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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wedding Week: What I LOVED about My Wedding

Every time I see one of my friends post a Wedding Wednesday post (I'm talking to you, Charlene), I always think to myself 'Self, you should write about your wedding one of these days'. And then about two hours later I completely forget about it and it's another week or so before I remember again. 

BUT this week is my wedding week so I thought it would be the perfect time to write a few wedding-related posts. As some of you might know, Zach and I got married in a fairly small ceremony after his basic graduation. However, even though it was definitely not my dream wedding, there were a lot of things that I absolutely loved about our wedding day. And that's exactly what I'm talking about today. 

The best things about my small ceremony.

1// Flowers
White roses and bright blue daisies--thanks in part to Costco's flower department and their red, white, and blue Fourth of July bouquets and Zach's Aunt (that's her in the picture right below). Aunt Vonda is pretty much the best DIY-er I've ever met and she was an absolute life-saver for all the decorations and coordinating everyone. 


2// Decorations
Again this is thanks to Aunt Vonda. My sister-in-law's entire backyard was decked out for the wedding and it turned out soooo pretty. 

3// The Reception Dress
Ok, truth be told, my actual wedding dress is one of those things about my wedding that I don't love (more on that tomorrow) but I really liked my reception dress. I literally picked it out at Ross the day of the wedding--talk about super short notice!! 

4// The Date aka July 3rd
Zach had a total of ten days of leave between the time he graduated and when he needed to report in Hawaii. Obviously that played a huge part in deciding to have our wedding on the third. We were originally planning for the fourth but the more people who were invited the more inconvenient that became so we decided on the day before. I love that our anniversary is so close to the Fourth because it means fireworks....and I love fireworks. 

5// The Officiant
I believe this was the first decision Zach and I made for our wedding. My father-in-law is ordained so it was pretty much a no-brainer. It was so great for Zach to have his dad marry us and I know it meant a lot to my father-in-law as well. It was so sweet and was definitely one of the most personal parts of the ceremony. 

6// The Wedding Party
My sister-in-law, my best friend, and the hubby's friend made up the grown-up part of my wedding party and my nieces and nephew (as well as a few of my sister-in-law's foster kids) made up the rest. I love that my bestie got to stand up with me and that her family were there as well. But.....let's be honest, these kiddos completely stole the show. #lovethem

the cuties who stole the show

7// The Webcam
My family unfortunately weren't able to come to the wedding but my brilliant sister-in-law set up a webcam so they could watch our entire ceremony via Skype. It was so amazingly special for me to have them in virtual attendance. 

8// The Wedding Video
My best friend's parents who are like second parents to me were sweet enough to do the photographs for the wedding as well as the video. I hadn't really thought about making a video for the ceremony but I love looking back now and watching it. 

9// The Candids
As I said, my 'second parents' took most of the pictures for the wedding and they really did a great job. I have quite a few pictures I absolutely fall in love with every time I look at them. My absolute favorite? This photo right here. 

Zach and I

10// The Man I Married
Have you ever heard the song by Brad Paisley 'Then'?  In case you're not familiar with it, (first-get your butt over to Spotify and listen to it), Brad talks about the day he met his wife, the day they were engaged, and says 'we'll look back someday at the moment that we're in and I'll look at you and say--I thought I loved you then'. Every time I hear it, I marvel at just how true the lyrics are. On my wedding day, I never imagined I could love Zach any more than I did right at the moment I said I do, but somehow I love him even more now than I did then. Love you, babe. 

WHAT ARE A FEW THINGS YOU LOVED ABOUT YOUR WEDDING? 


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Wedding Week: What I LOVED about My Wedding

Every time I see one of my friends post a Wedding Wednesday post (I'm talking to you, Charlene), I always think to myself 'Self, you should write about your wedding one of these days'. And then about two hours later I completely forget about it and it's another week or so before I remember again. 

BUT this week is my wedding week so I thought it would be the perfect time to write a few wedding-related posts. As some of you might know, Zach and I got married in a fairly small ceremony after his basic graduation. However, even though it was definitely not my dream wedding, there were a lot of things that I absolutely loved about our wedding day. And that's exactly what I'm talking about today. 

The best things about my small ceremony.

1// Flowers
White roses and bright blue daisies--thanks in part to Costco's flower department and their red, white, and blue Fourth of July bouquets and Zach's Aunt (that's her in the picture right below). Aunt Vonda is pretty much the best DIY-er I've ever met and she was an absolute life-saver for all the decorations and coordinating everyone. 


2// Decorations
Again this is thanks to Aunt Vonda. My sister-in-law's entire backyard was decked out for the wedding and it turned out soooo pretty. 

3// The Reception Dress
Ok, truth be told, my actual wedding dress is one of those things about my wedding that I don't love (more on that tomorrow) but I really liked my reception dress. I literally picked it out at Ross the day of the wedding--talk about super short notice!! 

4// The Date aka July 3rd
Zach had a total of ten days of leave between the time he graduated and when he needed to report in Hawaii. Obviously that played a huge part in deciding to have our wedding on the third. We were originally planning for the fourth but the more people who were invited the more inconvenient that became so we decided on the day before. I love that our anniversary is so close to the Fourth because it means fireworks....and I love fireworks. 

5// The Officiant
I believe this was the first decision Zach and I made for our wedding. My father-in-law is ordained so it was pretty much a no-brainer. It was so great for Zach to have his dad marry us and I know it meant a lot to my father-in-law as well. It was so sweet and was definitely one of the most personal parts of the ceremony. 

6// The Wedding Party
My sister-in-law, my best friend, and the hubby's friend made up the grown-up part of my wedding party and my nieces and nephew (as well as a few of my sister-in-law's foster kids) made up the rest. I love that my bestie got to stand up with me and that her family were there as well. But.....let's be honest, these kiddos completely stole the show. #lovethem

the cuties who stole the show

7// The Webcam
My family unfortunately weren't able to come to the wedding but my brilliant sister-in-law set up a webcam so they could watch our entire ceremony via Skype. It was so amazingly special for me to have them in virtual attendance. 

8// The Wedding Video
My best friend's parents who are like second parents to me were sweet enough to do the photographs for the wedding as well as the video. I hadn't really thought about making a video for the ceremony but I love looking back now and watching it. 

9// The Candids
As I said, my 'second parents' took most of the pictures for the wedding and they really did a great job. I have quite a few pictures I absolutely fall in love with every time I look at them. My absolute favorite? This photo right here. 

Zach and I

10// The Man I Married
Have you ever heard the song by Brad Paisley 'Then'?  In case you're not familiar with it, (first-get your butt over to Spotify and listen to it), Brad talks about the day he met his wife, the day they were engaged, and says 'we'll look back someday at the moment that we're in and I'll look at you and say--I thought I loved you then'. Every time I hear it, I marvel at just how true the lyrics are. On my wedding day, I never imagined I could love Zach any more than I did right at the moment I said I do, but somehow I love him even more now than I did then. Love you, babe. 

WHAT ARE A FEW THINGS YOU LOVED ABOUT YOUR WEDDING? 


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