Thursday, February 4, 2016

Recap: "Wedding Bliss and a First Kiss"

Bringing Up Bates "Wedding Bliss and a First Kiss"

  • As Michael packs up her stuff at home, the girls beg her to reconsider moving out. “The Bates name is diminishing!” says Tori.
  • “Y’all make it sound like it’s the end of the world,” says Michael. “It is!” replies Carlin.
  • With only 30 hours to go before the wedding, dozens of family members and friends—including the Duggars—work together to decorate Wallace Memorial Baptist Church.
  • Michael and the bridal party head to a local nail salon, while Brandon and his groomsmen stop by Prestige tuxedo to pick up their fancy attire. (Click here to see a list of the wedding party.)
  • When the topic of the getaway car comes up, Brandon says he has taken precautions to prevent the decorating from getting out of hand, although Lawson, Nathan, and Trace Bates promise they won’t do anything too destructive. “No pepper down the air condition vents,” says Nathan. “No sardines in the floor board.”
  • Michael and Brandon decided early on in their relationship to save their first kiss for the altar. “We haven’t practiced it, but we have talked about it,” says the groom.
  • "Saving our first kiss was definitely not just an easy thing to do,” shares Michael. “And just looking forward to it tomorrow and knowing that it’s the first for both of us, it totally makes it worth all of the difficulty times that we have wanted to kiss.”
  • The girls are running a bit behind schedule, but Kelly isn’t phased. “Michael may want to be on time for the rehearsal, but until tomorrow, she’s still a late Bates, along with the rest of us,” jokes the mom of 19.
  • Michael admits she is stressed out, but her wedding coordinator—a family-friend who has coordinated all of the Bates kids’ weddings thus far—puts her at ease. 
  • “I guess I have always had a little bit of an organized tendency to me, but learning how to organize Bates weddings has taken time and prayer,” says wedding coordinator Kim Nafziger.
  • When everyone meets at the church for the rehearsal, Carlin breaks down crying, and Michael tries to console her. “Everything hit me all at once, that this is really it,” says Carlin. “The dynamic of our family is going to be different.”
  • John and Alyssa arrive from Florida, but the Bates hardly recognize Alyssa, who had recently dyed her hair dark brown. (Her locks are naturally light brown.)
  • On the morning of the wedding, Michael is eager to tie the knot. “This is the day of my wedding, and I have never been so excited before,” says the bride.
  • With four hours to go, both the guys and gals are running behind. “I’m super excited, but I’m hoping everything comes together in time,” says the groom.
  • As the seamstress laces the back of Michael’s dress and fits the veil on her head, Callie starts bawling. “This breaks my heart, Mom,” says Michael, as she scoops her little sister into her arms.
  • Michael had made it clear that she does not want flower petals to fall during the kiss, so Brandon purchases two confetti cannons for the younger boys to set off.
  • Pictures begin, and Gil tears up when he sees his daughter in her wedding gown. “Michaela has never seen herself as someone that wanted to be in the limelight,” says the proud father. “And she has never viewed herself as lovely as we see her. And yet today, on her wedding day, she’s the perfect picture of what we would all consider a lovely bride.”
  • Michael and Brandon decide to wait until the ceremony to see each other in their wedding attire, but they snap a picture of the two of them on either side of a door, holding hands and praying together.
  • Despite all the delays, the wedding starts at 2:00 sharp. Just before walking Michael down the aisle, Gil shares a special time of prayer with his daughter.
  • The grandparents and Brandon's parents enter the auditorium to a live performance of Lawson’s new song “I Will Always.” (Click here for information on how to purchase.)
  • The wedding party, starting with matron of honor Kelly Bates, walks down the aisle to Canon in G. “It was an honor that Michael asked me to do that,” says the mom of 19. “Although I enjoy the role of mom…there is nothing like knowing that they’re one of my best friends and I’m one of their best friends.”
  • When everyone else is in place on stage, the doors open, the guests stand, and Michael and Gil enter. When asked “Who gives this woman in marriage to this man?” Gil responds: “Her Mother and I and her 18 siblings.”
  • A professor from the Bible college that Brandon attended gives the sermon, and Gil officiates the rest.
  • After reciting their traditional vows, exchanging wedding rings, lighting a unity candle, and praying with their parents, Michael and Brandon are pronounced husband and wife. “And after I kiss her on the cheek, you can kiss your bride,” says Gil, smiling with pride. 
  • The elated newlyweds share their first kiss and then embrace in a romantic hug, as the confetti cannons are set off from the audience. 
  • “Knowing that I was his only girlfriend and the first girl he had ever kissed and being able to give that back, it was priceless,” says Michael. “Definitely worth waiting for,” adds Brandon.
  • The couple drives away in a tactfully decorated getaway car, which Brandon successfully kept away from his brothers-in-law.

36 comments:

  1. This was the severest show I have ever seen. I was crying right along with them! I will be praying that I will be blessed to having a man and wedding as sweet as that! Also, that I will learn to have such a sweet heart like Michael and Erin and Carlin and all the Bayes girls. Seeing Ellie start to cry when Micheal was leaving with Brandon just broke my heart. Praying that they will keep loving each other and God with all there heart!
    God Bless
    ~Alissa

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  2. Having her mom as a bridesmaid would have been sweet. Having her as her maitron of honor is ridiculous....

