The BFF and I obviously didn't have this blog back then, so I don't have a whole tab just for my wedding like some bloggers, nor do I have lots of post to reference from when we got engaged and my wedding shower and all those fun things. But I figured, in honor of my anniversary, I'd do an official wedding post. So here it is.
August 28th, 2009. Johnny and I went to a James Taylor concert in the pouring rain. We enjoyed the concert, and he nervously asked me to come with him to the concert "every year for forever." Under a wonderful beach umbrella, he asked me to marry him. I, of course, said yes, and put the ring on my own finger (classy, I know, but I was excited!)
For a year, we planned, booked, paid-off, and pulled together our wedding. We were to be married exactly a year later. We didn't really do it on purpose, but it sure does make the 28th that much more special.
We had a really laid back wedding. It was in my mom's backyard, and we had bbq. The days leading up to the wedding were some of my favorite. My bachelorette party was the Wednesday before, and the Thursday we headed up to VT. The drive to VT (only three hours) in the car with my bridesmaids, all sporting our Tiffany-blue "Bride" and "Bridesmaids" tank-tops was so much fun. Even though the car was packed and I have no AC. To have all my best friends in one place at the same time was priceless. We got to VT and started prepping for the wedding.
Friday night we did the rehearsal thing, and then it was time to head to the hotel. In classic wedding tradition, I stayed at the hotel with the girls and Johnny stayed with his family. I wouldn't see him again until I walked down the isle.
Before I knew it, it was August 28th, 2010. The year had gone by so slowly and so quickly all at the same time. But it was time to go, ready or not (yes, I was late to my own wedding...clearly it wasn't going to start without me). Here are some of the pictures (all take by Eve Event Photography...who I cannot recommend enough...they were so wonderful to work with and I was so pleased with the end result).
|my studly husband getting ready|
|getting zipped in!|
|I held it together all day...until I saw my dad. Then I lost it and didn't stop crying until I said "I do"|
|lots of people came to see us get married|
|my dad walked me down the isle (see, still crying)|
|we said our vows. they were modern, and this poem was read. the man who married us also baptized Johnny and his brother and sister. He's a long time family friend and it meant the world to have him.|
|the ceremony lasted about 20 minutes. It was perfect, and now time to PARTY!|
|the boys celebrating|
|our awesome wedding party in front of my mom's house|
|we spruced up the place (no one wants boring port-a-potties at their wedding!)|
|the flowers picked out the day before in their Ball jars (cheapest, prettiest center pieces ever)|
|our siblings gave speeches that made us cry. i love them so much.|
|we kissed a lot. people made us. we couldn't help it.|
|mini maple syrup thank you favors! clearly a good choice for a wedding in VT.|
|And pie cutting! yes, we fed each other pie. No we didn't save a pie for this year.|
The next two days were wonderful too. We still had family in town, and we enjoyed our time with them (under the tent, which was still up, and with lots and lots of left over bbq), before we headed to Maine for our honeymoon. This being a do-it-yourself wedding, we didn't have a huge honeymoon budget. Luckily, my uncles own a GORGEOUS house in Maine that we were able to use for the week. It was hot as heck in ME, but we enjoyed being alone together for the first time in what felt like weeks, and boogie boarding on some pre-hurricane waves.
It's been a wonderful year. And this weekend...even though we're NOT moving like we were supposed to be (thanks Hurricane Irene!)..and we are spending our time packing and scrubbing the kitchen floor, we're still going to be celebrating! We've got dinner reservation tomorrow night, and we have a wonderful bottle of champagne the BFF gave us that we'll finally be popping open tonight. I loved everything about my wedding and I would LOVE to have it all over again. It was the most perfect laid-back party ever. Perfectly Johnny and me. (Did I mention we made all our own wedding invitations on an old-fashion type writer?) But you only get one perfect wedding day, so I'll take my perfect husband and live happily ever after (in a hurricane).