sweet words involved.  Oh, and some pretty decorations and great people too.

One of the strategies I am happiest about from my wedding-planning process is my choice to have other people set up the decorations for me.  I hired my dear friend (who also happens to be a fabulous professional wedding coordinator), Chelsea Rose to head up putting everything together on the day-of so I could just relax and get ready with my bridesmaids.  We were really so fortunate to have such generous friends and family that were practically lining up to help as well.  Together, they set up the seats and decorations for the ceremony and reception.  I couldn’t be more thankful for all of their help!  Because of them, I can remember our wedding day as relaxing and happy and fun instead of stressful.

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That root chandelier is one of my favorite features of The Barn!  My uncle hung the ribbons and sequins from it for our wedding, and it couldn’t have looked more perfect!

Our other dear friend (who also happens to be a talented and mostly famous musician), Johnny Stimson, and his friend, Matt, played all of the music for our ceremony and lots for our reception.  It meant so much to have him there, and it really added an intimate touch to our ceremony.  Johnny was a great sport and was willing to learn a few new songs in order to personalize everything for us.  He sang this song as my Phi Lamb sisters, our bridal party, my dad, and I walked down the aisle and this song when we took communion.  It was so lovely!

Here are the lyrics to the song he sang while the photos below were happening:

Take my life I lay it down
At the cross where I am found
All I have I give to You oh God

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Take my hands and make them clean
Keep my heart in purity
That I may walk in all You have for me

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Oh here I stand
Arms open wide
Oh I am Yours
And You are mine

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Take my moments and my days
Let each breath that I take
Be ever only for You oh God

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As you can see in the photo below, I was really just excited to be getting married even though mostly everyone else seemed to be crying!

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Then I saw Colin though, and I had to hold back the happy tears…

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(psst…Blake is totally crying in the above photo ^)

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Our youth pastor (and mentor), Joel, performed our ceremony.  It was so special to have him there, especially since he had been sick with the flu only 2 days before!  We got so many comments after our wedding about how meaningful our ceremony was because of how Joel talked about us.  We are so grateful and blessed to have had someone so close to us perform our ceremony.  Also, Joel is hilarious, so that was great too!

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Colin and I are not the kind of people who are really affectionate in front of others.  We dated for 7 years before we got married, and most of our friends said that the first time they ever saw us kiss was on our wedding day.  After Colin kissed me, his friends started calling him “Casanova” which is a little ridiculous but still funny!

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After our ceremony I got to hug all of our wedding party, but this picture of me hugging Bethany makes me cry every time I see it!  I adore all of my friends, but Bethany and I lived together for most of college and she is my very best friend.  Colin and I getting married meant Bethany and I wouldn’t be living together anymore and that was really sad for both of us.  I still send her outfit pictures so she can help me decide what to wear sometimes…is that weird?  Ah well, it’s fine!

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Thank you for taking the time to read through all of this!  I love remembering our happiest day, so it’s fun sharing it with you.  Stay tuned for photos of our reception sometime soon!  Oh, and THANK YOU again to Josh McCullock for taking all of these beautiful photos!

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Happy Wednesday!

love,

Mary O.

ps–for more of our wedding photos you can check here, here, here, and here

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