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Our Wedding Story part 4: the ceremony

Our wedding ceremony was the part of the day that I thought about the most. In the weeks leading up to it, I would daydream about the promises we were going to make and the vows we would commit to. I was so excited to become Steve’s wife, and have him become my husband in the presence of God, our family and friends.

We took a huge risk in planning an outdoor wedding ceremony in October in the Pacific Northwest. After a week of constant rain, our wedding day greeted us with gorgeous clear blue skies and crisp autumn air. To accommodate our guests in the cool temperatures, hot apple cider was served as a welcome drink as guests arrived, and pashminas were given to the ladies to keep warm. We also had packets of heat activated hand warmers to help with the cool breeze in the air.

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Our Wedding Story part 5: cocktail hour

While our guests headed to cocktail hour, Jamie and I took a few more photos, taking advantage of the beautiful light as the sun was setting. I remember feeling so giddy during these photos, as I kept thinking to myself “I’m married!!”

It was also great to have a few pictures taken with Jamie in her veil. Jamie’s veil was so special because her mother, Gail, and Aunt Dianne sewed it together the day before the wedding. I had run out of time, and had given up on that detail. They saved the day and sewed the lace trim by hand, stitch by stitch. It was a pretty long veil, and I knew it would take countless hours to finish. It made such a difference than just a simple cut edge and we were so thankful for the time they were willing to put into that detail.

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Our Wedding Story part 6: the reception

Although Jamie and I created the style of our wedding together as we talked through every detail, she didn’t actually see it all put together until moments before this photo was taken. Although I had done my best to describe everything that was in my head, I also wanted to surprise my bride with the most amazing reception she had ever seen. I was so excited to take her into the barn on the day of our wedding, so she could experience the details we crafted over our 10 month engagement.

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