Thursday, February 24, 2011
Gabriel and I got married on November 6th 2010 at noon in the LDS Houston Temple. It was a perfect day. My hair was finished sooner than expected, and looked pretty, so I was able to have a relaxed time to eat breakfast and get ready. The weather was cool and it was a clear day with blue skies. The ceremony was so meaningful and had me bawling with happiness.
After the temple sealing/marriage we went outside and took photos on the temple grounds. The family shots were done first and then we sent everyone to the church building for refreshments while Gabriel and I did our couple shots. It all went very timely.
We went to the church building and mingled with family and had some refreshments and then everyone was escorted to the Relief Society room where we were to have the exchanging of rings ceremony.
Much of my family is non-mormon, so we decided to have a ring ceremony to honor them and share a special moment with them.
It was cute and sweet. My dad lead me up to Gabriel and my Young Single Adult Ward Bishop (he's like our pastor) officiated the ring ceremony. He spoke about Eternal Marriage (we believe that when you are married in the temple you are sealed, in God's eyes, to your spouse and your future children for eternity rather till death do you part.) Then Gabriel and I shared off the cuff remarks of love as we presented eachother with our rings.....ok ok ok I forgot to write anything and then we both remembered as we were driving to the church building....LOL. Then as a nod to my dad and stepmom and them being Jewish we stomped on the bag with glass. It was fun!
The reception officially began at 5, and we had pretty tight schedule. We were announced and then had our first dances. Our first dance as a married couple was to Darius Rucker's "History In The Making", it's a song that we both really liked and both would kinda think of when we would think of our relationship.
My dad and I danced to "Daughters" by John Mayer, which he chose and I liked. Since I have my dad and stepdad, we split the time dancing, and then asked all dads and daughters to come join us, and my dad and I finished the song together. It was so fun to see everyone come up and share a sweet moment with their loved ones. One of the best moments was when my brother Sean came up and "danced" with his new baby girl, she was asleep in her carrier so he twirled around the dance floor with her in the carrier. It was so precious. I believe Gabriel and his mom danced to Rod Stewart's "Forever Young".
After the first dances we cut the cake. Our cake was beautiful and soooo yummie! It had 7 or 8 different flavors, with the main being lemon raspberry. The grooms cake was chocolate mousse. We didn't shove cake in eachother's faces....I let Gabriel know I didn't really care to have to redo my make-up....lol....she we were sweet and placed in carefully in the mouth.
After the cake we announced that we would be doing a special Jewish dance called the Hava Nagila, we had everyone join in, the guests danced in a circle around us and at one point Gabriel and I were lifted on chairs.....thanks for not dropping me!! lol......and we get danced around as we hold a handkerchief between us. It was sooooo much FUN!! and really got the party kicked off!
Two highlights were the delicious candy buffet (thank you Marla!) and an awesome photobooth that we DIY'ed (thanks Dad!). People loved it and it was just so much fun. It was all very laid back and really a party.
We were suppose to end at about 7:30 ish....but didn't get outta there till 8:45 ish...lol. People tell me they would have loved for it to be longer....and it would have been fun, but I think an 8 hr day for wedding party people was long enough....lol.
I changed into my leaving dress and we made our way through bubbles to our car lovingly decorated by my lil bro's then made less naughty by my maid of honor (thanks Mandy!)
The next day we had brunch with my mom and stepdad and some of Gabriel's family, and we were able to visit and we opened presents. Then mom and Larry drove us to the airport where I was surprised with tickets to Orlando, Florida, which meant were going to DisneyWorld and Harry Potter World!!!
Best husband EVER!!