My original title was Happy Endings… but this is just the beginning.

I want to give a huge thank you and shoutout to our vendors–

I am not the most artistic person in the world, but I spent hours putting together decor and LOVED it. After graduating, I had a good amount of time on my hands. I used that time to put the final touches on wedding plans. Margaret Rivera made our “guest book” (another Pinterest idea), the “forever with us” sign, the hand-dotted mason jars, and a not-pictured wooden pallet for the entrance of the ceremony.

The pieces I did on my own are pictured below, and most were Pinterest inspired. The pillar candles, vases, and votives are from Yummi Candles and Walmart. The rest of the pieces (the greenery, roses, place card holders, and charger plates) are from Amazon. The cardstock, twine, and other miscellaneous items were found at local shops like Jo-Ann’s, Menards, or the Dollar Tree.

The ceremony was officiated by Andrew’s former track and field coach, Joel Popenfoose. We could not have asked for a more intimate message. He incorporated personalities, humor, and the Word in a way that both challenged and encouraged the two of us. My mom also provided a beautiful message on the difference between I like you and I love you

When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily. One who understand this, understands life.

We are so grateful for the friends and family who were there to lend a helping hand. Nothing showed more support than being the first ones on deck when something needed to be taken care of. Andrew and I are people- and experience-oriented, so our wedding would not have been the same without our guests.

We are appreciative of our guests and their willingness to travel and celebrate. Some of our family members traveled hours to attend, and at that point hadn’t even met yet. Being able to witness them getting to know one another filled us with joy, and gave us all the warm, fuzzy feelings.

As I sit here reflecting on our wedding day, I just want to say thank you to my new and old friends and family. The weekend would not have been what it was without you. We were honored by your presence and your time to celebrate with us, and we are so grateful for the influences you have had on our relationship. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Last, but not least, meet our wedding party! This group is basically (or literally) family. They made the entire weekend a blast. Imagine all of your favorite people from where you grew up, went to college with, and everywhere in-between all coming together. All of our favorite people from different times in life are getting to meet and get to know one another, and that has been so fun to be a part of.

The night of the rehearsal dinner, the majority of the wedding party grabbed a few drinks together. Since bringing Andrew to Marinette, I have shown him a few of my favorite restaurants, so we took our parties there and hung out. One of the places we went was the 1393 Lounge on Main Street. It’s a very colorful location with large booth seats where we fit all of us on one, rounded booth and chatted over cocktails. This was easily a top five favorite moment of the weekend. Andrew’s friends hadn’t all been in one place for years. Hanging out with both of our favorite people, and sharing backgrounds was a memorable experience.

Onto my favorite photos, the rainy umbrella ones! We had a good amount of rain on the day of the wedding. I was hopeful throughout the week that the forecast would change, but when life hands you lemons (disguised as rain) you make cute photos! I actually sent out an SOS in the form of a Facebook post the morning of looking for one of those adorable, clear umbrellas. It just so happened that one of our beloved guests had one and let us borrow it (thanks Sheila!). I am in love with the way the photos turned out!

Our venue provided more magical photos than I thought it would. Our photographer, Alissa, made a little patch of tall trees look like an enchanted forest. Which also served as a temporary shield from the rain.

The amount of times I have laughed until I cried in the last month is probably more than I have in my entire life. Many of those times were on this day. We giggled through the ceremony, and laughed through the rain, the slippery dance floor, the wind destroying my hair, and the accidental choking incident while piggy-backing through the trees… Oops. ♡

Now for the sappy portion of this post I will talk about my groom. My sweet, sweet groom. He is open, honest, and real with me, but also devoted and loving. Andrew is a hard worker, organized, and he plans ahead. He is confident and intentional, well thought out and careful. Andrew isn’t the most emotional individual, but he is open when it counts if he’s talking with the right person.

Throughout the whole planning process I knew I was planning a wedding, I knew it was my own, but it never really felt real. It was a day I had been excited about since the first time I prayed for a partner to spend my life with, long before I knew Andrew. I prayed God would provide a man who would lead me, love me, and build a life with me. Well friends, I can tell you God answers prayers. Andrew is a far better spouse than I could have ever imagined marrying. He is everything I described above and more.

The Thursday before the wedding, family started arriving to town. That was one of the first times it really clicked. As we grilled out, and played fetch with Walter in the yard, I couldn’t help but think, these people are here for us. Then the rehearsal dinner came around and we had the most fun evening mingling with people we hadn’t seen in awhile.

Finally, I was getting ready before the ceremony, and remember getting a text that said, I’m so excited to see you. Not that I wasn’t already in the best mood, but the anticipation set the tone for the rest of my eager, excited jitters. That was the second moment the reality of marrying my best friend clicked.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to finding that someone to write a story with. I love reliving our day through these photos. The day itself exceeded our expectations and wildest dreams. But more than the wedding, I am excited for the life we get to build together, and how our relationship will take shape.

One thought on “Happy Beginnings

  1. We genuinely enjoyed the heck out of your wedding day! It was one of the most personal and joyful ceremonies! And it was a blessing to witness the beginning of your life together!

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