Without a doubt the Foxboro Lodge was the perfect location to have our wedding. It was insanely beautiful, and somehow being in a log cabin (although it was a glamorous one), made me feel more at home than any fancy banquet facility ever could have.
We had decided to see each other before the ceremony, not only to do pictures but also to be able to connect with each other and have some time. Sarah geniously set it up so we would have our first meet privately on the other side of the lake, with her able to capture it from the lodge porch. She had him turned around so he couldn't see me until I was close, and then we met in the middle. I don't even know why I'm holding my bouquet, I really just wanted to jump on him.
While I was getting ready in the upstairs of the lodge, I was watching the sky from the large double glass doors. There was a single distance clap of thunder and a light shower of raindrops, but I wasn't worried about rain. I grew up in it pouring down nearly everyday, stormy weather feels more like a friend to me than the Arizona sun ever has. It began to clear up as I slipped on my dress, leaving behind only deep gorgeous sunlit clouds in it's place. Sarah told me she has good luck, now I believe her!
One thing I loved about my wedding and didn't even plan was the before party that happened. We were busy taking pictures around the property when people started showing up and we all ended up gathered in the lodge excitedly greeting one another and ooing and ahhing over the vintage clothes. Our crazy rad friends all showed up dressed to the tee in vintage getup. They went all out, seriously.
These people came from the east, north, and west to be with us, all the way from Canada, Alaska, and Portland, to Rhode Island and North Carolina. There are not enough words.
When it came to choosing who would be beside me, it was simple. It would just be my sister, because she's been with me through everything else in life. It was such a gift to have her with me all the way from northern Alaska where she's been working her summers and going to school for the past few years. After growing up so close and for years being each other's only playmates, it's hard to live apart. Plus, she looked drop dead gorgeous in her own Nicole Miller dress and long brunette curls.
When the time came for the ceremony a few people went on round up and had everyone make their way out to the meadow. We didn't have a designated place or any kind of arch or marker, we just all walked out together to a spot near a tree. Another completely unplanned moment that I wouldn't trade for the world was walking out to the ceremony and through the middle of the crowd, my aisle, with my family.
The four of us followed behind the trailing crowd of people. Watching all of our loved ones make their way across the field as the sun filtered over the trees and through the grass was an overwhelming sight. It was one of those moments that hits the core of your soul and leaves you without words. Just like what looking at this boy does to me.
I will at some point share our vows and readings that we had at our wedding. We wrote our own personal vows and had a couple close friends read two different pieces we had chosen. It was all so unreal that we were standing there and this time had come so quickly, that I had to make a conscious effort to focus on the words being said. I actually had to do that the entire night, but because of it I remember everything. I didn't get to wrapped up and forget about things happening until I saw a picture of it, I held on to all the little moments. Like starting to cry as he read his vows, the look on his face as he said I do, the way he held himself, the way I had butterflies in my stomach until I was holding his hands.
I married him. Heck yes I did.
Check back for all about the reception soon!
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