Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ten Years Later

In honor of our 10 year anniversary today, I'm dedicating this post to pictures from our wedding day.  These are pictures I took from my iPhone from our album so the quality isn't great, but the memories are there.  

This is my favorite picture of me.  I generally don't like pictures of myself (hard to believe I know with the  magnitude of pictures I post, but it REALLY is true), but I loved my pictures from this photographer.  

So much goes into planning a wedding.  So much time, so much money, etc. etc.  There were so many little details and a lot of them turned out as I had envisioned while other did not.  I don't think I've ever confessed, but there were a lot of things I actually disliked about my wedding, including my dress.  I don't hate it, but I definitely didn't love it.  Still don't.  *sad face* 

I also hated my flowers as there weren't to be any greens and I was to hold the flowers by the stems and this had a base on it.

None of these little details really mattered, however, which is probably why I didn't make a big deal about it.  All that mattered is that at the end of the day we were married and we were happy!

Who did I marry?  Oh yes, there was a groom as well.  Look at him!  Isn't he handsome?

This is also one of my favorite pictures from the day.  I don't remember much from my wedding to be honest (the day goes by so quickly), but I do remember this moment.  I was having kind of an out of body experience.  I was lost in the moment, thinking in my mind how epic the event that was about to occur.  You can tell by my face that my mind is somewhere else.  Then, my dad leans in and says,  "last chance if you want to run away" or something like that.  Typical dad!  Love it!

I was overcome with emotion coming down the aisle.  I had NO idea that I would react that way, and still to this day can't tell you why I did.  I was crying uncontrollably and I'm taking the ugly cry, but I remember forceable trying to smile so I looked good.  This is how it turned out.

We got married at Heinz Chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  Ever since my sister got married there I KNEW I had to as well.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  

I don't remember the kiss at all, but here it is.

Finally, I'm smiling and probably for the first time that day at ease.  

I think this picture is cute in theory, but I hated my arm in this pic (then and now).  Funny!  

Sadly, this is one of the only pics of us on the alter.  I feel like a deer in headlights, but it is what it is.  

The wedding party.

The boys.

 My girls.

Another one of my faves.  I'll let you guess why.  

I remember walking into the reception hall nervous once again that everything had turned out as I had envisioned.  You make phone calls, you pay money, you dream, but you never know if what you've planned will all come to be.  I remember asking my cousin how it looked.  She promised me it was beautiful.  When the doors opened and we walked in, I was in awe.  The room looked gorgeous.

George and I planned a special surprise for all our guests.  We took dancing lessons and did a swing dance for our first dance.  No one knew about it except my best friend Jen.  By most standards the dance was pretty lame, but at the time I thought it was quite an accomplishment and above all it was fun. 

The night went by so quickly.  I barely remember anything about the evening, which is a shame.  There is no video of the day.  We just couldn't afford another $1200 so it was the one thing that had to go.  I regret not having a video, but am incredibly thankful for my beautiful photos.  

One thing I'll never forget about the day is the love I had for George.  I never once had any doubts about the man I was marrying.  I never questioned if I was doing the right thing.  I just knew I was marrying the perfect man for me.

Now 10 years later, we have been through A LOT.  Marriage is not easy and we, like every married couple, have had hard times, but our love is still there.  I still don't have any doubts that I did the right thing on this day 10 years ago.

I love you George then, today and always.


G. said...

And I'm sure he feels the same way about you! xoxo G.

Tracey said...

Great pictures! What a beautiful couple inside and out. And it is weird seeing George with such dark hair!

RunFitMama said...

I love the pics! You were so blonde!

robringer said...

ahhh the wedding reception venue ever.

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