Actually I might post this on Thursday (today) if I actually get it finished tonight, but then "Happy Thursday" is not a thing nor should it be a thing so if I do post tonight I will refuse to change my salutation out of veritude and stubbornness, or as one Mr. Stephen Colbert (whom I have totally met) would say - truthiness.
Sidenote: Seeing someone leading a homecoming parade and then shouting "Stephen Colbert! Stephen Colbert! Stephen Colbert!" until they look at you and then pointing to your name tag is the same as meeting them right?
Moving on from that monstrosity of an opening, today I bring you the conclusion to the conclusion of the How Ryan Met Lauren series of posts. And then you can all stop sending me harassing emails ok? Also, whichever of you threatened a "Chicago Cheese Blockade if you do not post the rest of your wedding for crying out loud," that is totally not even possible, I checked with local law enforcement agencies and they all laughed in my face because of how ridiculous you were being.
If you're new here, you might want to first catch up by reading:
How Ryan Met Lauren Part I - The High School Years
How Ryan Met Lauren Part II - The College Years
How Ryan Met Lauren Part III - Part I - Before The Wedding
And then mosey on back here for the Grand Finale.
We left off after taking pictures just before 5pm on December 11th, 2010 on what was probably the most disappointing day of weather Chicago had ever seen.
|Umbrellas and naked flesh should never be seen in Chicago in the middle of the Winter! Where are the icicles? Where is the blizzard? Where the fuck is my Thunder Snow?|
As least that is what Lauren told Ryan when he was all "You know, we're not married yet, we could always just do this another day," and then she was like "There isn't even any snow RYAN, you can not possibly have cold feet, the show must go on!"
So the wedding party rushed off to the ceremony/reception venue and readied themselves to watch the wedding that had been 22 years in the making.
As our groom is a nice Jewish boy and our Lauren is a
Lauren doesn't remember the part where everyone was making their way down the aisle in front of her because she was really nervous and felt like she might vomit. But make their way down they aisle they did, as evidenced by these pictures. (Our ceremony really was very short and oddly set up, so some of the pictures are taken from weird angles.)
|OJ taking his duty of walking with Lauren's mother and Ryan's father very seriously.|
|Ryan and his mom.|
|A tender moment between OJ and I where I am thinking non-mischevious innocent bride-like things and definitely not "I TOLD you I'd get him to the altar before the end of the year!"|
Rings were exchanged, vows were exchanged and finally, the phrase Lauren had been waiting almost ten years to hear, "I now pronounce you man and wife, Lauren you may kiss your husband."
|And she was like, "This judge has correctly gauged who is the boss of this relationship."|
|And then she kissed her husband.|
|I was not only updating my status to "Married" I was also googling pictures of cute babies so I could send them to Ryan with the tagline "Here's To The Next Step."|
|Everything was very simple and rustic.|
|The bow ties had polka dots and our toasting flutes had polka dots |
|She was perfect.|
|She was sentimental and touching at times.|
|And completely hilarious at times.|
OJ's speech was next.
|Hi Y'all I'm OJ and I'm The Best Man and everything I say next is probably going to be ridiculous.|
After dinner and the speeches, first dances were danced.
|"You Are The Best Thing" By Ray LaMontagne|
And then it was finally time for the merriment!
|The photo booth. I understand that this is not usually how photo booths work.|
|My BFF Vanessa and Ryan's and my friend Ramin. He was there when our romance first bloomed, in preschool.|
Ryan had a grand old time obviously.
|Our Thank You Cards|
And a wonderful time was had by all.
And then because of how when rain and snow mix they make ice, Lauren and Ryan got snowed into Chicago for the first two days of their honeymoon and Lauren looked to the sky and shouted "I take back all of the thanks for the miracle snow," and then the lady in the airport was all "Ma'am, we do not yell in airports."
So That's All Folks!
I was intending on putting some photo booth pictures in this post as well, but again, it's gotten too long, so I'll just wait until next Wednesday for a Mostly Wordless Wednesday post to use those!
Hope you enjoyed. As always, here are some gratuitous pictures of our wedding.
|We had "You Are The Best Thing" inscribed on each of our wedding rings.|