Our Song Choices For Our Wedding


I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now and simply got overwhelmed with so many things but it’s FINALLY here! Growing up I would hear certain songs and thing “I am going to dance to that at my wedding”. I’m not sure if everyone else did that, but sweet love ballads always tugged at my heart strings and I felt like I just knew that I would dance with my husband to the tunes of Shania Twain’s From This Moment On (spoiler, we didn’t dance to that lovely tune). I guess I should give a little back story – I grew up in a music-loving family…especially from my father. We were always listening to all different genres and learning all about the musicians and the stories behind the songs, I always connect music with my parents, and especially my dad. So when Eddie & I were thinking of songs I knew that I really wanted to be intentional in the songs we chose for certain songs on our wedding day. You’ll hear more about my thoughts on our first dance(s) further down but I loved every moment of them.

I think the hardest part of my selecting the ceremony music was picking out the song I would walk down; I knew that the song I chose was the right song but I wasn’t sure that everyone would understand why I chose it. There were many covers of “Your Love Is Extravagant” but Aaron Gillespie’s (of The Almost *and underoath) emotion just reached deep within me years ago and has never left. I was walking down to my future husband, taking my last steps as a single woman and I wanted those steps to be wrapped in the love of Jesus. I wanted to be reminded of the relationship I have with my savior and how thankful I was that He brought Eddie into my life. “I find I’m moving to the rhythms of your grace…your love is extravagant…spread wide in the arms of Christ, is a love that covers sin, no greater love have I ever known, you consider me your friend, capture my heart again” those lyrics make me weep with sweet joy.

I shared more about the songs of our ceremony and our worship in my post dedicated to our ceremony.
If you haven’t given it a read yet, head on over.
I didn’t mention our Recessional song, Make The Leap, y’all this song brings me such joy! I think Meg introduced me to The Hunts and then I introduced Eddie to them. This song was one Eddie & I listened to on repeat and the video he made part of our engagement was actually set to this song.


C E R E M O N Y

Parents & Grandparents Entrance & Bridal Party Entrance:
The Mission / How Great Thou Art – The Piano Guys

Bride’s Entrance:
“Your Love Is Extravagant” – The Almost

Our Worship Song during our ceremony:
“Ever Be” ((Sang by my friend christina))

Recessional:
“Make The Leap” – The Hunts


R E C E P T I O N

Bridal Party Entrance:
“The Way You Make Me Feel” – Michael Jackson

First Dance:
“Touching Heaven” – Johnnyswim

Brother-Sister Dance:
“It Don’t Have To Change” – John Legend

Mother-Son Dance:
“My Wish” – Rascal Flatts

Cake Cutting:
“This Will Be” – Natalie Cole

Bouquet Toss:
“P.Y.T.” – Michael Jackson

Garter Toss:
“The Man” – Aloe Blacc


I knew that for our party songs I wanted a lot of Michael Jackson (thanks dad!) and some Whitney Houston (thanks mom!) mixed in with all of the amazing country, pop, and oldie ballads. We wanted everyone to dance like crazy and have the best time, and I had a blast. We danced until our feet hurt and our smiles couldn’t be wiped off of our face. We slow danced, line-danced, hopped around and twirled, It was the most magical blur of fun and sweat and joy with my family and friends.

One of the best parts (and totally NOT planned) was that my brother caught the garter and his girlfriend (NOW FIANCE) caught the Bouquet! Talk about keeping it in the family am I right?


