Gloves in Love: Some Formals

After Evan and I finished our champagne filled lap around the block, it was time to head back into the church for family photos. At the same time, we had instructed the bridal party to head into the Undercroft for the boxed lunches my bridesmaids helped me pack that morning. Providing a light lunch was one of my favorite decisions- it wasn’t hard or expensive, but it re-energized everyone and my new husband didn’t have to worry his wife would be overcome with hanger 🙂

So, formal family photos- I made as short of a list as possible, and we knocked all these photos out in 30 minutes. I know that everyone says that these are soooo important, but…they weren’t for me. Very few people will print these and hang them, and they always look so forced.  Be that as it may, we still took them, and here are two to prove it!

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

My dad and I, just chatting in the most formal setting ever 🙂Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

And the last photo we took, with both of our immediate families! After our allotted 30 minutes were over, the bridal party trekked back over to the Statehouse, for some formal bridal party photos. Here are a few of the two parties, separate. Notice that the guys occasionally had some trouble getting themselves sorted out 🙂

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

One of my favorites, clearly! I think Evan was about done with photography at this point 🙂Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

And the ladies. The first photo is one of my favorites, probably because it’s less posed and looks like so many of the photos that we actually take when we’re together!Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

This photo wasn’t staged, it’s a face I actually make. I wonder what inspired it on my wedding day, though?Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Gloves formal wedding photos, Columbus Ohio

Next up, the go inside of some photos of the party altogether in the gorgeous Statehouse- stay tuned!

Gloves in Love: A Most Grand Exit

Ok, I know I said that was the end of ceremony posts and, technically, it was. But…remember that crazy smile in my last pic? Let me remind you:

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Alot of people comment that we look so excited to be married- and we were. We are! But also…the end of our ceremony meant that the bagpipes were coming, and I was so, so excited to see them!

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

As you may recall, Evan is a firefighter, and several of the men he works with are in the local Pipe and Drum group, and always play in unit weddings and funerals. I could not have been more touched when they offered to play in our wedding. For full disclosure, I should tell you that I have no idea what they played. But my dad would suggest it was the Scotland the Brave.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

How it worked was this: they came from the back of the cathedral, up the aisle playing, and then turned and led us back down the aisle, all newly married and whathaveyou. I thought it was awesome and, based on all the feedback we got, most of our guests were equally thrilled with the surprise.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

When we got back into the back room, a few things occurred: one, my dad hugged me and wept…we’re talking grown man sobbing, which of course started me weeping as well. Then, everyone else was filing in and, for some reason, there was a fair amount of group hugging (which is usually my least favorite thing in the history of the universe).

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

The bridal party organized the bubbles for a bubble exit (it was one of the few things Evan insisted on and, even though the Church technically didn’t allow it, we went for it) and herded everyone out to the steps. We loved the bagpipes so much that we asked if they would play as we exited the church, and they kindly agreed.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

I would later realize that the exit photos are the only photos that exist of my veil, outside of our ceremony…oh well!

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

When we reached the bottom of the steps, Evan’s brother in law helped me into their car…which was a process, considering all of my tulle 🙂

**Personal photo!
**Personal photo!

Although I really, really wanted a vintage car, having Evan’s sister and brother in law drive us around was amazing!! A) they’re the most considerate people in the universe, b) they brought champagne for us to toast in the back of the car! c) they made an awesome playlist, so we were getting super pumped up every time we were in the car, and d) we were only driving a total of five miles. It would have been ridiculous to rent a car.

Gloves in Love: Ceremoniously Wed

We left off with the intercessory prayers, so lets get right back into it with the offering of the gifts:

My dear friends, please be seated now as the gifts are brought forward.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

After the bride receives communion, I’d like to invite any other Catholics in good standing who wish to receive communion to come forward. Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father. May the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of His name. For our good, and the good of all His holy church.

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Receive, we pray oh Lord, the offering made on the occasion of the sealing of the sacred bond of marriage, and just as your goodness is its origin, may your providence guide its course. Through Christ, our Lord, Amen.

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It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord holy father, almighty and eternal God. For you have forged the covenant of marriage as a sweet yoke of harmony and an unbreakable bond of peace so that the chaste and fruitful love of holy matrimony may serve to increase the children you adopt as your own. By your providence and  grace, oh Lord, you accomplish the wonder of this two fold design that while the birth of children brings beauty to the world, their rebirth in baptism gives increase to the church through  Christ, our Lord. Through him, with all the angels and saints, we sing the hymn of your praise, as without end we acclaim…

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

You are, indeed, holy oh Lord, the font of all holiness. Make holy, therefore, the gifts we pray by sending down your spirit upon them, so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his passion, he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for this is my body, which will be given up for you.” In a similar way, when supper was ended he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples, saying “Take this and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my blood. The blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many, for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.” The mystery of faith..

