Our wedding day

The day we said I do

I still cant believe that my wedding day has come and passed by so quickly. In the months of planning before hand it felt as if it would take forever until the day we both would say “I do.” But in the blink of an eye, November 16th arrived and would forever become the best day of my life.

I had been told by family and friends that the wedding day would fly by, and it truly did. Gods grace and love was so present on that day and he allowed everything to work out perfectly and better than I could have ever imagined.

The day before our wedding my amazing friends, brides maids, mother in law, baby sister, and husband all spent the day crafting together last minute decorations and creating the flower bouquets for our special day. I don't know what I would have done without the amazing bride tribe of people who helped out that day. Ethan was such an amazing helper as well. He was so involved with the wedding and helping everyone with every single detail. He was so present in the whole entire process.

Later that evening, we were supposed to have our rehearsal for our ceremony and also decorate the church so that everything would be up and ready to go the next day. Unfortunately, we had a freak snow storm that covered the roads with 8 inches of snow. So due to the unexpected snow storm, our rehearsal and decorating plans got canceled for that night. But God was in control and knew how to have everything work out for the best. My Maid of Honor and best friend, changed her flight due to a personal scheduling conflict from 10pm Thursday night to arrive at 12pm earlier that day. Her flight landed right before the snow started to fall.  

Thursday came and went in a blink of a eye. On Friday morning I woke up next to my best friend and maid of honor around 7am and could not fall back to sleep. I was so excited! I saw Ethan for a few minutes that morning before he left to go decorate the church and we took time to go to a quiet room and pray over the day and the life that God has planned for us. Then my friend picked me up and the brides maids and I headed off to get our nails done, and get lunch before going over to help with last min decorations at the church.

As soon as we started getting ready and my hair and makeup was getting done, it started to feel real. It finally felt like I was really a bride about to get married. From the moment I got into my dress till the end of the night seemed to go go by in a blurry blink of a eye.

We had our first look at 3 o’clock and then bridal party pictures afterwards before a quick rehearsal just before the ceremony. After our rehearsal the boys went to their room to wait for the wedding to start and the girls went to another room. Our amazing pastor came to both rooms separately and prayed over us. The prayer circle right before the wedding was one of my most special memories from that day. All the women and our pastor in the room said a prayer over me for Ethan and I and the life we were about to start together. It was really special and intimate and during the prayer circle there were many tears of joy. Then right before the ceremony, Ethan came down to the bridal room and prayed with me before we got ready to walk down the aisle.

Just moments before walking down the aisle to say I do, my brides maids and I prayed together outside the sanctuary as we waited for our cue to go. The whole day from the time I woke up, to getting ready throughout the day, to just moments of people pulling us aside to pray was covered by prayer and Gods love was really felt by everyone.

One of my most favorite and special moments of the day came when I walked down the aisle towards Ethan and he started to cry with such emotion! One of the things I love most about him is how loving, sweet, and sentimental he truly is. The ceremony was so beautiful and better then I could have ever imagined.

Our reception was filled with lots of sweet treats, dancing, love, and laughter. It seemed to pass us by so quickly as we spent the evening celebrating with the people who love us and whom we love dearly. We had our first dance, dinner, speeches, cake cutting, bouquets toss, dancing, and ended the night with a bubble send off. We left the church, got into our car and drove away to our honey moon still in a wedding gown and tux.

Needless to say it was and forever will be the best day of my life. I married my best friend, the most amazing man I could have ever asked for, and became apart of a beautiful family whom I love dearly. God has blessed us abundantly, and we are so excited for what he has in store for us.

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All Pictures taken by Mary dalton