I woke up at 5:30, 1 minute before my alarm clock was set to go off (don't ask why my clock was set at 5:31). I woke up my bridesmaids and Laura, who'd stayed over at my house, with The Village People's "Go West." People kept using the bathroom to get ready, and I was trying to pack up and I couldn't get to my toiletries. We got out of there at 6:45 and went to Safeway to get breakfast for the decorators and ice for the coolers. Then we set out for the park. I was driving with Haley (everyone else drove themselves) and she didn't talk much, so I thought a lot about the day and was nervous. When we got there, we saw a mama and baby deer at the entrance.
The boys had already brought the wedding stuff they had in the best man's Jeep, and left again, but nobody else was there yet so we unloaded my car and Rachel's truck until Mom showed up. We had to move one more table, but we just had to swivel it so it wasn't bad. And we covered and set the tables, and Mom put together the pie area, and I tried to keep busy so I wouldn't be nervous. But at 10am I thought to myself "I'm going to be married in THREE HOURS!" and that made my stomach flip. Decorating time went by so quickly, and then it was time to go into Estacada to do makeup and hair. The girls looked SO good in their skirts! I felt a bit like a clown with all that makeup on, but that passed quickly.
At 12:30 we piled into the cars and went back to the park. I had to keep taking big breaths to calm myself - I was glad I wasn't driving. We went straight into the little restrooms near our picnic shelter, and there were a lot of people in there. They stuck a sheet on the floor in the corner and I stood on it to put on my dress and veil. Mike (the best man) knocked on the door and gave me Cory's gift to me - a box from the Made in Oregon store with a silver bracelet in it. We got our bouquets (which I'd given full control of to my aunt - I didn't even know what they were going to look like until just before the wedding) and went out the back of the restrooms to hide and take some pictures. And then it was 1pm, time to start the ceremony! Eek! The girls and I hustled over to the footbridge behind the meadow, and Laura cued the music, and I had to hold onto the bridge's railing because I was shaking. I remember my aunt Tia (who was telling us when to start going down the aisle) saying "I think we're ready!" and my heart started beating really hard. Cory's sister Lisa was walking her daughter the flower girl down the aisle because she was too nervous to go by herself (she's 3) and right before they left the flowergirl looked back at me and smiled. And then everybody was at the altar and it was my turn. I looked at the guests as I started, and down at the ground because I was walking in the grass with heels and was worried, but then I looked up at Cory and he looked so good and so happy that it made me smile and I stared at him for the rest of the ceremony.
I got up there and gave my bouquet to Rachel and grabbed Cory's hands and looked at him while Ron started talking. I asked Cory if he was OK, and told him to relax, and I watched his face twitch. He looked like he was close to crying. I surprised myself - I almost cried when I started coming down the aisle, but after that I was fine. Everyone liked our vows, and when we tied the cord we pulled the knot really tight and made everybody laugh. I timed the ceremony a couple of weeks before and it was about 10 minutes, but I don't think it took longer than 10 seconds before we were done, and we were husband and wife! (I almost got teary when he was pronouncing us husband and wife, and I could hear Rachel sniffing behind me.) I grabbed a teensy bouquet from by Grandma's chair and gave it to Mom, and we were off! It felt so good! We took a couple of pictures on the footbridge, and went back into a corner (where we found a garter snake trying to get out of our way - my sister caught it and carried it around for awhile) and signed the license and took some pictures with our party. And then we went up to the shelter and mingled! Everybody said it was beautiful, and the music was great, and it was so us. All the grandparents were really happy. We passed out the favors, and tried our hardest to talk to everybody, but it was really hard. We took lots of pictures with all sorts of people, and then we cut the pie and fed each other, and while the wine was being poured for everybody we kissed each other and everyone took pictures of us. Mike and Rachel gave short toasts and everyone had pie and ice cream. Cory and I got separated a lot because we each had people to talk to, but that was OK. At around 3:30 or 4 people were leaving, and my family was taking decorations down so we decided to get out of there.
The car was all decorated when we got there, with soap and yarn and a big sign and balloons. When we drove away, I finally cried, and it was partly from being happy and partly from being relieved it was over and mostly because I was so tired.
Next I'll write about the wedding evening and the honeymoon. :)