April 27, 2011
My perfect day
Finally-- the post I've been waiting for months to write, the one where I describe all the things that went right and wrong at our wedding, all the details, the photos, the memories of the day I've been planning and looking forward to for the last 3 months.
And I am happy to say that nothing went wrong. Everything was perfect. Even better than I expected (and if you know me, you know I have some pretty high expectations, especially when it comes to myself). It was so beautiful and so sweet and heartfelt and I can truly say that I enjoyed every minute of it.
The ceremony was my favorite part. As I waited in a bedroom that looked out over the field behind our friends' home where we had the wedding, one of the best things was watching all of our friends and family start filing down to the open field where we had set up hay bales with beautiful quilts on them for people to sit. I loved watching that stream of people walking down to where Daniel and the priest were waiting for me. It was nice to have that perspective that only I had.
I stood with my dad who had already started to cry and we started the long walk down to the hay bales. I think the smile on my face was stretched from one ear to the other. I know it was. It was such a happy moment. I loved the look on Daniel's face who also had started to cry.
Our ceremony was lovely and instead of it being a blur and feeling too emotional to pay attention to anything, I feel like I really absorbed all of it: I listened to every word and felt every emotion coming from Daniel and it was like time stood still. We read our readings to each other and we both teared up out of pure joy and emotion. His was remarkably similar to mine: honest and loving and a pure testament to the commitment we were making to each other.
My favorite parts aside from our vows, were the song that our friends wrote and played for us and the moment when we were pronounced husband and wife and everyone let go of white balloons that floated into the air on a gush of wind that blew just at the right moment. This was a surprise from Connie, a friend who helped us so much that day. The weather was spectacular, the sky blue and everything so green and bright all around us. It was really a picture perfect day, even better than I had hoped.
Here are some of my favorite photos so far. There are so many good ones and we haven't even seen the photographer's yet.
It is bittersweet now that it is all over. I enjoyed the planning so much and the wedding itself was everything I had hoped for, and more. I am filled with happiness to be married to the man I love and have so many wonderful memories of the event we created. But I feel the distance between the loved ones who just left and the fun-filled weekend we just shared and my life here in Tennessee. I can't wait to have an excuse to see them all again. There is nothing like a wedding to bring all the people you love most in life together in the best way. And after all is said and done, I have not just my husband, but my little bundle of joy that is my Junebug to love each day. I am a lucky girl.