Posted by: Emily Schmutz Garcia | November 16, 2010

One Saturday Morning…

Rather than bore you with lots of details about how awesome everything was on my wedding day-I think I will just stick with some photos.

Okay, maybe a few words. The week before our wedding, David and I got to do sealings together in the Newport Beach temple. The temple president was there and he chatted with us about the sealing ceremony. It was a really special experience. He advised us to take pictures. Not just with our cameras, but mental pictures of favorite moments. I think I’ll share some of those as well. And, since I am so fond of the “Top 5” game, let’s go with my top 5.

1) I was running a minute or two behind schedule and when I arrived at the temple, David was waiting for me, just behind the front desk. There he was in his handsome black suit, white, French-cuff shirt and gorgeous purple tie. He had such a big smile on his face, as well as a look of relief. Later on, after the sealing when I was waiting for him to walk outside of the temple, a temple worker came up to me and said, “I’ve seen a lot of nervous brides waiting for their husbands to get to the temple, but today I got to see a nervous groom-that was nice.” It was lovely. I’m so glad David was waiting for me when I got there.

2) Kneeling across the altar from David, holding his hand and seeing friends and family behind us. Loving so much everyone there and being so grateful for their sacrifice to be there. It was rather special. Not to mention the whole getting sealed to the man of my dreams. Pretty awesome.

3) Immediately following the sealing, everyone in the sealing is given the opportunity to hug the bride and groom. I particularly remember hugging my dad and sharing with him a “butterfly, butterfly, eskimo, lipper and I love you.”

4) Okay, going a little out of sequential order here-but my favorite memory would probably be seeing David’s hand welcoming me into the Celestial room in the temple. He was wearing his “Return With Honor” ring that I had worn for a number of months when we had exchanged rings early in our dating days. It seemed like such a simple symbol of David it was a little moment that meant a great deal to me.

5) After taking tons of photos at the temple and returning to the hotel to pack everything up, David and I drove through Chik-fil-a. We got only the essentials-the usual food (grilled chicken sandwich, chicken nuggets, fries and honey barbecue sauce) and two fabulous milkshakes (strawberry and cookies’n’cream)-after all, it was our wedding day. Both milkshakes were great.

It was such a wonderful morning full of loved ones and magic moments. Thanks to everyone who was there, I know it wasn’t easy, but it meant the world to me. And that was not the end of our wedding. I’ve decided to save the stories of the Texas and California Receptions for my next few blog posts-more photos will be involved. If you would like to view a few more photos from that morning, try this link to my Facebook photo album. Good luck and Cheers.


  1. Congrats! I love the pictures!!!

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