hello world! I AM MARRIED! wahoo!!!
I cannot believe how fast the past week has gone by. A week ago to the minute we were leaving our reception. Our wedding day was filled with so many wonderfully incredible memories- to us, it was perfect. Our incredible photographer, Caroline Joy, even had a few images up on Facebook for us to view the night of the wedding. I still can't believe that is real life, and thus a few of those images are included in this post.
The thing that took me by surprise about our wedding the most was the overwhelming gratitude I felt all day. I knew that I was going to be teary eyed with love for Ben all day, but I didn't expect to see such intense and tangible love from our friends and family. The evening before the rehearsal dinner, four friends literally organized my life and packed all of my suitcases with precision. All of the precious friends in the wedding party wrote me notes of encouragement for the big day. We watched our siblings (I have more than one now- yippee!) pick up so many pieces for us and keep our eyes blind to any chaos. We left our reception beaming at how Ben's room mate pulled together our reception by emceeing the whole shindig. We were constantly surrounded by the love and support of so many people. Our reception was quick, and for the first few days after the wedding I struggled with wishing I could have talked to every single person and given everyone a huge hug and a long thank you for their attendance. I cannot even begin to express how special every single person there is to us. Upon arriving home from our wonderful honeymoon in Charleston, South Carolina, our house was cleaned and organized, cars washed, and there were sweet notes and gifts EVERYWHERE. I am almost giddy to start thank you notes and to be able to tell each kind person how blessed we are by them. Every single gift giver makes me want to give extravagantly to everyone I know- we felt so dang loved.
So, in a nutshell.. we've been on a floating cloud of love and support. I knew going into the wedding that Ben loved me a lot. Ben knew going into the wedding that I loved him a whole bunch. But what we didn't expect was to feel overwhelmed by so many sweet people who made us feel so incredibly loved.