Hello everyone! I am back from all of the wedding craziness and honeymoon loveliness. I have missed writing so much these past few weeks and am glad to be back sharing my heart once again, this time as Mrs. Telban. Today, I’ll be sharing a little bit about our big day, as I’m sure most of you have guessed I would on my first day back.
June 26th, 2015 – the best day of my life.
As I’m sitting here reflecting on our wedding day, I cannot help myself but be joyful that our wedding day was the perfect day. We are both so grateful to God for letting our day go smoothly, without any anxieties or bumps. We were able to just sit back, breathe and take in every moment of the day with pure enjoyment.
As soon as I was able to see the 10-day forecast, you wouldn’t believe how often I’d checked it. It was important to us to have a day with good weather, because well, it was our big day, but also because our ceremony was planned for outside. I was believing for good weather since we booked our venue in December, and really trusted that God would pull through in that. My now mother-in-law kept claiming that the weather would be 72 degrees and just lovely, and I claimed that along with her. Well, guess what – it was exactly 72 degrees and absolutely lovely out. God is so faithful!
The start to my day was relaxing and simple. I woke up early and lounged around, while trying to get myself to realize that today was the big day! It wasn’t sinking in at all – it just felt like a normal day to me. My bridesmaids came over for breakfast, and we all took our turns getting our hair done by my mother-in-law (she’s a hairdresser). She did an absolutely amazing job on us all! My sister (and one of my maids of honor) Corryn, did all of the bridesmaid’s makeup, as well as helping out with some of mine. After we were all dolled up and I put my dress on, we took some photos before heading out to Lake Ontario for our first look.
I seriously had the best bridesmaids in the world. They were so encouraging and supportive of me. They’re all true, genuine friends and I’m so thankful for them all.
Michael and I chose to do first look to help calm our nerves and to have an intimate moment before all of the festivities later on. Where did we have out first look? At our little spot where we got engaged at Hamlin Beach on Lake Ontario. The weather was gorgeous; the sky was a magical blue and it melted into the water. It was definitely one of the best decisions we could’ve made for our day.
It was so fun tiptoeing up to my handsome groom and being able to untie the tie from his eyes. It was such a special moment and we were both stunned by how nice we looked (he was so hot, my gosh). I cannot wait to see all of our first look photos, along with the rest of our wedding photos.
Side note: Our photographer was seriously the best. She was so involved and energetic, and made everyone feel absolutely comfortable.
After Michael and I spent some time together and got some photos taken, we got some photos taken with our bridal party before heading to the venue.
I am just in love with this shot. It’s impossible to not be! We were both blown away by the love and the support each one of these friends gave to us on our day. Not related to this post, but this photo is a pretty good representation of how short I really am…and I was wearing 4 1/2 inch heels that day!
When I arrived at the venue, they had me hide in a little corner area inside while everyone was arriving outside. During that time of waiting, the reality of the day still didn’t set in with me. It really just felt like a normal day. Even with my grandma coming to see me before the ceremony to my dad praying with me before walking down the aisle, it still didn’t kick in that I was just moments away from getting married.
Well, it finally hit me when I began to walk down the aisle towards my groom.
I never expected myself to cry at all, and yet I barely was able to contain myself! I just remember smiling and giggling to myself one second, and then the next I was trying to remind myself to breathe and to not let the tears all release. But after my father gave me away and I was holding onto Michael’s arm, I felt at ease and at peace like never before.
It was a beautiful ceremony – from the vows, to the sand ceremony, to communion…to the kiss. It was everything I ever thought it would be and more.
After the ceremony and some photos, we headed right into our reception. It was so nice and easy to have our ceremony and reception at the same place. I couldn’t imagine how difficult it would’ve been to had to have worked between two separate places.
The night went by so quickly, as everyone told us it would. We were able to talk to family and friends, and just truly enjoy ourselves. It was a memorable night. From the toasts that tugged on everyone’s hearts, to our first dance, to the garter/bouquet toss – it was an absolute blast. Not only were we glad to have had such a great time, but we were glad to see our guests having a great time.
I am so glad to have been able to share some of our big day with you all! I cannot wait to see the rest of the photos, as well as the videography that was taken during wedding. Don’t worry, I’ll definitely be sharing them with you all.
Thank you to everyone who kept us and our wedding in your prayers and thoughts. It is appreciated more than you know. You are all so great.
All photos were taken by Anna Joy Photo.