4 Years Ago Today…

Four years ago today:

*I woke up much earlier than I wanted to. The butterflies shaking up my stomach just would not let me sleep.

*It was sprinkling as I left to go to my hair and makeup appointments. I had to remind myself at this point that I had to let go of control.

*I felt more beautiful than any other time in my life.

*As my best friends and family surrounded me in our hotel room at The St Regis, I felt overwhelmed  with love and was so ridiculously grateful for the amazing people in my life.

*I met up with the man I would spend the rest of my life with on the beach. When he saw me approaching, he sprinted toward me with more joy than I have ever seen.

*I relished that hour together, giddy with excitement for what was to come.

*We met up with our best friends and family for photos and were greeted with cheers. We felt like celebrities.

*The church coordinator forgot to line us girls up and get us ready, so after the guys and family entered, there was a good 4 minutes of nothing. Our guitarist just kept playing and playing. We did not even realize that the ceremony had started. David wondered if I was standing him up :)

*My adorable niece fell asleep and had to be carried down the aisle, with a cookie in my brother’s hand for when she woke up.

*I honored those who had been an important part of my life by having them piece together my bouquet as I walked down the aisle. I shared a special moment with each one: childhood friends, college mentors, impactful teachers, cancer doctors and nurses, my aunt and uncle. As my dad stood by my side, my mom tied together the bouquet once I reached the front of the lawn.

*I grasped onto my love’s hand with more love than ever before.

*I promised not only to be faithful, love him fully, support and respect him, but also to have fun with him everyday.

*He tried to kiss me right after our vows.

*The cloudy sky parted and the sun shone down on us right as we all were singing one of our favorite worship songs.

*We became husband and wife.

*We exited to “When I’m 64″ by the Beatles

*We took the largest family photo ever. Seriously- ever. It was quite an ordeal.

*We had our grand entrance to “Everything in it’s Right Place” by Radiohead. This made my husband’s day.

*I experienced one of the most magical moments of my life, dancing with my new husband to “Love Me Tender” by Norah Jones

*I did not eat any food. Only cake.

*We were surrounded by more love and support than we had ever felt in our lives. So cool to have everyone important to you in one place at one time.

*We danced. A lot.

*One of my maids of honor wrote us a poem for her speech. It was amazing.

*My husband surprised his mom by writing and recording a song for their mother son dance. Many tears were shed.

*Everything did not go as planned, but we did not know or care. We had the time of our lives. Treasuring every moment that passed while excited for our future.

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Today, I love my husband 4,000 times more than I did on that day. Next year, it will likely by 5,000 times more. Being at weddings almost every weekend, I am continually reminded of the emotions and memories of September 9th, 2005.

I love you David.

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