How I felt…

Husband & Wife Dance:
I am not sure I can adequately share how I felt during the first dance with my husband.
Humbled, awed, grateful, inspired, loved, cherished, joyful, praiseful, thankful….and the list goes on. There was a moment when Eddie brought his hand up and cupped my face and caressed my cheek and I just smiled back at him with tears in my eyes. There is a part in the song where the words are simply ” You’re my Hallelujah “ (around minute 2:40) that truly, truly brought me to tears simply by listening – and when we danced to it it I wanted to just fall to my knees in worship to our Lord and in true true thankfulness of Eddie.
Perfection, that moment was truly cut apart from everything else – it was a moment where I didn’t even realize other people were around; it was just the two of us. Eddie and I dancing was something that holds such incredible significance. While Eddie was pursuing me and I fought against us he would wrap his arms around me in the kitchen and just start dancing with me. He slowly chipped away at my hardened heart until I would dance back with him freely and with so much love in my heart. This dance was like we were transported back into the kitchen slowly swaying and holding each other, no other person existed, just him and I, one flesh.


Brother & Sister Dance
This song was hard to choose; I actually found it while looking for good songs to dance to with a sibling. There was no father-daughter dance since my daddy went home to be with Jesus many years ago – so finding a song to dance to with my brother was a real challenge. We thought of doing something fun and upbeat to Michael Jackson (because seriously, my we love his music and it is totally my dad) with some choreographed dance – but it just felt more comfortable to just be us. A little shag dancing and slow dancing and laughing and smiling. I will be 100% honest, it wasn’t all smiles. There was a moment where I legit ugly cried (the photographers captured a little bit of that, thankfully not the snot bubbles haha). Dancing with my brother, who is the spitting image of my father, was truly a blessing for me. Our siblingship is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I am fiercely protective of him; we’ve been through so much together, so much heavy heavy stuff that it’s created this unbreakable bond that can never be broken. It brought my heart such joy to spend those few minutes with just my brother before moving away.

 


Other Songs We Jammed To: 

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder  / Uptown Funk / Cupid Shuffle / Cha Cha Slide / Dancing in the moonlight / 24k Magic – Bruno Mars / Can’t stop the feeling – Justin Timberlake / Forever Like That – Ben Rector / Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran / Treasure – Bruno Mars / I wanna dance with somebody – Whitney Houston / Wobble / Tearin Up My Heart – NSYNC (don’t judge haha) / Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega / My girl – The Temptations / You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontangue / The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson / You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes / Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations / Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher – Jackie Wilson / Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett / I Love Beach Music – Embers / Country Girl Shake It For Me – Luke Bryan / Dont Ya – Brett Eldredge / Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley / Until You – Dave Barnes / Good Day For Marrying You – Dave Barnes / (Stop) Just Love – Us The Duo / Thinkin’ about somethin – Hanson / Last Dance Donna Sommers

Our Vows

Wedding vows.
There is something absolutely sacred about them; they are the words that intertwine your covenant with the Lord and your spouse. They can be simple and stunning or lengthy and beautiful. I will go ahead and say this; traditional vows and personal vows are BOTH amazing. You don’t have to do both, and you shouldn’t feel pressured or bad because you did one over the other – I truly believe that it’s the motivation, heart, trust, and belief behind the vows that really matter. You are ready for the commitment and your heart is truly in the right place.
With that being said, Eddie and I chose to do both traditional and personal vows.
I love the directness of traditional vows, how they are clear and intentional, and they are questions poised to make you stop and reflect on the promises you’re making. The pastor who did our premarital counseling and married us gave us a copy of our traditional vows while we were planning our ceremony. Can I be 100% honest?! I cried while reading them, to me, they were the absolute best promises we could make to one another and I was so thankful that they lifted up Christ as well as each other; drawing our covenant in that beloved triangle.

I remember when we got to the vows.
I was nervous, not in a bad way, just in a “I may start crying and not stop” kind of way.
When we were planning the order of the service I remember telling Pastor Rod that I wanted to say my personal vows first because I wanted to be able to clearly talk – I didn’t trust myself to not become a blubbering mess when I heard Eddie’s vows. I cried, but It was a joyful cry full of hope and peace and thankfulness – Eddie’s words to me were reaffirming and to the point and most importantly, him. He was promising me all that he was and I was doing the same.


Eddie’s Traditional Vows:

Eddie, your promises today to Amy are holy and serious. Is it your intention to give her your best in everything from this day forward?

