While we were taking photos, our guests were arriving.
They stopped at the front for a program and ring blessing card for the ceremony. (More on that below!)
My future mother in law sang at the altar while the guests took their seats.
When everyone was seated, family members began to gather.
My normally serious looking brother can be a bit hammy..
But we girls aren’t so different.
Anyway, a little laughter does help to dispel the nerves!
It was wonderful to have so much family involved. Mr. Crepe’s cousins helped every step of the way. I don’t know what I would have done without them.
My future father in law led the service.
He spoke of blessings, of family…
Of joining together.
We had wanted to do a ring warming or some version of it in the ceremony, but we were also concerned about how long that would take.
Instead, we had small cards prepared so that everyone could write notes (blessings, wishes, or happy thoughts) on them and come up and put them in my flower girl’s basket while our ring bearer held his little book up with our rings in them. This worked really well because they were both a little bit older and took this responsibility very seriously! Super cute.
The service was fairly brief, but the break during the middle made it seem shorter—it allowed everyone to move around a bit during the service and we greeted them at the front of the altar. A surprise perk we didn’t expect was that this allowed us to see the faces of a few who couldn’t stay for the reception.
I love that we have these little messages to hold on to now.
And then we were husband and wife!
The first thing Mr. Crepe did, as my husband, was take the weight of my bouquet off my hands. And then he held my hand to guide me forward and keep me from falling.
I take it for granted sometimes, but that’s because this is the kind of man I’ve always known him to be.
Love this photo of the maid of honor and best man!
Photography by Phindy Studios.
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