Our Simple Little Country Wedding
I woke up at 5:30 a.m. like a child at Christmas. Even though I rolled into bed less than five hours prior, I wasn't even half tired anymore. My stomach was in knots because the day I had been thinking about for months was finally, actually here: my wedding day.
Our wedding day. We were really getting married. Today. It's kind of a surreal feeling. I thought about it for countless hours, couldn't wait for it to get here, counted down the days... and then felt like it came faster than I could have possibly imagined. I was beyond excited… yet there was a giant, unfounded knot in my stomach that just wouldn't go away.
See- I do this thing where I feel like vomiting whenever life changes too much, too quickly. Seriously. When Lucas asked me to date him, I felt like throwing up all over him (and anyone who talked to me about it for the next several days). When he asked me to marry him, I was absolutely thrilled while simultaneously absolutely nauseous. I am completely aware that it's weird and kind of unfounded. Oh well.
So, anyway, I really, REALLY didn't want to be nervous, anxious, and uptight on what is supposed to be the happiest day of my life. And by God's grace, I wasn't. After a (VERY early morning) walk, taking deep breaths and asking the Lord to give me His peace, I was fine. Calm. Excited. Beyond thrilled to spend the day with my dearest friends and the rest of my life with my very best friend ever.
And that's exactly what happened. I got ready, finished up some things that I somehow overlooked (seriously- how does one miscount the number of boutonnieres one needs? After 6 months of planning?), made coffee for my friends, put on my dress, and headed off to see Lucas. Sat in the back of Sara Lynn (our fantastic photographer!)'s car with a sheet over my head so he wouldn't see me, feeling ridiculous.
(I mean. It kind of was ridiculous. These feelings were justified.)
I know a lot of girls cry the first time they see their man, but I just couldn't. I was too happy. Still, I am so, so glad that Lucas and I did a first look. It was beyond special to get to spend a few minutes alone together before heading back and meeting up with our friends. Those moments were definitely some of my favorite from the entire day.
Once we finished up a few portraits with Sara, we grabbed some food at Subway (while I sat in the car and took iPhone selfies……….looked up and realized everyone was laughing at me. Thanks, guys.) and drove to Nashville.
The ceremony was everything we could have hoped for. Centered on the gospel, short, and relatively silly (I mean, when you don't have bridesmaids, where do you put your bouquet? Logical answer: the ground. Obviously.) While we were planning everything, I wanted to be very gospel-centered and intentional about absolutely EVERYTHING we did. Which meant that we cut out a lot of traditional wedding activities.
(To be clear- I, personally, felt it was best that we not include these things in our wedding, but I absolutely love watching and photographing a lot of the things that we didn't do at other weddings!)
Instead, we just wandered about, spending time with our friends and family and enjoying the time we had with them. So many people traveled so far to be there, and I wanted to try, to the best of my ability, to have as much time as possible with them and show them how much we appreciate them!
I feel so ridiculously blessed that Lucas and I were able to have such a relaxed and care-free wedding day. Over the past six months of planning, we've seen the Lord lavishly provide for us…. we haven't even HALF deserved the support, encouragement, and help we've received during our engagement. But we're SO thankful for it, and we're also ridiculously thankful for such a memorable and joyful wedding day.
As great as the season of engagement and our wedding itself was, it's never been about the wedding itself for us. Yes, it was fantastic in every way, but we're most excited about the fact that we get to spend the rest of our lives together! As of today, I am officially a full time photographer (holla!), and Lucas is finishing up his CFI endorsement and will begin teaching aviation students soon. We're working on organizing our life in our new apartment, and thrilled about little things like shopping and cooking meals together. As we look to the future, we can't really even imagine what the Lord has in store for us, but we're beyond excited to begin this next season of life together!
PS- All of these images are photos that Sara Lynn Photographic took. To see more, click here to read her blog post. Do it!