It was a stunning Summer day. The sun was out and everything was warm, everyone was smiling, and it was even better than what I thought it could be.
I wanted an outdoor Tuscan / Vintage wedding, but since June is still so unpredictable in this part of the world, it was safer to pick something indoors. We found the perfect place, though, that blended everything seamlessly.
Every single detail of our wedding was so carefully planned and thought out - mostly by my Wedding Planner / Designer mom (I know, I'm lucky). It was, quite truly, the most special day of my life to date. I don't normally like a lot of attention, but I've never felt so loved. The amount of support and love from family and friends around the world was overwhelming.
Before the wedding my aunt and cousin told me that their only advice was to keep smiling no matter what. I'm glad I did, even though it wasn't hard because of how stupendously happy I was.
I've wanted to talk about that day through writing for a while. Even my journal has just a few remarks and sentences in it. But there are some little memories / details I want to remember forever.
Looking in the mirror after getting dressed and having my mom beside me.
The way it felt to walk into a room full of the people you love most, about to be married for time and eternity to your best friend and most loving companion.
Being able to wear my mom's veil that she made for when she and my dad were married.
How incredibly fast everything flew by, but how happy and calm I was for all of it.
How beautiful it was to see everything come together - from the centerpieces, the beautiful cake, and all the roses that were perfectly in bloom.
The effort that went into the smallest details.
The dozens of paper flowers and runners made from pages of Pride and Prejudice that my mom spent hours putting together.
The cake stand, also covered in Pride and Prejudice pages, that my dad built.
All the bottles of Martinelli's that we wrapped with twine and got special stickers for.
Everyone enjoying the photobooth.
The cheese plates that I had wanted so badly.
Dancing with my dad to the song he had sung to me so many times as a little girl.
Dancing with my husband after spending so long teaching him how.
Seeing everyone send us off at the end of the night as we took off in our fun ride.
There's so much that I want to remember. All these little details, and the way that everyone - literally, EVERYONE - was just willing to step in and help and help and help and help.
So often I don't think of myself as the type of person who deserves to have such amazing people surround her. I'm forgetful, sometimes neglectful, and a little selfish. Why would anyone want to be so nice? Maybe it's because of my mom, or my dad, or just because they're good people, but I feel so lucky either way.
I want to remember the way the light was perfect all night long, and that I didn't even realize how tired or sweaty I was until the very end.
I don't want to forget all the flowers, the fountain, or the little light that lit up inside me whenever someone new came to say hello.
Your wedding day is supposed to be the most special day of your life, and I am so happy to be able to say that I don't really have any negative memories of June 4th, 2016. But there is absolutely no way it could have been that way without the generosity, helping hands, and love of so many people who volunteered to take care of all the hard work. There are so many people that I have to thank. You know who you are, and I hope you know I love you.
Ceremony | Provo City Center Temple
Reception | The Northampton House
Dress | Elizabeth Cooper Design
Hair | Image Maker Salon
Flowers | The Flower Patch
Shoes & Jewelry | David's Bridal
Groom's Suit | Formed Fit
Groomsmen Suits | Men's Warehouse
Bridesmaid Dresses | Modcloth
Pearl Hairpiece | Avenia Bridal
Photography | Claire Marika Photography
Photobooth | Beyond the Darkroom
Wedding Planner (Design, Decor, Catering, Schedule) | Cora Ius