CJ + Michelle : Married

"There was a time when I would have believed them
If they told me that you could not come true, just love's illusion
But then you found me
And everything changed and I believe in something again
My whole heart will be yours forever
This is a beautiful start to a lifelong love letter
Tell the world that we finally got it all right
I choose you."

Sara Bareilles' words rang sweet and true as Michelle's processional song. These two are choosing each other's whole selves as a friend, lover, and now spouse - getting to watch the official commitment was such an honor. 

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CJ carried his late father's watch down the aisle, stowed away carefully in his pocket.

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Once CJ left the premises, it was time to make a coffee cake. Y'know, like you do on the morning of your wedding. 

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Michelle's dad, just waitin’.

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"DON'T CRY. We said we wouldn't cry!" (side note: sisters crying together is one of the sweetest and most natural parts of a wedding day. and it also makes me cry. we all cry together, it's very cathartic)

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Dad’s first look.

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Here comes the bride! Also, Michelle's sister Amanda officiated the wedding, how cool is that?

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CJ’s sisters did a reading - and received a thumbs-up.

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Michelle, directing the backing food truck. I love this woman.

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Inside the food truck - Captain Cookie provided the whole reception with custom ice cream sandwiches for dessert.

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Dance floor faces.

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A goodbye hug. CJ’s mom pulled Michelle in, and told her that for years she has been praying for just the right girl for her son - and that she was the answer to a mother’s prayer.

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Tired but happy at the end of a decidedly good day.