wedding day was 100%, without the shadow of a doubt, the absolute best day of
my life. No other day can even stand a chance next to June 27, 2015. Everyone
was telling me the day would fly by and all I would be able to remember was a
blur…like such a whirlwind that John Luke and I would just look at each other
when it was over and be like “WOW.” But it’s so crazy, because it wasn’t like
that for either one of us. And I am SO incredibly thankful for that. Now we may
not remember everyone who was there, I mean we had 700-800 guests so
unfortunately we did not get the chance to speak to everyone, but we remember
the whole day…from beginning to end, and the best part is we enjoyed each and
every moment of it.
at the bridesmaids’ luncheon someone hit me with the news that there was an 80%
chance of rain for Saturday. I was slightly concerned due to the fact we had
700+ people coming, they were being bussed in, and the ceremony and reception
were both outdoors. But honestly I never really freaked out…nobody did, and I
think its because we knew God was in control of it, so rain or shine we were
going to make the best of it. But to try and make it work the best we could, we
talked to the wedding planner and came to a decision to bump the wedding back
an hour, from 6 to 7.
closer we got to the wedding, the chance of rain just kept going up and up.
When I mean up I mean there was basically a 100% chance of rain- anywhere from
sprinkling to pouring ALL day. But my dad kept saying “It’s not going to
rain…y’all don’t even need to push the wedding back, because it’s just not
going to rain. I know it.”
Saturday morning I woke up and went and sat on the front porch with my parents.
As we sat there and talked a rainbow appeared in the sky and I knew in that
moment God had us. He was in control of whether it rained or not, so regardless
of what happened the wedding was going to be awesome! (But of course us, along
with hundreds of other people, we continued to pray the rain would hold off!!)
morning of spending time with Baby T, telling dad and my dogs good-bye, me,
mom, and Kelly were off to Sadie’s house to meet up with the rest of the
bridesmaids along with Mrs. Korie and 2mama. One of my favorite memories of the
wedding day was that car ride! Time spent with your mom and sister is already
special, but when you are also reading the Word and singing church songs with
your sister…THAT will make you ready to take on your wedding day…no matter what
up and I was so excited to see all the girls looking adorable in their little
matching rompers! We rode on the “party bus” out to the farm, and the day just
kept getting better as we had our own little dance party and screamed the words
to Bad Blood (And yes of course Taylor Swift was incorporated into the day, I
wouldn’t have had it any other way).
finally were driving up the driveway to the farm and I was shocked at how great
it was already looking so early in the day! There were several tents including
one HUGE air-conditioned tent and a bunch of people running around doing this
and that. Then inside to start hair and makeup…
Ok so I
guess the bride typically goes first, but I kinda slipped out to go look around
hehe. I walked around with my mom, rain boots and all (just in case) and
watched as everything was coming together. We had piles of furniture ready to
be out, flowers chilling in the cooler, old trucks being staged, and tables
being beautifully decorated with dried flowers and antlers. One of my favorites
were the signs we had made! One of my dear friends made some chalkboard signs
and they were seriously the cutest!
inside we went. For the next few hours we all just sat and let the wedding day
happen. The rooms were already starting to fill up with half the wedding party
plus hair stylists and makeup artists, but then throw in a photographer,
videographer, and entire film crew….it was a little crazy, but good crazy
because everyone was just. so. excited!
was time for the first look. (Also meaning it was finally time to put on my wedding dress! Yay! Mrs. Sherri Hill designed and it and it was perfect!) John Luke and I had decided to see each other
before the wedding and for several reasons. It would allow us to be a little
more at ease before and during the wedding and also we would get to spend more
time together…plus a little bit of private time as well. And also we wouldn’t
have to waste time after the wedding taking pictures…we knew we wanted to go
straight to the reception!! But before we did the first look we opened our
wedding gifts from each other separately. It was a really sweet moment .
first look was something I am really glad we did. It allowed us to have some
time together to just focus on each other and enjoy each other without the
pressure of having so many other eyes on us. We sat on a couch under a tree and
it was just lovely. That lasted about 15 minutes then it was time for pictures!
Out came the bridal party and the pictures began. Our photographer was great
and we were done in about 30 minutes. By that time it was only 4:30 and the
wedding was at 7, so we had plenty of time to kill. So back inside we went and
everyone changed into their comfy clothes. We also surprised mom with a
birthday cake, because it was her birthday! (I got married on my mom’s
birthday…and it was her idea!) Pretty soon the first bus arrived with the first
group of guests. So pretty much everyone but me went outside to visit haha,
even John Luke! I got some good visiting time with one of my dear friends.
was time to get back into dresses and suits and line up…it was time to get