April 21, 2018. Our wedding day! It’s hard to believe that after a year of planning, the day came and went so quickly. I’ve been struggling with how to share memories from the day, simply because the memories are endless. From our engagement up until that glorious Sunday after the wedding, everything kind of seemed like an out-of-body experience. Was I really the Bride? Were we seriously getting married?
With every month that passed, it all became more real. Over the course of fourteen months, there were countless emails to vendors and calculations that made my head spin. There were champagne-filled celebrations and trips to New York and Nashville. Dress fittings, cake tastings, ring shopping, and evenings spent licking envelopes and stuffing gift bags. We met with designers, florists, DJs, photographers, videographers, and hair and makeup. There were nights spent giggling, practicing our first dance and then there were nights spent pondering elopement.
Reflecting back, I truly realize how much wedding planning is a process. Because of my involvement and familiarity with the industry, I wasn’t dreading planning because I knew pretty early on what I liked and what I didn’t. However, they’re not lying when they tell you it’s a full-time job. Because of that, there were very high high’s and of course, some lows. There were parts I truly enjoyed and others where I considered time-travel. Even in the thick of it, Greg had to remind me on more than one occasion to think big picture: we were becoming husband and wife and that’s all that mattered.
It’s incredibly hard to put into words how grateful I have felt over the past year and a half. Going through this process has only reaffirmed the belief that Greg and I are so blessed to have such loving, thoughtful, kind, and generous family and friends in our lives. (Sidenote: It’s not lost on me that my last sentence there makes it sound like makes it sound like I’m a contestant on The Bachelor #rightreasons).
I said it in between tears at my showers and again during our speech but there is something so special about being in one room, surrounded by all the people who have touched our lives in one way or another. To have all your loved ones joined together in celebration is unlike anything I will probably ever experience. It’s a memory I’ve constantly thought about since and simply put, there is nothing better.
Were there things throughout the planning process or even on the day that I would’ve changed? Sure, yeah. But at the end of the day, the memories are there and they’re not going anywhere. Two days after the wedding, my mom asked me if I had fun. I hesitated and told her, “Yes, but a different kind of fun.” For me, a perpetual people-pleaser and hostess (even on my wedding day), there was nothing more satisfying than looking around the room and seeing my friends and family enjoy themselves.
There are so many moments from the wedding I wish I could just replay and redo. There are conversations I wish I could’ve joined, dance circles I missed out on, hugs I forgot to give, photos I forgot to take, and grasshopper milkshakes I forgot to sip. However, as my husband said throughout the night and still lovingly reminds me: we are finally married and we threw a great party!
On your wedding day, you can’t be everywhere at once. You can’t hug every person, eat every bite of food, drink a full Aperol Spritz, or take every photo. It has taken some time for me to finally accept that simple fact. The day flies by as everyone tells you it would. You do need to remain in the moment, take mental photos, soak up every second, and write down the memories. For me, sharing this post and the memories from the day has been strangely therapeutic.
Thankfully, through the power of photographs and film, these moments and memories will remain in constant motion. Greg and I had the pleasure of working with some of the most fun-loving, gracious, and talented vendors and we can’t thank them all enough for their hard work and passion in bringing every aspect of our special day to life.
If you’ve made it to the bottom of this novel, I am truly grateful. I am sharing these photos not only for whoever visits this blog, but for me as well. They tell a story, from start to finish, and as I scroll through and smile, the memories are brought back to life. April 21 was a gorgeous, slightly chilly, day filled with more love than I’ve ever felt in my life. To all those that were involved, you know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To my family and my new family, I love you all!
To my husband, thank you for sticking with me through this adventure. We made it! When we first met, I was immediately drawn to your smile. I will never, ever forget your smile from our special day.