Thursday, June 28, 2012

Breaking and Entering

This week I'd intended to post my final wedding recap post filled with shots of our reception. I planned to regale you with clever anecdotes of newlywed life. I wanted to tell you all about why yoga is my newest addiction (you know, outside of a crisp sauvignon blanc), but now it's Thursday, and I've done none of those things. This week has been every fashion blogger's favorite mix of high-low style. We found out that our mortgage loan will be approved, so we're excited to begin (or begin seriously... we've been window shopping for a little while) the hunt for our first home together that will house our future family. Then this week my car got broken into. My work computer got stolen, which housed our wedding photos (and, you know, my whole life, that, of course, I'd thought about backing up the day before but never did), my work bag that included a massage gift card, perfume, jewelry, etc, and some miscellaneous other accoutrements of my life. I was surprisingly calm about the entire situation, though not pleased. So for the rest of the week I'm gathering myself back together and re-downloading wedding pictures, etc, so that I can get back on track next week.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Self-Serving Sunday

My favorite part of our wedding was our ceremony. Not only because it made us husband and wife, but we spent a lot of time picking out music and scripture that defined not only our relationship personally but our goals in our marriage. Our friend, Wade, who is the worship pastor at our church (I'm on staff at our church, in case you're new around here) married us, and two of our dear friends who are also worship leaders supplemented our strings trio with a selection of songs. Three of our friends, my aunt and the hubber's sister punctuated the ceremony with scripture readings. Below is a list of those touches...

Mothers and Grandmother processional: Simple Gifts
Bridesmaids' processional: All Creatures of Our God and King
My processional: Hymne Vangelis
Scripture readings: Proverbs 24:3-4, Philippians 2:1-4, Philippians 4:8-9
Song: "Hosanna" - Israel Houghton
Scripture readings: Ephesians 1:17-19, Ephesians 3:14-18
Song: "Jesus at the Center" - Israel Houghton
Recessional: "Never Once" - Matt Redman

Here are a few of my favorite pictures from our ceremony.

All images courtesy of our amazing photographer Caroline Ghetes

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

My groom and I opted not to see each other before our wedding, a decision that I'm thankful for. I know that first looks are popular and logistically make a lot of sense, but I personally think that takes some of the sentiment out of seeing each other at opposite ends of the aisle. Locking eyes with him all the way down and having him whisper to me how beautiful I look is something that I'll always cherish. Because of that, though, we decided to take as many pictures as we possibly could before our ceremony to allow for plenty of time to take pictures together afterward. Here are some of my favorite pre-vow shots (and yes, I know this is photo overload and that I have too many favorites, but deal).

All images courtesy of Caroline Ghetes

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Marriage Milestones: Part I

I'm well aware that the traditional first anniversary gift is a gift of paper. Knowing that my husband probably won't be too keen on some sweetly designed monogrammed stationery, I decided that each month of our first twelve I'll write him a letter about what each of those months meant to me personally and how they helped define our spousal relationship. Well, he reads my blog, so he'll now know his gift, but I really felt led to publish them here as we go along and rethink the final product when we get closer to April. A short two months and five days have passed since our wedding, so I've documented two letters. The first is below, and I'll post the second later this week.

Davey the Hubbers!

It's been a much harder switch to call you "Davey the Hubbers" rather than "Davey the Fiance" than I anticipated, and you know I've slipped up more than once since we walked down the aisle four weeks ago. Joyfully, however, it's been a much smoother transition to refer to you as my husband to other people. I am so proud that you are mine. This first month of marriage has been blissful, as one might imagine the first month of a marriage to be. Technically, to me, we've experienced three weeks of marriage. The first week doesn't really count since we were tucked away in Costa Rica celebrating our wedding, which, as you have learned, is a much different thing entirely (winky, blushing face). The last three weeks have been all about setting up shop. I never imagined how much fun I would have creating our home. Not just unpacking and organizing wedding gifts (or cataloging them in storage at Little and Daddy's since our micro-condo won't hold it all) but just BEING your wife... washing your clothes, cleaning the kitchen, and waking up beside you. I know in time that those things will fade as the newness becomes the norm, but for now, Davey, I'm relishing it. 

I'm thankful for the work we did pre-marriage to help create a foundation for our communication. One of the best things that we've done is establish a "top 3" list for each of us. Those top three things that are really important to keep peace in our marriage. Your top three are as follows:
1. Keep the kitchen sink clear of dirty dishes. I've worked really hard to keep our kitchen tidy, and as a result, it's now bothering me to let dishes pile up, so well done, sir, teaching me the importance of cleanliness.
2. Blow my nose after I sneeze instead of sniffing continuously. I still don't get your irritation by my sweet delicate sniffles, but, man, I'm working on it. My nostrils are now raw thanks to my allergies, but if you don't mind a red, scaly face, then I sure as heck don't either.
3. Don't text while driving. It's a work in progress. I can't do everything in the first month, otherwise, the next rest of our lives will get pretty boring, you know?

Marriage is by far my favorite thing I've ever done, and I desperately hope that you feel the same way. When you pray over our mornings, my heart melts. The time we spend together investing in our relationship is of incredible importance, and it's so wonderful knowing that you value it the same. Thank you for thirty days of wonderful. I'm excited that we're in motion, and I can't wait for next month!

I love you.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Self-Serving Saturday

This week we got our wedding pictures back! If we're friends on Facebook you've basically been inundated with pictures of me in my wedding gown or giddily embracing my husband. We have had so much fun the past few days reliving the entire day and feeling the same emotions we experienced during the ceremony. I'll probably have a few days worth of posts of shots, so here are my favorites from our time prepping and preening...

All images courtesy of our amazing photographer Caroline Ghetes