I have been meaning to post about the new chapter in my life for a few months now. But every time I got around to thinking about how I would begin or what I would say, the words just wouldn’t make it from my brain to a blank screen. It feels difficult to express the deep emotions I felt that day; it’s deserving of more than a quick write-up. Nothing I write will do it justice or express the same charm and enchantment we felt that day, but I will try!
Every girl has their vision of what their perfect wedding day will be like. Some want all the sparkle, some want the big dress, some want the beach as their backdrop, some want their entire hometown to attend, and the list can go on and on. But I have to say that our special day was more beautiful than I ever envisioned it to be.
Weddings are beautiful. Two families come together and celebrate a marriage. The beginning of a whole new life. Two people fall in love and decide they want to live the rest of their life with them and are willing to make any sacrifice. Long-distance relationships especially have to make sacrifices. Tyler and I have had a lot of practice with that since the start. And our wedding day really made all the efforts worth it.
Both of our families helped out so much with the wedding. From collecting 200 different chairs and reupholstering/fixing them to actually making the reception tables out of used picket fence, everything turned out exactly as I had pictured it and better.
Tyler and I said our vows at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses that I grew up in. It made the experience even more meaningful knowing that I was surrounded by people who saw me grow up and were now gathered together with our families to witness the new chapter in our lives.
The reception was held in my front yard at the home I had lived in for over 15 years. Not only was it a free venue but it held memories from my childhood and teenage years. The person I am now and that led me to meet the wonderful man I’m sharing my life with now was a development of the memories in that house.
My parents surprised us with a trio group who played Spanish ballads for us.
We ate a Mexican dinner and had our cake, too. And of course, we had a regular cake AND a gluten-free chocolate cake using my own recipe that a friend made for us.
Tyler and mine’s first dance was to a song by Vance Joy called “I’m With You.” It’s funny because neither Tyler nor I know how to dance so I may have been tripping over myself throughout the whole song. Good thing a wedding dress can disguise anything.
We danced. We cried. We laughed our hearts out. A day we will never forget. And it’s just the beginning of our new life together.
Photo credits: ambergarrettphoto.com