It’s already been a month and a half since our wedding day but it feels like longer. Probably because Wade and I have packed a whole lot of major events in that time between May 13, 2017 to now. We went on our honeymoon in Costa Rica, we moved into our new home together and abandoned apartment life hopefully for good, we bought an astronomical amount of paint during a Sherwin Williams sale and have begun the process of repainting the entire interior of our 1600 sq. ft. home…you see what I mean.
The hot question of the moment is “does it feel any different now that you’re married?” to which I always reply “No, the only weird thing is calling Wade ‘husband'”. Not only does it not feel any different but I also chose not to change my last name. Or, actually, I should say WE chose not to change my last name because Wade felt just as strongly if not even more so about me keeping my maiden name as I did.
Let me take you back to that day when we became husband and wife. I’m splitting the wedding recap into two parts because there are way too many pictures I want to share and I’d like to not overload a blog post with a billion pictures. We’ll start with the bridal and family photos because those were the photos we took first. Wade and I decided to do a first look rather than waiting to see each other when I’m walking down the aisle. I’m so glad we did. Having the first look, couple photos, bridal party photos, and family photos before the ceremony just worked great with our schedule.
Guys, can we talk about my favorite part of the wedding day? The weather! I doubt you hear that very often from a bride. I will always remember the weather on that day because it could not have been any more perfect. I knew we were rolling the dice with Mother Nature when we picked our wedding date to be mid-May in Northwest Arkansas. The weather could have done literally anything that day – it might have been as cold as a December day, raining, thunderstorms, extremely hot.
Because I prefer to spend more time outside than inside my number one must-have on my wedding day was to have the ceremony outside. So when the weather decided to be mid-70s, sunny with a slight breeze my heart just melted. And damn did it help to make these photos look spectacular. I can’t give all the credit to the weather, though, because our photographer is my fave. Brittany Coffee did my college graduation photos and I’ve known her even way before then. If you’re in Northwest Arkansas and need photos – I highly recommend Brittany Coffee Photography.
Our bridal party was on the smaller side. For the bridesmaids’ dresses I gave the girls two colors I wanted them to wear, told them to choose two girls for one color and two girls for another, and told them to go forth and find whatever dresses they liked in those colors. I wanted my girlfriends to use a dress that they could wear again for another occasion and it seemed to go over well with them, too. Don’t they look stunning?!
The gentlemen, Wade included, just wore dark blue dress pants and grey button-up shirts. If Wade had had his way he would have been in shorts and a t-shirt but I thought this was a good compromise since he didn’t have to dress up too much. And I wanted him to be comfortable since we didn’t know what the weather would be like and a hot and sweaty Wade is not a happy Wade. They look so handsome!
Next came the family photos. For reasons that I have explained a bit on the blog but mostly kept to myself I do not have many close family members in my life. Therefore most of the family photos were full of Wade’s family – which is now our family. I am blessed with the family I am marrying into because they are some truly great people. I also gained a brother and sister because Wade has a stepbrother and stepsister!
Wade’s stepsister, Breanne, did my makeup and I loved it. I never wear makeup on a daily basis so I was worried about wearing it on my wedding day. I didn’t want it to be too heavy and not feel like myself and Breanne did an excellent job! My hair was done by my hairdresser in Arkansas of almost ten years.
The gut-wrenching part of the day was knowing that my dad couldn’t be there. I remember when he first got diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago. I’ll always remember that he said he had to fight that cancer because his daughter just got engaged and he had to be there on her wedding day. I know he was with me that day in the trees, the the flowers, the birds, the sky – all of these things that remind me of him because of his love of the outdoors. I had his wedding ring tied around my bouquet to symbolize him walking me down the aisle.
To be continued…