The Best Day Ever.

It’s been soo long since I’ve given you the latest buzz from the life of a simple girl. So many things have happened in the last month…we’ve had great joy and mourned losses as well. The comforting thing in the midst of all of it is that we have been joined by our Maker, and we are grateful for that.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. {Romans 15:13}

I’ll share my greatest joy with you—marrying the love of my life. It was definitely the best thing I’ve ever done. February 5, 2011 will always be burned into my memory as the most special day I’ve ever been given. It’s hard to put into words how significant everything was to me and Jonathan. We were moved in a way that changes you. Our family and friends surrounded us with such love, happiness, and encouragement and to celebrate with them was one of the greatest gifts we could have ever hoped for.

The day was a beautiful whirlwind, but there were a few key moments that are particularly burned into my mind. I hope they stay there forever, just as vividly as I see them now.

Starting the day out with my favorite girls was the way to go. We had a fabulous brunch at The Fox and Pheasant Bed and Breakfast in Montevallo. The food was amazing, the spread was beautiful, and it was so relaxing to start breakfast and the day off surrounded by such wonderful women! Thank you to everyone who put this on! It was one of my very favorite parts of the weekend.

I think of getting dressed, surrounded by my best girls, and putting on my mother’s veil—the finishing touch and the most special part of my ensemble.

Did I mention that these are my two favorite women in the world? They always make me look my best, and the dress-to-wedding process was so much fun with them. I couldn’t have made any of the plans happen without their help and advice.

And on that note, I must thank the best Maid of Honor EVER for standing beside me, holding my flowers, fluffing my dress, putting on my jewelry, and running around like a crazy person for me. She planned the best bachelorette party for me, as well, with surprises galore and was the photographer throughout our engagement. Thanks is not enough, Annie! I’m forever grateful for all that you did.

I think of seeing Jonathan for the first time on a bridge overlooking the most perfect little pond and knowing that God’s timing is absolutely perfect.

I remember the doors opening to the church with my dad on my arm while the strings played “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and seeing my prize at the end of the aisle, both of us full of more joy than we could bare and tears being the result of the best overwhelm I’ve ever known.

I remember taking communion with my groom during the ceremony and feeling the presence of the Holy Spirit so greatly that I was scared to breathe too deeply for fear that I would miss one moment of it.

Our first dance was sweet…and hilarious. We laughed a lot, and people probably didn’t know why. It’s because the song didn’t sound one thing like the version we gave them. It is a great memory now, and we still laugh about it. Check out the real version at the end of this post. It’s much cooler. :) I have to add that they were a great band, though, and very talented. They played mostly jazz, fitting our venue perfectly, and their rendition of “New York, New York” gave me chills.

Cutting the cake with my new husband was definitely a highlight…man, was that cake tasty!

Jonathan’s cake was Mississippi State themed and was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had in my life. HAIL STATE!!

Dancing with my father, the man who brought me up, was so special…. I can’t say much more, or I might get emotional again, but dancing with him to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was something that I had dreamed of for a very long time.

I LOVED seeing all of my Delta Gammas there and celebrating with them! They all sang to me, and it was quite beautiful. I’m so proud of all of your  voices…Mrs. Slaughter would definitely approve.

Oh, the garter…always an awkward moment. :) I think I’m telling Jonathan that he’s being awkward, too. I feel the need to say awkward again. Awkward…

Moving on…since you are now feeling…well, you know.

Leaving our reception and running out to the most beautiful sound in the world (cowbells, of course) was absolutely incredible!

I pulled these pics off of Facebook, so I am missing some shots with my in-laws and all of my sweet flower girls, but I will post more as I get them. Thanks to everyone who snapped pictures for me, especially my sister and Jenny Duncan for all of the many shots you took! It means so much to a girl who loves to be behind the camera.

I could write a book on the weekend and what it meant to us, but it still wouldn’t do it justice. We are thankful to everyone who was there for us, for those who lifted us up in prayer and for those who continue to do so. We are blessed beyond measure by what the Lord has done for us, and we are excited as we begin our journey together with Him.

And now, for the real version of “My Little Girl…” :)

4 Comments

  1. Emily Harbarger 03/15/2011 / 8:17 pm

    I got teary reading this post! I know it was beautiful and I thought about you throughout that day while I was at work. I also walked down the aisle to “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”…it is even more special when we sing it in church now! I hope you are loving married life. We need to catch up again soon!! Love, Em

  2. Megan 03/16/2011 / 9:00 am

    Felt so blessed to be apart of yours and Jonathan’s special day and I cannot wait to be apart of your lives for many years to come. Such a blessed and Lord filled day SB.

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