Instead of going the traditional route and having a flower girl and ring bearer, I did something a little bit different...and some would call it a little bit crazy. In place of a flower girl and ring bearer, we had a 17 piece angel bell choir. And I must say, it was the cutest darn bell choir I've ever seen. You see, I have a huge family and most of my cousins have young kids and I just couldn't choose between them all. I love them all so much. Therefore, we decided to include them all. They walked down the aisle before I came out ringing real hand bells that the church provided. They didn't ring a special melody, they just all rang however and whenever they wanted, but they picked out bells that would sound good together. All the boys and girls wore white and khaki and they looked so cute.
I'm not going to lie, I wondered if it would go smoothly with that many kids sitting through a wedding, but to my surprise, they were phenomenal. Not one of them made a peep, they did exactly as they were supposed to and it turned out great. When all those kids and their parents showed up to the rehearsal, I will admit, I thought to myself, "oh man, what have I gotten myself into." It was like a zoo full of people and kids in that church and I just knew we would never get them all to be quiet or cooperate. They proved me wrong. The pastor whistled for everyone to sit down and be quiet and the rest of the rehearsal, they were dead silent and did exactly as told. It went by smoothly and quickly. I was so impressed with them! They were so well behaved.
I didn't get to see them process in at the wedding because I was in the back, but everyone told me they were fantastic. I got so many compliments on the angel bell choir. A lot of people told me that that was one of their favorite parts of the wedding.
Just a few days ago, I got our full wedding video back with footage of the entire ceremony. I watched it as soon as it came in the mail. I was so happy to finally get to watch the bell choir process in. They were darling....and they made me cry. I'm so happy they were all a part of our wedding....and I hope they had fun doing it!
How do you get that many kids to look at the camera and smile all at once? With an amazingly patient photographer. It wasn't easy, but I'm so glad we have this picture!
Seriously, how cute is this picture? I absolutely LOVE IT!! Definitely a framer.
....and the ringing begins
The little one in the front was the youngest one. She had just turned two.
To read more about how I asked the kids to be a part of the wedding, you can read my blog post here: http://quinceetaylor.blogspot.com/2012/10/psalm-1273.html
Stay tuned next week for the getaway rig and probably one of my favorite memories from the day!