Every little girl dreams about their prince charming, their gorgeous wedding, their happily ever after… On October 20, my dream came true.
I woke that morning feeling so calm, at peace, and filled with overwhelming emotions of gratitude. I ordered some hot tea, wrote in my journal, did some soothing yoga, and prayed for a beautiful day.
Not only was I marrying a man that makes me whole, supports me, and loves me… but I was also marrying into a beautiful family. Since day 1, Chester's family welcomed me with open arms and blessed our relationship immensely. This is truly the best gift God could ever give me. I was blessed with my amazing family and now I have another beautiful family to share holidays with, laugh with, build more memories with.
This whole year of wedding planning was filled with so many emotions…but mostly it was filled with joy and excitement! Because Chester was gone most of the year with the Airforce, my mom was there for every step of the way. We had the time of our lives looking through wedding magazines, pinning ideas on pinterest, trying on wedding gowns, and meeting with different vendors. When it came to choosing our vendors, I not only looked at their portfolio, I also asked myself, "Can I see myself being their friend?" We were blessed with the most wonderful vendors…and had the best time planning my fairy-tale wedding. They brought my vision to life..,.no, they went BEYOND of what I could have ever imagined!!! Please look below to see the links to their websites.
The wedding planning was the easy part of the year… the part I had the most difficult time with was imagining myself in the center of attention, saying my vows with confidence and strength. The last thing I ever wanted was to have my voice stand in the way of expressing my love to my future husband. I prayed to God every night to give me strength, to give me full confidence in myself, to stand in front of all of our friends and family and say the vows that I wrote to the love of my life. The two months leading up to the big day, I was anxious, nervous, and filled with anxiety…not because I was doubtful about who I was marrying, but only because of my voice condition.
Finally, our wedding day was here…the moment of truth. Was my Dysphonia going to get in the way of being confident, calm, and happy? God blessed us with a gorgeous Fall sunny day. The whole day was filled with magic, serenity, and pure Love. When it came to walk down the aisle with my dad, I was surprisingly at peace…I was ready to marry Chester. That walk down the aisle was a moment I will never forget. I made sure to walk slowly…I looked around to see my family and friends smiling at me…soaking this moment…I looked up to my dad's eyes and saw how proud he was of his little girl….then my eyes met Chester's and saw his eyes light up, tears starting to roll down both my face and his face. My dad kissed my cheek and gave me to Chester. God gave me the strength I needed to say my vows to my love. I just wanted to press pause and really take in all the emotions that I was feeling.
Our wedding was simply… magical.
A day we will always cherish.
A day we will one day tell our kids all about.
“Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.”
Our dear friends, Ashley and Graham Scobey from Scobey Photography were their to capture these beautiful moments. Please click the link below to see their blog post of our wedding. Ashley and Graham, we are forever grateful for your friendship and talent! We cannot thank you enough!
Event Coordinator: Kate and Campbell / Ceremony & Reception Location: Summerour / Bride’s hair & makeup: Claudia Mejerle / Dress Designer: Anne Barge / Bridal Salon: Guffey’s Bridal Store / Bride’s shoes: handmade in a little shoemaker shop in Spain / Groom’s attire: Guffey’s / Florist: The Savage Garden / Catering: Endive / Cake: Anne Kathleen / Calligraphy: Kara Swilley / DJ: DJ Fonix / Transportation: The Trolley Guy / Videographer: Ryan Rodinis / Wedding Invitations: Ashley Buzzy Craftery