One Year Anniversary… (part 1)

Life Leading Up to Married Life

One year of marriage.  Wow, time truly does fly by.  It feels like just yesterday I was trying on my wedding dress.  A lot of people say that after they got married, they missed all the wedding planning and being engaged.  I do not miss that at all.  I hated having to say goodbye every night and drive home.  I couldn’t wait until Matthew and I lived together and could spend every night and morning by each other’s side.


Read my engagement story here.

We both wanted a short engagement.  We couldn’t stand not being married any longer and we had only been dating for four months! (Fun fact: Matthew mentioned that he wanted to date to find a wife on our first date and just after one month of dating, we were discussing marriage).

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Scarlett Sagraves Photography

We initially thought October would be a good month to tie the knot (he proposed in February).  However, that meant I would be in school and we wouldn’t be able to go on a honeymoon.  We didn’t want to get married over winter break because that time of year is already hectic enough.  So that left us with two choices:  Either get married before I start school in the fall, or do it after I finish in spring the following year.  Of course, we decided the sooner the better.  We set our date for August 5th, 2017.  The first thing we booked was the venue.P1040033.jpgDorral-3.jpgDSC0431PS.jpg

Visit their website here.

 Then we booked the photographer and DJ.  They were both incredibly sweet and we were blessed to work with them on our big day.  Read my photographer’s blog post on our wedding here.  I love reading what she wrote!  I highly recommend her for any photo-shoot you want done!  (of course I also recommend my two sisters who are photographers!)  After those vendors were booked (caterer came with the venue) it was time for me to find a dress.  I only tried on one dress.  And cried because I was so in love.  It was pricey, but I made it work because it was THE dress.  Literally the dress of my dreams.

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Dress from David’s Bridal.

We had all of the big things completed pretty early on, which was good because we only had 6 months from the time we got engaged until our wedding.  Next we tackled the men’s outfits, bridesmaid’s dresses, invitations, and then the bridal shower.  The outfits came together quickly.  I loved how the bridesmaids and groomsmen looked on the wedding day.  My sister designed our invitations and my maid of honor, with help from my mother and mother-in-law, put together the bridal shower.


After that, all we had left to do was seating charts and decorations.  Let me tell you, putting together a seating chart was probably the most stressful and hardest thing I had to do for the wedding.  But it all came together in the end.  I ordered all of the flowers and my bouquet about a week before the wedding.

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Two days before the wedding I had my bachelorette party that was planned out by my bridesmaids.  It was so much fun!!  Then the day before my wedding was the rehearsal dinner.  Honestly, the rehearsal was one of my least favorite moments.  I was going through all the motions of getting married, but I wasn’t married yet!!  I was too impatient and wanted to marry my best friend right then.


Finally, it was time for the wedding.  One year ago from tomorrow, I married the man of my dreams.

End of Part 1.






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