Hey guys! I am so excited to share with you something I have been waiting to share for months now…Our wedding! I wish I could go back and re-live every moment of that day. It was such a magical night, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
I’d like to mention that I was extremely nervous about how the day was going to turn out. A week before the wedding, you would find me in my living room crying my eyes out frantically checking all of the weather updates for May 20th. 98% chance of rain and thunderstorms. ALL DAY. Normally, for a wedding, this would be an easy fix. Just move the wedding inside. Well of course I planned a DIY wedding and chose a venue with no indoor option. Oh yeah, and I also didn’t order a tent! I was so set on the fact that I wanted our wedding to be under the stars. The anxiety of that whole week working up to May 20th was overwhelming. Finally, I just let go, and let God take it in his hands. On May 20th, I don’t think there was a single cloud in the sky all day. It was the most beautiful day and night to have a wedding on the beach. I truly feel like God was on our side that day!
So anyways! Here is a little Q&A about our DIY Dream Wedding…
We met online. We don’t really tell too many people about how we met! It was on the site Plenty of Fish. Jesse was helping his cousin try to find a girl to hang out with. (since his cousin had just moved to FL after getting out of the military) I had made a profile that morning. I was moving to FL without knowing anyone so I figured I’d see if I could meet someone to show me around. Jesse and his cousin saw my profile and decided to message me. We exchanged Facebook information, numbers, and skyped every single night for a month until I moved. We pretty much became best friends before even meeting. The night I flew in, Jesse picked me up and brought me to the beach where he had set up a big blanket with wine and snacks. We talked for hours. At the end of our date Jesse went and got a chinese fire lanterns from his car. We lit them off and since you’re supposed to make a wish, of course I wished that I would marry this man. Then as the lantern disappeared, Jesse asked if he could kiss me. I swear I saw fireworks. It was the best night of my life (up until our wedding of course!)
It was a few days before my birthday and I was feeling really overwhelmed. It was just one of those days. I was in the dining room feeding our son Cal when Jesse came home from work. He was in such a great mood and saw that I was having a bad day. He asked, “Do you want an early birthday present?!” I totally thought I was getting candy since he knows how bad my sweet tooth is! He had me close my eyes while I sat there with Cal, anticipating a bag of sea salt caramel dark chocolates. (I swear those will instantly cure any bad day I am having) He said, “Okay, open your eyes!” When I did he was on one knee with a rose gold ring in his hand and said, “Will you marry me?” Instant sobbing. I kept asking, “Is this real life? You swear?” I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was definitely not expecting that! We always talked about getting engaged, we knew we wanted to be together forever but we just had a baby 6 months prior so I figured, it will happen when the time is right. He sure did surprise me!
So I knew that there was going to be some crazy deals on Black Friday, and our wedding was definitely on a budget. I wanted to buy the bridesmaid dresses for my bridesmaids but I didn’t have the funds to spend $100 on each dress. I loved the dresses I saw on Lulu’s (Use that link for $10 off PLUS Free Shipping on Orders $100+) and knew I was most likely going to get the dresses from there. Not only are they affordable, but they have so many color options which makes it great for personalizing to wedding colors! So on Black Friday, they had a bunch of dresses on sale that I was interested in. Then I saw these ones that were going out of stock soon and had an insane price tag! They were sage green and super flowy and beautiful. Perfect for a beach wedding and for my original bohemian theme. I HAD to buy them! So I did, and luckily, they all fit perfectly and looked absolutely gorgeous flowing on the beach. HOME RUN! For the bridesmaids and flower girl, I wanted to get them something really special for coming all the way down here for our wedding and for putting together my bridal shower. I finally found the perfect gift from Layered and Long‘s Etsy site. I got them a 24k Gold-Dipped Shark Tooth Necklace. I thought it would be the perfect gift because we were having a beach wedding and so so much gold in the wedding. Beach+Gold= Gold shark tooth necklace. Duh! For the flower girl dress, I found the perfect off white dress and headband for my beautiful flower girl to match me and my dress. Of course I forgot to get extra flower petals so my quick thinking Sister in Law found a colorful tropical plant nearby and ripped up the pieces for her to throw. You would have never known!