Wedding Wednesday – The Legal Ceremony

Nick and I have a unique story in the sense that we knew each other back when we were growing up; that is how we met. Our parents became good friends as we attended the same church every Sunday. I grew up in that church, even learning how to crawl under and over all the pews back in the day. My grandpa helped build the building. My parents were married there. I could not imagine getting married anywhere else, even after we started attending another church when we sold the building many years ago. And it seemed the most appropriate for Nick and I go to back to the place where it all began, almost fifteen years ago.

My biggest thing throughout the wedding planning process was making sure everything felt personal. I had spent a lot of time on Pinterest throughout the years, as everyone has, planning and dreaming but when it came time to start to nail thing down, I wanted to avoid having a wedding that looked like it came straight from Pinterest. I wanted to have personal touches. I wanted it to feel like our wedding and not someone else’s that we copied, if that makes sense. Therefore, I wanted the people that were a part of our wedding to be special. Our pastor, Pastor Larry, is a close family friend who has known me my whole life. Our photographer, Veronica Coleman, used to attend our church that we currently go to and was involved in the high school ministry (her husband was actually Austin’s small group leader as well) and had photographed many of my friends’ weddings. The flowers were done by Laura Smith, another very close family friend. And of course, the building was very special to both Nick and I.

My dress came from Nordstrom Rack. My mom sewed on a piece we found at our local fabric store in the bridal section. My shoes are Sam Edelman from Nordstrom. Bracelet is Stella & Dot and earrings are an old pair from the brand 1928. My dad actually built the backdrop and we used curtains from Ikea for the lace. Our guest book was a Bible that will become our family Bible. The picture decor we used are from a photo shoot we did with Jamie Rubeis Photography back in 2014 during the Marine Corps ball (Jamie is amazing. I cannot recommend her enough! If you ever find yourself in Vegas and have the opportunity to get on her incredibly busy schedule, DO IT. Jamie is Nick’s aunt actually. These are my favorite pictures of us! I will treasure them forever).

The ceremony took place on September 18th with some of our closest family and friends. Nick’s mom was able to skype in from Maine so she could be there as well. It was a short & sweet ceremony since we didn’t want to take away from the December wedding but we had such a good time seeing everyone and chatting more at dinner afterwards. Nick had to leave the next day to return for training. Saying goodbye less than 24 hours after the ceremony was very bittersweet but I knew we had a lot of planning and prepping to do before the next time we’d be together. Plus I had to graduate college too! Lots to do and such little time to do it…story of my life it seems 🙂

I included some of my favorite pictures from our ceremony below.

A big thank you to Veronica Coleman Photography for our wonderful pictures!

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