Yesterday, the Mr. & I celebrated 3 years of marriage. This got me thinking about some things like love, progress, growth, goals, and our future. It also inspired me to begin writing a series of personal money and relationship posts that give more insight into my…now our shared money journey toward a debt-free life. Hopefully, both my successes and bumps in the road will help someone else out there make better money, career, and lifestyle decisions.
So this is where I will begin the share fest….our wedding day. Every money, career, can lifestyle decision that occurred in the past 3 years, happened because of this day. If you are a longtime reader of She Makes Cents, you may have seen our wedding photos published in the magazines and on wedding blogs, but there is nothing like seeing all of the behind the scenes photos that documented the private moments of the day.
They say your wedding day is supposed to be one of the best days of your life. Well, whoever “they” are, they are right. Nothing is perfect, but on one special day in October, I experienced the closest thing to perfect. I slept well the night before, danced to Beyoncé while getting ready with my bride tribe, enjoyed being pampered with my mom, and took the best walk ever with my Dad. I met my groom in front of a flower wall that I sketched while lying in bed on Black Friday the year before. A little background about me. for five years I was a member of an award-winning event design team. On that day, everything was exactly how I dreamed it to be. We said our vows and jumped the broom into an adventure called marriage. We ate well, we drank more, and we danced the night away under 14′ tall sparkling chandeliers to the best DJ/live drummer combination known to man. With 15 minutes left in the night, our planner came to us to tell us it was time to stop partying to get ready for our sparkler exit. The dance floor was still packed and people were still having fun so we decided to stay in the moment and forgo our planned departure. Why manufacture a moment, when there was so much beauty and love happening organically? Instead, we danced all night long at our black tie wedding and ended the night with a late night snack at Hooters (long story..and my first time eating there) with some of our wedding party before piling in a car that took us back to the hotel for drinks (the after party wind down). It was after 3:30 am when we finally made it to the honeymoon suite. Seriously, if there was one day that I had to relive on a loop, that would be the day.
Photography: Bri McDaniel Photography