- 7 months ago
- Wedding: April 2019 - City, State
After 12 years together, I married my highschool sweetheart in a desert state park a few hours away from where we live.
We were originally planning a wedding in September but we decided two months ago that we were planning a wedding that other people wanted, but it wasnt what we wanted. It was more traditional. So we nixed the September plans and chose a date in April! We thought about eloping but ended up inviting our parents, my two sisters, and his cousin. Llus their spouses. It was also important to us that our dogs were there. And from there we started planning a wedding the way we wanted, intimate and simple.
We chose a state park a few hours away from us, near a town where my now husband (!!) grew up vacationing. It has beautiful red rocks, red sand, and a lake. He has fished there several times.
I had to change photographers because ours didnt have our new date available. Luckily our videographer did though and was willing to travel. I chose our officient based on Google reviews and he was amazing. We had an hour long conversation about our relationship with him a few weeks ago and so he was able to make the ceremony very personal. One family member thought he was my husband’s uncle, because he knew so much about us. We wrote our vows and it was incredible. I cried and my husband even had to wipe his eyes, it was so sweet.
The morning of our wedding was very relaxing. Husband slept in and I took the dogs for a long walk after breakfast. We got ready separate because we wanted to do a First Look. I got ready with my sisters and my mom at their hotel and he got ready with his dad. I did my own makeup (I practiced my wedding look a few times before the day and even got eye lash extensions which I’m glad I did, no maskara to smear when crying). My sisters did my hair based off a youtubYovideo I showed them and it turned out perfectly. I was running late to the first look location but so was my husband. And I was a bit upset about me being late until he called me and said “this is your thing.” I was instantly calm. (Best wedding advice I ever received: “something will go wrong on your day, and when it does, know that that is your thing, and move on.” )
We did our first look and then took photos, just the two of us. Then it was time for the ceremony and it was so perfect. We did it near the waters edge standing on red rocks. It was the perfect setting. After the ceremony we got photos with our dogs and family.
We took everyone to dinner after at a nice restaurant overlooking the entire city. We had a private room with a wall of windows and it was so nice to sit at the same table with all ten of our guests and have an intimate dinner with them. Afterwards we went to our suite at the hotel next door that also overlooked the city.
It was literally a perfect wedding and the best day of my life. My mother gifted me my grandmother’s wedding band to wear on my right hand during my wedding. I also got to wear my husband’s grandmother’s earrings. I’m very sentimental so it meant a lot to me.
I wouldnt change a thing about my wedding day. It was perfect for us!