It was a beautiful day at the LDS Temple Grounds in Bellevue, Washington. My family and Jared's family was all present, and it was wonderful to have so many loving people fill the temple room with us. The temple sealer (the person who performed the marriage) told us many great things and gave us some great advice (which I fail to remember...Lara...do you have it in YOUR journal?!!). Jared cried through the entire ceremony, and I tried my darnedest NOT to (I didn't want to have to redo my makeup for photos!). It really made me look like an insensitive girl, to not bawl when my husband is kneeling across the alter from me with tears pouring down his face. I love my sensitive man...I am so blessed! The spirit was VERY strong in that room, and even the temple sealer began to cry (we were later told by a temple worker that she has NEVER seen him cry during a ceremony before)!
Afterwards, we took photos on the temple grounds, and then went to a nearby hotel for a lunch that Jared's parents hosted. It was all beautiful--but of course--I was so distracted that I can't remember much!
Then, everyone packed up and drove 3 hours East to Central Washington to Jared's Aunt's house. She hosted a beautiful reception in her backyard. I don't think I got any of the food...and I think I had just one bite of cake (for the photos!)...and I didn't know 90% of the people that attended the reception!
I do remember that Jared's Dad gifted us a beautiful antique mirror with our name and wedding date sandblasted on it (still one of the only ways we remember the date), and my siblings gave us a digital camera that they used to take photos of us all day (such as the below photo)! Thanks again!
We then pulled out from the house (without our vehicle decorated...hmmm...I would have thought our families would have been SOOO on top of that!!), and went 1 hour to a hotel in Ellensburg. Not a lot of hotel choices there...and the one we stayed at featured rooms full of little girls visiting for a soccer tournament. Needless to say, our night was filled with girls running up and down the halls screaming, and even phoning our room at 3am (or was that you?!). Oh...and it was filled with a few other things...