February 21, 2017
Mexico is no longer known as an all inclusive vacation spot. To me, it’s where I married my best friend and the actual man of my dreams.
I dreamt of the man I would marry for as long as I can remember. It’s like God put him right in front of me and was all, here ya go! Enjoy!
While that sounds like he’s a piece of meat and he is fun to look at, he’s even more fun to love. Jon has had me wrapped around his finger since day one and I’m okay with that.
forever is going to be a lot of fun
We got married January 16, 2017. On a Monday. Because why not continue the non-traditional theme we were going for.
It’s paradise – nobody knows what day it is anyway.
We knew we wanted a destination wedding from the beginning, making the whole process a little easier.
The thought of having to entertain 400+ of my closest strangers made me want to fling myself into a wall. A wedding is not a show; it’s a celebration and a union between two people. We wanted to make it about us and God & that’s exactly how it was!
I seriously could not have asked for a more perfect day. Everything was so genuine, intimate, loving, special and truly a dream. I’m still in awe of how sweet it really was.
I think every girl secretly hopes that her man cries when they do the ‘first look’. Or maybe that’s just me.
Regardless I got lucky because Jon is as precious as they come & it’s the only time I’ll ever want to see him cry.
Jon wasn’t the only one crying. My Dad’s first look with me had us both losing our stuff.
Is that the last of the tears?
Just the beginning – I mean, there were points during the day that I would start crying and I didn’t know why.
leave me alone
I don’t think there was a dry eye once my dad surprised everyone when he wrote a poem for me.
“So God Made Me A Daughter”
I can’t say I ever thought my dad would do something like that for me. So when that was read before giving me away to Jon, I lost it. In complete shock and amazement of how awesome my dad is. Seriously who does that?! A hero. My Dad is my hero. Cue the ugly cry.
The best gift a Dad could give his only girl. The most special & best memory I’ll ever have.
Very proud to be his daughter, and very proud of how we look when we cry. #noshame
I loved giving my friends no choice but to come to Mexico and stand by me as I marry my buddy. Forcing people to vacation is my new found hobby!
Oh, and just to add to an already perfect day, my brother Nathan performed our ceremony. He was the only part of the wedding I didn’t stress about prior to. He has infinite confidence, endless laughs to share and a presence about him that makes a room feel loved and welcome. I think that’s the presence of Jesus? Yeah, definitely. He radiates that presence everywhere he goes.
AND THE CRYING CONTINUES.
By the time I was walking down the isle I had no make up left, my hair had been taken over by the wind and heat. But I reapplied that lipstick and pulled myself together.
Juuuuust to cry some more.
The night ended with dancing under palm trees, endless champagne & tequila, lots and lots of love and a sparkler send off.
Oh, my heart.
I can’t believe this day has come and gone. It went by so quickly and I blacked out for the majority of the day. It was full of emotion and love. I’ve always dreamt of how my wedding would be. I mean, I gave up my last name?! This guy better be special, you know?
I am one blessed girl because everything was beyond my dreams and expectations. I’m married to the man of dreams & have memories that will last forever.