By the grace of God and following the example of Christ’s love for you, do you promise to unconditionally love Amy for the rest of your life?

As her husband and friend, do you promise to be there for her when she succeeds, will you encourage her through her struggles, and comfort her when he hurts?

Do you promise to blend your life with hers, always listening and caring for her concerns, always sharing with her your joys and your sorrows, your dreams and your struggles?

Do you promise to place her happiness, safety, and cares above your own? Will you consistently pray for her, and be willing to sacrifice for her the way Christ sacrificed Himself for you?

 

My Traditional Vows:

Amy, your promises today to Eddie are holy and serious. Is it your intention to give him your best in everything from this day forward?

As Eddie’s wife and friend, do you promise to serve with him in your home for the rest of your lives? Will you remain faithful to Eddie alone and respect him for who God created him to be?

Do you promise to love him even when things are difficult, by relying on God’s help and will you keep his needs above your own?

Do you promise to encourage Eddie in all things and help him to become more like Christ?

Do you promise you will listen to him with a gentle spirit and work with him as he seeks to Lead?


Eddie’s Personal Vows to Me:

Nothing in this world worth having comes easy. And we both know this day did not come easy. 

Every choice that I have made in my life has led me to this point. To this day. Despite all the pain, and all the struggles that I have endured in my life, I look at you and I know that God must’ve been pleased with something I did to give me you. 

I cannot promise you an easy life. There will be trying times. There will be times where we don’t like one another. But I promise this to you. That I will always love you and I will give you all that I have and all that I am. My life goal outside of Christ is to make you happy. 


My Personal Vows to Eddie:

I can’t believe that today I am going to become your wife!
We have been through so much together and I am so humbled to be standing in front of our Lord, our family, and friends as we join our lives together. I think back to the night I handed you a small piece of paper saying I was ready to give us a try, and I am so thankful you pursued me in the steadfast manor that you did. You broke through my defenses and loved the pieces of me I kept hidden for so long. You bring out the best in me. 

I promise to be your confidant; to help carry the weight of your burdens and be a soft spot to land after a hard day. I promise to make you laugh and to embrace being weird together, especially when you’re not prepared for the touches. I promise to be your encourager and remind you of how irreplaceable you are. I promise to partner with you spiritually and continually work on making God the foundation of our marriage. 

I promise to be your adventure mate for the rest of our lives, exploring as much of God’s creation as we can. I promise to practice grace in our marriage and remember that it is grace that heals wounds. I promise to be faithful and true to you and to challenge you to always push forward. Most of all I promise to love you as you deserve to be loved, unconditionally – even when it’s hard. 

Today, Eddie, I join my life with yours and I could not be any more joyful in my decision. With my whole heart, I take you as my husband, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine. I can not wait to see what adventures God has in store for us. 

It’s like I’m finally home.
I love you.


Many people get their wedding vows framed, I have our hand-written ones sitting in a box waiting to find the right place to call home.
As the years start to blur together and our lives get more tangled and we have more things happen, I always want to remember our promises to one another.
The words we spoke sealing our hearts together as husband and wife.
These words, spoken with a pure heart, have forever changed my life.

 

Our Wedding Ceremony

The song above is what the grandparents / parents, bridal party walked to. It is “The Mission / How Great Thou Art” by The Piano Guys

The very short car ride to the ceremony site I found myself silently praying.
Thank you Jesus, thank you for this day, for this man, for these family and friends, and help me to not trip.
We all gathered in the reception area before making the walk down the aisle; Eddie was blindfolded and I was ushered into a small corner of the building so that we would be able to see when it was our cue to walk to the end of the aisle.
The building emptied out and it was just my uncle and I waiting, not so patiently, for the moment to walk down the aisle.
My uncle was taking selfies and a video and I was a complete spazz, as always, and was ready to go marry my man!


