After the dress rehearsal first thing in the morning, the girls and guys split up to take care of a few tasks and then go get pretty. My bridesmaids and my mom and I went to a place in my hometown where I've been getting my hair cut for ages, and the lady who does bridal updos and makeup was wonderful and very chill and calm, which was just what I needed. I wasn't nervous about getting married, per se, but I was nervous about everything going smoothly for the rest of the day. Taking some time to relax and have someone pamper me was awesome.
There was a point where I was the only one getting my hair done and everyone else was sitting in another room eating lunch, and I distinctly remember being in there alone with Alex (the gal doing my hair) and thinking “I am so calm right now. No one is calling me or emailing me or texting me or asking to make any decisions. I am so calm.”
I remember sitting in the bridal room, drinking champagne and laughing and talking with Amy and my sister. It was only 2pm and I remember thinking “The ceremony starts at 5. We still have 3 hours? This is going to feel like forever.” But it went by so quickly. Soon my other bridesmaid Heather was there, and then my mom, and then it was time to get dressed and then, THEN, then it was time to go get married.
He didn't seem to mind too much though. He knows how much I love him.Right before the ceremony started, the wedding coordinator lined everyone up, everyone but me, and I stayed around the corner of the building so D wouldn’t see me before we got started, and I was standing there completely alone for the first time all day. I was wearing my wedding dress and my handmade birdcage veil and my beautiful white satin shoes with the bows on the toes and looking at my reflection in the window and thinking “I’m about to go get married. This is really happening.” and then I was so happy I started dancing and twirling around in my big full wedding dress skirt, just like a little girl. After what seemed like a long time I was still hiding there, waiting for my cue, and I was wondering if I would be nervous or freak out but instead I just danced around, by myself, while everyone else around the corner started walking down the aisle. And then it was happening. My wedding was beginning.