30 December, 2012

Day Six: Wedding

In June I walked down the aisle and married my best friend.

I am not one of those girls who has had her wedding planned since she was six. I wanted a day that fit who I am, that was intimate and felt like both of us. And we managed that at the Garden of the Gods Trading Post, with 80 of our friends and family watching, catered by some of the most amazing chefs I've ever met and with my dear friend taking photos.

It was a relaxing day with no stress, lots of joy and nothing but an incredible future ahead of us.

We had hydrangeas in the bouquets. In the centerpieces we mixed them with fresh branches and candles.

The girls wore purple. My nieces were flower girls. I walked in to JJ Heller's Tonight and during the ceremony we played A Page is Turned by Bebo Norman.

The lyrics speak of redemption and a second change and becoming whole in God before you seek out someone else. It was a song that fit our journey, of how we met each other, of our relationship.

A wedding is the prelude to a marriage. You cannot get so focused on one day that you lose the ultimate goal - the joining of two lives. It is not a spectacle. It is not the most important day of your life. It is not a party to celebrate you... It's a commitment, made publicly, to be stretched and renewed for the rest of your lives.

Your wedding day should be the most intimate look in to your love life that friends and family get. I wanted my friends to see why I love D (and his kids!) and get a brief look at our relationship. I wanted our families to be center, it to be not just about us, but the dozens of people who have shaped our lives and been there. And, it was!

And when it was all said and done we danced down the aisle to Rhythm of Love - our song.

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