All photos by Beth York Photography.
It was hard for me to pull myself away from our friends and family the night before our wedding but I made sure to arrive home before midnight so I didn't turn into a pumpkin. Alex and I didn't want to see each other on our wedding day before I walked down the aisle. The morning of our wedding started with brunch and a gift exchange with my girls before we had our individual hair appointments. We all met at the Enterprise Mill around lunchtime to fuel up on sandwiches and chips. I can't say that I ate all that much but I knew I wasn't going to eat again that day so I wanted to be sure to get a quick bite in before the ceremony (the only thing we ended up eating that night was cake and french fries topped with poutine gravy out of a milk jug thanks to Uncle Steve and our Canadian family) . I did my own makeup with my sister's supervision and my mom and sisters helped me get dressed. If you want to feel really pampered, just get married! I'm kidding, but I really did feel like a princess having so many people make sure that every detail was perfect. Before heading outside to do some group photos with my bridesmaids, I opened my gift from Alex. We had decided to exchange gifts and letters to open on our big day before the ceremony. Our incredible videographer, Ben from Grain & Key Weddings, recorded me fighting back tears as long as I could to read the letter Alex wrote me out loud for our film. I just remember reading the sweetest words and feeling so calm, sure, and happy for what was about to come. I received the most incredible Pendleton Woolen Mills blanket, an American brand, that we plan to pass down in our family for generations to come. Affixed to the corner was a Luckenbooth, a Scottish wedding brooch that later is meant to be pinned to a baby's swaddle or child's clothes to protect it from harm. (How could you not cry at the tenderness of that symbolism... I mean, come on!) The Luckenbooth was just one of the small ways we were able to incorporate Alex's Scottish heritage into our wedding day. The hours we spent getting ready flew by. There wasn't even a moment to think about get nervous before I was being whisked away to line up to walk down the aisle with my dad and see Alex and our guests for the first time!
If you're married, were you nervous on your wedding day? I know this sounds unbelievable, but it's probably the most calm and sure I've ever felt.