I married my best friend! It was a long time coming. My husband and I met a little over four years ago and we fell so fast for each other. We started talking about marriage, probably around six months of dating. We just knew. Jokingly I would grab a hold of his arm and ask him, “when are you going to ask me?” Then on our one year anniversary he asked me. We both wanted a long engagement, but the three-year engagement was not planned. We just made a lot of life changes over the year that caused us to keep putting it off and putting it off, and then when we finally had it really planned, we had to make another change. So when we finally got married, it felt totally surreal.
We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on our wedding. First, we didn’t have it, and secondly, we wanted to use the money for our honeymoon. Our parents were amazingly gracious and helped us out so much to make this day beautiful and ours. We found a beautiful garden by an English inspired manor next to the lake, and just went with our family and exchanged our vows. My husband’s brother was the one that officiated us and it just felt small and intimate like we wanted.
We also got so lucky that his friend drove out and was our photographer for our wedding ceremony. We couldn’t afford a wedding photographer and I was scared that we wouldn’t have photos of our ceremony. I will be eternally grateful for him doing that for us.
Although we didn’t have a photographer for our reception, I was able to take photos without stressing too much about it. Our reception was our ideal. We strung lights up in the backyard and rented a farm table. I always kept saying, “I just want lots of candles and plants.” and that’s what we were able to accomplish. I made a romantic playlist and we ate Italian food and everything was so wonderful.
It wasn’t our dream wedding. Our dream wedding was just not a reachable goal for us, but we made it magical, and at the end of the day, none of it mattered. It was about finally being able to call the love of my life, husband, and although it doesn’t feel any different to be married, as we already committed to each other before, we get so giddy whenever we call each other husband and wife.