Our Wedding | The Ceremony

It’s safe to say October 28, 2017 was the best day of my life (so far!) Nick and I have such a history together, so our wedding day was certainly a long time coming! Our journey together hasn’t always been perfect or easy, but each challenge has helped us to grow and find the best ways to work together. It feels like every moment of our relationship lead up to the moment we became husband and wife.

When we first started planning our wedding we weren’t sure if we wanted a traditional wedding ceremony or if we wanted something else. Once we booked our venue we decided to have a traditional church ceremony because the church and venue were less than two miles away from each other. Looking back, I’m glad we decided to have a traditional ceremony because every time we attend church we are reminded of our ceremony and the vows we took 🙂

In terms of decor, we kept everything pretty minimal. We had a large floral arrangement at the altar and small floral pieces on the first few pews to reserve them for family. We really wanted our ceremony to feel intimate, so we added candelabras to the pews and over 50 candles to surround the altar. It was simple, but just adding those few things totally changed the feel of the church.

WALKING DOWN THE AISLE

I am extremely lucky to have two wonderful dads in my life. My mom and dad have been divorced since I was young, but all four of my parents get along so well! Throughout the planning process I made sure to include each parent in activities, whether it was my say yes to the dress moment with my mom/stepmom or walking down the aisle with my dad/stepdad.

Since Nick and I didn’t do a first look, when the church doors opened I was standing alone so that Nick and I could have our moment. My dad and stepdad joined me on each side to walk me down the aisle. My stepdad walked with us halfway and then exited down a pew as my dad and I finished off the walk. My stepdad has been in my life for ten years, so I knew I wanted him to have a role in walking me down the aisle. It was the perfect way to have my stepdad be part of walking me down the aisle without taking away the moment from my dad.Taking that walk with my dad and stepdad was such a special moment & one I’ll never forget. Both of them made me feel so relaxed and calm while we were waiting for the doors to open. Once the doors opened, I locked eyes with Nick and focused only on him as we made our way down the aisle. It was a little overwhelming having 120 people staring in your direction and I remember thinking to myself “just breathe!”
Nothing can compare to the feeling I had when the church doors opened and I saw Nick for the first time. The anticipation leading up to this moment was worth every nervous jitter I had before those doors opened. As I got closer to him, my smile grew bigger and brighter as I knew we were so close to becoming husband and wife.

P.S. During our rehearsal we were told no fewer than 5x by our wedding planners to make sure we walked slowly down the aisle. My dad and I practiced over and over that Friday at the church, but basically everything went out the window on the big day. Nick laughed as he told me afterwards that my dad and I had booked it down the aisle! I guess that’s what happens when you’re nervous 😉

THE CEREMONY

Like I said above, we kept everything pretty traditional with our ceremony. We chose to have an unplugged ceremony so that everyone would be fully present and not worried about snapping photos. I am SO glad that we made that decision because everything felt more intimate that way. My friend, Mary, did all of our signage for our wedding & did an amazing job with our unplugged wedding sign. For our programs we created an accordion style program with If It’s Paper and  love the way it turned out!
While we were engaged with did pre-marital counseling with our pastor, which we love and 1000% recommend! During that time he got to know us so well as a couple and he gave a really great homily that represented us well. One of our family friends did our reading and we chose Colossians 3:12-14 because it really resonated well with us.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity.”

The photo below makes me laugh because when Nick first started repeating the vows he started off looking at our pastor. Our pastor, Louis, made a joke of it and so we were all laughing! It definitely made the moment lighthearted since we were both a bit nervous! After we exchanged vows and rings we lit our unity candle. Both of our mothers lit one side before they were seated and Nick and I lit the unity candle together to signify our families coming together and us joining as one. I’m really glad we decided to include that tradition in our ceremony and I think it will be really special to light it every year for our anniversary. After the ceremony our bridesmaids and groomsmen headed back to our venue while we took some photos. It was nice to have those few minutes just the two of us to talk, steal a few kisses, and just be together since we hadn’t seen each other the whole day! Some of these photos, while in a hallway of the church, turned out to be my favorites because I can see the happiness and I vividly remember those moments.

The photo below makes me smile because we’re both very silly and I’m pretty sure our photographer snapped it right after we said “we’re marrrrieeddd!” 

