- 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
- 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!