Our Wedding

Our Wedding - Rehearsal and Dinner

We had our wedding back in my hometown, Victoria, which is a small town in South Texas. Our reception was to be held at Schroeder Dance Hall, which I grew up going to on Saturday nights to dance and attend concerts and actually my parents used to go too when they were just dating.  It's the second oldest dance hall in Texas!  In keeping with the theme of historic places, we decided to have our rehearsal dinner at the oldest deli in Texas and one of the oldest restaurants in the U.S., Fossati's Delicatessen located on the square in downtown Victoria.  It has that old charm with red and white checked tablecloths, an old beautiful wooden bar with so much character, and there are still poles outside where people used to tie their horses.  I thought it was really special to share the history of our town with our wedding guests.

Here we are at the church with the Monsignor who married us.  He was very witty and entertaining!

The location for dinner:
The Groomsmen & Ushers.
My Bridesmaids!  Aren't they beautiful?
The best man and his wife with Jeff and I.  Love them both so much! 

We handed out presents that night to the wedding party, and here is my sister looking at what we gave my nephew who was our ring bearer.  He loves baseball, so this was perfect!
My mom, step-dad and grandmother, who we call Gigi.
My sister-in-law and mother-in-law:
Some of the details.  My in-laws did a great job.  As part of the table decorations they had framed pictures of Jeff and I from places we had traveled to together.
 The dessert! Mmm cookies and pastries from our favorite local bakery Halepaska's.
My two best friends from Junior High/High School:

And here I am with my handsome groom.  This was such a fabulous night, and it was so fun to finally relax and just anticipate the next day!

Our Wedding- Ceremony

Our ceremony was held at a Catholic church in Victoria.  Although it was not a church that Jeff and I attended or joined, some of my cousins grew up attending mass there and an Aunt/Uncle of mine had their wedding there, and the Monsignor that married us knew my family well.  He was very entertaining and from the first time Jeff and I met him, we knew he was going to be great!  We had a traditional Catholic ceremony with our closest friends and family members as the groomsmen and bridesmaids (my niece was a jr. bridesmaid).  My nephew was the ring bearer although he was older than the typical age, but I wanted him to be a part of our big day.  Look at him in his little suit - he looked adorable! The first time I got to see him that day it just melted my heart and brought tears to my eyes.  Jeff's cousin/goddaughter and my other niece were our flower girls, and bless her heart, my niece did great in rehearsal but was terrified walking down the aisle with everyone around.  Jeff's poor little cousin probably didn't know what to do as she got drug down the aisle.  Those are the best moments!!  You never know what the little ones are going to do.  Of course one of my favorite moments was seeing Jeff waiting for me at the end of the aisle.  My groom looked so handsome!!  I love looking back through these pictures and seeing how they tell the story of that day.

Without further adieu, here are pictures from our wedding ceremony.


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