Thursday, August 9, 2012

It was a beautiful day: Our Wedding.

All you need is love... and the choice to make it work, even when the work is hard.
Nine years ago, I married my best friend. We had dated for four years. We finished college, and were ready to start new jobs when we got home from our honeymoon.

The place we were married, was exactly the location I had envisioned, in every way. The mossy crepe myrtles, the wide open space, the indoor reception area with wall to wall windows, the balconies, and porches, the horse and carriage. The location was perfect for what I had in mind. Unfortunately, the month was probably not the best choice for an outdoor wedding. It was early August, and it was HOT. The ceremony started at 10am, and was a short service, but none the less, it was hot. And I apologize to, and thank, all of those friends and family members that were sweating it out for us.

**All photos in this post were taken by the very talented Dan & Debbie Huntting of Focus Productions**

On our anniversary, while we celebrate our union, I am always so thankful for our friends and family that stood beside us and supported us. Years after the official event, they have continued to stand by us, encouraging us, even holding us accountable at times. You truly may never know how much you are appreciated.

And away we went... It was a beautiful day.

Here are a few things that I have learned since I've been married:

-I've learned that my way is not always right or best.
-I've learned that I love and embrace my role as a wife, however it's something I still haven't mastered, and I've still got a lot to learn.
-I've learned that my husband is really good at fixing things, managing our finances, teaching and raising our children, growing things, and taking care of me.
-I've learned that my husband needs my support, and needs to know that I respect him.
-I've learned that there a lot of ways that we are different, and a lot of ways we are the same. This can be positive and problematic sometimes.
-I've learned that "being happy" is not as important as doing the right thing, and in the end, doing the right thing actually brings happiness.
-I've learned that I don't need Bryan to go on living, but he sure does make the living so much more enjoyable.
-I've learned that my husband and our marriage is a gift from God, and it benefits me to treat them both as such.
-I learned that just as getting married was our choice, staying married is our choice too. And it's not always easy, but making the decision to work things out, to be loving in our actions, and to respect each other is so totally worth it.
-I've learned that I love this man more today, than I ever imagined I would nine years ago.


  1. Ahhhh, good times. Great post.... but where are the cute little flower girls and ring bearers? It sure was a great day!

  2. I love that Pearl Girls Mommy was wearing pearls on her wedding day :-) So THAT'S who she get's it from!

  3. This is awesome. What a blessing as a newlywed to read about your lessons learned and your careful treatment of God's precious gifts. :)