3 years ago today

Your wedding day. It's a day you always kind of wonder about. At least as a girl. I was not one that had anything picked out a head of time, but I would sometimes wonder what I would choose for that day, formal? Beach? Backyard? How I would feel? Who would be there? What stage of life I would be in?

As it happened, I was 24, loved being single, worked hard, played hard, over booked, over tired, and traveled as much as I could. We fell in love hard and we got married 9 months after our first date.

The man I married had class and style and more options then I thought he would. We had a formal, nighttime, church wedding that suited us.

I set my alarm for 7.30 am on May 29, 2010. As I turned off the light I looked at the pillow next to me and considered that for the rest of my life there would be someone there. I wondered if I would have trouble going to sleep. I didn't. I was not nervous. I was excited, but not in that 5 year old Christmas is the next day excited. This was a deep, secure happy, 'this is right' excited.

My alarm went off and it took me a moment to remember. Today is my WEDDING day. Dang it, I feel so normal. I wanted to feel everything. I didn't want to forget anything. And I felt so much like myself I was a little disappointed. I went downstairs, my family was pretty normal too. Took a shower, dried my hair. Still feeling normal but I guess it was a new normal.

My sister and best friend drove me to Rowan's flat. The flat we would live in for the first 6 months. I ran up the stairs. He opened the door and I thew myself into his arms. He asked if he could kiss me. Thought he would NEVER ask. After a good kiss he looked me in the eye and said 'lets get married today, my love'.

We got his things and drove to our favorite coffee shop. I will never forget driving to that church, holding hands, bursting out in song 'going to the chapel' [How could I resist that moment?]

We arrived at the church our photographer met us in the parking lot. This was going to be a very good day.

We said goodbye and I went to the bride room to find my closest friends and sisters. The primping and the music, I love me some girl time. I wanted it to last forever.

When it was time to put on the dress, the zipper didn't work for a little while. That was scary. But we won and everything was fine.

The first look: I was nervous for that. I hoped he liked my dress. I was surprised at how fast he kissed me. It was a flurry of beautiful words and moments.

Bridal party photos. Hilarious, crazy wonderful.

Couple photos. Romantic, remember it forever.

Pizza party for our close friends and helpers on the site.

Oh my...it's time to get married!

Touch ups, girls running all over the place. Remember EVERYTHING!

Music playing, friends leaving.

Dad. Shaking. Walking...more like being pulled.

Friends. Smiles. Music.

I turned the corner. There he is.

My truest love. My deepest emotion.

I wanted to run to him, not walk.

Words, prayers, worship.

A kiss that sealed it all.

A good party and a lifetime ahead.

I look back on our wedding day with fondness. It was not perfect, no day ever is. It was not even exactly what I imagined [Rowan was sick that week, and on the wedding day]. But I married the best man I have ever met, I love May 29th. 

I don't really know what we are going to do today. We haven't made plans because we thought we might have a newborn. 


P.S. Our 2nd  anniversary/travel insanity from last year. 


Natalie Scott said...

Happy Anniversary! :)

Bisceglia Family said...

Awww, sweet! Happy Anniversary!


April Olivia said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!! What a wonderful story!!! I remember when I first met you both in September of 2010 at IPS, are were(and still are!!) such a totally awesome couple!! It was funny because up until that day I did not know anything about you really and kept calling you Mr. and Mrs. Gillson in all the e-mails :) :). I am so happy that I found your photography school, and that I was able to spend 2 1/2 weeks with learning from you, and getting to know you both. I do hope we will be able to see each again sometime soon!!

Dina-Marie @ Cultured Palate said...

This is belated but happy anniversary! I am enjoying reading through and getting to know you.


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