Today marks 1 year since Ben and I tied the knot - and truly, time has flown. I go through these photos and my heart still beats heavily as I remember the feeling of that weekend. I had put so much time and energy into planning it, my whole heart and mind into it - yet it felt as though a switch was flipped the night of our rehearsal dinner and all of the sudden it was ok to just let the weekend be what it would be.
What came of those few days was nothing short of magical and will forever be the most amazing weekend of my life. Maybe it was the pizza and donuts the bridesmaids and I ate while getting ready for the ceremony or perhaps the AHmazing enchiladas at the rehearsal dinner but nonetheless - it was in the details. My family and friends whom I love most were present, my mother's smile lit up the room, and the wonderful timing of the thunder during our ceremony was just a foreshadowing of the cooling rain that served as a backdrop during dinner.
In hindsight, it is so clear that no matter how much creating and planning I put into it - it was ultimately the Lord that orchestrated the flow and circumstances of the weekend. That's something I often share with future brides. Plan, envision, and create as much as your heart desires - it truly is so much fun. But just remember that beyond a certain point - there is a lot of peace in knowing that that weekend is ultimately in the hands of the Lord and it's ok to let it be.
I've mentioned before how much I believe in the unity of marriage - that it was created by God to serve as a representation of our relationship with Jesus here on earth. Its full of so many ups and downs and what I have come to repeat often - the 3 'Cs'. A WHOLE LOTTA communication, compromise, and compassion.
I love you Ben Shapleigh. 1 year of marriage with you is more than I could have ever imagined and what I came to realize this morning - it flies by. To many more!
Thank you to Matt & Tish for best wedding album and Floriography for the flowers and Amy for the coordination!!!