Our Wedding: The Ceremony


For our wedding, we chose to have an afternoon ceremony and reception in the same Victorian era building.  We really liked the idea of keeping things simple and all in one place, plus we wanted to give our guests a chance to enjoy the first floor of the building.

Luke selected some classical video game soundtracks to use as our prelude music, but we kept the processional music pretty traditional.  The bridal party walked out to “Traditional Pachelbel’s Canon”.

I walked out with my dad to “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben” because I had to be a pain and choose a Bach song where the title was all in German.  Or, you know, I chose that song because I liked it.

Here’s my mom photobombing our entrance haha.

We were really honored to have pastor Mark Vander Tuig perform the ceremony for us.  He flew in all the way from Des Moines, Iowa just to celebrate the day with us!

The reading that we chose was Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.  Like our feelings for one another, our choice of venue, and our first dance song, we knew right away that it was what we wanted.

We decided not to write our own vows, mainly because we wanted to be able to enjoy the day and not have to worry about messing them up.

We chose “The Throne Room” from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as our recessional song because why not?

Our guests headed downstairs for appetizers and drinks while the bridal party headed outside for pictures. For the cocktail reception we served chips with homemade salsa and queso, bruschetta, hot spinach and artichoke dip, plus a few charcuterie items.

This is not a sponsored post, however we had some pretty excellent vendors and would love to give them a solid recommendation to anyone who might be planning an event.

Photos:  Alice Heart Photography.  Hair & Makeup: DVine Hair Design.  Venue: TV’s Grand Event.  Flowers:  DIY (check out my tutorial here.)



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