August 10th was by far a greater day than I could have ever imagined.
2 weeks before our wedding, we changed our venue. I know, I know - we are crazy. But let me explain. Our wedding was planned to be outside at a family friends farm. Our only backup plan for rain was a tent. It was going to be really expensive, and pretty much would change everything I had envisioned. This summer has been one of the rainiest it has ever been in North Carolina. So, as last minute and crazy as my family is - exactly 2 weeks before the big day, we switched to a venue that had an indoor option if it rained. This meant I was pretty much starting over again in the wedding planning process. So, even though we were engaged for 6 months - I felt like I had 2 weeks to plan a wedding. It was a pretty crazy 2 weeks, but we pulled it off!
The entire wedding weekend was such a treat. It was the first time David and I's entire families were together at once. A lot of our guests and friends travelled into town from out of state. So the entire weekend, we really felt so loved and blessed that people would come so far to support us.
The morning of August 10th arrived. My family was lucky enough to stay at the guest house on the property where we were getting married. I spent my morning sitting on the front porch, sipping on coffee and talking to God. I was so glad to have that time of peace before the chaos began. I felt really good the morning of and gave God full control of the day ahead of me. There was talk of possible rain that day, but we still aimed to have the ceremony outside. About 30 minutes before the ceremony, we learned it would definitely rain, but possibly only a drizzle. We decided to still do it outside with umbrellas in hand. Right before the ceremony began, I heard a loud rumble and a few lighting strikes. Clearly, we were not going to have the ceremony outside. They quickly rushed me to a gator cart, where 4 groomsmen covered me with umbrellas as we drove (about 90mph up a hill to the barn). At this moment, with the rain splashing in my face and getting whiplash - I felt more alive and excited about getting married than any other time. I did not care that my curls had fallen and my makeup washed off, or the fact that my cute outdoor ceremony was no longer existent. I was on my way to marry my groom and I couldn't feel happier! I knew God had my day planned for me so I decided I would not waste my time worrying about the rain. Our ceremony was far better than I could have imagined. It felt so much more intimate and romantic inside. In a cozy wooded room, in front of a fireplace while it rained outside - David and I said our vows and became husband and wife. I would not have wanted it any other way.
Here are a few moments captured of our special day.
a few facts about our wedding:
1. we won our photographer off a wedding blog! She was so incredible to work with and was such a blessing to us. Plus, she is from sweden. Which gave our day a cool european feel ;)
2. David's dad officiated our ceremony. It was such an honor to have the man closest to David pronounce us husband and wife.
3. Laura helm of Ashton Events flew up the weekend of to help us with the wedding. We really do not know what we would have done without her. She is an amazing planner and helped organize the wedding I so unorganizedly threw together :)
4. All of our music from our ceremony was from the movie, Father of the Bride. It was my favorite movie growing up and is still to this day.
Thanks to Southern Weddings for featuring our wedding today!
All photographs by Alicia Swedenborg