The doors opened and my uncle and I started walking towards the end of the bushes so I could step down off of this ledge and make my way to the middle of the aisle.
My mind wandered for a moment to my parents.
I thought of what they would be wearing, what words of wisdom would they have whispered to me, what their smiles and laughter would look and sound like. I tried to remember their touch and the warmth of their hands and the sound of their voices.
For a brief moment I was overcome with sadness that two of the most important people in my life were not able to be physically present when I joined my life with my mate. Then as my hand slipped into my uncles I remembered that they are always with me, burrowed deep within my heart and the heart of my family. Their love completely enveloped me and all of that sadness was washed over with gratitude and joy.
One of the things that I knew would be the toughest for me would be walking down the aisle.
When my father died when I was 13 one of the first things I remember thinking is who will walk me down the aisle at my wedding.

The song above is what I walked down the aisle to. It definitely isn’t traditional, but it was everything I wanted to hear walking to my Husband. “Your Love Is Extravagant” by The Almost

Planning our wedding day I knew that I wanted it to be representative of our love for the Lord, each other, and surrounded by love.
I ended up planning a 3-part entrance. I was escorted by my Uncle Tim, my Grandfather, and my Brother.
My uncle Tim has always been a second father to me. Growing up I was always at my Aunt & Uncles home before/after school (even during because I attended elementary school at the place they both taught!). They helped watch over me and my brother while my mother was sick, as did all of my family, and they have always been a constant in my life.
My uncle Tim has always been that bright spot in a dark day – super corny and full of dad jokes, but has a heart of Gold.
He walked me down the aisle first, gave me a kiss and handed my off.

My Grandfather was next.
He is my mom’s dad and really is the backbone of my family. As far as I can think back grandaddy is within so many memories and stories. He has the sweetest laughter, the wisest words, kindest heart, most hardworking spirit, and always knows how to put things back into perspective.
I am truly, truly blessed that he was present for my wedding (my bitter single heart always joked that he would be dancing in heaven with me instead of physically there) and not only present but able to walk my down the aisle to the love of my life.

Then there is the broseph.
This kid man holds such a special place in my heart. Having another piece – like whole piece – of my parents with me was just this most precious moment. Grabbing his arm and walking towards Eddie it was as if all three of us were together again. I felt the presence of my parents so much with my brother helping me keep pace. I really don’t have adequate words to share how special my brother is to me, how much I love him, how thankful I am for him, and how much I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life.

Ok, so the moment.
THAT MOMENT when I saw Eddie…it really was tunnel vision.
Yup, total heart-eyes, blurred edges, and hallelujah chorus completely enveloped me.
We actually had Eddie with his back to me until the music for my entrance started (because I didn’t want him to see me climbing over a ledge and making my way to the center – I wanted our moment of locking eyes to be THAT moment) which confused a lot of people, but I am so glad we did it that way!
I knew, yes, I knew, that Eddie would cry.
It was a beautiful moment – and I was just grinning ear to ear and I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest.

When we got up to Pastor Rod and he asked ‘Who gives this woman to be this man’s wife’ and my brother responded “Her family and I” it was then that it settled in – this is real, this is happening, we are getting married. I interlaced my hands with Eddies and tried my best to listen to our ceremony. I’ll be honest; my blood was pulsing so loudly through my ears the first few minutes were a complete blur. I am actually really happy we have a copy of our ceremony in print as it helps me to look back and see the message we worked hard to put out there. Pastor Rod presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ, prayed for us, and then we worshiped.
As I’ve said time and time again, when we were planning our wedding we really, really, wanted the love of God to not only be heard but felt. We wanted to worship together, we wanted to praise and give thanks for finding each other and for starting a new journey as husband and wife.
My sweet sweet friend Christina (who was also a bridesmaid) and her husband Matt led us in worship to “Ever Be”.

