Stephen and I have been married for one month! If I had to describe our wedding in one word, it would be the word “joy.” Stephen and I waited 36 and 34 years for each other, so there was an explosion of joy in our hearts and in our family and friends when we finally got to vow our faithfulness and love to each other on June 18th, 2016.
After Wednesday in our wedding week, things settled down, and I just got to peacefully enjoy the people coming into town, such as my amazing maid of honor, Chelsea.
The rehearsal dinner turned out beautifully at the church; it was topped off with many toasts and stories about Stephen and I:
Stephen helping so many people move, my brother saying I like to push for what I want, Erin sharing how scared I got when watching Jurassic Park for the first time. Uncle Roger reading us a poem about the phantoms going on before us… It was so sweet! So many people saying we are right for each other…We agree!
The next morning started bright and early because we had to deliver the reception flowers to the air conditioned tent at the golf club where we were going to have our party!
Then we got Starbucks and headed over to the home of a motherly friend who let us all get ready at her gorgeous home.
We got hair, make-up down while listening to the wedding mixed cd my bridesmaid Catherine made–that added to the festive mood! Lunch, the getting into my amazing dress and group photos outside followed. (This was actually taken afterwards, but you get the gist of it!)
I got a few photos with my little hobbit ring bearers!
I wasn’t nervous about walking down the aisle, but any nerves I might have had were lost when I saw my two nephews take off running down the aisle with my bridesmaid sister, Ruth, trying to keep up with them.
Then the music changed to the “Wedding March,” and as my older brother walked me down the aisle, I just beamed at Stephen and all the folks smiling at us. Stephen looked so handsome in his black tuxedo, and he smiled back at me.
My Dad met us at the front of the church (since he had a stroke in January, he can walk some, but he let my brother walk me down the aisle), and handed me off to Stephen–with a stern finger shake and a smile. Yesterday he told me, “I liked your dress–you just looked like a cloud and so beautiful!”
Stephen’s family also was so supportive–cousins playing music, taking photos, and celebrating so much with us! Here’s the rest of the event in photos:
Stephen made that card box for me!
And here’s one of my favorite photos so far! To introduce it: Because we have nephews between us, we decided to have “The Fellowship of the Ring Bearers,” and they all wore hobbit cloaks down the aisle. They didn’t wear them long, but we did get a picture of all the children in the wedding:
So, do you get what I mean by “joy” being the word for the day?
Have an amazing Monday!
~Mary Hope Schuh
Copyright 2016 (Some of the photos were taken by Stephen, myself, Teresa, and other Schuhs).