So, today is our first wedding anniversary! Pretty crazy, huh? I just can’t believe a year has already come and gone. And tomorrow will be the 4th anniversary of us being together. Wow. We’ve had so much fun getting all nostalgic, remembering how amazing our wedding was and how blessed we were to be surrounded by so many people we loved so much. I just can’t get over how PERFECT the day was. Aside from the 5 minute downpour of rain that nearly sent me into cardiac arrest (outdoor wedding), it could not have gone more as planned. (Of course, when you spend almost a year meticulously planning every detail, the chances are greater that the plan will succeed. :) ) We were so lucky to have parents who financially and emotionally supported us through the whole thing. My mom and I had our moments throughout the process where we didn’t see eye to eye exactly, but I will always remember first and foremost all the amazing memories and the bond we created when we were shopping and planning and brainstorming and sewing (well, she sewed anyway!) together. After it was all over, I kind of had withdrawals from the wedding planning process, and I still found myself beelining toward the wedding magazines in Borders. But now I have an excuse to do that again, because I’ve gotta keep up with all those wedding trends! It sounds so cheesy, but it was cool to have this one day to show everyone our personalities, to share our style and our taste in music and food and everything else, and I was so glad our parents for the most part stepped back and allowed us to do it our way, and not necessarily the way it’s always been done. It was seriously one of, if not THE, best day of my life.
And to think about all that’s happened since then in this past year… I finally found my calling and started my own business by a crazy chain of events, Jamie figured out what HE wants to do with his life after ruling out teaching, we met the Fred and Ethel to our Ricky and Lucy in our neighbors Tyler and Erin, and we moved halfway across the country to embark on a new adventure in our lives. We figured out how good we are as roommates together. We rarely if ever get sick of each other or of just hanging around the apartment together, holing up and reading or watching Netflix or playing with Gretchen or whatever. We just GET each other, and we have very similar ideas of what’s fun… which in many cases people our age do NOT find fun. And that is what is so awesome about my husband. Well, that and the fact that he’s super weird and makes up all these crazy songs and sayings and annoys me to death with them, and that he has such a big heart and will talk to and try to help almost anyone he comes in contact with, and that he doesn’t expect me to cook all his meals and clean up after him (lately it’s actually been the other way around on the cleaning front!), and that he is usually the one who will get up at 6 am when Gretchen first wakes up to take her out and feed her, and that he would rather read than watch TV (unless Home Improvement, King of Queens, or Full House is on), and that he encourages me and pushes me to constantly be a better version of myself. He truly IS my best friend. There is no one else in the world I could spend this much time with without wanting to shoot myself or someone else. I love him. Happy anniversary, Jameson.
So, if you love nostalgia as much as I do, you can go HERE to watch the slideshow of our wedding by the incredible Andy Armstrong, which incidentally I have watched so many times that I have attached serious emotional significance to the songs in it. I’m assuming “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” was a nod to my style (which of course is SO inspired by Audrey Hepburn it’s ridiculous), so I love hearing that one. One time we were eating with my family at Ruby Tuesday’s and “New Soul” (the 3rd song I think) started playing and everyone at the table just kind of sat there in silence, smiling and remembering. And when we went to the Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis show last fall, the band played a cover of Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” and I went NUTS dancing and singing to it. It’s kind of fitting, actually, considering the path my life has taken this past year. Way to go, Andy.
But here are a few images from the day. I can’t help but be insanely happy looking at them. It might seem like I’m being a little biased by saying this, but spending money on really good quality photography is WORTH the investment. After the party’s over, it’s all you’ve got left!
All images are copyright Andy Armstrong Photography.
All the tablecloths were hand-sewn by my mom and grandmother, and we spent months scouring thrift stores for all sorts of vintage-y table decorations (most of which were painted because they were UGGGGGLY before that). This is so me it’s not even funny.
AMAZING cake made by a family friend, with a topper I bought for $50 on ebay. More than we spent for most things for the wedding, but it was so perfect I couldn’t resist.
Best. Picture. Of. Me. EVER.