First of all, the giveaway I had planned today is delayed until the end of the week! I haven’t had a chance to properly review everything before I post, so stay tuned for it coming Friday!
Okay, now to a post I’ve been so excited to write since…well…October 19!
Going into our wedding day, I won’t lie when I say that I was more excited for the reception than the ceremony. I think this is pretty common, but I was truly blown away at our own ceremony all thanks to our amazing priest, Father Kevin.
Kevin and I were married at Our Lady of Lourdes catholic church in Clayton, MO. Here’s a post about how we decided on our priest(s).
We had decided months prior to not see each other before the wedding. I was fine either way, but Kevin was adamant on sticking with tradition and not seeing me until I was walking down the aisle with my dad.
We arrived at the ceremony separately and they stashed me and my bridesmaids away in the “bride’s” room.
I think throughout the whole day, I was nervous about being nervous, if that makes any sense. I was nervous that I’d break down crying (happy tears, of course), or mess up our vows somehow, or trip down the aisle. Turns out, I really had nothing at all to worry about.
Pretty soon, my dad was putting a penny in my shoe and it was time to line up outside!
I very specifically remember looking at nobody else while walking down the aisle but Kevin. I had my eye on the prize!
We elected to do a short ceremony, rather than a full mass, mostly because I’m Lutheran and couldn’t participate in communion.
Father Kevin did an amazing job. He’s a priest at the catholic church that serves Valpo students, and Kevin and I often went to his services on Sunday evenings with friends. We were so thankful that he drove down from Valpo to marry us.
Father Kevin’s sermon, or homily, centered around our Valpo Success Story. We met at Valpo, we fell in love at Valpo, there were a ton of Valpo family/friends at our wedding, etc. It was so wonderful.
We also opted for traditional vows and I loved every single thing about reciting them to Kevin.
I will say that I didn’t break down and cry, but there was certainly a tear or two.
I had heard before from brides who said they couldn’t get their rings on, but surprisingly that went smoothly and both of our rings fit!
I’ll also be total honest here and say that once our vows were said and rings exchanged, we both let out a huge sigh of relief. We felt like the hard part was over (standing up in front of 170 people was scarier than I thought!) and the celebration really could begin.
We shared our first kiss as Mr. & Mrs…
…And we were off!
We couldn’t leave the church without thanking Father Kevin for the amazing service he just gave us…with a high five!
We decided to have a receiving line after the ceremony while people exited and I’m so glad we did.
As soon as our guests left the church, we headed back in with our immediate family for formal pictures in front of the alter. Our wedding party just hung out for a minute or two since our party bus would be taking us around town for group photos.
Kevin and I with my mom, dad and brother.
Kevin and I with his mom and sister.
Kevin and I with my grandma Page.
Kevin and I with my grandma and grandpa Bladdick, aunt Pam, mom, dad, Brendan and my German family: Uli, Gaby and Felix who came all the way to St. Louis from Frankfurt, Germany JUST for our wedding. Talk about blessed!
Our ceremony is so special to us and I’m so thankful that we decided to get married where we did and by who we did. It’s something I’ll always remember!
The rest coming soon in a separate post!
(All photos are credited to Laura Ann Miller Photography, except for pictures 3-5.)