Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wedding Bells

Picture Credit:  J. Burman Photography
May 22, 2010.....This picture is me, TRYING not to cry!  Which didn't work.  I bawled my eyes out and could barely recite my vows.  But it was such a happy day, and I'm glad almost everynight was captured in pictures or on tape! 

I we spent 6 months planning this outdoor, on the prairie wedding.  We knew, even before we were engaged, that we would be married on the farm where my mother-in-law grew up.  There is so much beauty to be seen and we knew that we wanted to be surrounded by it.  But the closest "dance hall" was the KC Club in our small, rural town.  The hall can hold plenty of people, but when it comes to seating them for a meal, let's just say, strangers became friends.  But we both wanted a small wedding (which is hard to do when we both have big families) and decided the KC Club would be just fine!  So we had to situate things to fit all our beloved guests to share our first meal as husband and wife.

Picture Credit: J. Burman Photograpy

The day started off a little sketchy.  The clouds were hanging low and it was misting a little.  I didn't let the weather get to me because I knew that either way, this was going to be a wonderful day!  After all the girls got ready at our house, we headed to the farm to meet the boys.  They were already enjoying themselves by taking shots of blackberry brandy and having a few too many beers.  I can't blame them for wanting to celebrate though!  We spent the next 3 hours taking pictures and sharing many laughs.

Now was the ceremony time.  My mom and dad walked me down the aisle.  I was so nervous that I forgot the hug them.  The only thing going through my mind was to get the show on the road and make me Mrs. P!  I spent the next 5 minutes trying to hold back my tears, but they started flowing after my uncle read 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13.  And they continued...and there are pictures to prove it!  Before we go to say "I do", my beautiful sis-in-law sang "When God Made You" while we had the unity sand ceremony.  Once again, all I wanted to do was say "I do" and I forgot to hug both parents while my sis was singing.

The vows were sealed by a kiss and we were sent on our way down the aisle.  Again...forgetful me, forgot to put our "exit" music on the Ipod.  But our beautiful music assistant quickly played a song for us.  Things were a little disorganized at this time and we did not have a receiving line.  If I could go back, I would make sure this happened because I missed a lot of people who traveled to celebrate with us.  But, we jumped on the back of the fire truck and headed out for the party!
Picutre Credit: J. Burman Photograpy

Now is Par-tay time! We successfully got everyone through the food line, seated, filled up, and ready to party.  My MOH gave her speech which ended with "...And may all your ups and downs be between the sheets!"  OMG...did she really just say that infront of the little old ladies who were there!?! Oh well, everyone cheered and I enjoyed it.  And FINALLY, we were able to share our first dance with George Strait's "I Get Carried Away." Kinda old school, but a great song!  Then, to the suprise of our wedding party, we shared a dance with them to Randy Newman's "You got a Friend in Me."  It was a great time.  Over the next 5 hours, we shared laughs, tears, stories, hugs, drinks, memories, and lots of dances.  The night was more then I could ask for.  A perfect ending to the "stressful" 6 months of planning.

And now, we are living happily ever after!
Picture Credit: J. Burman Photography


  1. I almost forgot to hug my parents, too! It's totally a nervous bride thing, everyone staring at you, everyone being all emotion. My dad didn't let me go, though, he was expecting a hug. bahhaha

    I'm SO glad you have a blog!

  2. I'm kind of glad a started this blog, but yet I've had a horrible start on it. Hopefully I come into some exciting life soon so I have something to blog about!!