“Ever Be” – by Bethel. I will say I am totally biased and loved my friend’s rendition more. <3 

Then it was time for us to exchanged vows and rings.
I will be dedicating a post completely on our vows but we chose to do personal vows as well as traditional vows.
(I’ll link it here when it’s live)
If I’m being honest, I could hardly look at Eddie.
I was so nervous but also so not nervous. It totally didn’t make sense.
I think I was afraid that if I looked him in the eyes too long I would bust out in tears of joy and not be able to stop. Eddie on the other hand couldn’t stop staring at me – which made me blush and even more giddy and nervous and fidgety. It was also quite chilly on our wedding day and I did not have my mom’s fur on during the ceremony so I was shivering just a smidge. The wind was out of control, apparently my veil was going every which way and Maria kept having to grab at it; just goes to show you I was completely oblivious to anything other than Eddie and our vows.

We just kind of stared at each other.
The moment after the rings and before the marriage lesson I found myself forgetting we were even in front of people.
I lost myself in Eddie.
I had just married my best friend.
The love of my life.
The most amazing, courageous, hilarious, intelligent, compassionate, trustworthy, loyal, kind human being I’ve ever encountered. I had just married my better half and my help-mate for the rest of our lives. It was as if every moment before that was dusty breath; I was finally drinking a water that quenched the soul. He was my cool glass of sweet tea on a hot summers day, and he will be for the rest of my life.

The words Rod spoke for our marriage lesson still ring deep within my spirit.
“Individually, put God first in your life and HE will be the glue that holds you together in good times and bad.
Never forget to consult each other before making a decision that affects your lives as a couple.
Choose to enhance the other’s life by fulfilling the command of Christ by “loving each other as you love yourself!”
Let love be your first language and use it to season your speech to one another. As the Word of God teaches us, “Speak truth in love.”
Be true and loyal to your friendship. Do not let another – be it family or friend – come between you from this day forth!
If you, Eddie and Amy, make this effort as individuals, you WILL become ONE just as Christ commanded!
What God has made to be one let it so be! 

And then we kissed.
HA! Yes, I can put it that simply, you don’t need to hear that his lips were amazing, as always, and that I loved kissing my husband.
😉
And we walked down our merry way to start getting our pictures taken and start the celebration with all of our family and friends.
To say our wedding ceremony was everything I wanted it to be and more is an understatement.
In the moment it was a blur.
It went so quickly and also lasted a lifetime.

Our “First Look”

I honestly can’t begin to tell you how many hours I spent contemplating on whether Eddie & I should do a first look.
I read a ton of blog posts and articles about why you should do a first look and how sweet it is and how you have that moment together before you begin to enter the chaos of a wedding ceremony. As a photographer myself I see the benefits for having a first look for the pictures, let alone for that time to be together before becoming one; so I struggled a lot.
I found myself coming back to the little girl thoughts I had growing up.
I was never the girl who had her colors, dress, location, etc picked out for her wedding day, I just didn’t care all that much. Yet I WAS the girl who thought about the look on her husbands face when she walked down the aisle. That thought was what sealed the deal for me – we weren’t going to do a first look, no matter how tempted I was.

With that decision being made Eddie & I knew that we still wanted to spend some time before our wedding ceremony together in prayer. Over the years I’ve seen (as you probably have too) the pictures of couples praying together blindfolded, so that was the direction we went. We made sure that I hid in a bathroom while he walked to the cottage and got into place at a corner and then I walked around to that corner, shut my eyes, and we laced our fingers together. Both of us were a little shaky but within a few moments of praying over our day and our relationship everything started to calm down and I was reminded of why I love this man so incredibly much.
((Fun Fact: What I DIDN’T KNOW was that Eddie had been so. incredibly. sick. up until this point (he may have still gotten sick after our prayer). He was up the entire night before with food poisoning and was sick up to an hour / half hour before our ceremony started. Had I known that I probably would have prayed over his health – but those sneaky monkeys thankfully didn’t tell me about it. I have horrid anxiety when it comes to stomach issues and everyone that really knows me knows that fact so when I say the entire wedding party and family knew about it the entire group knew and I still had no idea until after we were married and were walking back down the aisle as husband and wife!))

