I have a HUSBAND now!
Can you believe it?!
On August 16th we officially tied the knot and now Josh is stuck with me forever. Or maybe I'm stuck with him. Either way, the good news is that Lola is no longer our illegitimate love child ;)
The entire day was such a blur, just like everyone told me it would be. I really didn't think it would be, but they were right. For this reason I'm 100% grateful I had a videographer, even though I haven't seen the video yet! Despite being a blur, the day was perfect. Of course there were a few things that didn't go as planned but I'm pretty sure that happens at every wedding, and none of them were anything major.
The biggest thing that I thought was going to mess up the day was that it started raining right before the ceremony. All day there had been a 0% chance of rain and then about 20 minutes before the ceremony, they showed me the radar doppler forecast and there it was -- a giant green blob headed straight toward us. Green blobs = rain and I was sure we were going to have to move the wedding inside. I was really looking forward to an outdoor wedding, and everyone said hey do it anyway it's your wedding! But I didn't want our guests to be uncomfortable, even if it was a 15 minute ceremony... and heck, I didn't want to get married in the pouring down rain and then have to wear a wet wedding dress all night!
My brother, Eric, was our officiant so we discussed it and decided we'd chance it outside and if it started pouring he'd just hurry up and finish it. Luckily, the reception was inside anyway and we could do the ceremony in there if we had to.
By the grace of God the rain held off and we were able to get married outside! Our sand for the "unity" ceremony (we did sand instead of a candle) got rained on a bit so it had clumped up and was a little hard to pour out... but that should make for a comical section of our video :)
I also ended up crying during my slideshow at the reception... I knew I was either not going to cry at all during the whole day or end up bawling at some point, and of course the latter happened. I had a feeling that's how it would go down when I would tear up earlier that morning just reading my friends' Facebook statuses about it being my wedding day. I cried when Josh and I did our First Look. And then I straight up ugly cried during the slideshow. I was totally fine until my Aunt Kathy came up and hugged me, crying. But it would have happened anyway, I'm sure. Good thing my awesome make-up artist had waterproof mascara for me!
Here is said slideshow if you want to spend 9 minutes watching me and Josh grow up and fall in love :)
Anyway, my favorite part about our wedding (besides getting married) was that all of my favorite people were in the same place at the same time. I honestly don't know if that has ever happened! I just loved having everyone around. Our house was full of fun & lots of laughs all weekend. I didn't want it to end. It's times like these that make me wish all of my family lived in the same town. I know a lot of people would be/are glad to have their relatives out of town, but my family is totally awesome and I wish they all lived closer!!!
My sweet little nephew, Aidan! You can tell I'd been crying here... this was right after the slideshow. He grabbed onto my necklace and gave me the best little snuggles at just the perfect time. I love him so much! (P.S. having a nephew is seriously awesome, you guys! More on him later ;))
And lastly, my other favorite thing about the wedding was our photo booth, because duh.
Photo booths always produce the most fun pictures!
Overall, the day was everything I hoped it would be, the only thing missing was my Daddy. But I have to say, ALL of our vendors were AMAZING! If you are local and getting married soon and need a recommendation for a vendor for anything, I absolutely loved working with every single one of our's so don't hesitate to ask! :)
Who would have thought 5 years ago when "yoga boy" asked me to lunch at Chick Fil A that we'd get MARRIED... I love you, Josh, and the life we have created together! I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us! <3