Monday, September 22, 2008

Club Wed

September 12, 2008
3:00 p.m.
Nauvoo, Illinois

We did it! We had a wonderful time in Nauvoo and can't believe it went so quickly.

Aaron, my mom, my aunt, and I flew out on Wednesday and drove up to Nauvoo. I was so excited to see the temple. It's been three and a half years since I lived across the street from it and I've missed it. My heart soared when it came into view... oh how I've missed it! It was so surreal to be looking at the real temple and not just at pictures.

I'll post more about Thursday (the day before the wedding) later, but I wanted to upload the few pictures we do currently have of the wedding.

On Friday, we woke up to POURING rain... definitely not what I have ever dreamed of on my wedding day, but we decided to make the best we could of it. We hoped it would clear up but ran to Wal-mart and brought a red umbrella to make part of our attire just in case it didn't. We also bought two dozen roses and a small sheet cake there. Keokuk Wal-mart was totally our wedding superstore!

That morning, other than going to Wal-mart, I also made my bouquet (because weddings are so rare out there, people were going to charge me over $100 for a small bouquet and I thought that was ridiculous! I ended up being perfectly happy with my 'homemade' one), and got my hair done at the salon in the hotel. I had really, really hoped to have it down and curly but it was still raining and the humidity was insane that it was obvious it would be a very bad idea. He started on an up-do but didn't have me facing the mirror. He turned me around as he was finishing and I HATED it. In fact, I started bawling in front of him! I felt like I had wings on the front and top of my head and that it looked like a rat's nest in the back. (Do rat's even have nests?!) Anyway, this totally caused a huge breakdown thirty minutes before I needed to be in the temple. Alicia helped me pull the front tight against my face to get rid of the wing look and it really did look just fine... I just wasn't what I had been planning on! Nonetheless, I tried SO hard to stop crying but couldn't. About 20 min before the ceremony started many prayers were answered and the floodgates quit! Phew!

Being in the temple was incredible. We were sealed on the very top floor... right under the bell tower in the small rectangle part higher than the rest of the temple. The sealing was incredible and it was fantastic to be surrounded by family and friends. That temple is so beautiful.

After the sealing we went outside and took a bunch of pictures in the covered cove by the doors.




The picture above is us and the girls. (Don't ask me why they put Aaron on the step below... yuck!) My sisters Laurie and Jenny, sister-in-law Alicia, and Chloe and Sadie (my flower girls) who are from a family in my ward. (Two families in my home ward drove out to see the wedding! It was awesome!) I made all of the skirts they are wearing.

After a bunch of group pictures Aaron and I went with the photographer and got some other ones. It never stopped raining the whole day so we were so glad we got that umbrella! For some reason that umbrella made me okay with the rain... it's weird how something that simple made it all okay. Because of the pouring rain, no one followed us with their digital cameras so we don't have too many pictures. His dad caught these ones though.




We had set up a horse-drawn buggy to pick us up from the temple and take us on a ride around the flats (where all the shops are), but they never showed. I guess they didn't like the rain! It was okay though because Aaron's family and my family followed us all around the flats getting all the pictures I requested.

In the groves...
Main Street...
Joseph Smith's Mansion House...

The Old Stone Arch...



And down Parley Street on the banks of the Mississippi...


We were SO wet by the time we were done. My dress weighed pounds more from all the water and it was caked in mud! No worries though, it cleaned up just fine.
We had a dinner with everyone at a downtown buffet and I'll post about that later too. I just had to share a few of the pictures I currently have. (My brother-in-law posted them on Facebook so I finally got some!) I did get all the pictures from his dad this weekend so I can look through them now and decide on my favorites and post them. And of course I'll post the ones from the photographer when we get them.

32 comments:

Sarah said...

I LOVE the red umbrella! It's adds a fun, unique touch. Your bouquet also looks awesome. You two look so happy! We're so excited for you and will see you on Friday!

Mike and Lisa said...

Rain or shine, I couldn't tell a difference, you look gorgeous and if anything the touch of the red umbrella makes it better. It makes your pictures unique and beautiful. My fav pic is the one of you on main street, the black and white with the red looks SO good!

Cami and Mitch said...

Becky-congratulations!! What a gorgeous couple! :) Everything looks amazing..the bouquet,the umbrella,your hair, the dress...anyway I am so happy for you too. Unfortunately Mitch and i can't come to your reception because I didn't realize it is the same weekend as our family's annual golf tournament. Keep posting pictures though so I won't feel too bad about not seeing you two!

Colby and Meredith said...

Yay! You're so hot Becky! Love the pics. I'm so happy for you two! Don't worry...most brides feel slightly stressed on their wedding day. I think you did great!!

jkmoss3 said...

wow, your pictures are awesome. I love the one of you guys in front of the arch with the little water fall behind you. I am so glad you two are happy, and you make a great couple. I love you both.

Love Kris

Jennifer said...

BECKY!
Oh man I love your pictures you guys look so great and it looks like it was perfect, wish I could have been there. How is all the married stuff goin'!? :) I'm excited to hear all about it. I totally would name my puppy Wagdi, we need to get him on blogspot by the way! Let me know what is new and exciting!

Chanelle said...

