I was so surprised at how NOT nervous I was the morning and day of the wedding. My friend, Colleen, just got married last summer, and I remember her telling me that you are just so anxious to see your (future) husband that whole day! It was so true. Although, it was funny, he kept calling me to ask where the dog’s vaccination records were, and for something else that morning. 🙂
So I was kind of stranded at the hotel that morning and didn’t want to wake up Chris or Megan. I ended up showering and calling a cab to take me to my parent’s house. Calling a cab anywhere in the suburbs means one thing, generally – waiting. So I ended up going down to the hotel lobby and waiting for about 45 minutes. Chris Dolan ended up coming down for breakfast and seeing me there, and suggested I call Mary and Katie to see if they could take me home. They had their hair appointments at 8 a.m., and sure enough, they sweetly offered to take me back.
I remember getting to my parent’s house and having about an hour until I left for the day. It was such a strange feeling! I was there by myself (well, everyone was asleep at first) and I just remember thinking, “I feel like I should be doing something right now?” I was just so anxious to get the day started! We got to my appointment around 9:15, and when I was finished there, I headed to the church (after a necessary stop at Starbucks).
The next two hours flew by. It’s funny how when I first heard we had to be at the church at noon I thought, “Well…what’re we gonna do for two hours?!” When in reality it felt more like 15 minutes! My dad kindly brought us Subway and all of us girls got dressed and relaxed with a beverage. 🙂
The whole time I still was not nervous. I was just SO excited to be marrying Brian. Today was finally the day! All of my worry about how the day was going to go went out the window. It was a little rainy that morning, but I really didn’t care. I just wanted to see him and hold his hand.
After we took some pictures in the church, we came back down to the bridal room for a bit. Finally it was time for my sisters and I to hang out in the room in the back of the church. I remember being worried about being back there for 30 minutes. What were we gonna do, after all? 🙂 Thankfully my sisters supplied me with LOTS of laughs, and they even started to fan me when I started to get a little nauseous. I tell you – they were the BEST that day and I wouldn’t have made it through without them! (Or maybe I would have…but possibly with vomit on my dress).
Then came one of my most anticipated moments of the day….my dad came back to the room and it was just me and him. I can’t tell you how special it was to have that time with him…just me and him. He helped to calm my nerves and cracked a few jokes to put my stomach at ease. Then it was time! I really, truly could NOT wait to just see Brian and to hold his hand.
I joked with my dad that we needed to try to go slow (we are both fast walkers), and then we were off. All this time, I think I was most nervous about that moment; ALL eyes are on you, and that is a very scary thing! I still was nervous as I walked down the aisle, but honestly I was more excited and felt like I was going to burst with happiness. This was it! Not only did I meet my guy…I found the best guy I’ve ever known. I feel like a better person just BEING with him, and I really, truly can’t believe I am with this very special person!
I’ll never forget the look on Brian’s face as I walked down to him. I tried to look at faces in the crowd, but I really just wanted to focus on him and how incredibly happy he looked at that moment. I got to him and reached for his hand (our hands were both shaking for the first several minutes), and the rest of the ceremony itself was a blur. The one moment I will never forget is when it was time for me to say my vows….of course I messed up and said “I, Brian, take…-um, I, HOLLY, take…” I laughed right away because it’s just something I would do 🙂
And then it was time for the fun to begin! As soon as we walked out of the church I couldn’t stop smiling. We did it!