Wednesday, April 16

Anniversary Week - Five Memories from our Wedding Day

Hey lovelies, today's post was originally supposed to be published on our actually wedding anniversary last Friday (the 11th), but since I got whisked away on a fun little visit with some family for the occasion I decided that I'd go ahead and publish it today for your viewing pleasure:)
I've been asked often in the past if I have wedding pictures and if I'd share them, but in all actuality I don't have many from the day:( It was a bit cold, and there were some complications, etc, but I thought it'd be fun to at least share a couple we got so you could see! Here are some thoughts about the day that we wrote up separately and then put together. enjoy!

5 Memories of Emily's :
1. The biggest thing that comes to mind is the feelings of calm and peacefulness that I had throughout our wedding day. I remember a lot of people asking concernedly if I was 'feeling alright' or things like that because 'brides are normally more nervous on their big day' I suppose.haha I did expect to feel some sort of cold feet right at the last minute like they always have in the movies, but that wasn't the case. I'd never been more sure of anything before.

2. My 'Something Blue' was a little lacy garter for the occasion, and I laugh when I think about how quickly Martin snatched that thing off my leg to shoot into the crowd of gents.haha We were both on cloud nine that day and I'd never felt the butterflies in my chest like that before, but the boyish nervousness that came out in Martin was new and sweet, and highly attractive.haha

3. Martin's a fantastic ballroom dancer (lucky me!) and has been since he started competing in middle-school, and so for our first dance as a couple we wanted to do something a little more traditional, and decided on The Foxtrot! When the song started and we began our dance at our reception, all I could think about were the days leading up to that day when we'd grab our dancing shoes and some music and move across the floor of some studio or gymnasium (whatever we could get on the day) as I tried to remember the steps. There's a huge amount of coordination with another person and trust, etc that goes into ballroom dancing and if you have the opportunity to take lessons with your partner, I would highly recommend it!
4. The last thing that comes to mind was how special it was to get ready with my mother and grandmother in the brides room. I'd always wanted a ball gown for a wedding dress, with a big full skirt and some subtle bodice detailing, and we found it! I had to buy it a couple sizes too large (it as the last one!), but my grandmother was a dress maker for years and has amazing talents with sewing so there were several fun fittings leading up to the big day with my mother and grandmother. Having those generations with me in that room, those two sweet and strong women, fussing over the train and helping me attach my veil was such a wonderful experience. I'll cherish those memories always.

5. I remember holding hands with Martin for the ceremony and looking around to see the faces of just about all of my favorite people in the world. There was so much love there that day, but as I looked back at my soon-to-be husband, all the other faces faded away and it was just the two of us there alone together. I wish I could remember more of the words from the ceremony because it all seemed to happen so fast, but I remember they were beautiful, and special, and they pronounced us husband and wife. Aren't I a lucky gal:)

5 Memories of Martin's:
1. We were married in the morning and I hadn't slept much because I was way too exited and had spent the last night of my bachelorhood with some awesome friends counting down those last hours. It wasn't a huge number present to the ceremony- but a pretty small group that we had carefully selected out. When I really think about it these people and many others made our wedding very special- that is in the leading up to and in the events after- but not in the actual ceremony itself. What I mean is that it became a room of blank faces and all I could see was my woman. Anyone could or could not have been there and it was beyond me to register it. I just couldn't notice: I just didn't have the capacity.

2. Our first purchase as a married couple and on our wedding day was a hairbrush for Emily, I think hers went missing, or she hadn't packed it or something. I’m sure it doesn't sound romantic but it was all kinds of romantic, I guess toothpaste or anything else really would have been for me at that point.
3. My best man’s speech started out really good and then I just wanted him to sit down and shut up. I was surprised at myself. I so was glad that he ended it when he did because any longer and I was sure to get emotional- and I never do that.

