Bell Wedding ‘18: Getting Ready At Church (First Sneak Peaks)

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Here it is! As requested: First professional impressions of our wedding. I spent quite some time going through the wonderful photos our photographer and friend Will (Will Leu Photography) has already put together for us to choose from for post-editing. 

We have so many other photos that we got from our friends and family, but I decided (in this very first post) to share a few professional sneak peaks of the final stages of the getting ready procedure, which took place at the church. 

Brace yourself! There are more wedding posts to follow (ceremony, the fun part of getting ready at the house in the morning, photos in Balboa Park…and, and, and.) It gets me excited as it allows me to relive the memories. I get goosebumps and happy feels every time I look at these photos. 

Without further ado - 

We’ll start with the handsome groom and continue with the bride further down. ;-) 

The Groom and His Squad

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It was specifically great to look at those photos that were taken when we were in different rooms. It put me back into the moment of excitement and pure joy - to see what happened on Rickey’s end, how he reacted, what photos they were shooting. 

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Just look at this stud. And I can call him mine. Adventure pal for life, lover, best friend, my rock. 

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^ This is one of my favorites from the guys. 

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^ Swooning!

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My brother took a minute to go over to the guys’ room and bring Rickey my special present - so he would not forget the time. 

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These photos are just so precious. 

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^ Ha! There you have it. A little bit of an emotional side shining through. I have to say that secretly (really not that secretly), I made it my goal to see Rickey being moved - if only once in my life. It apparently even happened before my dad walked me down the aisle. ;-)

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The groom made it to the altar in time. Phew. Lucky me. 

The Bride Side of Things

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I have to admit that I am seeing myself in a completely different light when looking at those pictures. 

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You know, I’ve been seeing all those photos of beautiful brides all over social media and the internet for months, years (!) and always wondered: How will I look on my wedding day? (And you have to know that I tend to be very self-conscious about myself.)

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But then I am seeing the photos of myself and cannot help but think: Wow! (Scroll further down.)

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But on another note: My man of honor, my younger brother, looked pretty handsome, too. 

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And so did daddio!

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They both cleaned up very nicely. And they are, besides Rickey, undoubtedly the most important men in my life. 

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And then there’s my mom. Mommy - I would not be here without her (and that might sound cliché but I absolutely mean it). She raised me to be the woman I am today. I am pursuing my dreams and she has been nothing but supportive throughout the years. And so is my dad. 

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And of course, there are “my ladies”.The ones who have been part of my life for a very long time (we are missing my oldest friend here) and each of them play a very special role. 

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I just love the photos Will took. He captured the moments before the ceremony so perfectly. 

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My brother came back from the guys’ room with a note for me. 

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Rickey usually forgets the card with every gift, so it was a pretty sweet moment - special, I am telling ya! - to get a card from him with a few personal words. ;-)

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He got the engraved bracelet when we were in Germany back in November. It’s such a meaningful gift. 

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And here we are now. So many more photos to come. I cannot wait to share those with you soon.

Meanwhile, the new website is in the making and I continue to work on my pre-launch series “My Story. In case you missed it, here you find post I and post II.

The third one is toasting. Stay tuned!