Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Wedding Day

Well all, we've made it. It's taken several months, but we have finally reached the final chapter of our love story...for now, anyway.
I began our story by telling you about my decision to study in Germany, 
followed by the miraculous email that allowed me to extend my trip from six weeks to six months.
I told you about the awkward conversation I had with my now-hubby when we first met.
I continued by explaining to you all how he tricked me into our first date,
stole a kiss too early and then gave me a do-over,  

I also told you about how I finally had the courage to tell him I loved him, too. 
Then came the part about how he took a huge leap of faith and followed me back the the US, 
and the part where he spelled out a marriage proposal in roses, 

and of course, how can we forget, the part where visa issues meant we had to be apart for far too long. The same visa issues, in fact, that threatened to keep our future marriage from happening at all.

But we made it. And, like all fairy tales should, this story has a happy ending.

My 9th grade Seminary teacher was the genius mastermind behind my wedding flowers. I still daydream about my bouquet and those gorgeous centerpieces...
Check her out at Petals Floral Design!

Or should I say, a happy beginning?

Happy and wonderful as it was, the day was not without its stress. No, no, I would say if I were to list adjectives describing the day, they would in fact be as follows;
1. Happy.
2. Wonderful
3. Really freaking stressful.

Mmhmn. Yep.

If you're from Southern California, you'll recall there was a day in 2011 referred to as "Carmageddon," where the 405 freeway would be closed for an entire day. Yep. That day was the day of my wedding. And where was my wedding, you ask? Oh, in Los Angeles directly off of the 405 freeway? You betcha.

Luckily for us, it seemed that many people were afraid to leave their houses that day, because contrary to popular expectation there really was no traffic at all. As my fifteen year old brother referred to it, it was actually "Car M'heaven."

Still, because of the traffic, the bridal party and I decided to stay in a hotel in downtown Los Angeles the night before the wedding. It was wonderful to spend my last "single" night with all of my best friends. The next morning, however, turned out to be particularly stressful. We took a wrong turn and ended up in a pretty sketchy area, completely lost. It was scary, and it made me about twenty minutes late to my own ceremony.
Luckily for me, you know, this is one of those things where they really can't start without you.

But let's move past the stressful stuff and focus on the wonderful stuff, shall we? 

My incredible friend Matt, who I've mentioned several times on this blog before, had some serious fun taking photos of the groom and his dudes. 

Another friend of mine, Heather, photographed the ladies. 

We had an intimate reception in my Grandparent's backyard, high up on a hill overlooking Thousand Oaks, California. I couldn't have asked for a better location - both grandparents are avid garners so flowers were blooming left and right...and the view? to die for.

Oh, and one can't forget the ice cream stand that Steven built! It was a MAJOR hit with the guests :) I have to thank my incredible friend Kimmi for taking time to help us paint it. I was always useless at lettering, and talented!

And then, well, the party really got started...

Even a dress like that can't keep we away from the crazy dancing. It's a blessing and a curse. 

It was, you know, only the party of year.
No big deal.

In all seriousness though, despite a few mishaps, I could not have asked for a more perfect, incredible, awesome, spectacular day. I'm grateful for everyone who was there, and everyone who made it possible. I'm also grateful for you, blog-readers, who sit here and read as I ramble on and on about it. I'll stop soon, I promise.

Steven and I left that night to go honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, which is a story for another time.
Oh wait, didn't I say the story was over, before?
Just kidding. 


Elisha(: said...

OHMYGOODNESS!!! I love all thesee!! The person who took these has MAJOR talent. And p.s. i am absolutely entirely in LOVE with the floral shoes you wore!!!!!!!<3

wildchild said...

what a pretty little wedding! and the fact that you could have the reception in your grandparents backyard?! so sweet. i wish we could find a place like that. maybe someday my house can be that for my grandchildren :)

Carlie said...

That looks like a beautiful wedding!

Mo (New on U) said...

AMAZING photos! I felt like I was looking at one of the wedding style blogs! Just beautiful :)

Ketrin Jones said...

obsessed with everything about this wedding!! from the lights to your shoes. oh my gosh.. your shoes are too cute!! Thanks for sharing this special day with us on your blog!!

Nikki @ The Ginger Diaries said...

aaah, so sweeeet! I loved reading this searies :) It seemed like one long beautiful fairytale :) x

Lena said...

What I love most about this is how obvious it is that your love is fun and vibrant and enduring. Best part of the story by far!

Kaity said...

What a cliffhanger! Way to keep all of us who are just eating up your love story hanging on :)

Blessings to you and your hubby. It sounds like you've had a marvelous ride!

Emma Frances said...

Yay for such a wonderful ending/beginning to an adorable love story! :] These pictures are all amazing and you looked absolutely STUNNING! Your wedding seriously sounds like it was such a blast!

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

You story is very heart-warming and inspirational and the wedding pictures are sensational. beautiful, beautiful wedding... but I need to know ... where did you get those shoes?

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny said...

Gorgeous pictures!!! Your wedding was beautiful! :)

Anjani said...

Your shoes is sooo cute, I love it! And you're so pretty! :)

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i love your shoes. so much.

and your bridesmaid's dresses are so. darn. cute.

Alex Butts said...

These are possibly some of my fave wedding pics ever, looks like such a fun celebration!

And between the traffic and the lateness I would ahve lost it haha so go you. I'm normally a laid back person but being late is one of the things that can really stress me to the max

Barbara said...

Are you crying while dancing with your dad? So sweet :) Loving those shoes!

ginanorma said...

Really really beautiful!!!!!

Juliette said...

What a dream... Just beautiful

Kel said...

NO!! you can't stop!! that was the cutest freaking love story i have ever read!!! I was sitting here crying and laughing like a fool. thanks. That is my dream man!!

OH! I am so glad you shared this beautiful story!

Kelly <3 a young Mormon :)

dearsafia said...

Daryl these photos are BEAUTIFUL <3 that one of the little marquee and the tree with all the lights...incredible. It's like a girls dream wedding! Looks like it was such a beautiful day...and YOUR SHOES!! Love love love!! Very happy for you :)

Jenna said...

Wait, where are you from!? I'm from Camarillo and my grandparents ALSO have a house with a backyard overlooking T.O. This is getting creepy!



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