As I write this post, I have officially been married for one month and one day! I’m obviously still a baby wife at this point, but I must say marriage is SO good! I highly recommend it!
As I think back to my wedding day, my mind is surrounded by the very happiest memories. Sometimes, I want to do it all over again because it was so beautiful. Other times, I’m happy I’m on the other side of the wedding, and love looking back at the pictures of our special day and reminiscing.
My husband, Colton, is from Arizona, so the week before the wedding was not only spent in preparing for the big day, but welcoming all the dear people that I can now call my family. This was followed by a cocktail party where our families officially got to meet each other! The next day was the rehearsal dinner, which was so lovely amidst the bedlam of decorating and unorganized organizing 😉
The morning of the wedding, I woke up feeling refreshed and well rested. It turns out that everyone else was feeling great too! Only my dad was excluded from this, as he was so worried about me sleeping!
My sisters and I gathered our dresses and wedding essentials together and arrived at the venue around 930am.
My sister, Carissa, had offered to do my makeup and she did a beautiful job! I also have to thank my photographer, Dakota, who stepped in at the last minute to help me with my lashes!
Three of my bridesmaids were my sisters, Carissa, Christina and Charlotte, and my cousin, Kimberly. Hannah, one of my best friends, was the only bridesmaid not related to me. It was because of Hannah that we all got through the wedding day, as she brought us all our favorite coffees that morning! Three cheers for you, Hannah!
Colton’s and my first look was scheduled at 11am. I think it was probably around 12 by the time we were all dressed and ready to get things started! (I’m talking about the girls, here.. wink) If I had been feeling a little nervous this morning, I was way more nervous now!
Dakota has chosen for our first look to be out on the lawn in front of the lake. It was a warm July day, and my dress was at least 6 separate layers of puff, so we were glad for the shade trees.
Colton was shaking like a leaf when I walked up to him. I’ll never forget the stunned look on his face when he saw me. It was such a special moment! He probably stood there for about 2 full minutes before he asked Dakota, “Can I hug her?”
I LOVE HIM SO MUCH.
We all had a wonderful time taking family photos together! I am so overwhelmed with how blessed I am to be joining such an amazing family!
And, EVERYONE LOOKED SO DAPPER!
Its been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to have a rainbow wedding. Once I got engaged, I figured the rainbow theme was perhaps a bad idea. My mom talked me back into doing it, and I’m so glad I did. Having multiple colors is SO ME, and honestly very expressive of both of our personalities.
Hold on a minute…
Okay, yes, for anyone wondering, those guys up there are just as silly as they look. If not, total goofs! They were so fun to have in our wedding party! (Understatement)
It was now time to go back into hiding until the ceremony started! Me and my girls went back to our lodge, and the guys went back to theirs.
When discussing our ceremony with my dad, we decided we wanted to make it clear that this wedding was for Jesus. We wanted everything we did through the wedding to honor and bring glory to His name. We also wanted the guests to come away having been in the presence of Jesus. And, it was just that! God totally rained down on our day, and especially our ceremony.
The ceremony seemed to fly by. Before we knew it, WE WERE MARRIED!
WE. WERE. SO. HAPPY.
Yes, Colton, sorry to drown you in my dress, but we have to look like we like each other! *Giggles
Some rambunctious dancing was to follow and I was so pleased to see all the guests get into it!! Virginia Reel, anybody?
Our first dance song was, “When God Made You” by Newsong. I am still in awe of how perfectly we are made for each other!
And….here is a picture of our lovely cake, just because. CAKE. YES. (And, praise the Lord, it did NOT melt!)
Carissa told me later that our daddy-daughter dance was one of the highlights of the wedding. We danced to “When We’re Together” by Mark Harris. (Played in the movie Courageous) It’s an upbeat song compared to our first dance, and dad had me twirling all over the place. And, I was also told that part of my family in the corner of the room were holding up signs rating my twirls!
We were smiling ALL DAY! I didn’t want the party to ever stop!
We left the wedding amidst a huge cloud of bubbles!!!
I am so thankful to all my friends and family who gave and gave so we could have the wedding of our dreams!