My final thoughts…
Was I happy that we didn’t do a first look?
Yes.
I am still so happy that we stayed true to what we wanted and saved that special moment for the ceremony. I am sure it would have still been special even if we did have a first look – but for us it was just….everything we wanted. Standing at the end of a long aisle and seeing Eddie turn around to lock eyes with me, it was magical. He was so incredibly handsome (and sexy!) in his Navy dress uniform and I just couldn’t get over that I was walking to my future. Ahhhhhh all. of. the. feels! <3

The Hours Leading Up To Our Ceremony – Amy

I remember crawling into bed the night before our wedding thinking, this will be the last night I sleep in my bed as a single woman.
It is a thought I’m sure many women have the night before they get married, yet it was a thought that was so heavy for me.
Not only was I entering into a covenant with Eddie but I would be packing up my essentials and moving 1,000+ miles away from family and friends to start our life together.
It was all very surreal.
As my eyes fluttered open on Saturday January 28, 2017 I traced the outlines of the glow-in-the-dark stars that were stuck to my ceiling. I pulled the covers up over my lips and let out a deep sigh full of excitement, nervousness, and a little sadness.
After taking a shower Maria and I jumped in her car to head to my life-long friend’s mom’s hair salon. Marianna has been my hair stylist forever and has seen me through many cuts and colors (oh blue, i’m coming back for you!) and I never even thought twice about who would do my wedding hair.
We ate some breakfast, drank some coffee and orange juice, and chatted about what all the day had before me.

When we arrived at the cottage all the girls were on time and dressed in the shirts I had made for them. I loved seeing my little plaid tribe. My Aunt Diane brought in some snacks for us to nibble on while we got ready and Lauren made these amazing nutella cinnamon rolls. I definitely made sure I ate one before starting on my makeup and getting caught up in all the details.
The day was feeling completely surreal.
It was truly an out of body experience, that’s the best way I can explain it.
I felt like I was in a dream, I found myself thinking “is this really MY wedding?!” It felt like it was for someone else, certainly not me.

When Eddie & I were walking through the details of our wedding and what was important to us vs what was just simply for celebration we knew that we wanted to spend time with one another before the ceremony but we didn’t want to actually see each other. So we chose to take a few moments of stillness to pray together in the quite area behind the cottage.
While I’ll be elaborating on this special moment in another post it was part of this timeline and I really didn’t want to leave it out.

A few details I want to really remember are the pieces I took time picking out for my Wedding day.
The scent I chose was Burberry Weekend and there was never a doubt that would be what I would wear on my wedding day.
I hold that perfume so close to my heart; it was my moms.
I wore her perfume and her ring as well as her vintage fur that she got at an auction with my aunts. I have so many memories that are connected to her whenever I smell the perfume or wear her ring. It was just another way for me to be connected to my mom on my wedding day. They were small reminders that while her and my father may not have been there physically they were, and always are, with me physically.
My outfit details are detailed on my bridal portrait post.

My makeup was done, the dress was on and there was this quite time to bask in before the other men (brother, uncle, granddaddy) came to see me.
It was in that moment that I remembered, I actually need to practice saying my vows out loud.
My Aunts were in the loft area of the cottage and my bridesmaids and grandmother were in the little sitting area with me when I pulled the envelope out and started, shakily, walking through the words that would echo my promises to Eddie forever.
Halfway through my cousin Jade starts just weeping and I get all teary eyed and laughingly yell at her to lock that stuff down. NO TEARS. If they start crying I would start crying. Needless to say I read through those vows another two times to get all of the weepiness out of my system and focus on the absolute joy that they meant. I was so happy that the real-ness was captured in this moment, the messy tears and the laughter and the things just CAPTURED. These were the types of moments that I wouldn’t want to forget but they would be easy to slip away. The whole day was a whirlwind, so seeing these sweet and tender moments between myself and the people who are so amazing helps to re-ground me and whisper small reminders of what the day held.