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    1. I don't understand how you can say it is ridiculous. If her mom is her best friend, then that is awesome! It was a beautiful wedding!!! Michaela and Brandon are precious!!!!

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    2. Having her as matron of honor was just as sweet. I don't see anything 'ridiculous' about it. After all, it was Michael's wedding, not mine or yours.

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    3. A matron of honor is an older, married version of a maid of honor. Nothing ridiculous, that's just what it's called. And it's definitely not right to call someone's choices for their wedding "ridiculous". Everyone was happy and it was a beautiful celebration in God's eyes. :-)

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    4. She needs to make some friends. If your mother is your best friend something is wrong....

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    5. you need to look at your priorities in life if you believe your mom being your best friend is a bad thing

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    6. Having her mum as her best friend does absolutely NOT mean something is wrong, and is defiantly NOT ridiculous!!! I am the second of four and at almost 19 my mum and my big sister are my best friends for sure!!! And it's so special when my sister looks back in the rear view mirror of the car and I know exactly what she want so say and can finish her sentence. Or mum is across the other side of the hall and up a few rows in church and I know what she's thinking about a certain thing! It's Gods special gift to Christian families!!! Don't undermine or despise it!!!!! ITS PRECIOUS!

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    7. I have seen every child in this family hang out with friends except Michaella.

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  3. Precious wedding so beautiful and lovely. So encouraging to see the purity and blessedness of this union and their love for Christ. Wishing them every joy and blessing.

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  4. I loved watching the moments between Callie and Michael. It defiantly brought tears to my eyes

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  5. Congratulations on your first kiss in the special addition of the wedding episode and on your wedding. It was amazing to watch. My only regret was that it was that it wasn't longer. Like a two hour special instead of an hour. Here's hoping your lives are filled with love, happiness, and wonder, and maybe a baby by next year. Yah I can dream can't I.

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  6. Honestly. I didn't enjoy this episode very much. It felt a little thrown together. And after waiting all this time it was kind of a let down. I'm still very happy for Michael and Brandon and wish them luck.

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  7. Thank you for the recap! One quick note, it should read John & Alyssa, not Chad.

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  8. i think you mean John and Alyssa, instead of Chad and Alyssa. :)

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  9. In the post above, you say "Chad and Alyssa arrive from Florida, but the Bates hardly recognize Alyssa, who had recently dyed her hair dark brown. (Her locks are naturally light brown.)"

    Shouldn't this be "John and Alyssa"?

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  10. Chad and Alyssa arrive from Florida? I thought it was John and Alyssa..?
    The wedding sounds beautiful!! Ellie, did you personally attend the wedding?

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    1. Hi pauls,

      Sorry for the typo. Thanks for pointing it out! We were invited, but my husband was working that day, so we couldn't attend.

      Ellie

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  11. I think it is suppose to be John and Alyssa not Chad :-)

    Thanks for posting!!! :-)

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  12. Do you mean John (not Chad) and Alyssa arrive from Florida? :)

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  13. Thanks for pointing out the typo! We're blessed to have such attentive readers. :)

    Lily and Ellie

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  14. At the very end of last nights show. While Erin and Chad are sitting on the sofa what did Erin say in her congratulation message to Michael and Brandon ?
    I could not understand what she said, it was something about 3 or 3 times ? Chad stating laughing and looked like he was surprised Erin had said whatever it was she said.

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    1. Hi there,

      The quote from Erin that made Chad's jaw drop was: "I hope she has 30 kids." By she, Erin meant Michael.

      Blessings,
      Lily and Ellie

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  15. Beautiful Bride and lovely couple. Wish them the best

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  16. Does anyone know the song that played as Brandon and Michaela held hands around the door and took the same picture as Chad and Erin? Lyrics I remember are "we go together,it was meant to be." Also,curious why in the opening of the show,Michaella is spelled with 2 Ls but through the rest of the show it's only 1 L?

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  17. Do you have any information on when this season will be available on gmovies? Thank you!

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    1. Hi Theresa,

      It is likely that the new season will not be uploaded to gMovies until all the episodes have aired on TV, but we will make an announcement if that changes. gMovies also has a new web address. The link is included in our latest blog post: http://www.batesfamilyblog.com/2016/02/update-watching-bates-online.html

      Thanks for being a loyal reader!
      Lily and Ellie

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  18. I thought her bouquets were very gorgeous and unique!

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  19. Sorry if this has been asked before, but is Michael's "nickname" spelled Michaella or Michaela? Kelly has said on their own blog (when explaining the back story to Michael's name) that the family chose to spell her nickname Michaella because of the way they pronounce it, because most people pronounce Michaela as mi-KAY-la. But now it seems the family has made a switch. All the wedding stuff said Michaela.

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    1. Hi there,

      The Bates have spelled it both ways. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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  20. What did erin say at the end sounded kinds bleeped lol .god bliss and well wishes

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  21. Has anybody been able to watch it online, please?

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  22. Beautiful wedding, beautiful bride! Enjoyed watching the show and seeing the love that surrounds this lovely couple! I thought Kelly looked really nice in her dress.

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  23. I never was invited to my sister's wedding.

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  24. What did Erin say at the end of the show when she is sitting by Chad on the couch ? He looks like he can't believe she said that !

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    1. Towards the end of the show, Erin says: "I hope she has 30 kids." That's why Chad's jaw drops. :)

      Lily and Ellie

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