Sunday, July 20, 2008

the wedding day

Well, as promised, Jared went climbing the morning of the wedding with his brother Randy and his nephew Parker, and his friends, Craig and Sarah. I on the other hand was grateful for a slower morning as everyone who knows me knows that I like to take my own sweet time getting ready, especially on my wedding day! Junae was my helper all morning, and she talked to me and tried to calm my nerves a little as I dried my hair and applied my make-up. We had forgotten to purchase my temple clothes and so we pulled out of the driveway a little later than we had wanted and poor Jared was waiting in the foyer for a good hour. And to think, I was the one who was worried about HIM getting to the temple on time! ;) But I made it, and even though I was shaking, somehow I made it to the dressing room. However, just as we were entering the records verification office, a friend from my high school years was walking out with her husband. She was being sealed to her wife and son that afternoon as well, and their sealing room was scheduled right next to ours, so I was able to see many friends from our old ward. It was so good to see them. I was escorted by my mother and by Edy McGee, who is the mother of a wonderful friend of mine from my high school days at Deseret Academy. I waited in the Celestial Room where I was able to meet Jared's sister, Becky, and her husband Paul, while Jared was momentarily "lost" by the temple workers! ;) But then there he was, walking towards me in the Celestial Room, and after a few moments, we were taken into the sealing room, where our families and friends were waiting for us. We were sealed by Elder Hess and his words of council were inspiring. Then Jared took my hand and knelt together at the altar and were sealed for time and all eternity. There is no more exquisite feeling in the world than to be surrounded by your family and friends, and holding the hand and looking into the eyes of the one who will become your eternal companion. When the ceremony was over, we were able to spend some time with our family and friends and then we hurried and changed our clothes. We walked up the stairs and looked at each other just before the doors opened and i realized I was looking at my husband! Man alive...what a cool feeling! :> Then we took a million and a half pictures and had dinner at the Garden Restaurant on the top floor of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and it was beautiful! Jared of course hid the MINI so as to make it impossible to give a good whip cream paint job and after getting the car, we headed off to Park City(thanks to Randy and Tara) in our MINI Cooper...the car that started it all! And they all lived happily ever after!

the reception

What a beautiful night it was!!! Our wedding reception was held in the Adams' backyard the night before we were married. The food was delicious, the flowers were exquisite, and the weather, for the most part, agreeable. Thank you to the many wonderful people who made the night beautiful for Jared and I. Thank you to our parents, Michael and Patti, David and Martha, Ben and Karla, and Lawrence and Reba. Thank you to the bridesmaids and groomsmen, and of course to the flower girls for decorating and and setting up tables and chairs, and making everything beautiful and working so hard. Thanks to all of family members and friends who gave so much of their time and thanks to many of the members of the Manti 8th Ward. We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you! The dancing was wonderful, and the wedding cake was absolutely wonderful, and the pictures were perfect, and the video and videography was amazing! Thanks everyone!!!!