Hello, beautiful friends! Guess what? I GOT MARRIED!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whew! Now that that’s out of the way, I want to backtrack quickly and relate a few things I didn’t have a chance to get to pre-wedding. Turns out my schedule was a bit busier than I had anticipated, but I knew you all would prefer I spend time doing things like playing cornhole, going to the beach, and running errands with my Mom, even if it meant I didn’t get to write a sign off post.
BUT, if I had had time to write a final post, there are a few things I would have said.
I would have thanked you all for your excitement. From genuinely sharing in our enthusiasm from day one; to being thrilled for us at every step of the way, even if our steps were at times more like shuffles; to loving our engagement photos almost as much as we did. Even though I didn’t share too many of our projects in advance, you were delightfully enthusiastic over the ones I did share, like our marriage certificate, our wedding website, and our invitations.
I would have thanked you for your honest feedback. You helped me choose save the dates, shoes, and a rehearsal dinner dress, among other things. You offered kind opinions and tips when we were looking for a dress for my mom, when I shared our preparations for our wedding morning, and when we were struggling with whether we could afford videography.
I would have thanked you simply for reading, for showing up and listening to my thoughts and plans, and sometimes, when I got lucky, for commenting. Sharing the experience with you all made it twice as sweet!
I also would have thanked a few of you individually, though I would have been worried about leaving someone special out! I’ve loved growing closer to online friends throughout the last year, including longtime readers Charity, Kelly, Lisa, Paloma, and Laura F., as well as newer readers Madi, Madelynne, Elizabeth, and Amanda. Of course, lots of my “real life” friends have followed our planning via EFM, too, and I always love hearing from them! Alyssa, Molly, Jackie, and Laura B. form my most ardent fan club, with Emily, Anna, Caity, Meredith, Nancy, Megan, Cassie, Meghan, and Jesse also popping in frequently. Lastly, even though I chatted with them about plans often offline, I always loved seeing all FOUR of my sisters’ AND my Mom’s names pop up in the comment box.
So that’s what I would have said. And even though I didn’t get to say it beforehand, I still mean every word. Thank you, thank you, thank you! So much love to you all.
One final note: While chatting with the official EFM fan club at our post-wedding brunch, the gals mentioned their impending withdrawal from monthly planning to do lists. (I don’t think I’ll miss them quite as much!) There seemed to be some concern that I would have nothing to write about post wedding, but lest anyone else have the same fear, let me assure y’all that I wrote this blog for three years before I ever had a ring on my finger, and I will happily keep going now that my third finger sports two rings. There are always new adventures around the corner, after all.
P.S. Our wedding was perfect, from the weather to the emotion. In fact, we couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces, as evidenced below. Can’t wait to share it all with you soon. xo
Thank you for the photo, Laurie!