and now...the ceremony! just a warning - i have posted far too many pictures in this post. i guess that was a given but...seriously. way too much.
1) you get to see tina and jess and katie walk down the aisle! because they know about the blog. and they can tell me to take it down if they want!
2) our wedding, outside of our wedding parties, was strictly a family affair. i loved this. probably my favorite was my aunt, who runs her church's choir, playing and singing a few songs during the ceremony. she has the voice of an angel, and during the reflection part of the mass she played, "may the road rise up to meet you", which led to a few guests telling me they liked the irish touch to the ceremony. and i was like - YES - because it's nice when people notice little details that you think they wouldn't pick up on.
3) i was a pretty smile-y, laugh-y bride (see below). i was just so pumped and so happy, and figured focusing on this to keep the tears at bay was the way to go. however, HOWEVER, my aunt came up to read the prayers of the faithful, which is basically just prayer requests, as written by the couple. and she started crying/voice breaking in a few and i lost it, hard, but only for like five seconds. it was just that whole moment of realizing how much everyone has done for you, through your whole life, ever since you were just a tiny little slip of a thing. and you realize that a lot throughout the whole wedding process but, it just hit home. but after five seconds i nipped that in the bud. real quick like.
4) and then...we were off! and married!