Man, how times flies. We got married on May 29th and it's hard to believe that it was already four months ago. When we got engaged, in November 2014, it felt like our wedding day would never come, but now it's hard to believe it's already gone. Months and months of planning, decision making, some arguing, a few teary meltdowns (mostly on my part), and it's over in the blink of an eye. Photos are so special because they helped preserve that day, and all the moments that I wasn't able to fully appreciate on that day. The photographer was the second thing we booked, after the barn, and I wanted to share some of my favorite ones from the day. Emily was the first, and only, photographer I looked at and I'm so happy we booked her. I think her work speaks for itself. Here are some of my favorite shots of the day. All photos by Emily Tebbetts.
The day, and entire weekend, was much more than we ever could have imagined and I know that's largely in part because of all the help we had from our family and friends. The weather forecast was iffy leading in to the weekend but it held out and we had a beautifully sunny (even if it was 90 degrees) weekend. We kicked the weekend off with a cookout on Friday night at my mom's house. It was great to have Friday night to really spend time with everyone who was in town without having to worry about much.
The next day we had our rehearsal dinner (I wish I had more photos from it!) at The Studio at Billings Forge. It is basically a big gallery space with brick walls and huge windows. Dean's mom threw an amazing dinner, and decorated the gallery with art that represented me and Dean. The tables were set up in a big U shape so that the 50 people there could all eat dinner family style. There was lots of laughing, hugging, toasting, and I remember sitting with Dean looking around at everyone we loved in one room and it's one of the happiest moments of the weekend for me.
Sunday was a blur but it was a quiet morning in the house. I remember coming downstairs around 8:30 after showering and my mom and stepdad were both quietly sitting at the kitchen table reading the newspaper. It felt like it should have been so much more hectic, but I'm grateful that we had such a relaxing morning. We got our hair and make up done and then had plenty of time to hang out before we had to get ready. In retrospect, I wish there was a little less time because that's when my nerves started to kick in.
After getting dressed we headed to the barn and the rest went pretty quickly. People always tell you it will go by so quickly, and there's really no way to slow it down and grasp each moment. There were so many people there that we loved and I wish I had been able to spend more time with them. But, it's a pretty spectacular feeling joining your life with another's in front of all the people who have played an important part in your lives up to this point.