A Bride Walks Into a Wedding Ceremony

Monday, August 8, 2016



My plan was simple.

I was going to live in every single moment, of every single day, of our entire wedding weekend. I was really really going to enjoy it and soak it all up. And in doing so, I would have no regrets or feelings of sadness after.

And so I did that.

From the moment we left Nebraska Monday evening and drove through tornado like conditions, until we forced ourselves to pull over and stay in a $60 Super 8 Motel, until the moment Chris and I finally called it a night around 3 a.m. after our wedding early Sunday morning.

I lived in all of it.

Several times during our reception Chris and I would turn to each other and say, "Isn't this the best?" Or "how did we get so lucky to be surrounded by so many great people?" and "I can't believe everyone is here for us."

Toward the end as Chris was hoisted on his best man's shoulders and I was held up on a chair we grabbed each others hands and shouted THIS IS THE BEST NIGHT EVER. That moment will never leave me. *Also I need to note two men the size of Chris and Andy have probably never done such a thing before and it was really an incredible/terrifying thing to see. pics to follow.

But loving and living in every moment doesn't make time slow down like I foolishly thought it might. When I saw the first shuttle arrive at our reception at 9:30 I panicked. How could it already be coming to an end? We'd just started the night! The day even, it felt like. All of the planning and preparation and constant trips to BHLDN to find the perfect hair clip and cards and place settings, ALL OF IT was coming to end ALREADY? It couldn't be.

The only thing we could do at that point was kick off our shoes and dance our asses off. And that we did.





Now here's the part where I drop the ball and let it be known that I'm most likely going to be recapping everything wedding for the next week or so. It can't possibly be wrapped up in one post, or even two. I've never taken this much time off from blogging and I've just been itching to write.

A part of me was like, no I shouldn't write 100 posts about this. But the other part of me is like, screw it. This was a huge moment in my life and I want to document it from start to finish. I want to share funny stories and moments that happened that I never want to forget. So damn it, I'm going for it.

I'm starting with the week before, partying every night in the penthouse suites we rented with our best friends at The Steamboat Grand, not getting more than 3-4 hours asleep EVER, and ending with today. The day I was finally ready to write and told myself it's time to stop being sad that it's over.

Speaking of that, I wasn't prepared for the sadness I'd feel after it was over. It hit me hard. It's probably self indulgent or childish to admit it, but it's true. I was so so so blue the days right after the wedding. I still am a little. But I guess I shouldn't be that surprised considering I get sad after every single birthday and holiday passes.

I also plan to cover my advice for future brides, things I'm happy we did, and a few of the things I regret/went wrong (there's not many, but a few...) like not setting out enough chairs so when Helene and Sarah arrived they initially had to stand. Or like how the florist we chose from Tall Tulips was still decorating the arch as guests were taking their seats... Like I said, just minor annoying details.

In the meantime, here's a few photos from what was easily the best day of my life. Most are taken from Facebook and are iphone pics, but our awesome photographer Elias Rios did send me a few early teaser pics. You'll know which pics are his (because they're the best.)


I love this pic. I feel like it captures the essence of the weekend. Our friends started arriving Wednesday just to be with us all week long.





That moment my sister's MOH speech turned into the entire reception singing Jade's own rendition to "Say A Little Prayer For You." More to come... Like I said, I need several posts to recap everything.



And finally, our beautiful tent. A pic captured by Helene. Did I mention I met Helene and Sarah, two bloggers turned real life friends? Was it weird meeting two people you've never met in "real life" at your wedding one might ask. Not at all. Read Helene's post about it here.


More to come... I'm giving myself a full week to write and recap. I found my writing bug on our honeymoon and I don't intend to let it go.

I also wrote some fan fiction on our honeymoon about the "popular couple" no one (except me) could get enough of. Let's call them them Trevor and Melanie, or Mellers (melly belly hehe!) and Trev. Because that was their names. Give me a few drinks and I'll share that too. This blog might make a turn for the weird(er) in the next few weeks so let's just all embrace it.


Happy Monday, world. Let's hop to it.

37 comments:

  1. cannot wait to read your story and see all the details!

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  2. You're back! I missed your posts.
    Talk as much wedding as you like, it looks like the perfect dream day!
    And I'm looking forward to Mellers and Trev tales 😊

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  3. your back!!!! I cannot wait to hear all about it :)

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  4. Congratulations! Your advice to just soak it all in every single detail is the best wedding advice. It looks like you had the most amazing wedding day and your dress is just so beautiful! Can't wait to see even more from you big day! Best of luck as you start your first year as a married couple

    Kendall
    www.buttonsandblossoms.com

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  5. I'm so glad you're back! I checked your blog at least 5 times...

    You both look amazing. Happy wedding!

