January 21, 2015

Wedding Pictures: The Ceremony

When I left the hotel for the church, it was pouring...that seemingly endless kind of downpour that looks like it's going to last for days.

My mom and I rode to the church together and when we got there, she went inside and I just waited outside for a little bit watching the rain pour down and not so calmly waiting to make my way into the church.

My brother and my cousin Chris stood by the door and handed out programs. They also blocked the doors once they were closed so that no one could see me in the vestibule!

Luckily, our church was small, only about 14 pews deep so the procession moved pretty quickly. We started with grandparents, then parents, then the bridesmaids, escorted by the groomsmen, followed by the ring bearer and flower girl.

I stayed in the car, right until my little nephew walked down carrying his "Has anyone seen the rings?" sign (which I made!) and then it was time to get married!

The Pilot was waiting for me at the end of the aisle, and unfortunately we couldn't see each other since the Best Man was standing right in front of him! I pretty much ran down the aisle because I was so eager to see him.

My dad walked me down the aisle and my mom met us at the top of the aisle and my parents gave us their blessing.

As per Catholic tradition, we started the ceremony with the priest asking us if we freely and willingly came to this church to get married.

Our ceremony was exactly an hour long, which was great. Catholic weddings tend to go pretty long! Two of my sisters and The Pilot's sister all did readings and the music was beautiful. I grew up going to Catholic school so all of the songs that were sung had a special meaning to me.

After the readings and the gospel, we said our vows and exchanged rings.

And then, we were married!

As we were walking out of the church, the first thing I noticed was that it wasn't raining anymore!

A quick..."We're married!" moment.
I really didn't want a lot of formal photos in the church, but we snapped a few and were in and out of there in 10 minutes...

 ...and on our way to the National Mall for outdoor photos!

It was really important to both of us that we had a Catholic wedding. The Pilot and I were both raised Catholic and our faith is really important to both of us. Our ceremony was beautiful and I'm so happy that we were able to include so many of our family in the wedding through the ceremony. We laughed through it, we cried through it, and we enjoyed it, and once it was over, it was time to have some serious fun!

Come back next week to see my favorite photos...our formal portraits around the DC monuments!


  1. So beautiful, lady! I'm so glad you didn't let the rain stress you out. I know many a bride that would have FREAKED! Your pictures are lovely, as always!! Can't wait to see your formal photos, we did them around DC, too!

  2. Beautiful pictures, and so so glad that the day turned out beautiful even tho it started off with rain! Your passport programs are adorable--love that idea!
    Can't wait to see the photos you took around DC--I'm sure they are going to be breath taking!!

  3. I thought your ceremony was wonderful! And I'm not Catholic, but I've been to several Catholic weddings--yours was the best and most enjoyable by far :)

  4. Love these pictures! Your ceremony was so beautiful!!

  5. That is so great! We also had a Catholic Mass and our priest kept it right to an hour. Booya!! That sign is so adorable, also. I've never seen that before! I feel like originality is so hard now with Pinterest weddings; kudos! :)


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