I’ll Never Desert You: The Kiss & Recessional

The emotional vows were exchanged. Our friends and family laughed and wiped away tears in turn. I couldn’t stop smiling. The ceremony continued.

Todd (our officiant):

Gavin, please repeat the words I share with you to Erin:

I Gavin take you Erin to be my wife,

to have and to hold from this day forward,

for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer,

in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,

to love and to cherish for as long as both shall live.

Erin, please repeat the words I share with you to Gavin:

I Erin take you Gavin to be my husband,

to have and to hold from this day forward,

for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer,

in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow,

to love and to cherish for as long as both shall live.

All photographs are by Christopher Helm Photography. The venue is Cloverleaf Farms just outside of Athens, Georgia.

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Mr. C’s best man pulled a tarnished silver box from his coat pocket. He opened the box and inside were are wedding bands secured with a piece of antique lace.

Todd:

Gavin, what symbol do you have as a pledge of these vows?

Gavin, as you place this ring, a visible sign of your commitment in marriage, on the third finger of Erin’s left hand, repeat after me:

Erin, with this ring I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we shall share.

Erin, what symbol do you have as a pledge of these vows?

Erin, as you place this ring, a visible sign of your commitment in marriage, on the third finger of Gavin’s left hand, repeat after me:

Gavin, with this ring I thee wed. Take it and wear it as a symbol of all we shall share.

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Exchanging the rings is always a little awkward because your hands are sweaty with nerves and you are terrified that the ring will not fit! I was also scared that I was going to fumble and drop the ring—thankfully the exchanging went smoothly.

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And just to share, here’s a photo I took of our rings and a box of Ladurée macarons during our honeymoon. Just looking at this photo makes me miss those delicate little cookies (oh, and the amazing memories of our honeymoon). You can read more about my 1920s engagement ring here, or my antique wedding band here. Mr. C went with a tungsten band from a local jeweler. Meanwhile, back at our ceremony…

Todd:

Erin and Gavin, you have consented together to be bound to one another in lawful marriage; you have made special promises to each other which have been symbolized by the sharing of vows and the giving and receiving of rings. By the authority vested in me, according to the laws of the state of Georgia, I now pronounce you to be husband and wife.

Gavin, you may now kiss your bride!

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Most awkward first kiss photo EVER. I am so sorry you guys have to see this, but I just couldn’t write a ceremony summary without it! Mr. C and I even practiced to make it less awkward, but I guess our inner awkwardness won out in the end. Now we have to live with this picture for the rest of our lives. I’m OK with it, though, because I love everything else about our ceremony and our photos. Plus, we got some much better kissing photos later when there wasn’t so much pressure to kiss in front of a crowd of people.

Todd:

Ladies and gentleman, it is my distinct pleasure to present to you for the first time, Erin and Gavin—husband and wife.

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 We did it!! Married at last!

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We had a dried lavender toss as we walked back down the aisle for our recessional. This is when our musicians Grace and Jordan kicked in with an instrumental version of ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky,” which I loved SO MUCH. It was seriously perfect and they did a great job! This song makes me so stupidly happy, so I think it was the perfect choice for our recessional tune. Give it a listen! You can’t hear “Mr. Blue Sky” and not smile!

Sun is shinin’ in the sky,

There ain’t a cloud in sight

It’s stopped rainin’

Everybody’s in a play

And don’t you know

It’s a beautiful new day.

 

Runnin’ down the avenue (pant, pant, pant)

See how the sun shines brightly

In the city on the streets

Where once was pity,

Mr. Blue Sky is living here today.

 

[Chorus:]

Mr. Blue Sky, please tell us why,

You had to hide away

For so long where did we go wrong.

Hey there Mr. Blue

We’re so pleased to be with you

Look around see what you do,

Everybody smiles at you.

 

Hey you with the pretty face,

Welcome to the human race

A celebration Mr. Blue Sky’s

Up there waitin’ and today

Is the day we’ve waited for

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Then it was time for all of our bridesmaids, groomsmen, and groomsladies to make their way back down the aisle. I love all the beaming smiles in these photos! They warm my heart.

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And just like that, we were married! It was a strange, magical, and surreal moment.

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Then it was off to the cocktail hour! Or, you know, an hour’s worth of family and couple’s photos.

  1. Getting Dressed & Exchanging Gifts
  2. Putting on the White Dress
  3. Our First Look
  4. The Ceremony Begins
  5. The Reading
  6. The Vows

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BLOGGER

Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    valardohaeris 174 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:56 pm

    I really love your ceremony, it was put together so well. I think your first kiss photo is sweet!

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    msmeow 1941 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:05 pm

    Beautiful! I especially love your flowers, such wonderful soft colours. The chandelier looks wonderful too, what a great idea. It looks like a really sweet, intimate wedding, I love the whole atmosphere and your heartfelt vows. Congratulations! :)

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    daniellekira 548 posts, Busy bee @ 3:09 pm

    Very heartfelt. I don’t think your first kiss was that awkward.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1324 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:31 pm

    First of all, your wedding is just so perfect and beautiful.
    Secondly, that first kiss picture is really sweet. You look like you’re dancing, not akward at all!!

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    bridesmomma 427 posts, Helper bee @ 4:36 pm

    Your first kiss was not awkward at all! It was very sweet!

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    Dcgirl655, Guest @ 5:13 pm

    Lovely ceremony. And your dress! So perfect!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:58 pm

    Such a sweet ceremony, your ‘awkwardness’ is adorable!

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    Mrs. Camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 pm

    Haha thanks guys! I felt pretty self-conscious posting that photo (but not the one in me in a costume at a convention in Atlanta?) — so I appreciate your kind words.

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    mylittleviolett 2057 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:06 pm

    It’s funny that you say that the kiss is awkward but I actually don’t think it is at all. I think it shows how you two are as a couple and I love how you are holding hands like that.

    Also, I love your bouquet more and more each time I see it. It’s gorgeous.

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    Mrs. Gondola 980 posts, Busy bee @ 3:13 am

    It all looks so beautiful!!

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    Mrs. Bicycle 628 posts, Busy bee @ 11:46 am

    This is so sweet!

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