Friday, November 25, 2011

Cari & Jordan: The Wedding (Part 2) & the Not-So-Insta-Flight-Home

You want more wedding?
I hope you said yes. 
Because there wasn't really a choice.
But this post will wrap it up!
We dropped of the beautiful, blushing bride.
To her nervous, excited, and ecstatic groom.
They had their official "first look" photoshoot.
With the super-fab photographers.
I tried really hard not to be the super annoying girl with a camera standing behind the professionals.
So I stood behind a tree.
And a car. 
Way less annoying, right?
We rode around LA, stopping at the Biltmore, Union Station, and Elysian Park.
The bride and groom made us pose in front of Dodger stadium.
I believe 50% of the wedding party wanted to boycott.
But the groom has groom-power.
And he used it.
Even though I smiled.
I was really grimacing on the inside.
(Roll Giants).
Jenny the wife-tographer rode around with us.
She was fun!

A stop back at the Biltmore for formal family photos.
A quick freshening up.
Prayer with their Pastor, Tim Chaddick,
and it was time to get these two fools married.

You know how everyone says their favorite part of the ceremony 
is watching the groom's face as his bride first appears?
That's my second favorite.

My first favorite?
The moment the pastor introduces for the first time Mr & Mrs, 
and the couple turns to their friends and family,
with gigantic, huge, brilliant smiles,
and the bride fist pumps her bouquet into the air.
THAT is my favorite wedding moment.
Props to my sister for knowing this, and being sure to get that shot.
 One of the perks of being in the bridal party?
Access to the bride and groom.
The San Mateo crew got a few minutes with the lovely couple before the reception began!
Look at these beautiful people.
Welcome to our San Mateo family Jordan.
Cari & Jordan are both teachers.
The wedding venue was the Los Angeles Library.
Invitations were old timey check out cards.
The envelopes were lined with pages from old books. 
The program included another library check out card,
and personalized pencil favor, 
to leave as "guest book" wishes for the Mr & Mrs
inside card catalog drawers.
And, what is a wedding without a photobooth.
Bridal Party Perk: Hijacking it.
I love me a good photobooth.
And I love me some photobooth props.
Old lady wig.
Statue of Liberty Crown & Torch.
English Bobby Hat.
Fake Cigarettes.
Hipster Glasses.
I love it all.
My friends are good sports.
I love weddings.  
As much as I joke that I'm going into wedding retirement in 2012, 
I really love being a part of the most important day of someone's life.
After all, one of my spiritual gifts is being bossy.
I love telling people what to do, where to be, and what to remember -
all on behalf of the bride & groom of course.
When I say that it was an honor to stand up there next to Cari and Jordan that is no joke.
During the ceremony I was just in awe of how far the 14 year old girl in a fuzzy purple hat has come.
The girl who was crushing on Jordan from hundreds of miles away.
Will now be by his side, serving the Lord they love, for the rest of their lives.
It has been an honor to have a front row seat for that.
And for the exchanging of their vows.
Their commitment and covenant.

After a fantastic and delicious brunch the following morning, hosted by the mother of the bride,
it was time to return to the 650.
I think LA liked us a bit too much.
And didn't want to let us leave.
Pouring rain meant, delayed flights and hanging out at a very leaky LAX.
Going through their super weird security set up.
Eating soft serve McDonalds cones.
And trying to catch the 49er game in a city with a very confused football identity. 
But like most things in LA, VIP treatment is plentiful.
And we got to take a sweet ride on Southwest's Lone Star One.
Pulled by a California trailer.
When LoneStar One landed in San Francisco,
the flight attendant neighed.
Um, yeah.
"Whoaaaaaaa......big boy!!!"
I think we brought a little Texas home with us.

Linky link with Jeannett:
life rearranged


  1. What a beautiful wedding! I LOVE the library theme. Oh if I had the time and money to do it all over again... you're a great bridesmaid, I'm sure by being a part of it, you helped make it extra special!

  2. If I'm ever on a plane where the flight attendant does that, I may die from lack of air due to laughing so hard. I would also probably snort.

  3. what a fun time you had!

    my favorite part is the grooms face. it is. i never fist pumped when we were announced mr & mrs. couldn'. michael swooped me up and carried me down the isle, because he is AWESOME!

    i use to be a wedding coordinator (i like bossing people around at weddings too). even though i didn't know the people i ALWAYS teared up. ALWAYS. i knew God had written this day for them, and i was humbled and honored to be a part of it.
    weddings are my favorite worship services. oh, the worship that happens at a wedding! oh the anticipation of when we (the bride) finally see our groom's (jesus) face!! see him waiting for us the way a groom waits for his bride (that is why i love that moment...but imagine the fist pumping in heaven..or the swooping...swoon).
    "i've been waiting my whole life for this one night!"

    (see what happens when you get me talking about weddings).

  4. LOVE that plane!!!

    I secretly love weddings. And I tend to watch the groom, you can always tell when he catches the bride's eyes as she's entering. love, love that moment.

  5. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time! Everything looked perfect!

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  6. excellent recap, bridesmaid of the century. seriously, girl. you are a star. i'm w/ Denise.

  7. pretty PRETTY! and i will copy jess, and be with denise, too. xo

  8. LOVE their wedding pics!!! Such great ideas!!! great pics!!!

  9. I love weddings, too. What a cute photo booth they had!! :)

    So you are bossy, huh? That's cute. The body of Christ needs a little bossy here and there! :)

    I love what Denise said, too! What a day that will be in heaven when we are fully realized as the bride of Christ!