We Made It… One Year Wedding Anniversary and Way Too Many Ceremony Pictures

Good morning, friends! How was your weekend?  Mine was so wonderful as we were in Cincinnati celebrating two of our good friends’ wedding and running around seeing all our old friends!  I will recap the weekend tomorrow because today’s post is dedicated to my sweet hubby as today marks one year of being married.  

Our wedding day was the best day of my life.  But, it has not been a walk in the park ever since.  Marriage is not easy.  This year has been full of very high highs and very low lows.  Marriage takes a lot of work and commitment.  I am FAR from an expert, but if there is one thing I have learned in this first year of marriage, it is this: You cannot be the best partner if you don’t take care of yourself first.  I am guilty (as are most of us) of putting others first and often neglecting my own needs, but this year has helped me to realize the importance of taking time for yourself and constantly working to be the best you that you can be.  At times this year, when I put myself on the back-burner, I was not able to be the best wife/partner I could be to my husband.  The best thing I did for my marriage this year was to take care of myself in order for me to figure out how to be the best partner I can be to my better half.  

I was talking to a friend recently about the idea of soulmates.  We both agreed that we didn’t really believe in the idea that there is only one person out there that you are meant to be with, but there are a handful of people you are truly compatible with.  This friend then said “It is a CHOICE to be with the person your are with… every day, you have a choice to make… to be with that person or not.”  This truly struck a cord with me.  Marriage is a choice.  Not just at the proposal or on your wedding day.  It is a choice every. single. day.  We all want this AH-HA moment, but that is not the way life works.  There may never be that moment that you KNOW for certain you are with the right person, but instead, you have a choice to make.  And I chose and still choose every day to be with my husband.  And he chose and continues to choose me (I am so thankful).  I think it is important to never stay stagnant in a relationship, but always continue to grow.  There will be ups and downs; relationships are often referred to as roller coasters, but you always have a choice to make.  You have the power to control your future and marriage certainly is not always the easy choice.  It is hard work and it needs constant attention, but it is worth every minute.  Marriage is a beautiful thing.   

Happy Anniversary, Jonny!  I am beyond lucky to call you my husband.  I am so grateful that you have put up with me for almost 8 years and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us!  I love you!  

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Switching gears a bit… remember all those wedding recaps I promised you?  Well this week is the week!!  I am going to finish up summarizing our wedding day in posts throughout this week and I am really excited to relive the best day of my life.  

Today’s post is all about our ceremony.  We chose to get married in my husband’s parents’ backyard and then have a reception downtown.  This place means a lot to my husband and it is absolutely gorgeous so this was one of the very first decisions we made after getting engaged.  

My husband walking his momma to her seat. 

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My mom and stepdad walking down the aisle.  

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My little brother walking our doggie, Riley, down the aisle.  Riley was our ring bearer.  My mother-in-law made Riley’s outfit to match the boys. 🙂

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Getting ready to walk down the aisle with my daddy! 

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My daddy handing me over to my husband. 🙂 

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Jon and I are both pretty non-traditional and didn’t want to follow a set order of events for our wedding.   We decided to make our ceremony completely ours and I am so glad we did. 

At the beginning of the ceremony, Jon and I both presented our mom’s with roses to symbolize the joining of our two families. 

 

 We had Jon’s uncle marry us (he lives near us in Texas), my cousin sing, my aunt read, and my little brother play the harp.  It was perfect.

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Early on we decided that we wanted to write our own vows.  I was so nervous to read mine out loud, but it was a very meaningful thing to us and I will cherish the words my husband wrote me forever.  

Jon’s uncle gave a beautiful speech about us and marriage and we were so happy he agreed to marry us.

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We said I do and exchanged rings. 

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And sealed it with a kiss! 

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We were SO excited to finally be husband and wife! 

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Our siblings were happy for us too. 🙂

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Next, the first cocktail hour begins…. 

Questions:

  1. If you are married, how long have you been married?
  2. If you are married, did you have an indoor or outdoor wedding?
  3. Tell me something unique about your wedding/what you want for your future wedding. 

Wedding Part 1

Hi guys! Happy Thursday to you!!! I have something extra fun for you today so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it! 

If you have missed my wedding recaps, be sure to check out my wedding page.  Today I want to share the first half of my wedding day with you all!

The day started out bright and early with a 5am wake up call after a late night at our amazing rehearsal dinner.  The severe exhaustion was completely covered by the excitement/nervousness I was feeling.  Up until my wedding day, I never really felt nerves about my wedding, but that morning, my hands were shaking.  The nerves mostly came from having to read my personal vows in front of our hundreds of family and friends.

My two uncles drove me, my bridesmaids, my aunt, and mom to my in-laws house where we got ready in the room above their barn.  (I stayed at the hotel downtown with my bridesmaid, Lissa, the night before my wedding day).  My mother-in-law had coffee, mimosas, breakfast and lunch ready for us in the barn so we wouldn’t have to leave and risk getting seen by the boys, who were getting ready at my in-laws house a few hundred yards away. (Riley was our ring bearer and my mother-in-law made his outfit to match the boys’ suits).  🙂

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The morning of my wedding was pure joy with my favorite girls.  We just laughed and talked as we got our makeup and hair done.  My sweet mother-in-law had a playlist of wedding related songs playing in the background and pictures of me and my groom displayed around the room.  It was so wonderful to spend extra time with my girls relaxing as I got ready for one of the biggest moments of my life.  With champagne, ofcourse.  

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My bridesmaid, Lissa, saying an inappropriate  sweet toast.  

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I told my girls to just wear pearl earrings on my wedding day.  I gave each of them a pearl necklace to wear to thank them for making this year so special for me.

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We made Riley sing for us (he likes to howl if you do). 

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Then he needed a nap.  Wedding prep is exhausting.

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My little brother, Jacob, came up to visit us while we got ready. He wanted a little help with his hair. 🙂

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So dang cute.  

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We took a couple pictures outside in our cute monogrammed robes.

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Aren’t these girls just the prettiest?? 

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My momma, sister and me.  

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It was finally time to get dressed!! 

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It was a team effort! 🙂

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Love this picture of me and my momma! 

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Then I was surprised with a gift from my future husband.  

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He wrote me the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful note I have ever read in my life.  I will keep it forever.  Oh, and he got me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings that I wore on my wedding day.  I cried more in that moment than I did the rest of the day.  

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My husband and I chose not to see each other before our ceremony (I am so glad we did this) to make our first look extra special.  The girls and boys each took turns taking pictures out in the meadow (bridal party pictures in another post!).

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I even got to do a special first look with my dad.  It was really special to me.

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I gifted my parents each (and in-laws) a picture frame with 3 spaces and put a baby picture on top, a personal note in the middle frame and the bottom frame was empty, but would soon be filled with a picture of our wedding day.

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While we were taking pictures, it started to rain.  We quickly took cover and prayed for the rain to stop.  We got so lucky as the clouds parted and the rain let up right before our guests arrived (thankfully as we didn’t have much of a backup plan because we had to decide if we wanted the tent to cover our ceremony location 3 days before the wedding when the forecast called for no rain).

Ceremony, cocktail hour, bridal pictures and reception recaps to come!  

Questions:

  1. If you are married, did you get married inside or outside?
  2. Did you and your significant other exchange notes/gifts on your wedding day?
  3. How big was your bridal party?