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Therefor, as we celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection, we offer you, Lord, the bread of life and the chalice of salvation, giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you. Humbly we pray that partaking in the body and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit. Remember, Lord, your church spread throughout the world and bring her to the fullness of charity, together with Benedict our Pope and Fredrick, our bishop, and all the clergy. Be mindful also, Lord, of Erin and Evan, whom you have brought to their wedding day so that, by your grace, they may abide in mutual love and in peace. Remember also, oh Lord, our brother and sisters who have fallen asleep in hope of a resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy. Welcome them into the light of your face. Have mercy on us all. We pray that, with the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, with the blessed apostles and all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may praise and glorify you through your son, Jesus Christ.

Through him and with him and in him, oh God almighty in the unity of the Holy Spirit,all glory and honor is your forever and ever. Amen.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

At the Savior’s command, informed by divine teaching, we pray together. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trepasses, as we forgive those who have trespassed against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

My dear brothers and sisters. let us humbly pray to the Lord, that on these, his servants, now married in Christ, He may mercifully pour out the blessing of his grace and make of one heart, in love, those he has joined by blessed, holy sacrament.

Oh God, who had by your mighty power, created all things out of nothing, and when you had set in place the beginnings of the universe, formed man and woman in your own image, making the woman an inseparable helpmate to the man.that they might be no longer two, but one flesh. And taught that what you were pleased to make one must never be divided.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Oh God, who consecrated the bond of marriage,by so great a mystery that in the wedding covenant, you foreshadowed the sacrament of Christ and his church.

Oh God, by whom man is joined to man, and the companionship they had in the beginning is endowed with one blessing not forfeited by original sin, nor washed away by the flood

Look now with favor on these, your servants, joined together in marriage, who ask to be strengthened by your blessing. Send down on them the grace of the holy spirit, and pour your love into their hearts, that they may remain faithful in the marriage covenant. May the grace of love and peace abide in your daughter Erin, and let her follow by example those holy women whose praises are sung in the scriptures. May her husband entrust his heart to her, so that acknowledging her as his equal and the joint heir to the life of grace, he may show her due honor and cherish her always, with the love that Christ has for his church. And now Lord, we implore you may these, your servants, hold fast to the faith and keep your commandments, keep one in the flesh. May they be blameless in that they they do, and with the strength that comes from the gospel, may they bear true witness to Christ before all. May they be blessed with children, and prove themselves virtuous parents who live to see their children’s children. And grant that, reaching at last together the fullness of years for which they hope, they come to the life of the blessed in the kingdom of heaven. Through Christ, our Lord, amen.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

My brothers and sisters, the peace of the Lord be with you always. At this time, I ask you to turn to those around you and offer a sign of our Lord’s peace.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of  the Lamb. Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

At this point, it was time for communion. Before he went to offer communion to our guests, the Priest stopped in front of us and suggested, “Just pray for a while…” We took his advice for a little bit, but eventually we got to chatting. Since Evan was miked, our wedding video cuts in and out of our conversation. At one point, Evan looked over at me and mentioned, “Just so you, I’m calling you my wife ALL THE TIME, now.” I love that this was recorded 🙂

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

 By the power of this sacrifice,oh Lord, accompany with your loving favor what, in your providence, you have instituted, so as to make of one heart and love whose you have already joined in the holy union. Through Christ, our Lord, amen.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

The bridal party was invited to come forward one last time.

May God, the eternal father, keep you of one heart and love for one another, that the peace of Christ may dwell in you and abide always in your home. May you be blessed in your children, have solace in your friends and have true peace with everyone. May you be witnesses in the world to God’s charity, so that the afflicted and the needy, who have known only your kindness,may one day receive you thankfully into the eternal dwelling of God. And may almighty God bless all of you who are gathered here, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Gloves Wedding Ceremony, Columbus Ohio, Saint Joseph Cathedral

And by the power vested in me, I pronounce you husband and wife- you may kiss your bride. And friends, may I present for the very first time, Mr and Mrs D!

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And with that, Hive, we were married! Get excited for some post-ceremony fun, coming up next!

