August 15, 2009 was one of the best days of my life. It's the day I married my best friend. The OnE God chose for me from before time to spend the rest of my life with.
We've been married for about 2 1/2 months now, so I want to go back in time and tell everyone all about the most AmAzInG day ever! I have over 1,800 pictures (thanks to Kara & Jeremy Pennington!) so I'll have to limit those of course. It's SO hard to pick just a few of our favorites. Kara & Jeremy did an incredible job and we are so thankful to have had them document our special day! :)
There were lots of showers and parties that led up to our wedding day, but I'll just start with the Rehearsal and Rehearsal dinner to save a little time! So here goes!
August 14, 2009--Rehearsal at FBC Jax
The monsoon came. We were afraid of this kind of weather and man did we get it on the 14th! Thankfully it stayed away for the actual wedding day though! We got a little delayed because of everyone trying to find their way in the pouring rain...but everything went very smoothly after that. Mrs. Makepeace organized the ceremony wonderfully as usual. She means business! :) I had my bow-quet in hand and my humongo practice train and the night was complete. We were mostly excited about DINNER!
Here's a pic of the bride and groom to be...
Me and *most* of my bridesmaids. Mal was caught in the storm and Katie E. was busy at the hospital becoming an AUNT to little Chandler that night!
After we faced the storm again...we arrived at the Rehearsal Dinner. Hosted by Gabe's parents, Al & Teri, we had an amazing barbeque dinner at the Winterbourne Inn. We wanted the style to be completely different from the actual wedding reception, so the menu was more casual and the location was just gorgeous! We were all blown away at how amazing the food was.
Tomi Brown helped Teri out with the southern-style decorations, centerpieces and awesome homemade place cards. Everything was candlelit and just gorgeous!
And of course we can't leave out these 2 cuties! Our nephew, Ethan, was the ring bearer... and his little girlfriend, Madolyn, was the flower girl. We bought them these cute little shirts and they were just adorable!
Besides the amazing food and decorations, we had such a wonderful time of fellowship with all our closest friends and family. At the end of the night the floor was opened for people to share their thoughts or wishes for us and I just LoVeD that! It was so sweet to hear stories of so many people that have watched us grow up, watched us fall in love, and are still supporting us on to our wedding day and the rest of our lives. It was such a blessing to see how we have made an impact on the lives of our loved ones too. We are SO loved and do not want to ever take that for granted.
I just remember telling everyone that it was so hard to believe that all this was actually for US! We've been to so many weddings it seemed like just another day...but this time was different and it was so hard to comprehend. All those people were actually there to celebrate OUR marriage! It was just a crazy feeling...but overall it was the perfect ending to my last night as a single woman!