Life can sometimes feel like a constant race against the clock with to-do lists, errands and chores, and prior to my September wedding it felt like the lists were constantly multiplying. When the wedding day finally arrived, I was prepared more than ever to marry my best friend — it really was an indescribable feeling.
Many people told me to soak up every minute of the day because it goes by so quickly, and they were right. From waking up early in the morning to dancing the night away, the hours went by quickly and it’s now clear to me why wedding photographers and videographers are so important.
Though the day was about Adam and I and solidifying our marriage, I couldn’t help to think about the group of family and friends who all came together for us.
Adam’s friends and family traveled from across the country during hurricane season and many of my friends drove from surrounding states. I think what makes wedding celebrations particularly special is that for us, we will most likely never have that many of our loved ones in one place again.
Gathered around friends and family, we had a small outdoor ceremony. The officiant was a pastor from the church I grew up going to in Marshalltown and where I got baptized.
I hadn’t talked to Pastor Kerry for quite a few years until I move back to the area, and we had the pleasure of meeting with him several times before our wedding day. The memories from that church are so pure and sweet, singing in the children’s choir and helping with nursery when I was in middle school.
All of those memories remind me even more that time is fleeting. As time moves on, we will remember Sept. 9 for many reasons and have dozens of pictures to remind us of the beautiful weather and how pretty the flowers were, but I will mostly care about all of the beautiful people who were there to celebrate us in Iowa.
The finale of the celebrations included a Happily Ever After party in Georgia where there was more cake to be had and a lot more dancing. Now as I go through and write my “thank-you” cards it doesn’t seem like enough to express our gratitude.
As we continue daily life as newlyweds, we also plan to soak up every memory because the years fly by.
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