You’ll have to bare with me, as much of the ceremony is a complete and utter blur to me. Thank batman we had Officiant Em’s hubs record it for us, otherwise I’d probably need to skip over these posts entirely. (Sorta kinda kidding…?!) Fortunately for us the video, as well as our amazing pictures, do a wonderful job at telling the story for me, so we at least have that!
I do remember that one of our last-minute decisions—and surprisingly, one that I didn’t really over-think too much—was what to have playing while our guests arrived at the Vandiver and took a seat by the gazebo for the ceremony. We ultimately chose a little medley by the Vitamin String Quartet, including “Hey There, Delilah” (by Plain White T’s), “Stolen” (by Dashboard Confessional), and “Wonderwall” (by Oasis). Of course I never actually heard the songs play myself, but I have it on good authority that they could indeed be heard in the background!
So while guests filtered in with music in the air, Stepsis Mac took care of handing out programs and directing everyone to their seats.
All photos by Exclamation Imagery unless otherwise noted
Personal photo by Foxy Mama
She also pointed out a few details that we had on the table beside her.
First, the ever popular “pick a seat, not a side” encouragement (half the people there were joint friends, anyway!), and second, our White Knots.
I first learned about the White Knots here on Weddingbee, thanks to posts by the likes of Mrs. Dachshund, Ms. Ferris Wheel, and Mrs. Skunk. Marriage equality is something that Foxy and I both strongly believe in, so it was a no-brainer to include this element. I can’t even tell you how thrilled many of our guests were to see this detail at our ceremony—it was truly heartwarming. (Not to mention the fact that a marriage equality act will go into effect in Maryland in January—woop woop!)
Once people arrived at their seats, they found the little bubble jars that I DIY’ed a while back, with instructions on the programs to blow them at the end of the ceremony.
Photo by Mrs. Guinea Pig
(Also, for those of you who were curious about the bubble solution—I got really lazy and just bought a whole bunch of $1 bottles of bubble stuff at Michaels about three days before the wedding. It worked like a charm!)
Then, finally, it was time for John and Jamie to call in the troops and get the bridal party lined up!
Personal photo by a friend
With all parties a go, my Stepdad JCC and Stepbro CJ grabbed their guitars and took their spots on the porch next to the ceremony space…it was time to rock ‘n’ roll, yo!
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