At Last

It’s sort of ironic to use “At Last” as your wedding song when you’re only like, 8 years old when you get married. Ok, I was 22 but I might as well have been 8. I think the only reason my mother didn’t run screaming in terror when her 21 year old came home for Christmas with a diamond ring and a bag full of bridal magazines was that she and my dad also got married at the ripe old age of 22, exactly 30 years and 3 days before I did. And they’re still going strong.

Lucky for you my external hard drive is STILL at the computer doctor on life support so my 2000+ wedding photos are unavailable. It’s a shame really, since I could have easily posted all 2000 of them today for the wedding blog hop. There isn’t a single one I don’t absolutely love.

But since I’m working off of just a few I stole from myself on Facebook and a few I scanned in from my album I’ll try to keep this short. Short-ish. Medium length. Not ridiculously long.

I was the kind of girl who had (has) a box of stuff labeled “For My Dream Wedding” and kept a running list of which color flower/cake/bridesmaid dresses/bubbles/carpet runner/butterflies should be used for whatever month my current dream wedding took place in. I was basically Monica from Friends, although I like to think my crazy bridezilla moments were limited to breakdowns at work behind a closed office door rather than screaming fights with my bridesmaids or vendors. But who knows, maybe EVERYONE knew I was crazy. It may have been a good thing that E was deployed for 90% of our engagement or he might have called the whole thing off when I made him go to the FOURTH cake tasting because I couldn’t decide between the lemon curd or the raspberry filling.

I absolutely ADORED obsessing over those details and I happen to think everything worked out as perfectly as any wedding possibly can, from the inexplicably gorgeous weather (August in Charleston is NOT supposed to have 0% humidity) to the surprise fireworks during our rehearsal dinner cruise (put on by the city for something else but that I claimed were for me) to the leisurely carriage ride around the city between the ceremony and the reception so E and I got some quite time together before the drinking reception started.

Sometimes I remember every detail so well I can’t believe 2004 was 6 whole years ago and not yesterday. And sometimes it feels like the whole day was just something I saw in a movie once. But either way it was totally amazing.

Our church, on the corner of Queen & Church St, Charleston SC

Going to the chapel

And we got married

My dress tried to eat the flowergirl

My girls. Their only request was that my wedding colors NOT be blush and bashful.

The pattern on the cake matches the lace on my dress. The photos on the guest book table are from our parents and grandparents weddings

My aunt caught us on the street to take a picture. It's one of my favorites from the whole day - the driver's face, my laugh, and Sticky Fingers in the background!

We had an open bar. I think that explains the dancing.

 Now it’s your turn! Link up all the pictures of your own wedding you want!

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20 Responses to “At Last”

  1. Miranda says:

    Look at your beautiful Cinderella dress! I love it!! I LOVE WEDDINGS.

  2. Meg says:

    Your dress was PERFECT.

    When I someday get married, I’m going to elope to Yosemite National Park and get married in the chapel there. Then climb Half Dome. Hell, maybe do the climb first, then the wedding. Haven’t decided.

  3. Laura says:

    Um, I want a wedding do-over because I want YOUR DRESS! O.M.G. It’s gorgeous! And I love your tiara too. I wanted one desperately, but it didn’t really go with my dress. What a pretty wedding!

    • bebehblog says:

      Would you believe it’s like the most generic David’s Bridal dress ever? I hated showing people the picture in the catalog because it looked SO TACKY. But when I tried it on I literally jumped up and down because it was exactly what I wanted. And it ended up looking really great in the pictures despite being insanely sparkly, lacy and poofy all at once.

  4. You’re beautiful, ma’dear. I love your dress, the picture in the carriage. All of it.

  5. Julie says:

    LOVE the picture with guests throwing the petals!
    Also…your cake was beautiful and I love that you have such a meaningful guest book!

    • bebehblog says:

      I kept all the pictures and still keep them in my living room, now with one of our own wedding pics in the center.

  6. Karen says:

    you looked beautiful! your dress did look like mine! and the carriage photo is priceless!! you had a gorgeous wedding!

  7. Johanna says:

    What a beautiful bride!

  8. Cole says:

    What a perfect day! That picture of you dancing with the little girls is adorable – it could be in a bridal magazine!

  9. LOL @ blush and bashful. Your colors are pink and pink! Love that movie!

  10. Joanna says:

    Your dress is GORGEOUS. I love that you put pictures of your parents & grandparents getting married around the guestbook… so cute.

    Also, what’s a wedding without an open bar? At least that was my excuse for having one. lol

  11. brigidkeely says:

    Your wedding looks like a lot of fun!

    We eloped at City Hall and there aren’t really any photos. We honeymooned in a college town where some friends of ours (who aren’t in college) live, and screened bad, terrible movies for a bad movie festival.

  12. Katie says:

    So beautiful! I love you dress, the location, the carriage…it’s like a fairytale wedding! Love it!

  13. SO GREAT! We got married in 2003 (dark ages apparently)and I still haven’t gotten around to SCANNING in my photos. Sigh. Can’t do this blog hop. I don’t think anyone wants to read my post without pictures. no fun in that!
    But, wanted to say that we also had wedding pics of our parents & grandparents at our entrance table! At the time both sets on both sides were still alive and going strong w/ 50+ years of marriage!
    What a legacy!

  14. Emmie Bee says:

    Oh mama! First: You are the most beautiful bride. ADORABLE. That last picture of you dancing with (who I assume is) your dad is the cutest thing ever and you do in fact look 8 years old. SO CUTE AND YOUNG!
    I hope someday soon we can get a meetup going because you have the most infectious smile EVER! I can just tell I’d love you as much IRL as I do in the interwebz.

    Congrats on 6 years & 1.5 babies! <3

  15. bellegourmande says:

    What a beautiful wedding! The universe really smiled down on y’all because I cannot believe you had such nice weather for an August wedding in Charleston! I’m from Alabama and my sister and a best friend both got married in August; I thought I was going to die from the humidity. Also, your tiara–FABULOUS. For years I totally wanted to wear one at my wedding but in the end it did not go with my dress :(.

  16. What a gorgeous church! LOVE your dress!

  17. Katherine says:

    Just stopped by from the blog hop! I love your big princess gown! It looks like you guys had fun! I’m your newest follower! (wow, just realized that was a lot of !!’s)

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