The Newest Mr. and Mrs. Malone!

Wow, I feel so out of touch!  Between the accident, the wedding events, the half-marathon, and Project Food Blog (voting is open!), I feel like I’ve been away from my computer for so much longer than a few short days.  So begins the catching up…

We left off on Saturday morning, the day of the wedding.  As I said before, I woke up in a shocking amount of pain.  I’ve never experienced anything quite like it.  I was in a lot of pain Friday too, so I went and got my prescription filled for Percocet.  I took it the minute I woke up on Saturday, and while it did help the pain in my leg, it also made me incredibly shaky and sick.  Even so, I slooooowly made my way to the hair salon to get ready for the big day.  This is my brave face.

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We got to the bride’s house a little late because I was trying to get my nausea and stomach under control.  The last thing I wanted was to be any sort of damper on her wedding day, and I didn’t mention a thing about the pain or sickness when I got there.  I also didn’t want to be throwing up at her house.  When I finally made it up the stairs to see her, she looked absolutely stunning – took my breath away!

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Bridesmaids were busy getting made up and beautiful.

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Katie has such a nice group of high school and college friends, and I felt really lucky and loved by all of them.  They were all very supportive of my slow speed and extra needs.

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I found this sign hanging downstairs…

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And couldn’t help but sneak a peek.  So gorgeous!

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By lunch time I was finally able to stomach some fruit and bottled water, which made me a little less shaky.

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With our hair and makeup done, we made our way to the church.  Ohio is SO beautiful with all the changing trees!  The bride and groom could not have asked for a more perfect wedding day.

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Beautiful flowers awaited at the church.  The bride’s bouquet…

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And our gorgeous orange calla lilies.

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Time to get dressed!

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Katie was absolutely stunning.  I was so happy to get to be with her and share in the excitement of her big day.

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When it was time to get dressed, I hauled myself out of my chair and took a painful amount of time to wiggle my dress onto my body.  At least I felt pretty with curly hair and gorgeous earrings.

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Haley works as a technician in an obgyn office, and she acted as my personal nurse all day.  I don’t know what I would have done without her!  It was also her 25th birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HALEY!  :)

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One of the best parts of this weekend was not only getting to see all of Casey’s amazing family, but I also got to see mine!  A lot of people commented that they couldn’t believe I still went through with the trip after my accident.  To be honest, I spent the whole first two days in shock, not really understanding the gravity of what had happened.  I knew that our families were all going to be together on the other end, and at the time that was all I could focus on.  There were a few tears when I finally saw my mom and Sarah.

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Before the wedding, I handed my camera off to Ella who got some amazing pictures for me!  The groom, waiting for things to get started…

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And then it was time for bridesmaids, and I was first.  Going into the wedding day, I had decided that I was going to try to make it down the aisle without my crutches.  I had stayed off my leg a lot and rested it so that I’d be able to make the trek.  A few minutes before the ceremony, I tried on my heels and realized that my walking speed was SO slow that it didn’t really matter what shoes I was wearing.  I made the bold decision to put them on and walk very carefully.  My huge ace bandage and bruises were enough of an eye sore, and I didn’t want ugly flip flops to ruin all of Katie’s wedding photos!

Very very carefully, I took the first brave step.

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I was very nervous and very shaky, and I know you could read it all over my face.  But ever so slowly I made my way down.  I like to think it added to the romantic drama of the evening.

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Halfway down, I met my partner who gave me a much needed arm to lean on.  Poor guy – I had a death grip.

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All lined up, the groom eagerly awaited his bride.

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Precious ring bearers…

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And then the main event!

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I absolutely love this picture – so touching.

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I have never seen more tears at a wedding.  The bride and groom (and everyone else) sobbed through the whole thing.  It was really special.

The ceremony was a full Catholic mass, which actually worked out well for me, even though it was an hour long.  We were seated most of the time, so I was able to keep my leg up and not put too much pressure on it.

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And a new Mrs. Malone joined our family.  :)

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After the wedding, we rejoined with family for a bit.

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Check out the handsome best man!

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And his gorgeous mom.  Don’t they look so much alike?

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There was a long three hour break between the ceremony and reception, where we took ten million pictures.  I can’t wait to see how they all turn out!

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I hid in the back for most of them so that my bandage wouldn’t be a huge eye sore.

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The bridal party left the church and boarded a party bus to take us for more photos in a big park.

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When we weren’t taking pictures, I was propped up in the front of the bus with my legs elevated across Casey’s lap.

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While the dresses were very pretty, they were not the easiest to maneuver my elevated legs.  Pretty sure I did a LOT of flashing. 

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Eventually, we made our way to the reception where the party finally got started.

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Casey made a really touching speech that made me sob like a fool.

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He and Kirt have a very competitive brother dynamic, and it was really special to hear them be so open and loving to each other.  Lots of tears.  I love them both so much.

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Because I am classy, I pulled an extra chair up to
the head table and got a big bag of ice from the wait staff.  I did my absolute best to keep smiling and not let my leg be too much of a nuisance.  Despite the pain and frustration of being so immobile, I was so happy to be with our families.

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The reception was breathtaking.  I wish my pictures weren’t all so yellow, but the lighting was really tough.

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I can’t say enough about how much I love this guy.  I have never seen him more scared than he was on Thursday, and he has helped me non-stop with no complaints ever since.  He has changed many bandages, wiped many tears, and is the only reason I was able to keep smiling this weekend.

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He also delivered WEDDING CAKE.  I ate two pieces.  :) 

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They say that things happen for a reason.  I don’t know what the reason for any of this was, but if it had to happen at some point, at least it fell a few days before I got to be with my family.  Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana – all together in one spot.

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Now that Sarah is in school I don’t get to see or talk to her nearly enough.  We had fun sitting and talking all night while everyone else partied and danced.

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The rest of the guests hit the dance floor…

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And I watched from my throne.  :)  Sad because I think I would have actually danced at this wedding!  It looked like so much fun.

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It was a wild group of wedding guests!  This was not the YMCA, but instead, a room of Ohio State fans screaming Hang on Sloopy.  :)

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By the end of the night, the long day was wearing on me.  Time to head back to the hotel for more ice and rest.

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We said goodbye to the bride and groom (can you tell they are brothers?).

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And finally crashed in our hotel room around midnight.  It was a long, but wonderful day.  After a traumatizing accident, there was no place I would have rather been than with our families.   I think the events of the previous days made me appreciate my love and my marriage that much more, and it was fun to relive all of those feelings.

I felt very blessed to be able to stand by Kirt and Katie’s sides on their big day, and I am so grateful to them for including me in their celebration.  Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Malone!