my wedding day | preparations

My wedding day was, hands down, the best day of my life so far. I am admittedly one of those girls who grew up dreaming of her wedding day her whole life, so you could say my expectations were fairly high. November 9, 2013 exceeded any and all expectations I had. I cried many more happy tears than I expected to, and felt more joy and happiness than I could have ever dreamed.  

There are over 700 pictures from my wedding day, so I'm going to break this up into different parts to share my favorites! Today, I'm starting with the preparation portion of the day.  

My day started at 5 AM when I woke up and could not possibly go back to sleep. Around 7 AM, my mom sent me a text (from the same house) reading, "Happy wedding day! I love you!".  She showed up in my sister's room (where I had slept the night before) a few minutes later and the tears were already flowing.  And they never really stopped for any of us the rest of the day! 

I met my bridesmaids at the hair salon at 8 AM (which I don't have pictures from), and we finished preparations at my parents' house and at the country club where the reception was held/portraits were taken. I'll stop talking now and let you see for yourself :)

Reading a letter from my mom.

My mom giving me my something borrowed and something old. I already had my new (dress) and blue (garter).

I love this picture. It's all hands on deck for getting my grandpa ready for the big day :)

My dad waiting for mine and his "first look".

To give a little more detail on the something borrowed, something old picture… My something borrowed was my mom's wedding band my dad gave her the day that they got married (cue more tears). She currently wears another ring, so she didn't go ringless :) The something old was a handkerchief that belonged to my great great grandma. Cue more tears and a practical use for the handkerchief. 

Be on the lookout for photos from our first look in the near future!

{All photo credits go to Megan W Photography.}

dating anniversary post-marriage: to celebrate or not?

To celebrate your dating anniversary post-marriage or not? It's something I've heard varying opinions on, and as today is mine and Justin's four year dating anniversary (woohoo!) the topic becomes top of mind for me. 

I'm the kind of person who enjoys celebrating …well… anything, so I'm all for it! I, of course, don't think it deserves the kind of grandiose celebration that a marriage anniversary deserves, but I do think it should be recognized.  It is the day it all really started, after all.

Not surprisingly, I have a picture from all of our anniversaries over the past few years, so let's take a little stroll down memory lane.

I feel it necessary to explain that we coincidentally did our engagement photos on our three year anniversary. We don't always have people take pictures of Justin holding me in the air whilst giggling and gazing into each other's eyes. I promise.

This will actually be the first March 27 since we've known each other that we will not be taking a photo, because Justin's out of town for work! (sad face). If he were here, though, I would like to think we'd have a little celebration.  What do you think? Do you celebrate your dating anniversary even though you're married? Or do you think it's silly?

back in the saddle.

After a six month hiatus, I've come to a conclusion: I miss this little blog. And so, I'm back! I think being off the radar for six months calls for an update, though. After all, there was a pretty monumental life event that occurred. For today, I'll hit the highlights.

I also endured more snow and cold over the past few months than anyone should have to endure in a lifetime, but I'm pretty sure we're all in the same boat as far as that goes.

Now obviously a few of these merit having their own post(s). Specifically, the wedding. Do not fear, my friends. There will be a few posts coming your way soon :) 

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