You’re My Everything: Vows, Rings, and Relaxation

Once our priest finished his homily, he motioned for us to come forward. Everyone in the entire building knew what was coming; after almost nine years, we were mere seconds away from becoming husband and wife.

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First, we had to publicly state our intentions. We were asked three questions, expected to answer them with emphatic “yes” responses. Immediately before heading up to the altar for this statement of intentions, I had to covertly remind Mr. Snow Cone that these questions were coming. He got big eyes and promptly thanked me, because he had apparently forgotten about this part of the ceremony. See, freaking out during your rehearsal pays off! Anyhow, our statement of intentions:

Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Will you love and honor each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?

Will you accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?

We then turned to face each other, holding onto each others’ hands with all the strength we could muster.

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Photo by my brother P

Now, don’t forget, we had to memorize our vows. I was feeling pretty confident heading into the big day. In the 48 hours immediately before the wedding, Mr. Snow Cone notified me that he really wasn’t keen on using our formal first names, and instead, wanted us to call each other by our shortened nickname-y first names that we call each other. Although I had spent a decent chunk of time memorizing the vows with his formal name, I was really impressed by how strongly he felt about the whole name issue with the vows, so we decided together to make it more casual and comfortable, which in turn made it much more intimate, in my opinion.

First up was Mr. Snow Cone.

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Photo by Mr. Snow Cone’s Aunt G

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I, Billy, take you, Jill, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you for all the days of my life.

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Photo by my brother P

Next, it was my turn.

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Photo by Mr. Snow Cone’s Aunt G

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I, Jill, take you, Billy, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.

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Photo by brother P

Onto the rings! Our best man handed the rings to the priest, who blessed them before handing my ring to Mr. Snow Cone. While this rings were being blessed, Mr. Snow Cone and I shared a special moment, relieved our memorized vows were over and in disbelief that the entire wedding was upon us. It kind of looks like I’m crying in the picture below, but I’m actually projecting a mega-watt smile that only moderately reflected my true happiness at that moment. I can tell just by Mr. Snow Cone’s profile in this picture that he’s grinning ear-to-ear, too.

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As Mr. Snow Cone slid the ring onto my finger, he proclaimed,

With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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Photo by brother P

Needless to say, I was a little excited.

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Then, it was my turn to give Mr. Snow Cone his ring. I was a little nervous about it fitting, since it had been noticeably snug when he tried it on during the calmest of moments, and I had heard many tales of people having ring difficulties during the stress and heat of the wedding. Thankfully, it slid right on, as I said,

With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

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Vows said, rings given, and we were married. We still had about half the ceremony to go, but that was just a background detail. The planning was done. The memorized vows were behind us. It was now time to focus on nothing more than enjoying each and every second of the day.

We headed behind the altar to light the unity candle while our cantor sang “One Hand, One Heart” from the musical West Side Story. Before the wedding, I had heard so many people describe all the people in the church melting away during the walk down the aisle. For me, that was partially true, but there are a few faces I clearly saw. Surprisingly, it was during the unity candle ceremony that I felt like I was truly, 100% alone with Mr. Snow Cone. Maybe it was because we had our backs to the congregation as we approached the candle, so no one could see our faces or read our lips, or maybe it was because we were married. Either way, it was just the two of us, and it was great.

We each grabbed our individual pillar candles,

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used them to light the center candle,

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and blew out our individual pillars, becoming one family instead of two individuals.

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All color unity candle photos by my brother P

Once the unity candle was lit, we returned to our position in front of the altar, ready to enjoy the remainder of the ceremony. I can remember looking over at Mr. Snow Cone and incredulously whispering, “We’re married!” and him nodding back with a big smile on his face as we departed from the unity candle. It was such an electric, exciting moment for both of us.

All photos by the amazing Christina Garber unless otherwise noted

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Mrs. Snow Cone

Location:
Pittsburgh/Johnstown, PA
Wedding Date:
August 2011
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    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:28 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these :) that one of you and your mega watt smile is seriously the best ever. Yaaay!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:11 pm

    Love how happy you are in these photos! So much joy just radiating out of you :D

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:13 pm

    What a sweet ceremony! You two are just too cute!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:17 pm

    These photos are so beautiful! I love how excited Mr. SC was to be married – you’re such a bunch of cuties!

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    Ree723 1941 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:28 pm

    The happiness radiating off your pictures is incredible! You two are clearly a perfectly suited pair and it shows in every single picture. I can’t wait to see more!

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    bridesmomma 457 posts, Helper bee @ 7:36 pm

    Love the picture of your priest looking at you when you were saying your vows!!

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 8:30 pm

    I love your recaps so much, snowcone! I love how you include everything you were thinking at the time. It’s making me so excited for my ceremony!!

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    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:06 pm

    I don’t know what I love more….the radiant photos of you two while you say your vows or the fact that you included “one hand, one heart,” in your ceremony. Either way, I adore your ceremony to pieces, SC!!!

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    alicia1745 1118 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:57 am

    Love Love Love these photos! You both are so cute & I love how excited he is to be married!

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    mswizard 554 posts, Busy bee @ 5:22 am

    I just love your recaps, Snow Cone. I love how detailed you get about how you were feeling, yet how totally succinct you are in describing it. Like Unicycle said, it makes me so excited for my own ceremony!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:26 am

    I love, love, love your mile-wide smile! It’s such a real reaction to how joyful you are about being married!

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    ladyfingers 1257 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:25 am

    God I love you guys. Your recaps are giving me goosebumps!!!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:33 am

    Aw you guys have the best facial expressions…from pure joy to tears about to fall (love that one of Mr. SC!).

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    archer 551 posts, Busy bee @ 9:48 am

    you are so so happy! just loverly!

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    marmalade 296 posts, Helper bee @ 1:40 pm

    beautiful photos! you guys look so happy!

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    KoiBee 30 posts, Newbee @ 3:46 pm

    I felt so much of your joy shine through in this! You guys look so happy and it all looks beautiful! I hope when I get married (one day!) I shine as much as you do in these pictures!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 5:19 pm

    The pure joy on your face…wonderful!!

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    coyote 1621 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:17 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful photos! I have to agree with others… Your smiles in these photos show how joyful and happy you are both are!! Melts my heart!!

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    dustywrath 95 posts, Worker bee @ 5:26 pm

    I love your descriptions and how you point out details in your pictures, makes your recaps very personal!

    Also, I LOVE the fact that your husband had a strong opinion about whether to use your formal names or nicknames. It shows he cares and wanted the vows to truly mean something. :-)

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:01 pm

    You look so happy and gorgeous! And I’ve also wondered if we should use our full names or nicknames. I never call my fiance by his full name.

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