It’s been 13 days since the most magical wedding day experience I could have ever imagined. During this immediate time post wedding, we find ourselves randomly looking at one another and saying “HEY, WE’RE MARRIED!” The feeling of physically being married has not sunk in yet, and I don’t think it will for quite some time.
There are so many thoughts and feelings that are in my brain right now. I’ve been trying to organize them all but those of you that know me well, know that even on the most average day of the year there are 5 million check lists, to-dos, hopes and dreams, and grocery list items floating around in that crazy brain of mine. Take that brain, throw me into one of the most emotionally jam-packed weekends of my life, and imagine what’s going on up there. No, don’t imagine it. As Mike would say, “That’s just scary.” 🙂
I can’t sleep! You know that cheesy quote:
Well, it’s a thing guys. Touche Dr. Suess.
I wake up in the middle of the night re-living glimpses of our wedding day ALL. THE. TIME. I am in the middle of an intense lifting work out and visuals of all our friends and family having the best time at our reception pop into my head. I’m grocery shopping and my first look with dad and my husband show up (and reliving those moments about kill me at times! I STILL get tears in my eyes.)
That week, and that weekend… was better than I could have ever dreamed. Heck, I’ve had numerous dreams of my wedding day through out the years and none of them could top the visions and the feelings that I physically had that day. I truly want to do the day justice with photo explanations and all, so it’s going to be a few months before I can do that and sort through the thousands of photos. Until then, I had to get these feelings down for myself and wanted to take some time to truly thank some of the most incredible people that made this weekend possible– and made our dreams a magical reality.
To our incredible friend and “loving celebrant” Jamie:
You amazed us with your writing and we feel so lucky to have had a completely customized ceremony. From the welcome, to the ring vows and the final blessing, you killed it. We will be forever grateful that you started our new married life adventure in the most perfect way possible.
To the best friends and sisters I could ever ask for:
Most brides have one maid of honor, and I am not sure what I did to deserve two so special as the both of you. Your friendships have helped form me into the woman I am today, and I know that our fun times are just beginning! I love you both more than you could imagine. Thank you for making this past year so incredibly memorable and FUN!
To the weirdest, goofiest and most genuine men I have ever met:
Thank you for being the most loving and comical co-best men I have ever seen. For taking care of Mike and guiding him through the stress of a wedding day, for taking ridiculously hilarious photos in old man cardigans, for calling me your wife (on accident….) in your best man speech, and for reminding us how lucky we are to have friends and family like you. Mike is so lucky to have met such incredible friends at such a young age. We look forward to repaying the favor for the both of you.
To the most adorable nieces and flower girls we know:
No, that is not biased. Just look at this photo for goodness sake! For bringing so much joy and happiness to our wedding day when we needed it most, and for making it ALL the way down the aisle with smiles on your faces. You made me get excited during the most stressful moments. From Harper telling me she couldn’t sleep because she kept thinking about the wedding all week, to Charlie telling me she was waiting for this day “all her life,” you will never know how much fun you made this day for me! I look forward to telling you for years to come. 🙂
To my now “official” new family:
Thank you for accepting me as your daughter-in-law and sister-in-law! For supporting us through the entire wedding planning process and for going along with my crazy and over the top ideas for the wedding weekend. A huge thank you to Janet, Libby and Allie for all of your help with the flower girls and the bridal shower. Thank you Allie for putting together such a beautiful rehearsal dinner with a slide show that we will cherish forever. You added so many elements that made the weekend that much more memorable for us. Even Mike was emotional about it, and that’s saying something!
To the sweetest little bros and the most studly ushers:
Thanks for driving me crazy growing up, but most importantly for always being so supportive and happy for your big sis. For doing whatever we asked you to do during the weekend and looking good doing it. I love you guys and can’t wait to see what your futures hold!
To my lovely momma and inspiring daddio:
I will never be able to thank you enough for giving me the wedding day of my dreams. For supporting me from start to finish, not being the least bit surprised when I decided I wanted a second dress, reminding me what’s most important through all the stress, and for setting the example of where I hope to be with my husband in 26 years. Thank you mom for setting the bar so high on what it looks like to be a bad ass mom and wife. I have watched in awe over the years and don’t know how you’ve down this supermom thing, but I sure am looking forward to the challenge. Thank you dad for doing the difficult task of walking me down the aisle, and dropping the mic with your father of the bride speech. As always, you’ve blown me away and have taught me the the most critical trait that I could ever ask for: unconditional love. I love you both more than anything!
To our incredibly talented friend and day of coordinator, Matty:
Thank you for doing the most difficult job of all! Taking my boxes upon boxes of “organized chaos” and my many wedding design and inspiration notes and making it a reality! It is so much work designing your own wedding, and I cannot recommend to any bride enough DO NOT DECORATE YOUR WEDDING VENUE ON YOUR OWN! Because of Matty, I was able to wake up the morning of my wedding and do nothing but immerse myself in the day and being with the people I love. I even gave him my cell phone for any vendor calls or questions. Matty, you are a lifesaver and I am so thankful for your friendship and especially… your style!
To our hardworking, ridiculously gifted, rock star florist and friend, Carly:
Thank you for staying up until 6 AM the morning of our wedding crafting the most beautiful bouquets, wreaths, and floral crowns I could have imagined. Thank you for crafting a 33 FOOT GARLAND for our dreamy fireplace backdrop! I knew you would bring my dreams to a reality, but wow, just wow. We love you and owe you a lot of flower and farm labor in the future. 🙂 For any Montanans that are looking for some seriously kick ass flower arrangements, check out Killing Frost Farm. They do a phenomenal job.
One more shout out to our crazy wedding party as a whole:
Thanks for the entertainment and love all weekend long! For dancing down the aisle after we said “I DO” and being the best crew of friends. We all have to get together again soon. Just too much fun not to do so!
Lastly, To My Husband…
You have no idea how good it feels to say that. As I told you on our wedding day, I have no idea what I have done to deserve you in this life, but I promise you I will never take it for granted. For giving me tears of joy, a fire in my belly and a heart so over whelmed with love I had to pinch myself too many times that day… For loving me for me, writing wedding vows that took my breath away, and showing me what true bliss feels like. I know it won’t always be this way, but the adventure and the ups and downs will always be worth it with you. Thank you for asking me to marry you! Thank you for taking on this next adventure in life with me. If this wedding was the start of it, I can only imagine what joy is to come.
To our wedding guests, acquaintances, family and friends near and far:
Thumbs up to you. Thank you for supporting us, for loving us, and believing in us! We are so overwhelmed with love and support. Cheers to 2017, and new memories and adventures to come!