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  6. This is so fun! I'm excited to read all the recap. And the wedding blues. I'm fully expecting those because I'm already getting pre-emptive post wedding blues because almost all our big stuff is done so I'm sad that the big wedding planning stuff is already almost over.

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  7. Your wedding looks AMAZING, I cannot wait to read the recap!

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  8. YAY! Can't wait to hear all about everything! Missed your words and your sass!

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  9. Write as many wedding posts as you want! They'll be great to have an look back on. And I started sobbing the second our limo pulled away from the reception-post wedding blues are real, but married life is the BEST when you're doing it with the right person!

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  10. i'll be mad if you DON'T spend at least a month recapping this. i think everyone wants to hear all the nitty gritty details. Love reliving this through photos. It really was the best. so so happy for y'all.

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  11. I'm so glad that you soaked up every single moment of that amazing day! Your pictures are awesome and you looked beautiful!! Can't wait to see more!

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  12. Oh i can't wait to hear all about it!! I got engaged a few months ago, and we're having a 2 year engagement. Although part of me is like 'I wanna get married tomorrow!!' I'm kind of glad we have that time to build up all the excitement and enjoy the planning cause as you say, its all over so quickly! Also taking serious bridesmaid and flower inspo from your pics! xx
    Erin | Little Bateaux

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  13. Yeah I can't wait to read all about it!!!!

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  14. All of your wedding photos are so stunning, I'm so glad your day was so wonderful! Can't wait to read more about it (and especially the fan fiction of course)!

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  15. Congrats once again, girly! You made such a beautiful bride. I enjoyed every word of this post and I can't wait to read more!

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  16. I can't wait to read all your wedding day recaps. I loved following along with Helene and Sarah on Snapchat...it looked like such an amazing and fun day! And I totally think that your many fans will love to hear about all of your fun :) PS You look absolutely beautiful and so happy on your wedding day!!!

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  17. Looks like you had the time of your life! If post-wedding sadness is worse than December 26th, I would definitely be in a funk too. In addition to the popular couple recap, can I get an update on the ladies at pilates?

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  18. Yes, please write AS MUCH as you want about your big day/weekend :D. I'm already stoked. I also look forward to any tips you may have to wedding-planning brides like moi. This looked like a blast and I loved how it seemed to capture the essence of Chris & Taylor, the couple. Happy week!

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  19. I love that you had the time of your life, you looked beautiful!!

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  20. The wedding looked beautiful as did you. They do always tend to go by way too fast, that's for dang sure. But now, you get to look back on all the pictures & just smile at what a great day it truly was.

    Congrats again! :)

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  21. Umm happy dancing because these are the posts I've been waiting for!

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  22. Seriously cannot wait to read all about your wedding and see all of the gorgeous photos!

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  23. 5 months married tomorrow and the sadness hasn't gone away. I still look back and wish I could do the entire day all over again. I can't wait to read about your wedding!!! You look gorgeous!

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  24. Awe it looks like you guys had a great wedding
    congrats
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  25. Yasssss so excited to read these recaps! Also, sorry I weirdly PM'd you a pic of a Bloody Mary. I thought I was just tagging you, like non chalantly, "hey Taylor you like bloody Mary's, check out this one." But it turns out I don't know how to work Instagram. Fail.

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  26. Sounds like you had a great day and you look stunning! Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

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  27. Congratulations! It will be fun to read about all the details. It reminds me of how I couldn't wait to share my Israel trip 5 years ago... by starting my blog!

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  28. You look beautiful and everything looks beautiful! Congratulations! And I am so looking forward to reading all your wedding posts! This blog is all about your life and this is such a huge part! Even if it's MORE than a week of posts, that's MORE than okay!!! :)

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  29. The wedding blues are REAL and they hit me like a ton of bricks about an hour after we left our wedding reception. I was so happy to be married, but so sad my big day that you've been planning and stressing over for MONTHS is over and gone and done and over! I was not expecting that.

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  30. This post is everything! First, beautiful! You're gorgeous!!! Second, document the shit out of it and never look back! I loved recapping mine...I even did a weekly post until I covered everything to make it last longer. Annoying to some? I don't care. Now I have all of it! Third, dude the sadness is real. It's the one time all of your worlds will collide with your favorite people so of course you'll feel a little blue! Also, I felt a bit of withdrawal once it was over: no more planning, organizing, agonizing over every detail? What WILL I do with all of that time on my hands? lol But seriously, I love this and I love how happy you are! Congrats!!!

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  31. I'm so excited for you that it was the best day/night of your life, and I'm ready to FINALLY begin reading all about it! So, so, so happy for you.

    Lexi, Lex Be Livin’

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  32. This is clearly what I want in life, a relationship goal. What a fabulous wedding to your ideal man. You truly found your forever, wishing you all the best!
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