Monday, September 28, 2015

Two Years Down.

The Mr. and I are on vacation this week, but I wanted to drop in for a little post on our anniversary. 

I'll be back next week with new posts including vacation wrap-up; which so far today has included nothing but ALOT of tv watching, snacking, and card playing. At the current moment, we're under a Flood Warning. I've never seen such horrible weather at the beach, BUT a bad weather beach day trumps a Monday at work ANYDAY!!

Two years ago today, Stephen and I were married on a perfectly beautiful day in front of our most favorite family and friends! 

It's hard to believe it's been two years already. Going through these photos make it seem like just last weekend. 

This is the photo Julie captured right before Stephen turned around to see me for the first time. To this day, he swears he didn't cry....I'll let you be the judge of that one. See for yourself. 

 Wait for it......

He cried. He can deny it; but he did. It was such a sweet moment to share together. 

When I look back on everything that we've been through in two short years, it leaves me with quite the writer's block on where to start.

All I know is that two years ago, we made a decision. We made the decision to love, support, encourage and forgive. And that's exactly what we have done.

In all the world, I will never be able to find a man who is a bigger fan of mine that Stephen. He always has my back, supports any crazy idea I have, pushes me to do just a little bit more, and loves me fiercely.

I could sugar-coat this entire thing and say that everyday married to him is wonderful. But the truth is, not everyday is wonderful. Marriage is hard. Marriage is work.

With every petty argument, every stupid habit, there's room to improve and make things better. And that is what we choose to do. Improve.

He may still leave clothes laying all over the bedroom floor and a dirty glass in the sink (RIGHT BESIDE THE EMPTY DISHWASHER..for the life of me, I'll never understand that one) BUT he is getting better about closing cabinet doors. And that my friends is one mighty victory for yours truly.

It's the little things.

Most importantly, he's there. I will never doubt his love for me and faithfulness to me. Never. Our love was made immensely stronger just this summer when we lost our baby.

He let me cry and grieve and process in my own time. He was strong for me, when I physically and emotionally was incapable to be strong for myself. (If you know me, you know I'm a quite the independent gal.)

I can never put into words my thankfulness for him during those weeks. No one will ever understand our heartbreak and hurt like each other. God had a greater plan for our child, just like His plan for us to be together.

Two years ago, we had a pretty good idea of what marriage looked like and what we were getting into. But in hindsight, I can assuredly say, that we really didn't have a clue. 

We knew that we were ready to be married. We knew that we were ready to commit our lives to each other. We knew that we were ready to love each other on the hard days as easy as it was to love each other on the good days.

Two years later, we love each other deeper than we did on September 28, 2013. We have routines. We compromise. We support. We forgive. We grow. 

We don't have it all figured out yet, and I highly doubt we ever will. Marriage is still hard; and it' s still work....but everyday, it's worth it. I can't wait to see God's plan continue to unfold before our eyes. It's the greatest gift we could ever be given.

The greatest journey to travel together. 

"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine." Ephesians 3:20

Friday, September 25, 2015

Our Reception (Part 2)

Today, I wanted to end the wedding series with all the fun photos from our reception. We had so many people work so hard to help us make my vision come to reality and it was just a fun time to celebrate together!

Lorna trained me for my job five and a half years ago. She had my job several years ago, left when she had kids, and came back as a fill-in when the lady before me quit. Once I was trained, her time would be done. Five and a half years later, she's still there and I love her dearly. I can't imagine my days without her. She's gets me. (Her daughter Audrey, was our oldest flower girl. She has such a personality and looked adorable that day. At some point during the day, she started feeling bad and ended up getting sick on their way home. BAD in was sick for a couple of days. Bless her heart.)

Robert is my cousin, Sarah's husband. He snapped random candid pics for us throughout the day and most of the photo booth pics. BUT most of all he was our right hand man throughout our set up day. He was there to do whatever we needed. We love having him in our family. He just fits. 

If I remember correctly, Riley's allergies started bothering him that day and we assumed it may have been all the flowers. But his missing tooth smile overshadows his puffy eyes! Love having him and his brother as our nephews!

I love these random shots Julie got of our guests. We were just surrounded with the best people!

Time for some photo booth fun!! 

Poor Colin got lost in the hat.

I think everyone enjoyed our little setup! It was quick and cheap to throw together and definitely worth it!!

I wish we had gotten a better photo of our photographer, but here's Julie in action doing her 'thang! She was a one-woman show that day and rocked it!

