20 minutes before I was about to marry my BFF in front of most of our friends and family, the wedding coordinator of the venue brought me some bad news. “First of all,” she said “it’s raining, so the ceremony will have to be moved inside and most of the guests will have to stand. Secondly, your cake is leaning significantly to the left. I’m so sorry!” This moment sticks out in my mind because I remember so vividly everyone staring at me waiting to gauge my reaction and thinking to myself “alright Sarah, here’s your chance to be the scary bridezilla of everyone’s nightmares and yell at someone!” Just thinking that made me laugh out loud. I can’t even explain to you how much I didn’t care about things going wrong on our wedding day! I welcomed the rain- everyone knows it’s good luck! The leaning tower of cake could fall over for all I cared! As long as Joel was waiting for me at the end of that aisle, the world as I knew it could come crumbling down and I’d still be the happiest gal there.
5 minutes before I was to marry my BFF, my cousin and sister cornered me in the bathroom of the bridal chamber. Annie closed the door behind her (I think she just had to pee) while Christina grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me dead in the eyes, and with utmost seriousness asked: “ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO DO THIS?!” Now, anyone with any amount of doubt might have been mad at this question, but to Christina’s defense I think this is the best question you can ask a bride in the minutes before she links arms with her dad to be given away forever. It was in that moment that I just smiled with tears in my eyes and said “I’ve never been more sure of anything”.
As soon as I turned the corner with my dad, Joel and I locked eyes and didn’t break contact for the entirety of the ceremony. Have you ever had 15 minutes of uninterrupted eye contact? Towards the end, your eyes start to cross a little, it’s really cute. Anyway, as soon as my Pop handed me over with the key to my chastity belt (ha!) Joel and I gave each other the best high five the world has ever seen.
We had chosen the scripture for our ceremony with Pastor Lynn while we did our premarital counseling in the months leading up to our wedding. I think there was some Genesis in there and you can never go wrong with a little 1st Corinthians. My best friend, Allie, read I Carry Your Heart by EE Cummings and gave me the sweetest little kiss on my shoulder as she walked back to her bridesmaid spot.
I usually can’t talk no good when I’m crying, but we said our vows with conviction. I remember being so sniffly that at one point, tissue-less, I wiped my nose with my hair extensions. Then, with shaky hands, we put on our rings. And then…. just like that….
We sealed it all with a big ole smooch!
When Joel and I walked away as husband and wife, he whispered to me to take mental pictures of the night because before we knew it, it’d be over. I’m so glad I listened to him because almost 6 months later, it feels like it was yesterday.