I can not believe how fast 2013 went by. In one year - I got engaged, became a "mrs", moved to florida, and turned my passions into a full time career. It has been by far my greatest year yet. I was thinking yesterday about how I really have never been happier in my life. I feel so content where God has me right now. I think it is easy to always look forward to the next thing in life. Never fully being satisfied with what you have or what season of life you are in. In 2014, I want to make sure I savor every moment of my newlywed life and be content and thankful for what I have. Yes, we live in a small apartment and share one 13 year old (but paid off!) volkswagen. But we are still SO happy. We are blessed. Join with me in 2014 to be more content, happy and thankful for the blessings we are given everyday.
Since i have been pretty MIA lately, here's a few photos of work and recent happenings according to instagram.
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
I was recently commissioned to create a custom family crest for a sweet gal and her husband. It was my first crest, but I so enjoyed the process! Kelsey asked me to include a bulldog in it since bulldogs are something significant to her and her husband. I just love how it turned out!
If you are interested in your own family crest, please contact me!
Wow, can not thank you all enough for all the support in this last week! The facebook likes, the sweet comments about the website and spreading the word - it all makes me feel so loved and encouraged.
Yay Jessica! I will be contacting you shortly.
As for the rest of you, thank you so much for entering! Have a happy weekend! My groom and I are off to Disney World tomorrow. Loving these perks of being a Floridian now.