Reflecting on our day, our wedding ceremony was the most sacred, worshipful, and thoughtfully-planned part of our day – for good reason! This was the very part where we promised to forever love and build each other up into the people God created us to be. Everyone gathered in the same place, wholly focused on why we were there – such a gift! I’m thankful for every moment of our ceremony, and am excited to share the details of it with you today!
We chose Village Bible Church in Amherst, New Hampshire for our ceremony. It is a quaint New England church with lots of natural light, centered in the square of a small town. With the help of precious loved ones, I created bow boutonnieres for the gents and little bells for the ladies to ring – wholly inspired by Emily.
Our wedding ceremony intentionally began ten minutes after the time on the invitation per a tip I read. This allowed any last-minute guests to enter without feeling uncomfortable. While the extra time could have allowed my nerves to build, I was thankful for yet another opportunity to slow down, pray with my bridesmaids, and be completely present in the day. I remember the joy of peeking out at the sanctuary from our getting-ready room above and seeing all of our loved ones gathered.
The ceremony officially began when Dillon and his groomsmen entered the church with his grandfather. It was incredibly special to us to have his grandfather, affectionately called ‘Fafa’ officiate our wedding – and on his very own wedding anniversary! My mom and Dillon’s parents immediately followed the entrance of the gents. As our families became forever knit together, we purposefully planned for our parents to sit on the side opposite us. This further encouraged the unity of our families gave our parents a better view of their child. I’m so glad we did this!
Once our parents had entered, our processional song began. After much thought and contemplation, we decided to use the same song throughout our entire processional, including my part. The song holds great meaning for us, playing a role in our proposal and many other special moments. Dillon edited the song to extend the beginning, bringing it to a perfect length for our processional. Y’all, my knees were shaking once the song began. After dreaming of that moment since I was a little girl, it was finally time!
Dillon’s two middle sisters (he’s the oldest in a family of eight!) entered together first, with each bridesmaid immediately after. I so enjoy seeing the joy on each of their radiant faces as I look back at these pictures! After each of the bridesmaids had made her way to the front of the church, Dillon’s youngest sisters – our flower girls – entered.
While planning our wedding ceremony, I realized that I didn’t care to have flower petals tossed before my entrance. Flower petals are a sweet detail in many weddings, but I chose to do something different. Dillon’s grandmother – Fafa’s wife, ‘Mimi’ – suggested having our flower girls hand out flowers. I loved this idea of incorporating guests and giving them yet another way to feel appreciated. I am SO glad we did this, and it was surely memorable!
We planned for my entrance to happen just as the song transitioned into a perfect place where the words matched the moment. As the music began to build, the feeling was very surreal. Before our wedding, I wondered if our first look would lessen the emotion of coming down the aisle. Instead, it made it even better. My heart filled with joyful anticipation of seeing Dillon’s face again as my dad and I waited for our cue. My dad whispered an inside-joke from Miracle to me and the doors opened.
Stay tuned for part 2 of our wedding ceremony tomorrow!