Five years ago tomorrow we were married in our own backyard, surrounded by a lot more people than I ever expected, on a day that started out crazy windy/busy/tense/busy but turned out to be perfect. I scored my dress at a sale and Mom bought me the most beautiful veil from an entirely different store, but it matched perfectly. I chose to do most of the planning and making myself because I wanted what I wanted (right, Mom?):
- Folded and made ornaments from around 250 origami cranes for favors. Packaged them up all pretty, too.
- Created our Save the Dates and invitations from scratch, but never did get a picture.
- Made the ring pillow.
- Cleaned so many windows my arms were as ripped as they ever have been. Which isn’t saying that much.
- Made my bouquet, my girls’ bouquets, the corsages and the boutonnieres. My friend Leslie helped put together jars of flowers for the tables.
- Cut our “S” monogram cake topper from a favorite copper printing plate that was at the end of its previous life.
- Made the stand for the big 3-tier cake.
- Chose all the candies and pretty glass containers to go into a kick-ass Candy Bar display.
- Made the fabric pieces to go on the center of our big round tables (yards and yards of fabric, washed, ironed, and ripped down to size – whew!).
- Helped lay the 10,000 sq ft of sod that went into our yard in preparation. There was a lot of preparation to get the yard ready. And lots of worrying about the rainy summer that year.
- Made anklets for me and my girls out of beach glass found in Mexico (where he proposed) and beads that matched the wedding colors, then forgot to wear mine.
- Planned to make our guest book but made the wise decision near the end to let that go and use a beautiful National Parks book instead. Then forgot to have anyone announce guests should write all over it!
- Worried about things that didn’t matter in the end.
- Would make very few changes if I did it all over again.
I recruited a dear friend (and Mom for carrot cake) to make our cakes (and decorate them too – go Leslie!), recruited another friend to sing The Nearness of You during the ceremony, recruited my Mom to do the most awesome wedding buffet ever, recruited another friend to officiate, recruited the most awesome photographer ever (photos in this post are Jenn’s), recruited the entire wedding party to help setup that day… We wanted to throw a big party for our friends and family, and get married while they were are all there, so that’s what we did (and messed up the rings, too, because I gave the Best Man Matt’s ring instead of mine…). It was crazy fun, a little stressful, and beautiful. Kids ran around, we laughed and ate and drank and I still don’t always remember everyone who was there. It was perfectly us.
Life is not always perfect, not always easy, but I’m happy. There’s no one else I would choose to live this life with. And damn, we make cute babies.
I love you, Matt.