More Pictures & Memories:
Wedding Part One- Before the Ceremony
Wedding Part Two- The Ceremony
Wedding Part Three- The Reception
Its hard to know how to even begin to describe and reflect on such a special day of Dave and I's life. A year ago today all of the people we love gathered in a beautiful space to celebrate Dave and I and our life together. I have a hard time describing what it felt like to walk down the aisle and see all of the faces of people I love smiling at me. It meant so much to me to have all of them there in that place on that very day.
About this time my nerves were running high. It was only a few hours until the ceremony and my bridesmaids and I were hurrying to get ready in our little room at The Flying W. My brain was a whirl at this point, but I remember my beautiful friend Anna retouching my eye liner several times and wondering what the heck the boys were up to. The other girls were running about finishing up their hair and fingernails, it was so nice to have them there with me to calm me down.
I would choose to have my ceremony out on that very spot on Dave's family's land over and over. It was the perfect place to celebrate our love and as I have gone back there for hikes and camping this past year I have been refilled with the love I felt that day. The blooms remind me of my bridesmaids and I running about with home depot buckets and crappy scissors cutting flowers for the centerpieces and assembling them the morning of the ceremony, the limestone rocks remind me of the many hours Dave's family and I spent plotting and planning out on the pasture- moving rocks and trimming branches, and the beautiful hills remind me of the views that I saw and loved that day as I stood in front of Dave and looked around nervously and happily at the people we love.
This past year has been so wonderful, though it's hard to really believe it has been an entire year. After a few days in Kansas City last year we came home to the remnants of our wedding piled high in our living room and office. The reminders of our beautiful day sat there to bring us back that love. Since then those items have been packed away or set out for display, but our home still holds the memories of that day.
I remember hearing about how hard, yet fun, that first year can be. I never felt like it was in any way difficult. Living with and being married to Dave has been the easiest, most comfortable part of my life so far. I wouldn't trade this past year for anything and I can't wait to see what the future hold for Dave and I in these coming years.
After our ceremony we piled into cars and drove two miles to a nearby YMCA camp, Camp Wood. Our reception was held in their large beautiful new lodge, complete with a gorgeous view of the flint hills and tall ceilings with pretty wooden beams. David and I visited it back in February and knew immediately that it would be the perfect place. It was not only stunning, but it was also close to the land and could accommodate all of our guests. It was perfect!
Our centerpieces were made up of log slices, flint stones (from the land we were married on), homemade candles, and flowers picked freshly from the beautiful flint hills. We also gave out peppernuts as our favors in a bag that Dave designed. Our wedding party was so wonderful and helped us to get it all set up, lights and all, the morning of our wedding.
For dinner we served tacos and beer, and for dessert there was chocolate chip cookies (homemade by myself and my wonderful, wonderful sister in law) and milk. These are of course, some of Dave and I's favorite things to eat, so it seemed only fitting to serve them to all of our guests as they celebrated our new lives together.
Our wonderful friends played music for our guests as they ate and drank inside, as well as outside on the terrace. It was seriously so wonderful to have so many people I love in one room. The entire thing whirled by and it feels like it was really only a blink. I know that there were some people that I missed talking to and there are times that I wish I could go back and just hit pause, or add a few minutes on at the end. I am so happy with how everything turned out and I am so thankful for everyone who came to celebrate! It is so nice to see all of the people you love and to feel all of the support they are giving you.
One month ago today Dave and I, and all of our loved ones, ventured out to the beautiful flint hills for Dave and I's wedding. I would not change a single thing about our ceremony. It was such a beautiful day, and I loved getting to walk down the aisle and see all of the people that I love there supporting me.
I love replaying all of these events over and over in my brain. It was such a beautiful time and of course I loved being able to stand across from Dave and share the entire course of events with him. Happy one month Dave!
I will be sure to share the last of our photos and a little about our reception here shortly!
Read about the pre-ceremony events here.
Read more of our officiator's reflection here.
