I’ve relocated… please visit me at
from now on!
I’ve relocated… please visit me at
from now on!
I’m back, I’m back. Life is pretty good here in the great (?) state of Maryland. Not too much to complain about outside of the heat, homesickness, and boring social life… all thing that will be remedied in the coming months. Here’s what I’m loving on lately:
To begin what I started almost a month ago, here are some pictures from the rest of our fabulous day.
In honor of our 5-month anniversary, I decided today would be a great time to post some wedding details. It was a wonderful, long day, and there is sooo much I want to share… so I decided to break everything up into a few posts. Here’s a little about everything leading up the walk down the aisle (and a whole lot of pictures to help illustrate)!
Saturday, January 22, 2011. When I woke up on this chilly January morning, with bits of snow still lingering on the ground, I knew that my life was about to change forever. I was excited, nervous, scared, thrilled, emotional, and still somehow floating above it all. It was the weirdest feeling knowing that the day we had been planning for was here. All the planning, debating, deciding, arguing, crying, laughing, etc. was over and it all came down to this one day. It was a bittersweet feeling for sure. Going to sleep in my bed at my parents home the night before (my last night as a single woman) was strangely sad. I remember laying awake, teary-eyed, feeling like this huge part of my life was all coming to an end. No little girl wants to “leave” her family, and that was a hard thing to say goodbye to. But every little girl wants to find her prince. 🙂 And that’s when the teary-eyed (25-year-old) little girl turned into an excited, butterfly-in-stomach, optimistic bride. I woke up knowing that this change, however bittersweet, was such an exciting new adventure and I couldn’t wait to begin my new life with Pratt.
Having my best friends and family surrounding me all day as I prepared for my wedding was so special. Those memories are something I will always cherish. I was able to keep my emotional composure all day, right up until I walked down to my groom. Just as everyone left me alone in the bridal room to begin the processional, and the music started to play while they began walking down the aisle… I felt my heart skip a beat and my eyes started welling up. It was real. Standing alone in that moment as all of our loved ones went to the front of the room to witness and support our union, it hit me like a rock. Our lives were changing and all of these people were here for us. It was surreal.
But enough of the story… here are some of my favorite shots from pre-ceremony.
Here’s a little credit to the people who made the day possible…
So what all happens in 6 months of hiatus? I’ll tell you. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, a rehearsal dinner and wedding, a honeymoon, a 26th birthday, a pack-and-move to Maryland, an apartment hunt, unpacking-for-weeks, decorating, cooking, never-ending loads of laundry, attempting not to gain weight from the cooking, a name change (that took entirely too long and still didn’t end up quite correct?), visits back home, visitors from home-coming up north, spending way to much $$ to become official Maryland residents, a best friend’s wedding, a family beach vacation… and I think that hits on all the high points. What a crazy 6 months it has been. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around all that has changed so rapidly.
The number one question I get from friends and family (or those who know I’m close to my Nashville-living friends and family) is “so, how do you like Maryland?” Well, I like it alright. I’m not jumping up and down with excitement over my new hometown or anything, but it will do. I do have my husband, after all! 🙂 Of course I’d rather be in Nashville with all of my loved ones (or any town cooler than Frederick, MD) but for now I’m just happy to be living in the same place as that man in my life. We waited so long for that to finally be true, so we’re just enjoying being together right now. Wherever that may be!
Plus! I love to travel and explore new places and this move gives me that opportunity. I have a new little town to explore all around me, and just outside this city of ours are a variety of easily-accessible new cities to venture into. We get into D.C. whenever we have a chance and I absolutely love any excuse to take a long drive through Virginia. I just love that state. I have a feeling a trip to New York and Philly might be in our near future as well (as soon as we have a break and enough moolah to make it happen).
In addition to all the fun that surrounds a new town, I really do enjoy having space to truly be on our own as a couple. I think it’s important for newlyweds to have some time to themselves to establish who they are, what they want out of life, and really focus on their relationship. I’d love to be a mile from my family every day of my life, but I know this distance pushes us to become independent, self-sufficient, and learn to rely on each other. I think we need to make our own lives up here before we re-join the family down south. I believe that this time apart gives up a great opportunity to make our own rules about life and establish our own family. I’m trying to look at this separation in the most positive light. I know that God has a plan for us, and right now that plan involves leading our own lives in Maryland. And that’s alright with us. 🙂
I can’t wait to share some of our wedding here on the blog. Now that life seems to be settling just a bit, I’m going to try to make that happen! So keep your eyes out for that.
Wow, so I guess you’ve probably missed me?? Yeah, I thought so. I know for a fact my mom has. She’s lovingly nagged me here and there about updating this thing. So, really, this is for you, mom. 🙂
So… a LOT has happened since my last post (thus the excuse for my absence). For starters, I got engaged! (yay). My best friend, boyfriend, and now fiancé asked me to marry him on October 1, 2010. I said yes. Then we got the crazy idea that we should get married in 3 months. Hey, I called myself crazy, there’s no need for you to chime in. It’s been insanely overwhelming these last few weeks, as expected, but I think I’m finally starting to get a little clarity in all the madness. You may be wondering why we chose to get married so quickly (January 22, 2011 to be precise), and I’m wondering the same thing, so when you figure it our let me know. Just kidding, we’ve spent the last 3 years dating long-distance and the moment he asked me to marry him I knew I didn’t want to put it off any longer. We’re just so ready to be together, in the same place, and married. We didn’t see a need to drag it out any longer. So, let the games begin!
I’m in the process of planning a wedding, a honeymoon, a move (destination slightly unknown but most likely Maryland), and all of the little details that fall in-between those events. It’s chaotic to say the very least. And even though I may or may not have had a nervous breakdown on at least 28 of the last 34 days of our engagement, I’m still glad we made this decision. Aside from being overly-annoyed with long-distance romance, I’m a huge, MAJOR procrastinator and If there wasn’t a fire under my butt I may have never gotten things done.
Butt-fire has been lit and plans are underway. My mom and sister have been extremely helpful in figuring things out. I’m thankful for them and all of my wonderful friends who have offered to help in various ways. I generally have a problem asking for help, I’ve always just liked doing things for myself, so I always wait until I’m practically hiding in a closet crying before I cave and beg for assistance. But, my family just steps in without invitation, and their style of force-fed help is exactly what I’ve needed.
We’ve got a lot of major details figured out (date, venue, dress, bridesmaid dresses, caterer…). Wait, is that all? Shoot! It seemed like so much more in my head. I guess I mean, I’ve “thought” about a lot of details. I may not have them all finalized, but I definitely know what I want… for the most part. And we’re slowly but surely getting there!
Here’s our wedding website if you’re interested. It’s password protected but if you want the password (and I know you) just let me know!!
79 days and counting!! Wish us luck!!