A year of wedding prep coming to a close

This is us at my 24th birthday a few weeks after we started dating.

In the beginning of 2010 (before we planned to elope) a friend asked me what my plans were for 2011. I said, very casually, well I'm going to get married. Get married, I did! To say that the wedding has consumed me would be an understatement. I feel like my head is a cloud and everything is foggy and fuzzy and in the middle is a clear picture of JCPE.

This year was for us.

Every night I look over and JCPE and say out loud 'how cool is that we get to live together!' I really am grateful that he is in my life. Every bump in the road has made us closer, and every day I'm more sure that he's the person I've always wanted.

New Year's Eve we made the first big decisions for our wedding day.

February 11th we had the most beautiful engagement ever.

April 30th got married.

May 1st we started our honey moon at Rosa Muerta.

June 10th my friends threw me a lovely bridal shower.

August 28th we planned our first reception.

September 16th JCPE's brother took him on a Bachelor Weekend.

October 22nd we finally had our first reception.

& this Saturday we are having our final reception with friends and family in Las Vegas.

12 solid months of wedding planning and celebrating really made 2011 our year. People ask me all the time if it feels any different now that we're married. We've lived together for so long and been a part of each others lives for so long isn't it a lot of the same? Actually, it is really different for one reason. We're together forever now. In a very real way. Every hope and dream that we both have for our lives are fully interconnected. There are no more decisions for just one of us, we're a family now.

I am so excited to be celebrating with our families this weekend! Our siblings have met but our parents have never met each other! They are going to have such a great time getting to know one another. I really couldn't ask for a better family in-law I'm so grateful for all the family love in our lives. We are truly lucky.

As we do the final prep for this weekend my mind wanders into 'did we do this right?' often, and again and again I am reminded of a detail that makes me remember that yes, we did. We did it for us. Every detail of our wedding day was ours. The details of our NYC reception were for friends that we love and the details of our Las Vegas reception are for the families who have given us so much throughout our lives.

Every wedding story is different. Thank all you for being a part of ours.

As for 2012. I think we're transitioning into a new space. Does that mean a new apartment, a new city, a new direction? I honestly don't know yet but I'm excited for the possibilities!


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