well... i know it happened over a week ago & some people might not care anymore - but this is my blog, so i can do whatever i want.
friday night, my family had arrived. we had to set up tables at the church & we recruited a little help. my parents also provided pizza & dinner. setting up tables - not that i did any of the work, i realize - didn't take long, but it was sure fun to have that time to visit with people. after that, the party moved back to heidi's house for some more visiting... eventually i dragged my parents home with me. i've lived alone the majority of my life since graduating from college & loved it just fine - but didn't want to spend my last night alone. it was really nice to have my parents there that night with me. i got to snuggle with my mom (my dad slept in the guest room, in the extra bed) also, since i hadn't been sleeping - i took some tylenol p.m. and actually slept.
saturday morning, i woke up so excited. i asked my dad to give me a father's blessing before we left to get the day started. my dad has always given me (us) a blessing whenever necessary. i just wanted one that morning. it was such a sweet little time that morning. we all sat and cried. we were so excited and happy, my wedding day was an answer to so many prayers - probably most of all mine & my parents. we took a few pictures before we left the house. you can see the tears...
we went to grab a little breakfast & then we went to get my hair done. the girl that does my hair is so fun - she does a good job & she's just so personable. i swear, she was just as excited as me that morning :) garrett came and picked us up (didn't make my dad stay, he took my car & went back over to my sister's house) and eventually took us back to heidi's too so we could all get dressed. then garrett and i went to the temple together. my parents followed us & we met garrett's parents there. which started the next portion of the day that i like to refer to as "hot, sweaty, emotional, crybaby hayley during the most special hour or so ever." i was super hot. and i sweated a lot. and on top of that, i couldn't stop crying during the whole temple experience. it was so amazing & i can't really even think about it without getting teary again. i won't say anything about it, cause it's so special to me, but i will say this: i'm so thankful for the blessings in my life, in my family - with Garrett.
coming out of the temple - we took a bunch of pictures. i'm sorry if i look cranky in some of the pictures, i wasn't at all - i just have super sensitive eyes & didn't have my sunglasses on. a headache was coming on in a matter of moments. luckily for us - the weather was beatiful outside! mid 40's & sunny.
then we headed to the luncheon, that garrett's parents did. it was lovely! we got to eat (which, if you know me, is super important to me. yes, even on my wedding day...) garrett's brother McKay did a wonderful job of keeping me in supply with Dr Pepper. :) one of my favorite parts about the whole day was that i knew i always had a dr close by!
later that evening, we had time for a few family pictures before the reception crowd started. here's a glimpse of the crowd: then people came & came & came. it was so much fun. i loved seeing/meeting old family friends, my friends, garrett's friends, his old family friends... we just had a great time. it was very busy and we really didn't get to do more than say hi to everyone. before i knew it, the reception was over & just moments before the line had finally died. we had enough time to steal a couple deviled eggs & change & hit the road. it all went so fast. but we had fun & enjoyed ourselves the whole time. i can't complain about anything!!!
the cake & the cutting of the cake. garrett was warned specifically that there would be no smashing of cake in faces. i know i'm trashy in many areas... but not when it comes to cake smashing. i wouldn't have been a happy girl. luckily, he didn't - we just had to get through the awkwardness of cutting the cake with hundreds of people watching. it was hard!
then there was just a lot of people & special little moments...
all in all - my wedding day was perfect. everything was wonderful - thanks again to our parents & family, it was so great because of you, too. i felt so blessed & lucky. i still do. it was just the best day of my life. followed by the best week of my life. i am still on cloud nine.