4. We painstakingly tried out all kinds of ideas for our after-ceremony luncheon and landed on our choice. It was a lovely restaurant that we had enjoyed a lot while courting. We assembled our choices from our favorites off the menu and I was really excited for that particular event (food is a highlight for me). For some reason it all went terribly wrong. There was confusion for our guests in the ordering process and the meals themselves weren't at all what we’d signed up for but rather horrible mistake versions. I was really surprised too when we were the last two peopled served at our own event- some few hours after it had started. My new wife just wasn't bothered at all. Emily is just one of those determinedly happy people. She’s a brilliant host and assertive when such is called for- but the luncheon was a highlight because Emily has such a good perspective. I could say the same for any potential negatives since then.

5. Emily was so strong and calm on our wedding day. I wouldn't say that I was nervous – but I was anxious and had that nauseous feeling one gets from too little sleep. But all of that went away when I saw her. She put me right straight away. And she was so beautiful! She is always beautiful and I’m shocked every day that I somehow got her to choose me for her husband.
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Thanks for visiting and reading! It was fun to read Martin's memories and spend some time thinking about the day. Are you married? Care to share something you remember from your wedding day? I'd love to hear!
Have a great weekend ahead, but make sure to come back Saturday at least for a highly requested post! :)
xo, Emily
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27 comments:

  1. Your dress was so pretty, and so classy! I love that you chose a foxtrot your for first dance. Many's the time I've wished my husband were a dancer ;)

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  2. This post is so adorable! How sweet. Congratulations, you two!

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  3. Aw soo sweet!!!! :) You guys are way too adorable :)
    Linh
    http://abeautifulrawr.com

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  4. Love this, you guy's are so adorable!!! Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! :)

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  5. Happy Anniversary! I love your simple and elegant dress! :)

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  6. Aww, this is adorable and you certainly did get your ballgown!

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  7. I thought I would be a nervous bawling wreck on our wedding day, but I also was surprisingly calm! I think i was just so sure and ready for it! :) thanks for sharing the pictures, they were beautiful!

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  8. I remember being beyond nervous on my wedding day, not nervous about marrying my hubby but about being the center of attention in front of so many people. The biggest thing I remember is just crying during my entire vows because I was just filled with so much happiness I couldnt hold it in.

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  9. I love this post! The pictures! The dialog! You two look like Lizzie Bennett and Mr. Darcy!

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  10. So fun! Happy Anniversary. I had been with my husband for nearly 5 years, we grew up together before we got married, yet I was so terrified to get up there and say my vows. Not in a marriage cold feet kind of way, but in a will I cry in front of everyone? kind of way. haha Luckily I didn't and was fine once I got out there. :) How funny, we never know what it will be like! :) -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  11. Happy anniversary!
    Not married yet, but I look forward to it :)
    You're two lucky people! xxx

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  12. Your dress is so gorgeous!! Do you mind sharing where you got it? I have really high standards for my wedding dress and I love how modest yours is.

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    1. Hi Abbie, if Emily doesnt manage to see this, that dress was by Eternity bridal. They are no longer in business, but you can check our LatterDay Bride for tons of beautiful modest gowns.

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  13. Very sweet post! Happy Anniversary!

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  14. Your dress is absolutely gorgeous, and your story is so sweet!

    charmant

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  15. Congrats! You guys look so cute together :)

    xx,
    felishmichelle.blogspot.com

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  16. Adorable! It's inspiring to read the memories that you both have of that special day.

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  17. Just smiles. I love that you ACTUALLY have memories of this day, so many don't!

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  18. Awww I teared up. Ya'll are so freaking sweet! And wow you were a stunning bride! What a lucky couple! Hope you had a wonderful anniversary and a lifetime more to come!!

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  19. I love this post, Emily! It was so fun to read about how your marriage started off with both blessings and challenges. I don't have many photos from my wedding either. The photographer didn't do a very good job and also skipped town without giving us our photos. We finally got a CD of unedited photos like 1 year later via a long chain of people. We had gone to a photo studio after the ceremony and those weren't even included. Good thing candids make good memories too.

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  20. Awe! This is absolutely adorable! Congratulations :)

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  21. so cute! loved reading it :) happy anniversary

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  22. What a beautiful post, thank you so much for sharing pieces of your amazing day with us!

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  23. What a lovely post! It's really beautiful to see how happy you still are years (and several kids) later.

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