Gloves in Love: We Vow

Ok, when we last met, the priest had just finished delivering a really lovely homily {that I’m glad to have recorded, because I didn’t remember that most of it had taken place}. When he finished, he invited McGlovin and I, and the wedding party, up to the altar. He asked if I was ready, and you can see on the video that my eyes got really wide and I froze for a second- it’s good to know that I’m incredibly awkward, even on such a happy day in my life.

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My dear friends, you have come together in this cathedral so that the lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of the Church’s minister, and this community of family and friends. Christ abundantly blesses this love. He has already consecrated you in baptism and now he enriches and strengthens you by this special sacrament, so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity. And so in the presence of the Church, I ask you to state your intentions.

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Evan and Erin, have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Will you love and honor each other as husband and wife for the rest of your lives?

Will you accept children, lovingly, from God and bring them up according to Christ and his church?

Since it is your intention to enter into marriage, join your hands and declare your consent before God and his church.

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 (Now, I’d like to interject. To be married in the Catholic church, you must accept and use the traditional marriage vows. That’s fine with me- I love that so many of our loved ones have spoken the same words before us. Hell, my grandparents took those vows almost sixty years ago, and they’re still going strong! What I object to, though, is being fed them, small bits at a time by the priest, and just blindly repeating without having any idea of what you’re even saying. To that end, I insisted that Evan and I memorize them and recite them to one another, without needing the priest to lead us through them. I’m so glad we did that! It really gave us the opportunity to reflect on what we were promising to one another. It also meant, though, that I had to pause several times in the middle to collect myself, because I turned into a hot sobbing mess.)

Gloves ceremony, St Joseph Cathedral, Columbus OhioHe went first:

I, Evan, take you, Erin, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you, all the days of my life.

And then…and then I had to pause to organize myself, long enough for the priest and Evan to laugh at me, and then start to whisper my lines to me because he thought I forgot them 🙂

Gloves ceremony, St Joseph Cathedral, Columbus Ohio

You have declared your consent before the church. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your love and fill you both with his blessings. What God has joined we must not divide, Amen.

Gloves ceremony, St Joseph Cathedral, Columbus Ohio

Immediately after we said our vows, the priest invited Colin to step up with the rings.

May the Lord bless these rings with you give to each other as a sign of your love and fidelity, Amen.

Evan was up first:

Erin, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Gloves Ceremony, St Joseph Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio

Then my turn:

Evan, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Gloves wedding ceremony, St Joseph Cathedral, Columbus Ohio

 God has given us these promises in the words of sacred scripture, Erin and Evan have given their promises to each other in their marriage. This time of promise is also a time of prayer- to each prayer petition, respond ‘Lord, hear our prayer’.

Gloves wedding ceremony, St Joseph Cathedral, Columbus Ohio

Now, our intercessory prayers were pretty standard- one of my best friends, Kerry, read them, the priest chose them, and I didn’t particularly object to anything. There were a few interesting ones- when we prayed for the sick, lonely and depressed, you can see Evav looking at me like he had no idea what was going on, and I just raised my eyebrows and shrugged {normal behavior, but on the altar in front of everyone??? Good heavens, Erin…get it together}. When we prayed for our deceased grandparents, my eyes leaked so many tears and Mr G had to lean in a wipe them away, and when Kerry read the prayer of Evab and my eternal happiness, she looked directly into my eyes as she was reading it, and I laughed and cried at the same time…it was touching.

Gloves wedding ceremony, St Joseph Cathedral Columbus Ohio

Ok, Catholic ceremonies are long, I know…and my posts about them are just as long! There will be one more ceremony post, so stay tuned!

Also, I’ve just shared with you two of my most {unexpectedly} memorable ceremony moments- when Evan started reciting my part of the vows, because he thought I forgot them, and when Ker made me cry by praying directly at me. So, what was your most unexpectedly memorable moment in your wedding- good or bad?

Gloves in Love: A Catholic Mass

Hive, hello, I’m back! And ready to recap my ceremony. A few things- first, I had the hardest time finding an outline for our wedding mass, especially since we were doing the full Catholic mass, in the new form. So, if you’re interested, please feel free to use our program, found here. Part two- I’m including most of the text of the mass. It was really lovely, but an hour long, so sorry if this gets to be long winded 🙂 Now, onwards and upwards!

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Good afternoon and welcome, everyone, as we celebrate this beautiful occasion of love. My brothers and sisters, let us begin beautiful celebration of love as we sing ‘Joyful, Joyful We Adore You’. (like this, but with slightly less Whoopi Goldberg.)

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My brothers and sisters, let us pray. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. Be attentive to our prayers oh Lord, and in your kindness uphold what you have established for the increase of the human race, so that the union you have created may be kept safe by your assistance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your son, who lives with and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one god forever and ever, Amen.

