The walk down the aisle seemed so long. I was trying to keep looking forward, knowing someone somewhere was trying to get a good picture. I had my eyes on my Mister, but my mind was far from the wedding. Was my shoe catching my dress? Was my train flowing properly? Was I walking with too much swag? Yeah. My booty has a mind of its own when I walk, anyway. Walking slowly...was that making it worse? Yeah. It was.
Finally we got to the altar and my nervous groom escorted me up the steps and onto the stage. I'd had these grand illusions of giving Wade a big hug. Saying, "thank you" quietly as we departed. But nerves had caught me off guard and I was now worrying about making sure I gave my groom more attention at the meeting than my "dad," and I squeezed his arm, took my Mister's hand, and went up the steps.
Unbeknownst to me, my daughter had been the star of the show. She had run out of petals, and was unhappy with the placement of some of them, and started back down the aisle to "fix dem" before I came in. Finally she got headed in the right direction and made it up just before we came out.
Our song was "Me and You" by Kenny Chesney. It was the longest two minutes of my life. It's not a long song, but man it seemed to drag on. At the time I didn't know it, but I was shifting my weight so much in nervousness that my uh..cheeks were wiggling the whole time.
The vows were perfect.
Wade and Brenna sang "You Got What I Need" more beautifully than Joshua Radin sings it.
The certificate was signed.
And it was time for the ring ceremony.
As my groom placed the ring on my finger, it slipped. He dropped it. There was a chuckle in the crowd. He looked at me (AS IF I was going to pick it up for him!) then finally bent down to get it. He placed it on my finger, and as the preacher read the words for me to repeat he was standing there smiling, saying through clenched teeth, "Drop it. Drop it! Please drop it. Come on. Do it."
Wanting to make us both feel better, I dropped his ring to the floor, knelt with a giggle and continued the ceremony. Mister gave Chloe her ring and said a little vow to her, and I'm pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
The kiss was perfect.
And we were married :)