A Wedding 2,438 Days in the Making:

That’s right, I did the math.

To tell you our wedding day was perfect, would be a lie.

A 4.5 month engagement does not a perfect wedding day make.

I thought, well I have it easy, because there’s Pinterest nowadays! We’ll just throw some of my pins together!

It’s easy to plan a Pinterest wedding because to “pin” something is much easier than to “do” something, or to “pay” for something.

I had it all figured out on my virtual wedding pinboard:

Bunches of lights.

Mason jars for everyone and their dog.

As much rustic barn wood as we could find, used in every possible rustic barn wood necessary situation.

Then reality hit:

“What is a circuit breaker and why does it not appreciate all the lights I want to plug in?”

“Mason jars cost HOW MUCH!?”

“You’d think there would be more barn wood available to us city folk.”

Ok, those were weird and somewhat fictional examples for how my vision of a perfect Pinterest wedding blew up in my face sometime immediately after getting engaged.

I had to majorly tone down my idea of a “perfect” wedding.

I started hitting up estate sales every week to gather random items that I thought I could use in the wedding–I must say I am very proud of some of the things I was able to find! Beautiful old books, vintage cameras, and elaborate glass bottles.

Other things, I bought with the intention of using, but never did.

I now have more doilies than you can shake a stick at.

Somewhere during the 135 days between getting engaged and getting married, I realized that it doesn’t really matter.

Yes, I’d like things to look nice, and yes I’d like people to “ooh” and “ahh” at all the hard work we put into it.

But in the end, all that really mattered is that we were going to be married.

We were finally going to start our lives together.

So whether or not we knocked our guests’ socks off with hundreds of dollars worth of burlap and chalkboard paint didn’t measure up to the fact that, when it’s all said and done, you’re left standing next to the one person who’s only request was that you spend the rest of your lives together.

And that’s a good thing.

So,

while the day didn’t exactly go off with out a hitch–

–there was an emergency bow cutting off situation since the bows on my shoes looked like huge bunny ears like you see on slippers.

(Lesson learned ladies: try your shoes on with your dress more than a few hours before the wedding)

But we were wed!

And the reception was gorgeous!

But, you know what?

I didn’t even notice the centerpieces.

I did however notice, and will never forget, the look in my husband’s eyes as he said

“I will Love you and honor you, all the days of my life.”

That part was actually pretty perfect.

Here are some of my favorite images from the day, all courtesy of my amazingly talented photographer/all around cool gal, Karen Obrist.

Check more of her work out here!


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Here’s to the start of a new adventure.

xoxo,

Monica

Dusting off the blog:

Soooooooo,

…time passes really quickly when you’re planning a wedding, get married, and then go to Hawaii for nearly a month!

It’s been 4 whole months since my last post! I can’t believe that–almost half a year!

That was definitely not intentional. Mostly, it was STRESS of wedding planning, and then travel + editing client photos.

So, obviously a lot has been going on–the biggest of which was that I got MARRIED!

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Photo credit: Karen Obrist Photography

Words can’t describe how it feels to FINALLY be married to the man of my dreams!

I really meant to blog the whole excitement and prep for the wedding, i.e. showers, bachelorette party, etc…buuuuut that didn’t happen.

So here is a quick overview of everything that went down before I walked down the aisle:

Bridal Showers

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Stock The Bar Party

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Bachelorette Party!

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Bachelor Party

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Rehearsal Dinner

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The “Honeymoon”

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So there you have it — the whole shebang.

Minus the wedding, of course, but that’s another blog for another day.

I am now in my last few weeks of nannying for my beautiful girls and I’m trying to soak in as much of their sweetness as I can.

The last 4 years of my life has been spent watching them take their first steps and speak their first words, having dance parties with them in the kitchen, and  pushing them on the swing. It’s difficult for me to imagine a life where I wake up in my bed and hear silence, rather than the sound of their little feet running around in circles upstairs.

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On the other hand, the last 7 years of my life have been spent away from the man that I Love more than anyone in the entire world. Since the very beginning we’ve been away from each other, always ending each phone conversation with “I miss you.” Twice, we were separated by oceans through military deployments–forcing me to spend my days, and especially my nights, with an inconsolable ache in my heart. A feeling of being incomplete until I was in his arms again.

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Despite the tears running down my face, I know it’s time.

It’s time for us.

Time for us to have dance parties in the kitchen. Time for us to snuggle up on the couch and watch movies. Time for us to wake up every morning and not only hear each other’s voices, but actually getting to see each other as well.

I know it will be different, and it will be difficult, to say goodbye.

But, little by little, I will learn to let go.

I will watch the girls grow up, from far away.

And I will  keep them in my heart,

as I grow up too.

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Photo credit: Karen Obrist Photography

xoxo,

Monica

Save. The. Date.

Drumroll, please…..

The official day of our wedding will be:

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(Invitation to follow for invited guests)

Yes, it is a VERY short engagement.

One of the many pitfalls of a military engagement is that you have no idea when you’ll be able to come home to get married, or if, hey, you’ll be deployed next year at this time.

We figured Micah would be about 95% sure he could be home over 4th of July weekend to get married, and those were our best odds–so we went with it!

The downside to such a quick engagement is that we are quite limited in locations and vendors, but we are making it work and are happy with how things are turning out so far!

So excited to share our special day with our loved ones!

xoxo,

Monica

PS–A VERY special thanks to my friend Hannah at HowTall Designs for putting together this Save the Date. She and my friend Kaylie, with Mellema Photography & Design, have both kindly accepted my request to be my official “Wedding Graphic Designers”. They are amazingly talented–check them out!

Another shout out to my sister, Emily, who took this photo and many others last summer, as I yelled directions at her from a distance. Thank you.