Gloves Wedding, Columbus OhioMy dear friends, please be seated as we listen to God’s word.

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For our first reading, we chose Book of Genesis 2:18-24. We asked Jordie, our college friend, to read for us.

Gloves ceremony, Columbus Ohio

And for the second reading, we chose the {incredibly standard, but I love it still} 1 Corinthians 12:31 . Rachael, my college roommate and one of my best friends, read it.

Gloves ceremony, Columbus OhioThen we stood for the Alleluia. Hive, I haven’t discussed it extensively, but I was so irritated with the church coordinator. This is tiny, but I had asked for the Celtic Allaluia, which is lovely. She told me she didn’t care for it, and wouldn’t allow it to be played. Irritated, still 🙂 Anyway, we stood for the {not Celtic} Alleluia, and the gospel reading- we chose Mark 10:6-9. Then we sat for the {surprisingly extensive} homily. Please feel free to skip through the entire text- although I found it lovely 🙂

My brothers and sisters, once again, welcome. On this beautiful, sunny afternoon, as Evan and Erin pledge their love, their very lives to one another, before you their family and their closest friends. Doesn’t Erin look lovely? Evan, you cleaned up pretty well too- even shaved. {We only met him a week before our wedding, but our priest was really lovely!}

Gloves ceremony, Columbus Ohio

My dear friends, Evan and Erin, you are about to enter into a union that is sacred and serious. It is sacred because it is established by God himself. You truly believe this. And it is serious, because it will bond you two together, for life, in a relationship that is so close and so intimate, it will profoundly affect your future.

Gloves Ceremony, Columbus Ohio

Ina few short moments, Evan and Erin, you’re going to exchange your wedding promises. You will take each other and be true to each other, in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health You will love and honor each other as husband and wife the rest of your lives. Truly then, my brothers and sisters, these words are to be taken seriously. It is a beautiful tribute to their undoubted faith, first of all, in God, and then their faith in each other. Because these words involve such solemn obligations, it is most fitting that these promises rest in the security of holy matrimony- the security of your wedded life, built on the principles of self sacrifice.

Gloves Ceremony, Columbus Ohio

Evan and Erin, you begin your married life by voluntary giving up your individual lives in the interest of a deeper, more beautiful life together. Just like the sun that’s beating through the stained glass windows this afternoon- that’s how your marriage is to penetrate all the dark shadows that are in the world. As the light is reflected and illuminates many good things, so is your marriage supposed to do that for all the lives that you touch. Henceforth, Erin and Evan, you will belong entirely to each other- one in mind, one in heart, one in affection. And that’s how the sacred covenant, this marriage, bring’s Jesus’s light into the world. And whatever sacrifices you may have to make for the preservation of this mutual life, make those sacrifices generously. As I told Evan before we came out, forgive, forgive and forgive.

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Also you are going to, in a few short moments, exchange your rings. These wedding rings symbolize that the two of you are joined in a relationship that has no end, just as the round rings have no beginning and no end. When you are apart, the rings will remind you that you still have each other,. They are a symbol, a symbol to each other that your life, your entire being belongs to one another- body, heart and soul. And once you take these rings, you can no longer live for yourself, you live for each other. Truly then, my brothers and sisters, these words, these signs, these symbols, that they will soon demonstrate before you are to be taken seriously.

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In a world with so many broken relationships, it is this kind of faith that all of us need to witness, but not only witness, but continue to sustain. All of you who are guests that are here, are so much a part of this marriage that you not only hold them dear to you on this, their wedding day,  but do so for the rest of their lives. Comfort them in their sorrows, rejoice in their joys, remember their anniversary- statain their love from this day forward. That’s your job, as family, as friends.

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But Erin and Evan, your vow and and rings are not the only signs and symbols and attributes of your marriage that we celebrate here today. Both of you here together are a symbol and a reminder to all of us that God loves his creation. When we see you two together, witness your care, your love for one another, when you take care of each other in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, you remind us that God loves us. This holy sacrament of marriage, in which you freely enter today, makes us all joyful and want to celebrate this special day with you, just as Jesus our Lord celebrated the wedding of his friends at Cana. He is a witness today of this covenant, of your tender and lasting love.

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And so my brothers and sisters, this is an afternoon, a day to rejoice, continue to support Evan and Erin all their married years. Continue to give them your love. They come from two wonderful families- continue this family. And so, Evan and Erin, even though I didn’t get to spend much time with you, my last thoughts are to become what you symbolize. That you are no longer two, but are of one heart. You no longer take, but you give. Treasue this day always, treasure these moments of love, hold on this love for the rest of your lives. My God bless you both on this, your wedding day.

