05 June 2009


Today my marriage turned 5, only a few hours ago in fact. It is crazy it has gone so fast, but so much has changed since then: jobs, houses, babies, pets.

Here are some of the sweet things about that day, followed by a few shots.

We had been talking about getting married for awhile, but then our friend Brad got his orders to ship out for Iraq. We wanted him there, so we planned our wedding in just a few days over four weeks. Yes people, four weeks to plan the event of a lifetime.

My friend Carolyn made the amazing cakes. An assortment of bundt cakes including her famous lemon cake (which I think some people may actually kill for), a spice cake and a chocolate. They were to die for.

Our friend Tim did the ceremony, despite being so nervous I though he was going to faint.

Our photos were taken by my friend Thais.

My friend Julie sang a song. J's friend Bruce got his band to play for free.

My dress was made by a woman in the Bitterroot in record time out of ivory silk I picked up on a trip to Vietnam for the thrifty amount of $15.

I wore my friend Jessica's fresh water pearls.

It had rained for some crazy number like 24 of the past 30 days before our wedding. It rained right up until 4 pm on Friday night and started right back up at 10pm Saturday night, just as the last of the tables and chairs were loaded in the trailer. Which was great because we had no plan "b" and no tent.

The iris garden burst into bloom the morning of the wedding because it was the first day of sunshine it had seen in quite awhile.

Aubrey put all of the flowers together, but accidentally froze some of them and had to remake a few things right before the wedding, with the help of Jessica and without me knowing a thing.

My husband had my ring made from an example I gave him, using sapphires from his great grandpa's collection of uncut gems.

My husband wore an $8 ring because he was afraid he would lose it right away.

His grandpa was his best man.

Brad, one of the groomsmen held his 2 month old son Jacob throughout the ceremony.

We danced and danced and danced...


Jess said...

I remember being at your wedding - it was such a beatiful day and so green and fresh. The irises were gorgeous and so were you. I always loved that dress. Can't believe it's already been 5 years!

Jess said...

Actually, I just realized that I'm in the picture talking to Matt where you and J were on the dance floor. :-D I still have the sweater I'm wearing in the pic.

Beegirl said...

Wishing you a most happy anniversary and many, many more! Such a beautiful post! You look gorgeous! What a wonderfully special day!!

dig this chick said...

Happy Anniversary lady. It seems strange that we weren't at each other's weddings...just missed 'em. I love that you are writing some personal stuff! Don't get me wrong, adore the crafty posts too. See you soon? xo.

Kendra said...

Hmm..I remember going to your wedding but nothing else about it, but then when I realized it was 5 years ago I remember I was HUGELY pregnant and not much into being on my feet! lol. Its nice to see these great pics! Happy Anniversary!

Star said...

Congrats on your 5th anniversary!
Great, beautiful pictures.
Totally love the "vogue" dance move picture-awesome :-)

autumndaesy said...

Oh, I wish I could have been there! It would have made a nice bookend to seeing you on your first day of school! ;) Your dress was beautiful!

The Hip Homemaker said...

Thanks for all the love everyone!

Jess- That's funny, I didn't realize you were in the pic until you commented. I hope Spokane is still treating you good!

Dig- I know, isn't it funny that we missed those big moments by only a few months.

Kendra- I think that Lindsey is in one pic I have with a bunch of the kids sitting on the hill together. It's super cute and they are all so little.

Star- The vogue photo is one of my absolute favorites from that day. The dude next to me is Brad and J had his back to the camera, laughing with Brad's wife, Aubrey. It was one of the perfect shots that Thais captured.

Autumn- It is kind of crazy that none of the "old school" girls were there. But the short notice made it hard for even family to make it, so I totally understand.