Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tying the Knot: Toasts and Dancing

We tied the knot three years and eighteen days after meeting at a Rascal Flatts concert. It only made sense that our first dance was to a Rascal Flatts song. As the music to "The Day Before You" began to play and we started to dance, it all finally sank in.

"I had all but given up on finding the one that I could fall into, on the day before you. I was ready to settle for less than love and not much more. There was no such thing as a dream come true. Oh, but that was all the day before you."


"Now you're here and everything's changing, suddenly life means so much. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow and find out this promise is true..I will never have to go back to the day before you."

"Oh, but Heaven knows those years without you were shaping my heart for the that day I found you. If you're the reason for all that I've been through...then I'm thankful for the day before you."After the first dance came dinner and after dinner came the toasts. Mommy made the opening remarks, formally welcomed everyone to the reception and toasted to Chris and I. The Best Man and MOH both gave toasts that made us smile from ear to ear and were filled with just the right amount of inside jokes. We felt so blessed. After the BM and MOH toasted us, the time came for the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances. Since my Daddy couldn't be at the reception, I decided that the perfect way to honor him would be to give a toast him. The moment was perfect in every way, even though I was sobbing the whole way through the toast. At the end of the toast I asked those gathered with us to raise their glasses to my Daddy...one of my very best friends. My Daddy's good friends stood to clink their glasses and I knew Daddy was smiling.


Chris' Mom had picked out "The Man You Have Become" for them to dance to, and this is one of my favorite shots of the two of them.


Up next....the cake!

previously in the series "tying the knot": we did it, a preview, our honeymoon, our candy bar, lifesaver, getting ready, our first look, the bride and groom, bouquets and boutonnieres, the shoes, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the bridal party, the sock shot, favorites, the ceremony, the bubbles and the get away, rawry

all pictures by: nicole green. please link back to tying the knot when posting any of these pictures.

8 comments:

Adrienne said...

These are so sweet, and what a lovely way to honor your Daddy on your big day! He was indeed smiling down on you.

LauraAnn said...

Jessica-
The toast you did for your dad was AMAZING! There was not a dry eye in the place and I am sure that your daddy was sooooo proud of you! Love you lots girl!

An Atlanta Bride said...

Wow. Those lyrics! I actually googled the song to hear it. So perfect for your first dance song. Can't wait to see the cake next!

Lindsey said...

Such sweet pictures! And that Rascal Flatts song is my favorite!!!

Melissa said...

This is so sweet :)

~k said...

GORGEOUS!
And so sweet.
What beautiful memories you have!
I haven't been commenting but I have read every one of your new posts- everything turned out so FABULOUS!!! CONGRATS!!!

Rachel H. said...

Such perfect pictures and a beautiful way to honor your Daddy! I can't imagine how it must have felt for you to be without him on your special day.

Rachel H. said...

I left you something on my blog!