Now that I’m back home from an amazing honeymoon and semi-caught up on work, I can finally get back to blogging! So many times throughout the past two weeks I have wanted to write but just couldn’t find the time. SO happy to be back in a routine at home and able to slow down a bit. Now to try and refocus the sweet memories from the past two weeks!
The night before the wedding, I slept about two hours. Two of my sisters came over to spend the night with me and we stayed up cuddling and giggling until about 1am. Then they passed out and I laid there thinking about every possible wedding detail. Who is going to get all the ice for the bars? What time are the caterers arriving? How are all the bridesmaids getting to the venue? What am I forgetting??
I was so grateful when 7am hit and I could get out of bed and get the day going! There is nothing like your wedding day to make you feel the love from pretty much everyone who knows you! I woke up to emails, texts, and facebook posts wishing me a happy wedding day and they were so appreciated. They were little reminders to not be nervous about anything; everyone was there because they loved Isaac and I and wanted to celebrate us. The waterworks were in full gear on Saturday morning. Especially after getting texts like this from my dad:
The drive to the wedding venue was about 45 minutes and I was so grateful for that near-hour of alone time before all of the madness began. It was a gorgeous day and I drove through the North Carolina mountains with my windows down listening to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. Everything felt perfect. And I cried more happy tears.
After arriving at the Bed and Breakfast, it was go time. My cousin, Janine, who owns a salon in Hollywood started working on my hair and I loved getting to spend a few hours hanging out with my parents, sisters, aunts, grandparents, uncles, and cousins. I loved the fact that the Bed and Breakfast was bursting at the seams with my family members (98% of them women) and everybody was so happy. No drama, no fighting, no typical catty female behavior. I feel so blessed to have been surrounded by these amazing men and women. So many brides on their wedding day are dealing with family tension in addition to all of the normal wedding stress. Not us. Our biggest problem was trying to fight the happy tears so we could stop smearing our makeup!
The funny thing is I was extremely nervous (like SHAKY nervous) up until the moment I put the dress on. As soon as I slipped into that bad boy, all felt right. My mom and I talked about how clear and beautiful my skin was and we cried. My dad came in the room and saw me all ready to go and we cried. My best friends and bridesmaids looked at me all teary-eyed and we cried. My sisters and I were pretty much a teary mess every time we made eye contact. What a beautiful, teary-eyed, snot-faced day it was.
The ceremony was perfect. I started crying during Isaac’s vows and didn’t stop until I had finally managed to get through mine. We had a reading done by our brother-in-law that I wanted to share with you all because it is just so beautiful. I felt like it perfectly encompassed Isaac and I’s relationship and was casual and honest.
The Union by Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.
So sweet, right? A few other wedding-ish things happened and then BAM we were married. Since that day, life has been a complete whirlwind. The month of March seems to have completely bypassed us. Over the past two weeks, I have LOVED getting to see all of the pictures our family/friends/photographer have been posting.
The photographer we hired is out of this world. I have been stalking her work for over a year now and was giddy at the thought of her capturing our wedding. She posted a sneak peek for us and I am not disappointed. Here is what she has shared so far and I must say, I cannot wait to see the 300-400 more. I already feel so happy with just these!
I must say, now that it’s all over I feel a little sad! Maybe sad isn’t the right word. I just want to do it again. Throughout our entire wedding day I kept reminding myself to be present. In fact, before our pastor began our ceremony he looked us in the eyes and whispered “are you here?” I loved that he did that. It brought us back down to earth, made us look around at our guests and at each other, and be present. So many people kept telling me how the whole wedding day and night blows by and you barely remember anything, so I tried my hardest to take mental pictures. I think I did a pretty good job, but what I wouldn’t give to do it all over again!
I am so thankful for those sweet memories and amazing family members and friends who made March 9, 2013 the happiest day of my life. I would not have changed one thing.