Ashlea and Wagner’s day of celebration continued as those closest to them started piling into the pews at the church Ashlea had grown up in since birth. Bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the cutest flower girl and ring bearers you ever did see (!) shuffled into place as Elijah continued to softly stroke the piano’s keys. Soon everything was in place and the first Bridesmaid and Groomsman pair began to walk forward. Ten pairs of feet down the aisle later, and everyone began to beam as the littlest feet began stealing the show. Ashlea’s nephew and niece were first down the aisle together- Jakey being the sweet and protective brother guiding his curious baby sister, Addy, down the aisle to Nana. Ashlea’s other nephew, Carter, then strolled down the aisle with Wagner’s sweet nephew not far behind running to his Daddy holding his precious pumpkin 🙂
The doors were then closed as Elijah began the sweet notes of the tear jerking song “A thousand years” and everyone’s heads turned to the back of the auditorium. Moments later at the first climax of the song, the doors slowly opened and feet began to rise as the Bride made her descent….
The rest of the ceremony was filled with sweet words, laughter, and tears as two hearts finally became one. Wagner and Ashlea were finally pronounced husband and wife and with a deep dip for a kiss and an exuberant cheer, they headed back down the aisle as one.
Instead of the traditional garter toss, Wagner and Ashlea decided to throw a football for the single men to catch. This ended up being one of my favorite parts of the Reception as my sister, Faith’s, boyfriend ended up catching the football putting the whole crowd in an uproar of laughter. And as if that wasn’t enough, as all the single ladies were lining up to try to catch the bouquet my dad quickly followed Faith and dragged her out of the pile creating even more laughter echoing through the Reception Hall!
The shoe game is one of my favorite games that is done at Receptions! If you’ve never heard of it or seen it happen the gist is that the Bride and Groom sit back to back and hand off one of each other’s shoes to the other. They then get asked a series of questions about their relationship now and in the future and each answer, with the corresponding shoe, as to who they think it is. It always brings a lot of laughter and fun 🙂