Our ceremony was complete with our adorable little nephews as ring bearers, a beautiful prairie backdrop, and beautiful white puffy clouds. Our friends Allison and Maggie sang Emmy Lou by First Aid Kit and Swept Away by The Avett Brothers as our wedding party entered and our Cousin and her boyfriend, Jill and Braden, sang That's Whats Up by Edward Sharpe during the ceremony. And of course our wonderful friends Natalie and Joel each read a portion of this poem by Rainer Maria Rilke.
One of my favorite parts of our ceremony, and something that I am really glad that I included, was a blessing given by our parents. It was such a beautiful way to include them in the ceremony and I loved hearing their words of support. Plus Dave's dad even threw in a chest hair joke, which was pretty hilarious. We love our parents so much and couldn't do much of anything without them.
I also loved the reflection that our officiator, Ruth, gave. She was such a wonderful part of our day and I was so glad that she was willing to be there with us. Her reflection was all about the flint hills. Here is part of what she shared:
"During hikes in these hills and in order to keep up with my parents, I would often have to look down just to make sure I didn’t fall. And so from an early age I began to notice all of the delicate beautiful flowers and grasses, this understated beauty that you can only see close-up. As I got older I learned that prairie grasses, such as the great Bluestem, have an amazing underground web of roots. These roots sometimes reach 10 feet into the earth. It is this hardy system of roots that allow these grasses to survive in the harshest of conditions, especially drought. The prairie grasses are tougher than most of us realize. They persist year after year after year because of their hardy root system.
And so what might this place, what might the Bluestem teach us?
I singled out the Bluestem because I think the two of you are keen observers. You seem to value beauty that isn’t just flashy, but beauty that has more substance. You have an appreciation for what is going on beneath the surface. Another reason I thought of prairie grasses is that my prayer for you is that you too will keep developing a hardy, sustainable, nourishing root system as individuals and as a married couple. I pray that you too will be able to withstand the droughts: the disappointments, the failures, the heartaches. I pray that you too will have roots that will help you weather the extreme conditions of life; roots that will help you grow in healthy ways; roots that will be life-giving providing you the necessary nutrients all year round, so that your relationship will also persist year after year after year."
It is such an interesting thing to spend so much time planning every single detail of a day in your life and then to have that day come and go with the blink of an eye. Deliberating for months and months about what will go where, who will be there, what will we eat, wear, everything! I really loved all of it and I am so glad that I have these pictures to go back and look at to treasure that day of my life that I spend so long planning.
Dave and I got married on August 3rd. We were repeatedly told how lucky we were that a Kansas day in August didn't turn out to be the hottest day ever. Instead it was the perfect day, wonderful weather with big puffy white clouds in a big blue sky over the prairie.
Our wedding was held out on the beautiful flint hills on a piece of land that is owned by Dave's family. Dave and I visited there a few years ago, and I knew that was where we were going to be married. I even made jokes then about where we would park all of our guests. We, of course, wouldn't have even been engaged at that point for another year or so. It is such a beautiful piece of land with rolling hills all around and beautiful wild flowers, lime stone, and cacti all around (and a few cow pies as well...).
Our wedding party stayed at a rustic lodge nearby called the Flying W, which is where we ate most of our meals, relaxed, and got ready the day of the wedding. Dave and I drove out there a few months before our wedding and were given a tour by an adorable 10 year old on a four wheeler. We fell in love with the rustic charm and the interesting skulls that hung all over the outside of the buildings, and of course the beautiful prairie that surrounded it on all sides. It really was the perfect place for us all to stay. The food was absolutely delicious and there was a hot tub for us to soak in.
It is crazy how quickly the whole day flew by, but the time leading up to the ceremony is what seamed to take the longest. I remember sitting in our lodge with all of the girls getting ready and just panicking about timing and everything. Luckily I had a wonderful group of girls to keep me calm and relaxed before the ceremony and they really did a gorgeous job on my hair and make up.
Lodge: The Flying W
Dress: Anthroplogie (no longer available)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mod Cloth, Urban Outfitters, Shop Ruche, and American Apparel
Rings: Voetsch Jewelery by Design (Kansas City)