Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Wedding Day (Details and *Lots* of Pictures)

After all the preparation, photos, getting ready to move into our new house, and decorating, the wedding day finally arrived! March 30, 2013. Exactly one year after we became engaged.
After a quick lunch all of us girls were in a flurry of preparation, After finally getting everyone's dresses right and everyone's curls pinned to perfection, we drove to the Forrest House.
Mom was already there, and helped with last minute preparations.
Pink cameo necklace given to my Granny by my Grandad, and given to me after his death.
Finally ready, and starting to get rather nervous.
 It really hadn't seemed real until now...
Can't believe I'm about to walk down the aisle.
Hadn't seen Jordan all day, except for one glimpse out the upstairs window.
When we arrived at the Forrest house, buckets of blossoms and flowers had been placed there for our bouquets. So, just before the ceremony we were all working like mad trying to get ours completed and tied with a bit of vintage lace. My bouquet was a combination of peach blossoms, pear blossoms, and creamy daffodils.  
The ceremony was held at 3 in the afternoon.
The wonderful musicians!  Our song selections were:
-Fairest Lord Jesus
-Clancy's Theme (from The Man From Snowy River)
- Emma (Main Theme from Gweneth Paltrow version)
-Be Though My Vision
Below is some of the text of our ceremony & vows.
(We used the 1871 Book of Common Prayer vows, but did a lot of paring down and rearranging.)

DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony ; which is honourable among all men : and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly ; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not  be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.
Jordan, Wilt thou have this Woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live ?
I will.
Atlanta, Wilt thou have this Man to be thy wedded husband, to live together after Gods ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live ?

I will.
I Jordan take thee Atlanta to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance ; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
I Atlanta take thee Jordan to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance ; and thereto I give thee my troth.
With this Ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow : In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
{We had our rings engraved inside with messages to each other. They were inspired by 18th and 19th century posy rings. My message to Jordan on his ring reads 'In Christ & Thee My Joy Shall Be', and my ring reads 'Gods Gift Thou Art, My Dearest Heart'}
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you ; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace ; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
Forasmuch as Jordan and Atlanta have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
You may now kiss the bride. 
And just in case you were wondering. - Yes. This was our very first kiss.
 (it was wonderful.)
As we walked back down the aisle, the musicians burst into "Dixie", and the canon fired!
I think everyone was quite surprised.
The canon was brought by members of Forrest's Battery, Jordan's reenactment group.
 The canon is actually an original Confederate gun!
 Pretty awesome if you ask me.
Signing our Marriage Covenant
Hugs. And cake. Lots of cake.
Family photos!
Stockton insisted we have flowers thrown at us. :) Sweet little brother.
Crazy brothers, Cim and Laredo.
Rebecca and Aspen seemed *quite* affected....
Wonderful friends!
Dearest friends. Rebecca, Desarae, Beth, and Jennifer.

Even though it began misting/lightly raining just a little bit after the ceremony, every still seemed to have a lovely time dancing and visiting!
(in the rain)
As the evening drew on, it was soon time to depart....

Little sis Carolina caught my bouquet!
 Into happily ever after...
So thankful for our wedding day - and so thankful to God who brought us together.
(majority of pictures credit Smile For Sophie Photography)


Rebecca Ann said...

Your wedding day looks beautiful in the pictures Atlanta! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. God bless both of you as you start your life together!


Anonymous said...

So beautiful! I loved the pictures and you were a beautiful bride. Thank you for sharing your pictures!

Sarah said...

I have a dial up connection so I had to wait a really long time to see the pictures but I was determined to let them download! And I'm so glad I did! I have really enjoyed all of your posts about your wedding plans and the day of the wedding itself. You look like a fairy tale princess and your wedding was so lovely - thank you so much for sharing with your reader through your words and your pictures. I wish you and your husband much joy! God bless you both.

Lilac Bud Gal said...

Those were beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing. I think y'all's story is just SO neat and such an encouragement to me and (hopefully!) other single young ladies. It's so worth it to just wait. :) I also think its sweet that you saved your first kiss for your ceremony. I plan to do the same. :)
I pray that you and Jordan will have a wonderful life ahead of you-perhaps not without all the ups and down (for no marriage is without those!), but that you will grow closer to each other with each of those Mountains and Valleys. :)
God bless you both and I love you dearly, friend!!!

Melody said...

I just LOVE all the old-fashioned-ness! BEAUTIFUL. *happy sigh* And the picture where the two of you were just beginning down the 'aisle'... I think that almost brought happy tears to my eyes it was so cute!

Lovely, lovely wedding. Congratulations! You make a delightful couple. (And I love that it was your first kiss. Makes it so sweet!)

And fun dancing too... :D

Yes, I will stop gushing now.
(After I say that your gown was gorgeous too and I adored the sleeves. :) )

Stephanie Ann said...

These photos are so beautiful. Even the rain added beauty to the day. I wish you both the best!

Unknown said...

How precious and wonderful! :) The cannon must have been amazing! haha!

Julia said...

This is the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen! I wish you both all the luck and happiness in the world.

Donna said...

Loved your wedding! Felt like I was present tears and all. May your marriage be blessed with happiness and joy.

hannahlouise said...

Sounds really lovely! Made my day that you had The Man From Snowy River music (since I'm Australian AND love the music in that movie)!

Hana - Marmota said...

A slightly choked up congratulations... this was a beautiful post.

Anna said...

Trying not to be jealous of this amazing wedding...

Unknown said...

Amazingly beautiful! The photos look as if they were from a movie:) God Bless you!


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