Mr. Dragon finally came up for air, and FIL Dragon announced us as husband and wife for the first time, garnering a fist-pump from me and a wave from Mr. Dragon. Still rockin’ the awkwardness, for our first act as married people.
Photo from Mr. D’s buddy Aaron
And then, we set off down the aisle…and I left my bouquet in MOH Michelle’s hands. Whoops. Would’ve given me something to take away from my default T-Rex pose!
Because we had more bridesmaids than groomsmen, two of the guys doubled up while the best man and maid of honour walked together. I have no idea how the flower girls got back down the aisle!
Earlier on in planning, we had decided we’d sign the official paperwork inside the house, instead of in front of an audience. Everyone kept telling me it’d be easy to pull a table and chairs up to the altar, but I didn’t really think all of our guests had to watch us deal with governmental stuff.
So, our ceremony wasn’t actually over quite yet. Mr. Dragon, me, MOH Michelle, Best Man Joel, FIL Dragon, and SMIL Dragon headed into the house.
First reaction? Immediate relief! All the hard stuff was over, we were married, and it was all good. This is when I realized that a) I forgot to carry my bouquet back down and b) we totally skipped BM Ashley’s reading, even after SMIL Dragon went back inside to get it. I felt really bad, but we decided to have her read it during dinner-and you’ll see that it worked out quite well that way.
Bliss! I felt like a huge weight had been lifted. No more public speaking—at least, not for a little while.
All we had left to do was have everyone sign where they should. SMIL Dragon was totally on the ball and had all of our respective lines sticky-noted with “Bride” and “Groom” and “MOH” and “Best Man” which made things easy.
FIL Dragon finished it off as our officiant, and with that, we were REALLY married.
Look at that smile!
I’m happy we decided to come inside to do the paperwork, because it gave us a bit of a break between being “on” for the guests and heading right back outside. However, it did screw things up a bit because the rest of the family and wedding party were still in the backyard, totally distracted by food and booze and friends, and the remaining guests weren’t sure if they were allowed to move.
Photo from BM Ashley
I was totally oblivious, even when we went back out, not realizing people weren’t sure what was supposed to happen next. Mr. Dragon asked me if everyone was allowed to eat and I almost fell over myself telling him to let everyone know they could get out of their seats!
He made a little announcement that we were doing family pictures but our guests should dig into the cocktail spread, and GM Jesse reminded me to cue up the cocktail hour music. Getting everyone in line for family pictures, however, was a bit of a challenge, which I’ll tell you about next!
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All images not otherwise indicated are by Rozy Seitz-those marked with an asterisk were edited, with permission, by me.