By the way, Sarah is not smoking in that bottom photo - it's a french fry. haha.
We didn't do much of note the next day other than sleep in and get ready for the main event - Stacey's wedding!!!!!! We got ourselves all dolled up and off we went!!
Leave it to us to even have fun taking pictures in the car. :)
The ceremony was GREAT. The church was beautiful inside, the color scheme for the bridesmaids was really pretty, the pastor was VERY funny... we seriously laughed through most of the ceremony. Definitely the LEAST boring wedding I have EVER been to! The flower girls came out and wanted to place each individual flower petal carefully on the floor, which made everyone laugh. The whole thing was beautiful, and when Stacey and Eddie turned to the crowd after they had been married and I saw their faces, I absolutely lost it. I cried like a baby. Stacey is a VERY dear friend to me (for 12 years now!) and probably the person CLOSEST to me who I have watched get married... it was very touching.
(That bottom right picture of them smiling and heading back down the aisle... yeah, that's when I started bawling like a baby.)
We were all ushered outside after the ceremony to hang out by their limo and throw rose petals at them when they came out. This setup wasn't too good, no room to line up so unless you were one of the 5 people actually in the front, you couldn't see them or throw petals at them. Haha. But it was still FUN! Their limo was cool... and after they got in, we ran around to the other side and snapped pics of them on the inside. This was the first time Stacey saw me that day - her face lit up and she was shocked (she hadn't seen me since I lost so much weight. At that time I was down about 75 lbs.)
Look at that face. Have you ever seen a prettier bride? I haven't. No way.
There was a lot of commotion and some guys told us all basically to back off and let the couple be on their way. The limo drove off out of sight. We headed to the car to get ready to drive off to the reception. As we were getting close to our car I heard my name being shouted from a distance... I turned around and there were Stacey and Eddie behind the church, out of the limo. She was waving me over. I ran like I've never run before - and in my heels!! I was SO excited to see her, and to be the first to talk to her up close and personal right after getting married!!!! Sarah snapped a pic of us together AND a GREAT photo of the two of them!!
We thought that photo of the two of them came out SO well... and Sarah had the BEST idea. On our way to the reception, we stopped at a grocery store with one of those instant photo kiosks... we printed two copies of the photo in 5x7 and bought two frames to put them in. Then we handed it right to them at the reception! Their first wedding photo!! They were so surprised, and I heard recently they have one of them on their fireplace mantle now. Awesome :)
The reception was absolutely beautiful.....
The reception hall was right on a river, with the head table having a beautiful view of the water. Everything was lovely... the table settings, the candles, the food, the cake... all was so elegant and pretty. I enjoyed seeing the place cards, menus, and other paper items I had designed for her in person!! Sarah and I had a really good time despite not knowing anyone... I even danced a little! Yes, me! But the BEST part of the night was the photo booth they rented. We went twice - once just Sarah and me and once where Stacey joined us. We also got a copy of a cute one that Stacey and Eddie did together...
Good times. We loved their wedding!! Part two coming soon :)