Congrats on the big day newlyweds!! I love the picturs! My favorite one with the umbrella is the second one after the text "in the groves."

Christiansen's said...

Oh my heavens, you looked so beautiful! I am so sorry about the drama with your hairdresser and all the other crazy things that happened. I am glad that everything worked out great. You guys look so happy and your pictures are beautiful! Congrats!

Christiansen's said...

Oh my heavens, you looked so beautiful! I am so sorry about the drama with your hairdresser and all the other crazy things that happened. I am glad that everything worked out great. You guys look so happy and your pictures are beautiful! Congrats!

WX Ences said...

Isn't it great how things seem to work out just fine...it's the little things!

Congrats and can't wait to hear more!!!

Evelyn and Gerry - YSA said...

Congratulations on your wedding! Loved all your pictures! Guess you won't be going to the singles activities anymore. You two and your hauling your bikes to everything just go so great together! That's so wonderful and it looked like an amazing time. You both look so happy. All our best to you! Happiness Forever and ever!

Design Gal said...

Girl, you look gorgeous!!! I'm so happy for you!!! And the red umbrella was a great accessory!

Aliese said...

I actually really like the rainy pictures! They add a completely different level of romance. The red umbrella is AWESOME. My favorite's the one where you can see the waterfall under the stone arch.

Brenda said...

I love it! (Almost as much as I love you guys) I am so happy and excited for you. Wish I could've been there. See you on Friday!

LeBaron Family said...

I love EVERYTHING about it! The red umbrella added a very unique touch to the photos!
Your bouquet is gorgeous!
Your hair is beautiful!
I wish I had been there!!

Andrea J said...

Congratulations Becky and Aaron! I'm so happy for you and the fantastic start y'all have had.

Emily said...

A horse-drawn buggy? AWESOME! I hope you didn't pay them, I would be annoyed that they flaked on you. I'm glad you and rain made up and weren't fighting the whole day. And your hair is gorgeous - even though it's not how you wanted it to be!

Josh, Carlie, and Natalie said...

Congrats! I'm so excited for you! What a beautiful wedding! I loved the pictures! You look so beautiful! Congrats again! :)

Matthew and Hillary said...

I love the touch of the red umbrella. Yay for Keokuk Wal-Mart. You're amazing...making your own bouquet and all your bridesmaids skirts. Too bad about the hair thing...I'm sure that was frustrating. I'm glad it worked out in the end. Thanks for posting the story of your wedding. I love the pictures. It makes me want to go back SOOO bad!

DaNae said...

I have been checking your blog nonstop looking for pics of the newlyweds!!! You look beautiful! It made me miss Nauvoo so much. What an awesome place to be married. Can't wait to see more!!

Angie said...

Oh Beck... my mom posted some of your pictures on her blog and I must say you look absolutely gorgeous! And the crafty work on the bouquet... you're a genius! I hear you about the hair thing- although I know it doesn't much compare to a wedding day, on prom night I couldn't get my hair to work and when my date showed up at the door I was still downstairs crying about it. But I bet after all was said and done, you were probably grateful to have it pulled back because of all the rain. And I also want to say that the umbrella adds an awesome punch to the pictures! Congrats!

Gage said...

Congratulations. You look gorgeous and the pictures are GREAT! I'm so glad that everything turned out so well in the end. Congrats!

Shanda said...

Congrats Becky and Aaron! Nauvoo is the best place to get married. I am so glad to hear that everything turned out well, even despite the pouring rain. I love that you made your own bouquet and got a sheet cake! I hope everything is going well for you now and that you are adjusting to the married life. Good luck with everything!

Spencer and Emily said...

Becky you are a trooper and you look gorgeos! I love all of your pictures in town. Can't wait to see more.

Anonymous said...

Becky you are so GORGEOUS. What are the chances of you getting rid of this Aaron character and going for me? HIS NOSE IS HUGE. Let me know -k- babe.

clay and jordan said...

You're married!!! Yay! I'm so glad everything turned out, drama and all. After all, what's a wedding day without a little stress and drama? I wish I could have been there for you Beckster. I was thinking about you all the live long day. You look beautiful and SO happy in your pictures!!

julie.lewis15 said...

I LOVE the red umbrella--especially in the picture on main street--it looks like sepia and you guys are the only color part. I can't wait to see the pictures in person, I just want to see clear! You looked so pretty! I can't wait to see you tomorrow! You should bring the red umbrella!

Cat Zimmer said...

Sheesh I am glad you had room for me in your comments section- I wish I could get twenty freakin eight comments on my blog! The wedding/temple- gorgeous, your dress- amazazing. You both look so happy, congrats friend. Wish I could be at your reception!

M said...

Oh Beck what a beautiful day! The rain added a touch of memory and you look just dashing. So glad you were able to enter the temple and feel the amazingness within. Can't wait to see you this weekend!

Sarah White said...

Becky, you got my DREAM wedding. Congratulations! Good luck.

Jessie said...

You really are so beautiful, Becky. And I too love the red umbrella and your hair and your bouquet--I wish I would've thought to do my own flowers, they are SO expensive, and you did such a great job! So beautiful.

Deann H. said...

Congrats again! The umbrella looks great in the pictures, it totally brings out your bouquet. I didn't know you sew, you're a great seamstress to make the skirts!