Happy first anniversary to us! I can hardly believe it. A year ago today we were nearing the end of one heck of a rollercoaster ride. It was such a special day - literally everything we had hoped and planned for - and such a great way to build the foundation for the rest of our lives together. I'm a detail-oriented person, so my memories of the day still include some of the DIY details of the day, but I know as time passes and the memory is more distant, what I'll remember most are the emotions I had and the faces of loved ones all around us. How I cried seeing Matt for the first look that morning, how anxious I felt to stand in the entryway of the church before walking down the aisle, how surreal it felt hearing parts of the mass and realizing it was Our Wedding not just a regular Sunday service. How we both grinned from ear to ear walking back down the aisle, standing in the chilly air to take pictures outside, mingling with our guests at cocktail hour, savoring the quality time with our wedding party before our entrances, dancing all night long surrounded by all of the special people in our lives. All wonderful memories that warm my heart whenever I think of them.
I can't believe that I've been writing in this space for over two years. Back when I was writing that first post, I had no idea how much fun I would have, how much work it would be or how many friends and family would read along. I certainly didn't expect to make a handful of blog friends from all over the country. I'm so grateful that I had this outlet during all of the stressful planning stages and countless decisions. Thank you to all of you who followed us on this journey.You may not have noticed but I rushed to finish all of the recaps of our wedding day so that they'd be done before our first anniversary. I wanted to be able to know that all our DIY details and decisions were documented for anyone who was interested. If you ever need to reference the recaps quickly, I put them under the Our Wedding page in order.
Back in January 2010, I read very few blogs regularly and thought it would be a nice way to keep our family updated on any wedding decisions we made so that we would keep everyone in the loop and avoid having the same conversations over and over again with different people. Privacy never really crossed my mind because my initial intended audience had been just family and close friends. Using our last name in the blog title (which I thought was genius!) and giving a lot of personal details was something I didn't think that much about.
However, in a few short(!!) months, there will be a new member of our family and I'd like to start a fresh blog with a few less personal details. I still want to be able to share updates with family and friends but I don't necessarily want it tied to everything we've shared here. So this will be my last post here and I've created a new site where I hope to share our story as a young family with a new addition. If you're interested in following along, we'd be happy to have you! Please get in touch with me over the next week (it's not actually up and ready yet; give me a few days) so I can tell you the new URL (I won't be posting it here to keep them separate). If you're an internet friend and want to stick around, leave a comment and I'll know how to get a hold of you. If you read along for the wedding updates and aren't interested in what comes next for us, no hard feelings, we won't take it personally! :)
*All photos by the fabulous Leah LaRiccia Photography (who sent us our very first anniversary card, so sweet!)