I had my entire wedding day scheduled to the minute. Wake up at 8am. Leave for nail salon at 8:30. Mani/Pedis till 10:30. Manor by 11. Etc. etc. etc. I had my own personal schedule that included EVERYTHING, and then had the “public” schedule below:
But sometimes things happen you can’t plan for. Like an unexpected trip in a cop car to the Galax Hospital. Everyone always told me “something unplanned will happen on Saturday. Leave time for it!” So I did. I was very liberal with the schedule, knowing something random would pop up and take longer than expected. The worst I imagined was a bad hair day, someone forgetting their shoes, or the videographers getting lost. Needless to say, I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined losing a grandparent on the day of our wedding. But! Life happens. And you deal. :)
I didn’t think dad and I would get to see each other before pictures started. I had blocked off a 15 minute window so daddy could be the first person to see me in my wedding dress. I wouldn’t even let dad HEAR about the design of my wedding dress, much less see me in it before August 11. Mom and I had my room BLOCKED OFF to ANY male species. :P I was really looking forward to seeing Daddy’s reaction, but when I started in hair and makeup at the manor, he was still at the hospital. I assumed we wouldn’t be able to see each other.
But God worked it out. He knew we needed these moments. Dad arrived at the manor literally at the same time I was walking down the stairs to meet Ray. :) I stopped in the hallway at the bottom of the stairs and he came in through the side door. I am so thankful this worked out.
First time seeing his little girl in a wedding dress..
I will always be a daddy’s girl. ♥
AND our Father/Daughter Dance..
(please note Annalee Carter crying in the photo below)
And Dad crying in this one. :)
I searched FOREVER trying to find our Father/Daughter Dance Song…
I think this one suited us perfectly. ;)
I have leaned so much about life, responsibilities, and commitment to family from my amazing father. He has pushed me to reach my full potential since day one.. always ready to give advice and support when I need it the most. (which is often when I don’t think I need it…and am wayyy wrong) He gave me hard work ethic and ambition. He believed in me, no matter how crazy my dreams where. :) He’s the rock of our family, and will always be my role model.
Love you, Daddy!
Red Roblin by Clark Richard
Our First Dance — Photos and Video