It seems nuts to me that our wedding was almost two weeks ago. After a two year engagement and a nineish year relationship we tied the knot among our family and friends last Saturday and boy, was it a magical day.
When people ask us how the wedding was I’ve struggled at what to say. Not because it wasn’t perfect, but because it was SO perfect. The words “magical” or “perfect” or “lovely” can’t fully capture how stinkin amazing our weekend really was.
The one thing that stands out to me from our whole wedding process (from our engagement, to the planning, to the venue prep, to the setup, to the day after) is how well everyone loved us. I could burst into tears right now at how overwhelmed I am at the work and love everyone put in to making our day so special.
At one point during the reception J and I were sitting at the head table, eating pizza and looking out at everyone there. He leaned over to me and whispered “can you believe all of these people are here to celebrate with us?”
Throughout the day I kept saying that my heart was exploding from all of the love. Not just overflowing but exploding from the way our village loved us, and loved us well. Aunties and cousins and friends baked desserts, coworkers cooked up trays of pizzas, other friends poured (literally) hundreds of beers and stacked dozens of oreos to make a cake, uncles and parents and neighbors spent days pulling weeds and setting up tables and hanging signs. Everywhere we looked was a reflection of the work people-our people-put in to making the start of our marriage an epic event.
We’ve always said that we wanted our wedding day to be beautiful but our marriage to be even more beautiful, as a wedding is just one day and a marriage is something you build for the rest of your life. But during our wedding it didn’t just feel like an event, it felt like being wrapped in the biggest group hug you can ever imagine, like a blessing for the start of a next chapter from all of the people we love the most.
I mentioned to J throughout our engagement that I was a little sad our wedding was approaching. Not because I didn’t want it to come, but because I didn’t want it to be over. You know that feeling you have the day after Christmas, when all of the presents have been opened and all of the family has left, and you look at a house full of discarded wrapping paper and full Tupperware and realize the thing you’ve been looking forward to for months is over? That’s what I was dreading. Because our marriage had been something I’d been looking forward to for a billion years I was scared I was going to be sad when it was over. Although that’s a little true (because the day was so magical I wish it could happen every weekend) I have only amazing things to say about the start of our marriage and am loving enjoying this next chapter, and looking forward to the one that comes next.
A million thank you’s doesn’t even begin to cover how grateful and floored we are by the work everyone put into our day and the love we felt from all who came out to celebrate with us. Thank you for being our people!
Photography by B. Jones