P O S T C E ER E M O N Y
As soon as Mike and I got engaged I knew I wanted my Youth Minister, Tyler Roach, to marry us. While I was in youth group at Church, we went through a hard time finding a new youth minister. We went through a few until Tyler and his wife Laura came along. They are the perfect fit for our church and I really felt like Tyler and Laura both cared about the ministry. Tyler taught me a lot in the short year and a half he was my youth minister and I have a ton of respect for him and his wife. They have a great marriage and I knew Tyler would be the perfect minister to marry us.
For our premarital counseling we went on a hike. Mike packed a book bag for me and carried it, and I packed one for him and carried it. When we needed something we had to ask one another for it. It was a cool communication activity. Since we didn’t live together before we got married, Tyler talked to us about life after marriage and what we had coming our way! Mike and I each did a personality test, discussed the results with Tyler, and talked about our strengths and weaknesses. This was cool because we talked about how to deal with each others weaknesses and how to compliment the strengths. It was so much fun and I really learned a lot about Mike even though I thought I knew everything there was to know!
You’re probably reading this wondering, “what in the world does this have to do with their ceremony?”. The premarital counseling was really a crucial part leading up to the ceremony for us. I felt like it brought us closer as a couple and closer to God. It made me fall in love with Mike even more, and it was nice talking with someone who has done the whole newly wed thing before, I liked getting advice and talking about what all marriage brings. I really feel like it prepped us well for what life was going to be like post ceremony.
T H E CEREMONY
When we talked about our vision for our ceremony we both agreed we wanted to keep it super simple. It was fifteen minutes long which was exactly what we wanted.
We had a harp for our music. Like I said, I wanted to keep everything super simple so I didn’t want a ton of instruments. I love the harp so much so I knew it’s exactly what I wanted for my wedding ceremony music.
My two little brothers were the ring bearers and our nieces were our flower girls. My brother held a sign that said “here comes the bride” and we got that here off Etsy. In the picture it has green ribbon but I just got it plain with no ribbon. The girls also wore flower crowns that I LOVED, they matched so perfect. We got the flower crowns here off Etsy.
Since our wedding was outside on the front lawn of our venue we had to get creative with how I was going to enter. My parents both drove away in my grandfathers old DeSoto, so we thought it would be perfect for me to be driven around the circle drive, exit the car, and enter the wedding. It worked out perfectly other than the car turning over about five times before we could get it to start.. My Uncle Shannon drove my Dad and I around the drive, my dad walked around and opened the door, helped me out, and on our way we went!
We used a Unity Cross for the representation of how two become one. I wanted something different. I knew I wouldn’t display colored sand in my house and I didn’t completely love the idea of the unity knot. I love the cross, I can display it in my home and be reminded every day of the covenant we made on our wedding day. We bought that off Etsy here.
Quick story about the unity cross: While Mike and I were attempting to put the cross together, we could not find the pegs ANYWHERE to hold it. We were trying out very best to balance it so it wouldn’t fall. Luckily I glanced at my mom while we were in the middle of putting it together and she mouthed to me “they’re in the drawer!”. The preacher was done explaining what the unity cross was and we should have had it finished but we quickly grabbed the pegs out of the drawer and snapped them into place.
FINALLY we were married!!! I love to look back on this day & these moments and memories. It brings me SO much joy because it was such a wonderful day. I honestly don’t think our ceremony could have gone any better.
Walking out I was so excited to be married that I forgot to grab my bouquet from Callie!! Hence their faces in the above picture. I love that our photographer caught little moments like this.. I can totally look at Callie & Tipper’s face and know exactly what they’re saying to each other.
We were blessed to be surrounded by so many who love and care for us. We were shown so much support and I couldn’t have asked for more.
Wedding venue: The Mosteller Mansion
Wedding planner/florist: Tara Bland
Photographer: KRJ Photography, LLC
Makeup: Amber Houston at Strandz Salon and Spa
Hair: Rhonda Mabe at Headlines Salon
Getting ready Robes: The Fancy Pigeon on Etsy
Bridesmaids Dresses: The Formal Showcase
Groomsmen attire: Jos. A. Bank