Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kiersten and Jeff’s Big Day

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As we approached the wedding venue for the last time it suddenly hit me how quickly this had all come to fruition. I mean, it felt like Kiersten had just broken the news to us that she was engaged, and now, well now she’s a married woman!

It’s strange when I think about how I met her when she was only six, and Tony and I were just a new couple. She and Zoe didn’t get to grow up together, but they certainly knew each other well enough to act like sisters, in both the greatest and most annoying ways! (One minute they loved each other and the next they were fighting; true sisters.)

I was a complete wreck knowing that I’d have to stick Zoe with both Harper and Dakota while Landon escorted me down the aisle, but Zoe was a real trooper and handled those two perfectly. I was so proud of her!

The most surreal moment had to be watching Tony walk Kiersten down the aisle. It just doesn’t feel all that long ago that I walked down the aisle to meet him, my new husband. Something about that exact moment made my eyes tear up. I’m not sure if it’s just the mood or the music or possibly just the beauty of the moment, but I heard sniffling all around, and when Tony made it to the end it was all he could do to keep the tears in. There are so many feelings in those moments; joy, heartache, love and knowing. Knowing that this is the beginning of a long journey for these two people, knowing that we are in fact getting older, knowing that your baby isn’t your baby anymore but is in fact beginning her own family. Knowing that you did good getting her to this moment. Knowing that, no matter what, you only want the best for this new couple.

I didn’t take pictures during the ceremony because sometimes being fully present is best. There were plenty of photographers around to catch each precious moment, and I didn’t want to miss a beat of the beautiful ceremony before me. I marveled at the look of happiness and awe on both of their faces, the look of contentment and joy and couldn’t help but remember my own wedding day. I don’t remember much of the actual ceremony, but I’ll never forget the tears in Tony’s eyes or the quiver in his voice as we said our I do’s.

I did take a bajillion photo’s before and after the wedding though, but I’ll be kind and only post some of my favorites. I don’t want to break the internet or anything…

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And a couple video’s:

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Wallington
I Wanna Dance With Somebody

It was a beautiful night, but Dakota and Harper had had it by about 8pm, so Tony and I took them back to the hotel. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these two…

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