Soon after dabbing my tears away it was time to do a first look with the special men in my life.
I knew that while I did not want to have a first look with Eddie, I did want to have one with my brother, grandfather, and uncle.
These men hold a special place in my heart.
After my father died my Grandfather (moms dad) and Uncle Tim really helped to fill the gap; and my brother – well…geeze that kid is my heart.
I have such a close bond with them that I knew I would be a blubbering mess when it came time to the ceremony.
It was best to get the waterworks over with before entering into the celebration of marriage. 🙂
I was surprisingly nervous as I stood there waiting for them to turn the corner and get a glimpse of me in my dress for the first time.
Seeing their faces just put this sense of “man, this is real, this is really happening” into stone and I just sort of basked in the moment.
My brother was nervous about our dance together later and we kind of pranced around all while talking about nothing and everything.
My grandfather cried, of course, and if I’m being honest I’m getting a little weepy looking at these pictures and re-living this special moment with these three.

After the guys had their time with me I made sure my mom’s sisters were a part of our day too.
My grandmother (mom’s mom) and my mom’s sisters gathered around me and took turns praying over Eddie & I and our day.
It was a heavy heavy moment because my mom’s presence was really missed but also really felt.
I was holding hands with the women who knew her best and it was a great way to wrap up the morning and to prepare to walk down the aisle to my best friend.

And then it was time.
The girls left to get walk to the ceremony site and my uncle pulled the van around.
I stood in the cottage by myself soaking it all in.
I prayed to the Lord that He would bless our marriage, that He would give me solid steps and a bright smile.
I thanked my parents for raising me to be the woman I was and I wished they were there to hold my hand as I took a step into a new chapter of life.
I took a deep breath and walked out the screen porch door and heard my single life softly shut behind it.

Photography: Carrie Elizabeth Photography

Wedding | Making a Big Statement

psst: This post is sponsored by Framebridge. They are awesome and sent me this amazing framed photo to use in our wedding and share with my readers!  

From the start of figuring out what was important to display on our special day I knew that I wanted pictures of Eddie & I around the venue. I also knew that I wanted to have a few statement pieces that we would be able to use in our home after the wedding was finished. When we discussed what we wanted our main focus to be it was without a doubt the Lord and His faithfulness as our Savior and as a beacon in our relationship; as well as the celebration of Eddie & I joining together as one.

To say that this frame is large would be an understatement!
I can only imagine how hard it was to package and ship yet it was so well wrapped you probably could have thrown it down a flight of stairs and it wouldn’t have cracked. It came with a cute little canvas bag full of the hanging details and the back of the frame (totally spaced on taking a picture) is this beautiful pattern that is the full size of the frame, so classy. I’m a details person, and the gold frame with small grooves and the thick glass made my heart pitter patter. When I was going through all of the frame options I really struggled with picking out just one frame! Then I realized it would have been weird to have a frame with 4 different sides. 😉 Truth be told, the initial packaging was so great that I re-packaged it for the move to Maine too and will help when we continue to move to all the new places.

I can not wait to show y’all how beautiful this piece looked at our wedding!
We had it stationed by our guest book and gift table (that was flipped over into a hot chocolate bar) and received a lot of compliments on it. I fell in love with this piece so much that I ended up ordering one of my bridal portraits to be featured at the wedding too – same frame just a smaller size and I loved it just as much!
As a photographer I love seeing images in print. Having thousands of images within online albums is a great benefit for storage – but then having them printed and displayed in your home is just as needed. I can not begin to tell you how I love seeing pictures of my parents and my family bring such joy to my heart. Edie & I have already displayed this picture in our Maine home and you’ll be seeing it soon when I do room tours – but you can see a sneak peek below!
I love looking at it every morning and being reminded of our humble beginnings and that we are now husband & wife.

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