Sure, my mom was stressed out and mad at my sister. Sure, I felt a tad bit guilty for not helping with dishes or loading chairs/tables. Sure, I didn't get to talk to everyone there- but dammit, that was the best day of my life. No kidding around.
I started the day with my two favorite, indispensible girls. We trekked to my mom's and worked on my hair, then trekked to the church and worked on my makeup. They got me into my dress and lit all 100+ of my candles. They herded people for pictures and (tried) to keep people from seeing me in my underwear. Big, huge thanks to Heather and Cori. You girls are my awesome.
The ceremony was everything I imagined it would be and more. My mom walked me down the aisle in her pretty new purple dress. I carried my great, great aunt's handkerchief and wore my grandmother's and great-grandmother's wedding band on my right hand. The roses were white, the candles were ivory. I entered the church to "To a Wild Rose" by MacDowell and my mother gave me away. I handed off my bouquet and took his hands in mine- both squeezing and rubbing the others in reassurance and happiness. We managed to laugh and smile and shed no tears through our vows. I tried to say them with meaning and I'm fairly certain he just tried not to pass out. When I say it was perfect, I mean it. There's not one thing I would have changed. Although we did light the unity candle, there was not awkward song to stand through. No readings or extra prayers or singing. Quick and to the point. And beautiful.
We took some quick pictures, then hightailed it to the my mom's house where everyone waited for us with cake and punch and finger foods in the back yard. There were twinkly Christmas lights and a fire pit- and more of my candles. Yet again, perfect.
We managed to talk and laugh and visit until around 9:15 when we finally changed clothes and headed to our room at the Horseshoe Casino in Shreveport. I won't go into the details of my wedding night, but I will say that we lost. Oh well... by that time it was the wee hours of the morning, so I can't include that as luck on my wedding day, right?
Until I get pictures from my fabulous photographer, I've included the best one my sister got using my camera. See? You get the bride and groom, the dress and suit (isn't he handsome?!) and the cake. (The grooms cake was chocolate with strawberries on top).
Thank you all for the well wishes via text and tweets. I haven't stopped talking about how wonderful it was yet-- and don't plan to. Not even when.... we are parted by death.
I was so glad to be a part of it all! I have more pictures at home that I'll upload and send you tonight.
I love you my beautiful friend, congratulations! (((BIGHUG)))
OMG SARA! YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!
i am just crying big crocodile tears !!!
You look absolutley radiant!!!
nothing can make me cry faster than a beautiful wedding! *sniff*
you look amazing! glad everything was so perfect
awww, you both look amazingly happy.. we should all be so lucky! I'm so happy it was so perfect for you both!
It was so great to be a part of your big day!!
I knew you could pull it off :)
Congratulations, and I'm glad that it was amazing as you deserve.
My cup runneth over. So, so happy for you and Clint :)
I love the picture, Sara! I'm glad the day was just as you hoped it would be.
He *is* handsome. And you, my sweet friend, are stunning. I'm so glad your wedding day was everything you imagined it to be!
I am so very happy for you!! You are GORGEOUS!!! I hope I get to see you soon! Love you, MEAN IT!
Congratulations Mrs. Bagley!
You look absolutely beautiful. I'm thrilled that it was such a perfect day! I'm so happy for you!
I just just love how happy you both look! (and stunning!!)
What a beautiful couple!! Congratulations!
What a beautiful day!!! You both look so happy and beautiful. Best of luck with everything. You both deserve only the very best.
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