Awkward & Awesome | Wedding Day Edition

Jeff Marsh
- Our priest for the wedding was not a stranger to us.  He officiated other family members’ weddings and baptisms and we met him in person a few times in preparation for our own wedding.  But for some reason, he just could not remember my name.  Instead, he kept calling me Lisa - my mother’s name.  The name of a woman he met once, the day before the wedding.  Maybe he had a little crush?  Who knows.  When the ceremony first began, he said something to the effect of, “We come here today to celebrate Lisa and Eric joining together for life.”  I tried to whisper politely and correct him - “psst … it’s Stephanie” - but he didn’t hear me.  And, in a way, my mom and Eric are now joined together for life so I guess it wasn’t entirely inaccurate.  But when he did it a second time, during his sermon, everyone in attendance from both of our families said, “STEPHANIE!” to correct him that time.  He handled it well and made a little joke about it.  Then joined us at the reception for some wine.  Not dinner, just wine …

- We thought it might be kind of cool to drive my mother-in-law’s Alfa Romeo from the church to our photo spot, then back to dinner.  We also thought it might be kinda cool to use the classic car in some of our photos.  We did NOT, however, think it’d be cool to run over our photographer or crash into his car but that’s what nearly happened when the Alfa slipped out of gear and began to roll backward into our photog and his car.  Yes, the e-brake was on.  No, it did not work.  Despite wearing a dress with a 5-foot lace train and heels, my instinct was to shove all my body weight against the back of the car and hold it up with my super strong thighs.  Suprisingly, it worked.  I stopped the car long enough for Eric (the Husband!) to jump back in and save the day.  And here I was thinking all those spinning classes were a waste of time when really they were building the thighs of a super hero bride.

- We decided to make a quick stop at a second location for just a few more photos, despite being nearly 20 minutes late to dinner and having the restaurant coordinator leave us each multiple messages wondering where we were.  We jumped out quickly for a few sunset photos at the Sonoma Mission, then hopped back in the car to fill our bellies with t-bone steak, cheese, eggs, and Welch's grape steak and shrimp.  If only it were that easy.  I ended up leaving my sunglasses behind a little ledge at the Mission.  When I realized what I’d done, I made Eric stop the car immediately so I could get out, run across the street (in my heels and dress with the 5-foot train …), and grab those sunglasses before a wine country tourist left with an extra souvenir.  I really love those $10 Target shades.

- Eric and I made the somewhat nontraditional choice to walk down the aisle together.  Walking down the aisle arm-in-arm with my soul mate as we enter our marriage as equal partners, while watching all our family members smile back at us as his sister sings Sea of Love, was one of the most awesome highlights of the day for me.

- And since we were walking down the aisle together, we got to hang out together in the bridal room before the ceremony.  We took a few selfies, some photos of each other, and watched through the stained glass windows as each of our guests arrived for the ceremony.  Neither one of us was the least bit stressed or anxious or nervous.  Something about being together and having those final moments before the ceremony to just be with each other was both calming and exciting all at the same time.

- We have been completely overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and support from everyone, especially in the last few weeks.  Our friends and family, colleagues and clients, have showered us with love and kindness from both near and far and we are so incredibly touched and grateful for that.  It truly made the wedding feel like it was not just for us, but for our little community of loved ones, too.  Just thinking about how kind and generous everyone has been makes me get a little misty eyed!  Thank you so much for all your love.  We love you right back!





  1. While I already knew about the walk down the aisle together, finding out that your hubs' sister sang "Sea of Love" during the walk just gave me chills. So happy for you two!

    1. She was fantastic! Her bf Lucas played guitar, she sang, and everyone else cried - except me and Eric, funnily enough. :)

  2. Loved reading these! What fun memories, even the awkward ones. I love the idea of walking down together. Congratulations again!

  3. Such funny stories from your wedding day! Sounds like the day was wonderful, despite the little mishaps. Congrats on your marriage! You looked absolutely beautiful!

  4. Hi there! Fellow Bay Area blogger here! Found you through Serena and I am happy to be following along. Congrats on your recent marriage!! <3

  5. I LOVE that you and Eric walked down the aisle together. And I can't stop laughing about the priest. Lisa and Eric are going to have a long life together!

  6. so beautiful! cant wait to hear the details and see the pics!

  7. I feel like superhero thighs should fall under the awesome category, not awkward :)

  8. So glad you had a lovely day -- loved this post! Very happy for you. And you are definitely a superhero bride . . . I don't know what I would have done in that situation, though I would like to think I would have likewise sprung into action! :)

  9. you are stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't wait to see/hear more about the big day. i've been reading your blog for so long that i feel pretty invested. hahah! creepy?! totally don't care.

  10. Oh my that priest was a hot mess. I loved seeing the wedding selfies and the sneak peeks you gave us during the celebrations. So cute

  11. Oh my gosh what a day!! The awkward stories are hilarious! I love that you and your husband chose to walk down the aisle together. Like you said, I can imagine how much that eased the nerves to be with each other the whole time!

  12. oh this is the first i've seen - what a beautiful picture and CONGRATS!!! when i was baptized the priest called me christina so..essentially...i don't exist. boy will st. peter get a surprise when i show up instead of christina!

  13. Oh my goodness, I feel like I just fell in love with you and your wedding! I could see the rolling the car, see the dash across the road for the sunnies, and see the stained glass windows. What amazing memories!! x


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