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our wedding diaries: pre-ceremony

mr. monaco and i were married in our beautiful city of charlotte, north carolina on june 29, 2013
-a lovely summer day-  
i began sharing our day with you all in february and march 
in april, i focused on healthy living on wednesdays
so happy to be back today to share some pre-ceremony photos with you
i hope you enjoy them 
our church in uptown charlotte- it means to much to us
-st. peter's catholic church-
 reserved for family signs:
love my mom's smile - she looked so happy and beautiful all day





my entire life, i always wanted my dad's brother- my uncle john- to marry us
he has been a priest for 45 years and married my parents in 1981/many of my nineteen cousins
he did such a remarkable job- we received so many compliments
it meant so much to me
my brother walking my beloved grandma up the aisle
she helped raise us and is such a special person in my life/heart
our blessed mother, mary, is special in our hearts 






our witness ♥ my sister was the best maid of honor!
i bought these cuffs for my dad:












these two play such an awesome role in our family
this same song, wedding song, was played at my parent's wedding 
growing up my mom had a jewelry box that my dad had given her and it played this song
so i always knew that i wanted it to played at our wedding

our adorable ring bearer and beautiful flower girl 
mr. monaco loved what my dad said to him and said it was such a special moment for him
 my dad is incredible
 our programs- more on these later- but i really loved them!
 such a strong brotherly bond
 our unity candle:
can't wait to share our ceremony, park, and reception photos with you soon
...lots of details yet to be shared...

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 in case you missed: 
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--all photo by the amazing and sweet melissa tuck--

linking up with macy and meg for their wedding series
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50 comments:

  1. I love all of this, but especially that your uncle married you. That is just so special and beautiful.

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    1. awe- thank you! you are so sweet! it was a highlight and meant SO much to us! ♥ he's such a great guy/priest. appreciate the love!

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  2. So beautiful! You were able to capture such amazing moments.

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  3. All of these details are perfect! I also love the signs, I haven't decided on reserved seating signs yet, but I may use your for inspiration :)

    Happy to have you linking up with us again!!

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    1. thank you for hosting! i love it and appreciate you doing it! thank you for your kind words ♥

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  4. such a beautiful wedding & setting.

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  5. You look amazing and I LOVE your dress. The church you got married in is incredibly beautiful. I also really like all of the small details and personalized touches. You can tell how much work you put into the day and it looks fabulous!

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    1. awe- thank you so much!!! you are so sweet! i put SO much time into it but it was so worth it!!! ♥

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  6. So many special and personal touches! Lovely pictures! xoxo www.mustbeamomblog.com

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    1. awe- thank you kristi! i appreciate your kind words!

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  7. I absolutely just love so much of this!! That first overhead photo of you and your dad walking in is amazing!! I also love how many important people in your lives got to play a special role in your wedding, and don't even get me started on that church - absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for linking up with us!

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    1. awe- thank you so much meg and thank you for hosting! the people were the most special part of all! ♥ and yes, i really love that photo, too! thanks again!

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  8. so beautiful!!! I love all the personal touches

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    1. thank you, jessica! i really appreciate the love!

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  9. So beautiful!!! My Dad is a Catholic deacon and he walked me down the aisle and was then able to witness our vows...so cool and such a blessing to have family there and make it extra special:)

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    1. hi patty! awe- i love this! SO special!!!! ♥ have a great day! thanks for stopping in and for leaving some love

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  10. What a gorgeous wedding!!! So so pretty!

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  11. Wow what a gorgeous wedding! I LOVE your dress and bouquet!!
    Joining from the linkup :)

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    1. thank you, mary! i really appreciate it! ♥

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  12. What a beautiful wedding and gorgeous dress!

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  13. I love all the little details you captured in your wedding!! Beautiful.

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    1. thank you so much! hope your day is going well and thank you for the love!

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  14. These are such beautiful photos! I love the architecture of the church and all of the little details!

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    1. thank you so much! i love our church so much! appreciate the love, miranda!

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  15. Your photos are gorgeous! It looks like such a beautiful day. I love dress too!

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    1. thank you, lisa! i really appreciate it! have a great day

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  16. Looks like such a special day:) I just came across your blog so I'll definitely be going back to look at more of your pictures!

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    1. it really was! thank you for stopping in and welcome! appreciate the love and have a great day!

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  17. These are so pretty! I love the reserved signs for the family

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    1. thank you so much, ashley! have a great day! i appreciate the love

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  18. Everything looks SO beautiful!! Lovely photos :)

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    1. thank you so much, andrea! it was a wonderful day ♥

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  19. Love your wedding photos! What great pictures to preserve great memories! You are a beauty

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    1. awe- so sweet! means so much to me! thank you so much

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  20. I'm kind of in love with the back of your dress. Just so you know.

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    1. thank you so much, rachel! i almost went with a key hole/the lace was added to the dress- it was a one strap at first so this means a lot! have a great day and thanks for the love

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  21. The whole thing is so pretty! I love those flowers... but my favorite part is your mom's smile! She looks so happy!

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    1. awe t,hanks so much, betsy! she radiated happiness that day- something i will always remember most! appreciate the love!! ♥

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  22. Those programs are probably some of the prettiest I've ever seen!

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    1. awe- thank you! i loved them so much- the inside was so pretty too :) i will be sharing more soon! appreciate your kind words. ♥

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    1. awe- thank you love! i can't wait to 'stalk' the hill nuptials soon- still SO much to share!!!

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  24. love that shot through the doors! So fun!

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    1. awe- thank you! i love it, too veronica! so sweet of you!

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