We had decided early on that we would do our send off just for photography purposes, but not actually leave at that moment. We wanted to spend time with our families and friends, linger around, pack up all of our stuff and say our goodbyes.

Everyone started heading outside to line up for our exit.

Julie took the front shots and Robert took pics from the back. I love how all of these turned out from both angles.

The paper airplane plan turned out great!!

Stephen's buds decorated my car and kept it modest (per my plea with my new brother-in-law.) I've seen first hand this group of guys' handiwork in several weddings before ours...and I didn't really want my dad or grandparents to see their jokes. Call me a party pooper, but it wasn't worth it to me on that day.

The guys drew a bride and groom on our front windshield and left open spaces perfect for our heads and a photo. Clever. 

We snapped one last photo and made a short drive around the church building before coming back. 

Most of our guests filtered off after our little drive away. When we came back, family and friends started tearing down, packing up and cleaning up. 

My Dad filled out our marriage license and Evan signed it as our witness. 

After we had both changed clothes and packed our things into the car. We were going to stop by my / our apartment to pick up our luggage and head towards Destin that night. Our plan was to drive about half way and then drive the rest of the way Sunday morning.

The photo below, pretty well sums up our day. I didn't know what this picture was about when I first saw it, until Stephen told me what was going on.

He caught my Dad off to themselves and promised him he would take care of me as well as he had. He told my Dad he was proud to be in our family and would work hard to not let any of us down. He told my Dad how much he appreciated him and his influence on us. He told my Dad he loved him. And my Dad told him he loved him too.


We spent 4 hours in the car later that night before stopping in Hoover, Alabama. Yes, we spent our Wedding Night in Hoover, Alabama. It was as glamorous of a town as it sounded. But I will never forget that 4 hour car ride. We were thankful, we were giddy, we couldn't stop talking and laughing.

We talked about the wedding the entire drive, the 4 hours flew by. The next day and remainder of week, we enjoyed our stay in Destin just the two of us. We lounged on the beach, took naps in the middle of the day, and got dressed up for dinner dates every night. It was perfect!

Even though it took two years to get around to sharing all of these moments, I think it was worth it and hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane. Our day was perfectly made for us!

If you've missed any wedding posts before this one, you can catch up with the links below: 

Nursing Girls Shower - here
Church Family Shower - here
Stafford Family Shower - here
Flatt Family Shower - here
Girls Night - Little Black Dress Party - here
Setting Up - It Takes a Village - here
Rehearsal Night and Dinner - here
Getting Ready- here
It's All in the Details - here
The Bride, Groom and 20 of Our Closest Friends - here
Our Families - here
The Ceremony - here
Our Reception (Part One) - here

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our Reception (Part 1)

Immediately after our wonderful ceremony, guests headed into our reception area at the church. We decided to have two food lines set up, one on each side of the room to allow for better flow and less backup. It worked out really great.

Early in the planning stages, we contemplated on doing a receiving line or not. I am so glad we decided to do one. It was such a great opportunity to see everyone and thank them for coming! Had we not done this, we would've missed seeing several people.

We set up a table with our thumbprint frame just before going into the reception. This location was perfect, and our print turned out great!

After everyone came through our line, Stephen and I headed in to join our guests and hopefully eat some food and CAKE!!

As good as all the food looked, I wasn't very hungry. I think the adrenaline of the day was carrying me through. Stephen however, had no problem scarfing down a plate or two. (Two years later, he still doesn't have that problem.)

I LOVE how all of our decor turned out! A room full of family and friends under my beloved "market street" lights. I just can't get enough!

The lemonade stand was a huge hit! I was chicken though afraid that if there was a day I would spill something on me, that day would be THE day. Therefore, I drank water.

We waited until Julie was ready to do our cake pics before we tasted. Stephen's reactions in the following pics show his stamp of approval.

This man has a SWEET TOOTH...he was in HEAVEN. 

Tomorrow, I'm wrapping everything up with the rest of our reception: photo booth pics, our guests, a paper airplane send off and some other goodies!!

If you've missed any wedding posts before this one, you can catch up with the links below: 

Nursing Girls Shower - here
Church Family Shower - here
Stafford Family Shower - here
Flatt Family Shower - here
Girls Night - Little Black Dress Party - here
Setting Up - It Takes a Village - here
Rehearsal Night and Dinner - here
Getting Ready- here
It's All in the Details - here
The Bride, Groom and 20 of Our Closest Friends - here
Our Families - here
The Ceremony - here