This is getting lengthy, so I’ll cut of here. Next up, vows! And rings! And tears- oh my 🙂

 

Gloves in Love: We Walk

This post needs little to no explanation- we process down the considerable aisle. If you’d like to listen to our processional music, click here:

First, Evan and the priest emerged from the Sacristy:

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degiralomo_WEB_0320Evan’s sister Abby, and her husband:

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degiralomo_WEB_0330The organ in the Cathedral is a pipe organ, which means that the organist is facing the organ, and can’t turn around to see what’s going on. So, instead of playing a different song for my processional, the organist just played the Trumpet Voluntary for a while and then, after it could be safely assumed assumed that everyone had made it, played an incredibly grand flourish, and continued with the same. At first I was skeptical, but it was awesome 🙂 So, a few things happened as the grand flourish was playing: first, my dad asked if I was really sure this is what I wanted:

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degiralomo_WEB_0340My dad and I began our walk…

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degiralomo_WEB_0348As I walked down the aisle, I wasn’t looking at Mr G at all. Instead, all I could really focus on was seeing so many of my favorite people- it’s really crazy when you have all of your friends and family staring at you at one time, and you can just feel, almost tangibly, the ridiculous amount of support that surrounds you.

degiralomo_WEB_0347But then, as we got closer, and I looked from my brother to my mom to my sisters, I realized that the only person whose face I hadn’t seen yet was Evan’s. I looked up at the altar, into his eyes, and Hive- every emotion hit me at once, and I lost it. I went from beaming bride…

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degiralomo_WEB_0352I know that most brides are looking for their groom at the end of the aisle, but was anyone else awestruck by seeing so many of their loved ones as they walked down the aisle? Seriously- it’s amazing when the only people you are looking at are loved ones- you don’t know where to look because they’re all your favorites!

Gloves in Love: Ave Maria

Even though we didn’t have children in our wedding, our processional down the aisle was still pretty substantial. For the seating of Moms, Stepmoms, and Grandmoms, we chose to have Ave Maria sung.  Though this is pretty traditional, we did take a tiny step outside of the box when we requested the less familiar version, by Bach/Gounod- I think it sounded gorgeous with cantor, who was a tenor. Click to hear this version:

First up, my brother Brendan with my Grandma…look how happy he looks!

degiralomo_WEB_0297Next, we paired Dan, our tallest usher, with Grandma D, who isn’t even five feet tall…I have no idea how this happened 🙂

degiralomo_WEB_0299Evan’s dad and stepmom were next:

degiralomo_WEB_0305Then his mom and step dad (look at her sassy dress! I didn’t give either mom any input, just asked them to wear something that made them feel amazing):

degiralomo_WEB_0306Then my brother circled back around to escort my gorgeous mom:

degiralomo_WEB_0310I love this photo! My mom looks thrilled, and my brother is sitting in the pew with his fiance, and the boyfriends of my sisters:

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I kind of hate to drag the processional into two posts but I feel like the photos of my six ladies walking, as well as my father and I, will make this post a bit longer than I prefer. So, next…the bridal party, and the bride 🙂

Gloves in Love: Waiting to Walk

So, after about a half an hour of photos at the Statehouse, everyone packed back into the cars to head over to the Cathedral. I was immediately rushed downstairs to the undercroft, where everything was just as I hoped it would be: the box of brown bag lunches was waiting in the room for post-ceremony replenishment, the coolers with flowers were down there, and my tote with any-and-all day-of necessities was being carried around by my sisters with the same dedication you might expect of Marines carrying the nuclear football. Everything was perfect.

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Upstairs, the church was gorgeous, the ushers were ushing, and people were slowly trickling in. With about twenty minutes until the ceremony, the priest came down and let me know it was time to head upstairs, to the back of the church. Since I would, technically, have to walk through a small part of the church, my people made a nice wall to block my passage…

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In the back room, everyone started to line up in the correct order and things started to get real. My mom and dad worked together to get my veil and my blusher on correctly.

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Just before the music started playing, my dad asked Colin, our best man, if he had the rings. Colin pulled the ring bowl out of his pocket and promptly dropped it, sending both rings skittering across the floor.

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Everyone looked at me to see if I was going to freak out, but really, it was the perfect ice breaker. I laughed, and while Cait helped Colin tie the rings more securely, my dad and I shared a tiny sip of pre-ceremony whisky. That was it…it was time to get married!

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