One of my favorite parts of our ceremony was the vow exchange. It was so personal and also funny. 🙂 Mr. Poodle made me cry a little as he quoted one of our favorite songs from Dave Mathews Band in his vows, and made me laugh when he mentioned the fact that he picked me up on the side of the road when I was hitchhiking to work. That is how we met. 🙂
“Joy…today is the first day we challenge the world side by side. I promise to love you and encourage you in any late night or origami adventure or long blogging jobs. I will especially love you and respect you through the best times and when the road gets rocky, girl…steady as we go!
Our relationship has always been controlled by long distances and I can’t wait to have you to myself for more than a couple of months. Just imagine, people live their lives, and some never found what I found on the side of the road. As we grow together I want you to know that I love you. Te amo mucho and Io sono il fortunato.”
After that, Mr. Poodle and his groomsman played a little game trying to find the ring, searching all their pockets. It was very well coordinated and super funny to watch—good thing they only pretended to lose it…whew!
And this one below has to be one of my favorite pictures, with the little Poodle charm I wore as my bracelet. 🙂
Finally it was my turn. I have to admit that I am horrible at public speaking so before that I was super nervous, but when the time came I was so into the ceremony that I didn’t really notice I was speaking in front of all of our guests until I finished. For a few minutes it totally felt like it was just the two of us there.
“After the first time I saw you, I could not get you out of my mind. After a few months I could not get you out of my heart, and now years have passed and I know I dont ever want you out of my life. I want you with me forever…
… I can’t believe this relationship started only 3 years a go, because I feel like we’ve always been by each others’ side. I feel so blessed to have found you as my partner because when I look at you I see everything that I have ever wanted and needed….
…When you hold me, I feel like everything is possible and that no matter what happens we can make it through anything together. Now that our love has passed the test of time and distance I know that I am ready to spend the rest of my life with you…
… I promise I will laugh with you (not just at you), I will cry with you (even though we both know I am the one that cries all the time). I will comfort you and encourage you. I promise to make your plans and dreams as important to me as my own. I promise not to take you, your love, and our relationship for granted. I promise to give you and the family we create together my best, because I don’t just like you, I love you!”
And since the boys had their little game with the ring, we had to do something too. So we decided to pretend Mr. Poodle’s ring was stuck on his sister’s finger and we all pulled together to try to recover it.
Since neither of us had seen each other’s rings, I was very nervous his was not going to fit him, so I guess I overreacted when it fit so well. 🙂
Next up, we are husband and wife! YAY!
Want to catch up?
- Handmade Amor: The Ceremony Begins
- Handmade Amor: The Bride’s Turn!
- Handmade Amor: We are ready to start!
- Handmade Amor: Our Chapel and Rings
- Handmade Amor: Bride and Groom (Part 2)
- Handmade Amor: Bride and Groom (Part 1)
- Handmade Amor: The ladies!
- Handmade Amor: Mr. P & the Groomsmen
- Handmade Amor: First look
- Handmade Amor: Getting ready – The guys!
- Handmade Amor: Getting ready – I am a BRIDE!
- Handmade Amor: Getting ready – The details
- Handmade Amor: We rehearse and change plans
*All Images by the super talented Next Exit Photography
(I’ve edited some of them)