When I tried to imagine what our wedding day would feel like, I remembered other big life events and tried to compare. High school graduation was a little underwhelming (especially since I had a fever the night before). College graduation was fun but a blur of excitement. I never put a lot of time/effort into birthday or other parties. So I didn’t really know what to expect from a wedding. A little part of me expected to feel emotionally separate from the event–not being able to process everything in the moment. People say your wedding is the best day of your life, but I didn’t know if that would be the reality.
It was definitely the best day of my life. (So far.)
My husband (!!!) and I didn’t want the day to end. It was the perfect blend of fun and excitement and quiet meaning. We loved every moment. Everything felt like us. Even though the last year has been a lot of planning and organization, the wedding made us feel like that was all worth it.
We were fortunate enough to work with the most wonderful vendors (a full post on that later!) who made our day beautiful and stress-free. Even though I’m sure there were a lot of details we missed or didn’t get to see enough of, I feel like we got a really good sense of the look and feel of the wedding–it wasn’t a blur at all. We were able to fully experience the day and have fun and still have lovely moments together. And being in the same room as so many loved ones was just amazing. Seeing family and friends together on the dance floor was the coolest.
And honestly, the most important and awesome thing about the day was that we got married. A week before, I realized that we’d be saying our vows in front about two hundred people. I have some major stage fright, so I was nervous about saying such important and intimate words in front of people. But the actual moment was amazing. I got to look into my husband’s eyes and tell him that I will love him forever, and hear that he’ll love me forever, too. The whole day was a major surge of love.
During the engagement, sometimes my husband and I would say to each other “Let’s get married,” and smile and be excited for the wedding. Now we say “Let’s be married,” and smile and be excited for our marriage.
If you’re in the wedding planning process, I am so excited for you. Getting married rocks.
(photo by Cramer Photo)