Here’s a post that I have been nervous to write about. I wonder how I can possibly include all of the details of the most beautiful day of my life. On December 20, 2014, I married the love of my life. I still feel like I’m in a dream. It was such a magical day and more amazing than I could have possibly imagined. This man is the reason for my happiness, my biggest supporter, my best friend, and my forever love. He means the world to me!
Due to how long this post will be, I will also be writing separate posts about my bridal party and the reception, so follow along for more!
On wedding day morning I was rudely awakened by my entirely too loud alarm clock. I had set it very loud to make sure it woke me up. Since we were staying at Robbie’s parents’ house, up until then I had just had Robbie come in my room and wake me up every morning. The alarm clock was no fun! I am also a huge baby when it comes to being away from my love, even for a short time. We couldn’t see each other and had to text to make sure we weren’t going to cross paths in the house. I missed him so much that I listened at the door to hear his footsteps when he went to the kitchen. It took everything in me to wait to see him!
My mother in law took me to church where I would start getting ready. Robbie’s dad is a pastor, so he married us in his church in Florida. I did my makeup first while rambling like an idiot I’m sure. I was a wreck. I was so nervous I was shaking the whole time. My new cousin Kelsey was so sweet and was there while I was getting ready and did my hair. My hair was not easy to work with but she did an awesome job!
I absolutely loved my wedding dress. I felt like a princess. I have never been a girly girl, and was totally dreading going dress shopping, convinced that I would never find anything. My new family took me back in September and this was the third dress I tried on. It fit like it was made for me. Except for slight altering of the length (I refuse to wear heels), it was perfect!
Pretty sure I looked like a deer in headlights all morning. I was about to lose it. I was so nervous I was surprised I didn’t pass out! My new sister and mother in law helped me get into my dress and do the finishing touches. It was time to go to the sanctuary to do the first look! I about lost it before we walked in and started crying before I even saw Robbie.
The expression on his face was priceless. He cried as soon as he saw me. I did too. I was so overwhelmed with the day and how much I loved this man. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be marrying my perfect match!
I felt so much better after seeing Robbie. After the first look pictures, we took a few private minutes to ourselves just to be with each other before all the chaos started. I felt so much better once he was with me!
For the next few hours we took tons of pictures! I expected to feel awkward and nervous, but I never did. Robbie is my calm. I was in a state of bliss just getting to hold him and hug him and smile with him and kiss him. All the posing came naturally, and the photographer remarked how awesome it was that we just knew how to move and kiss and pose. Funnily enough, I have actually figured out that I have a different smile when I am with Robbie, different than when I smile alone. I only smile my real genuine happy smile when I am with him!
This sign was my favorite find of all of our decorations! It was SO perfect, I loved it! Growing up I could never find my name Joy on anything, so this more than made up for it. Also, with a Christmas themed reception, we had tons of Joy decorations all over!
This one is another favorite. It reminds me of how he is always taking care of me and how much he loves and cherishes me.
We were so blessed to have Robbie’s dad marry us in his church. Don’t they look so much alike? I love his family and was so glad that his dad could be the one to marry us. He did a customized ceremony and it was perfect!
I was so nervous before walking in and was totally freaking out. I barely remember walking down the aisle. I just remember seeing my future husband waiting for me. Robbie had already lost it when the bridal party started walking in. We were both crying during the vows. At one point Robbie couldn’t speak. It was so sweet. I love him so much!
After the ceremony, Robbie’s dad gave us a ride to the reception in style! It’s such a small town that the reception hall was just a few miles away. It was a fun ride! I was so happy to have just married the man of my dreams!
Stay tuned for my reception and bridal party posts!