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Ross and Leslie’s Wedding: Part Three
With beautiful wedding bands now on their fingers, Ross and Leslie walked back down the aisle as husband and wife after their emotional ceremony.
The bridal party followed the newlyweds into the waiting area and exchanged excited congratulations and enthusiastic hugs.
I quickly removed Leslie’s veil (which she borrowed from my friend Merri!) and fixed her hair so she could move about and mingle with everyone who was there to celebrate her special day.
While Ross and Leslie’s guests enjoyed a cocktail hour on the rooftop of The White Room in St. Augustine, we did our best to help the photographer corral the bridal party and the families of the bride and groom so she could snap a few formal photos.
Bride’s side of the family:
Groom’s side of the family:
With our photos complete, the bridal party was free to enjoy the last of the cocktail hour while Leslie and Ross took some portraits by the water.
The remainder of the cocktail hour passed quickly and I did my best to chat with as many people as possible in such a limited amount of time. Why do weddings always seem to pass by in a flash!?
The view from the rooftop of Ross and Leslie’s wedding was incredible and I’m glad I got to sneak in a glimpse during the cocktail hour before the sun went down!
Once the bride and groom were done with their photos, we were escorted back inside so we could quickly go through the bridal party entrance before dinner.
The day before Ross and Leslie’s wedding, as Leslie’s bridesmaids and I worked to put the finishing touches on some last minute crafts, Leslie asked us to help choose the wedding entrance song for the the bridal party. She went through a bunch of songs, but the minute she played C&C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” we knew she had a winner.
Everyone got together in groups of four (two bridesmaids with two groomsmen) and busted a move as we were introduced.
We saw bridal party conga line entrances…
And lots of laughter…
As the only husband/wife duo in the bridal party, Ryan and I did our best to bring the heat and quickly made up a super-short choreographed dance entrance!
Of course the beautiful bride and her handsome groom had the best entrance of all!
Following their entrance, Ross and Leslie took to the dance floor for their first dance to “You’re Just Too Good To Be True” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
To quote Ryan, “I think they set the record for most kisses during a first dance!”
The love Ross and Leslie share was so apparent throughout their whole wedding day and watching the two of them sway together was so special.
After their dance, everyone was ushered inside. It was time to eat!
It was right at this moment that I started to feel my nerves kick in. I knew it was nearly time for my matron of honor speech, so while everyone else entered the dining room, I slipped off into a quiet hallway to review my speech one last time.
My dad kicked off dinner with a welcome speech that highlighted his love for Leslie and Ross.
He had everyone laughing with a story about the moment he knew Leslie and Ross would be together forever. (He saw Leslie care for a seasick Ross on a scuba trip by placing a towel “blankie” over him to make him feel better.)
And then it was my turn! I was nervous but I felt much calmer than I thought I would when I stood up to speak.
My speech lasted for a little over three minutes and I did my best to speak about the love I have for my sister, the love I have for Ross and the love I have for the two of them as a couple.
Here’s to the bride, here’s to the groom,
To the couple, their families and their future, too
May the smiles on their faces never fade
May they fall even more in love every day
Ross’ brother and best man, Jeremy, stood up next and gave a heartfelt speech that also had everyone laughing!
With my speech done, I felt like I could finally relax! It was such a treat to sit next to my sister during dinner since it gave me the ability to chat with the bride for a brief moment.
Once dinner plates were cleared, everyone walked out of the dining room to watch the bride and groom cut the cake!
Like Ryan and I did at our wedding, Ross and Leslie used the knife my parents used to cut the cake during their wedding more than 30 years ago!
I cannot say enough glowing things about their wedding cakes. Sweet ‘n’ Flour did an absolutely fantastic job with the four beautifully rustic cakes they created and every single flavor was phenomenal.
Brown butter and red velvet cake with vanilla bean buttercream frosting
Dark chocolate ganache cake with peanut butter buttercream frosting
Orange blossom cake with buttercream frosting <— The best!
And for Ross’ groom’s cake, Leslie surprised him with a “cake” make of Oreos since they both share an intense love for the delicious chocolate sandwich cookie!
(Big thanks to my friends Merri and Kaitlyn for assembling the Oreo tower cake!)
With delicious pieces of cake in hand, everyone headed out to the rooftop to watch Leslie and my dad enjoy their father/daughter dance to “My Girl,” which they selected thanks to a scene from our family’s favorite movie, Father of the Bride, when George and Annie play basketball in the driveway together!
