When I woke up on the morning of Leah’s wedding, the first thing I did was go to the window to look at the weather. It had been gloomy all week, and you never know what you’re going to get at the beach, especially in the morning. I held my breath as I peeked through the curtains…and saw clear blue skies. Yay!

After a nice breakfast, we started getting ready.

aunt of the bride

getting her hair done

I wanted to leave it like this
I really wanted to keep my hair like this.

I thought the hair people did a fabulous job, especially on my little sweetie.

bridesmaid hair

getting ready for the ceremony

But no one looked more amazing than the bride:

The beautiful bride

Leah and Ted took their formal pictures before their guests arrived, so they saw each other for the first time prior to the ceremony.

seeing each other for the first time

I was lucky enough to walk around with them and the photographer while she took their pictures.

Mr and Mrs goofing around

Before we knew it, it was time for the main event! After the bridesmaids and groomsmen walked down the aisle, my kids were up.

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My mom carried James to the beginning of the aisle and I stood at the other end calling his name.

the ring bearer

Unfortunately, the crowd’s collective “awwwww!” drowned out my voice, so James never made eye contact with me. He’d walk part of the way down the aisle, then get distracted by flowers or someone’s camera. My mom eventually picked him up and carried him the rest of the way, but that smile never left his face.

Then it was Annie’s turn. Before the ceremony, she told Leah that she’d, “waited for this day all my life.” But just a few minutes before we walked down the aisle, she said, “Mommy, I’m a little nervous because I’ve never done this before.” Leah and I assured her that it was okay to be nervous, and that she’d do a great job.

flower girl

She took her flower-petal-dropping job very seriously.

Then it was the bride’s turn:

The bride

Annie stood next to me for most of the ceremony, smiling and giggling at the funny things that were said.

at the ceremony

Although, at one point she whispered up to me, “Mom, when is she going to stop talking?” referring to the officiant. I found out later that Annie thought a wedding was walking down the aisle, saying “I do,” and then kissing. The end! The officiant was actually a dear friend of Leah and Ted’s, and she did a wonderful job. She was heartfelt, hilarious, and, despite what Annabel thought, did not talk too long. My brother also gave a speech during the wedding that was sweet and funny. I think the vows are the best part of any wedding, and Ted and Leah wrote their own. It was a privilege to get that peek into the way they love each other.

After they exchanged rings, Annie squealed, “I LOVE THIS PART!”

And just like that, they were married!