Hello guys! It's Megan from The Mrs... Here to tell you about the most beautiful day of my life.
My wedding day was perfect. I never really got nervous, and I never really freaked out. There weren't any mishaps that I was aware of. But, let's back up a bit.
My husband and I have known each other for a very long time. We grew up in the same city, our mothers were beanie baby buds. We have gone to church together since I was 13. His sister and I were rather close in our late years in high school. I never thought of my husband as someone I would date though. Then we grew up. He became a man, and I a woman. We matured and saw the true person each other has grown to be.
We dated for 5 months before we were engaged for 10 months. We married in November of 2010. I was in graduate school at the time. Working hard towards my MBA and planning a wedding is one of the most difficult things anyone could ever do. That's why I didn't do it. My mom did everything. She planned every little detail only to come to me for a "yes" or a "no." I was really laid back as far as the planning goes. I knew which colors I liked and what type of "theme" I wanted, and my mom portrayed that for me very well. She did all the hard work for me, and for that I am very grateful. My focus at the time was my fiance, planning for our marriage, and my graduate work.
Our rehearsal went great, we had a blast goofing off! This was the first time I saw the church all decorated, and I loved it!
The rehearsal dinner went smoothly and the food was delicious. Afterwards husband and his friends went out to bowl and all stayed at our apartment. My mother, sister (maid of honor), a bridesmaid, and myself all went back to my parent's home and rested. I ain't no fool. I packed some last minute things and prepared myself for one of the biggest days of my life. I slept just fine, and woke up on time.
We arrived at the church early, as most brides do, but I found myself with nothing to do. I sat around all morning in kind a busy body way while all the bridesmaids got ready. I needed something to do, so I cleaned makeup brushes. I fixed my own hair, but had someone do my makeup for me. I pieced together my ensemble and just hung out.
Family dropped in here and there and I had some pictures made. This part was really fun. I got to have my pictures made by myself...
with my bridesmaids....
with the groomsmen...
and with my family...
The most awkward part of the day was when my bridesmaids were called to go around and "march in.... And I was left all by myself in the bridal room just waiting. It seemed like forever. I felt so fidgety, and I didn't know what to do. My wedding director was doing her job, and everyone was in the sanctuary, except me. It was weird, but necessary I guess.
Then I heard a slight knock, and was taken to the front of the church.
I stood there as I heard my dad sing, which was beautiful.
I began to cry before I even walked in the door.
My man was so handsome. All dressed in his tux with the biggest most proud smile I've ever seen on his face. We couldn't get down that aisle fast enough. I was so ready to just touch him. Just hold his hand. My dad and I met my mother and sister at the end of the aisle. When my father was asked "Who gives this bride?" he responded "Her sister, mother, and I."
Then I finally got to hold his hand. I finally was able to be with my soon to be husband. Some songs were song, some words were said... But I was lost in his eyes. Lost in his gaze. We did a hand ceremony, unity candle, and said our vows. One thing we did differently than others... We did not blow out the center unity candle. We did it to symbolize the fact that we weren't snuffing out our families, but including them in our unity. Our vows were traditional, though.
I cried the entire ceremony.
...then I got to kiss my husband. The most beautiful kiss I've ever experienced. I didn't want it to ever end.
Our recessional... I think that's what it's called... was to Colbie Calliat & Jason Mraz' "Lucky."
The rest is kind of a blur, but I have pictures to share instead. Our first dance was to Jimmy Needham's "Unfailing Love." We had really good food at our reception. Mini barbecue sandwiches, mac & cheese bites, squash bites, corn bread, frozen grapes, other fruits, and a delicious candy bar. The candy bar was our gift to our guests.
When we left our guests threw leaves in the air. It much easier to clean (sweep it off the siedwalk) and very environmentally friendly. It was also seasonally appropriate since we got married in November.
My favorite part of the entire ceremony & reception was our dance. I finally got to be close to my husband and whisper all the things I had been thinking all day in his ear. I got to be close to him, and kiss him. Maybe a little too close... but who cares. For that brief moment during all the hustle and bustle I was able to pretend like it was just the two of us.
If I could give one bride advice for her one day, it would be to slow down. Take it all in and focus on your love for your soul mate. It goes by so quickly, and you will miss it if you blink. Enjoy the attention, and soak it all in. I wrote an old school post once about advice I'd give to a new bride. Read it here... It's the purple text :)
Good luck to Aleks and Brad! I know it's going to be lovely, and I cannot wait to see pictures!
thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us!
You guys see those shoes shes wearing?
yea... i bought the blue pair!
how crazy is that??