Ross and his mother’s dance followed and the two swayed to Elton John’s “Blessed.”
And with that, it was time to dance!!!
I spent all the time I could on the dance floor breaking it down with Ryan, the bride and groom, my family and friends!
Our time on the dance floor flew by, and before we knew it, everyone was grabbing bags of granola from the favor table before it was time for Ross and Leslie’s big sparkler send off.
The sparklers were a hit and lit up the beautiful St. Augustine night!
It was the perfect ending to the perfect evening!
Congratulations to my sister and her wonderful husband!
I have all the faith in the world that your marriage will be filled with so much love and laughter. You truly are the perfect match.
I love you both so much.
Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun) says
Julie, this is so beautifully written!! It looked like an AMAZING day! Congratulations to Leslie and Ross!!
Thank you Kaella!! (Love your name and the spelling of it btw!)
Thanks hun!! I usually post under my twitter @MrsNeithercut but changed it for the blog haha! Thanks again for posting my Crohn’s story!! I STILL get emails about it! xx
Sky @ The Blonde In Black says
Such a beautiful wedding!! Looks like everyone had a blast! The cakes sound amazing!! (That’s my favorite part about weddings haha) thanks for sharing again!
What a beautiful post! I love the back of her dress. The smiles in all the pictures make it so obviously how much fun everyone was having!! Haha Oreo cake- how clever!!
what a beautiful wedding!! I am going for a rustic theme at mine and I hope it turns out as pretty as your sisters!
Morgan Wojihowski says
Love the pictures of your sister’s wedding. She is a beautiful bride!
I’m actually getting married myself next year and I am in LOVE with the veil your sister and your friend Merri wore for their weddings.
Can you tell me who the designer is or where they got it? I’d love to wear something similar on my special day (:
I can’t get over how happy Ross and Leslie look, thank you for sharing!
Such a beautiful post! I love all of the pictures!!
ellie @ fit for the soul says
Wahhhh is it wrong that whenever I read about and look at recaps I want to get married again?! Minus the pre-wedding stress, of course. 😛 And I love how everyone came out super super candid, like you were all truly having the time of your lives. 😀
I want to have another wedding, too!! 🙂 I always tell Ryan I want to marry him again every 5 years. Ha!!
Kim @ FITsique says
This brought tears to my eyes! Their love spills through the pictures!
I love the Oreo cake! In fact, all the cakes sound amazing. Congrats, again, to your sis and her new hubby!
Loved the recap! What was the color of the bridesmaid dress called on tulleandchantilly.com?
I am dying to know, I want my bridesmaids to wear these dresses! Thanks!!
Wow, beautiful and captured every emotion. We actually live over the bridge and were out walking our dog downtown that evening. I saw the cross and the party…..music was great too. Your family is truly blessed.
Awww! So cool!!
Your sister is a crazy beautiful bride!
Sarah Whitney says
This is such a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing such a special time. Congratulations to Leslie and Ross!
Amazing pictures! I was a bridesmaid this weekend too for one of my best friends. So great to be part of the bridal party without the stress of actually being the bride 😉
PS, luckily in the UK, bridesmaids don’t have to do a speech… pheeeeeew.
This made my heart smile. What a wonderful celebration of a wonderful couple! The love your family shares for each other is so special.
This just made me start blubbering all over the place. What a beautiful wedding with the perfect combination of simplicity and intimacy. Love their style! Thanks for sharing.
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
What a stunning wedding! Great post. Thank you sharing with us.
Lauren @ Short And Healthy says
Such a beautiful wedding! I loved the way the wedding was photographed!
love all of it!
the cake especially!!!
I love how you and Ryan and Leslie and Ross genuinely have SO MUCH FUN with each other – as couples and as individuals. Cheers to a lifelong love story!
Amy @ Run with Perseverance says
What a lovely wedding! Glad y’all had a wonderful time, and I pray that Leslie and Ross share a beautiful life together.
I loved my wedding to my husband, and I wish we could relive it again and again. I’m sure Leslie will appreciate your recaps where she can read about everything that happened on her wedding day!
Simi @ The Micro Harvest says
What a beautiful recap!! Thank you so much for sharing! My dad and I had our first dance to “My Girl,” too, for that exact same reason 🙂
Alex @ Alex Runs For Food says
What an amazing evening!!!!! I love all the fun little touches!! You should do a post about all the homemade crafts you did for leslie’s wedding, shower and bachelorette party!