OUR WEDDING DAY HIGHLIGHTS PART I | OUR WEDDING DAY HIGHLIGHTS PART II | OUR WEDDING DAY – GETTING READY

WEDDING DRESS: WATTERS AZALEA DRESS | EARRINGS: GRANDMOTHER’S | SHOES: STUART WEITZMAN | BRIDESMAID DRESSES: WTOO BY WATTERS | GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN TUXES: J.CREW | GROOM’S & GROOMSMEN’S TIES: THE TIE BAR | FATHER’S SUITS: J.CREW | FATHER’S TIES: THE TIE BAR | CHURCH: CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH | VENUE: PROXIMITY HOTEL | CATERING: PRINT WORKS BISTRO | PHOTOGRAPHY: ALEXA’S PHOTOGRAPHY | EVENT PLANNING: CARLY MARIE EVENTS | FLORAL: ABBA DESIGN | VIDEOGRAPHY: WHITEWASH FILMS | HAIR & MAKEUP: CARLA WHITE BEAUTY |

Leave a Reply

14 Comments

  1. I like that unplugged wedding sign. Nice touch to add to make sure your guests are fully present.

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  2. Rita wrote:

    Such a lovely post! All the pictures are very beautiful. Love your dress and the details.
    Rita

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  3. Beth wrote:

    We go to Christ Church too!

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
    • Emily wrote:

      Small world! We love our church and I’m sure we’ve been at some of the same services! 🙂

      Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  4. Such a beautiful post. I love that you had a traditional wedding…there is just something so lovely about traditional.

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  5. Madeline wrote:

    So beautiful! That dress is absolutely stunning!

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  6. Your wedding and this post is beautiful! I love the idea of an unplugged ceremony!

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  7. You look absolutely stunning! Your dress is such a dream. Congrats on your happiness! Hugs, Kait

    Posted 2.7.18 Reply
  8. kileen wrote:

    So, SO beautiful babe!! Such a special memory, and day. Congratulations again!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  9. Laura wrote:

    Your wedding ceremony looked amazing Emily! The back of your wedding dress is absolutely stunning!! Congratulations again!

    xo, Laura

    Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  10. Liz wrote:

    I love these beautiful photos! You look absolutely stunning and your dress is to die for!

    Liz

    Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  11. Greta wrote:

    Your wedding was absolutely beautiful! Love how you included everyone in the process and made it special for everyone.

    Posted 2.8.18 Reply
  12. Jasmine wrote:

    You looked so beautiful and your ceremony was beautiful as well.

    Posted 2.9.18 Reply

follow along with me | @emilynwilkinson

  • Men are always the *hardest* people to shop for, right?! 🤷🏼‍♀️🎁 If you’re still struggling with what to get the guy (husband, s.o, dad, etc) in your life - check out the new @barringtongifts canvas captain’s bag! I got one for Nick this fall & he has used it a ton already! I’m sharing all the details on lifewithemilyblog.com & my men’s gift guide will be up tomorrow! Shop everything here: http://liketk.it/2I4cG @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKfamily #LTKholidaygiftguide #mensgifts #mensgiftideas #giftideasforhim #barringtongifts #barrington
  • Twirling into a new week 🖤 I have this thing for leopard print & I can’t get enough of this shimmery leopard print skirt! It’s under $75 & would be perfect for holiday parties! Shop this look at the link in my bio or here: http://liketk.it/2HXQ5 #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKholidaystyle #gibsonxhisugarplum #holidayoutfits #holidayoutfitideas #nordstrom
  • It’s the holiday season, which means plenty of travel coming up! ✈️🚙 We’re heading on vacation at the end of the month 🌴 & I’ll be packing some @verabradley essentials, including my large spinner suitcase and the blush & brush cosmetic case. [ad] I’ve been traveling with Vera Bradley items since I was about 10 (hello, you *had* to have the duffel! 💁🏼‍♀️) and I love that their pieces are so functional & high quality! See more of my travel picks in my stories & shop this at the link in my bio! #verabradley #enwexplores #holidaytravel
  • There’s still a few hours to shop @serenaandlily’s 25% off sale! 🎉 It’s a great time to get home gifts for those you love (and maybe a few items for yourself, too!) I grabbed a few sets of these coaster sets to give as gifts this holiday season! 💙 Shop the coasters, tray & a few other SL products I own and love here: http://liketk.it/2HMdm @liketoknow.it #liketkit #ltkhome #serenaandlily #slpartner #giftidea #homedecor #homegifts
  • Our 2019 holiday cards arrived from @zola & we love them! ❤️ we went with simple this year (and even used a self-timer to take the pic!) and the customization process with Zola was incredibly simple as well! 🙌🏻 you can get your holiday cards 50% off with code ZOLAHOLIDAY50 🙌🏻✨🎄#Zola #zolaholiday #christmascards
  • ‘Tis the season!🎄hope you all had a great holiday yesterday! I’m now in full Christmas mode (let’s be real, our house has been decorated for a few weeks now haha!) ✨ we got a second tree this year & I’m so in love with our @kingofchristmas flocked tree! Get a discount with code EmilyNWilkinson 💙 shop everything here (my top & jeans are on sale!) http://liketk.it/2Hz62 @liketoknow.it #liketkit #LTKholidayathome #blackfriday #holidaydecor #kingofchristmas #blackfridaysale #abercrombiestyle #christmasdecor

Follow Me @emilynwilkinson