Ahhhh, the day after our wedding. Chris is all moved in, we are packed for the honeymoon, we stopped by the parentals to say Happy Father's Day, opened our gifts, and talked about the wedding. I think all of you Mrs. out there can empathize with me, the day after is filled with emotion.
I cannot express how thankful I am for all that our day turned out to be. Our parents are amazing. The wedding day itself was just a small symbol of their love for us and their giving spirits. My parents listened to my vision and did all they could to make sure their "baby girl" received the wedding of her dreams. Chris' parents took care of areas of the wedding without being asked, and our rehearsal dinner was amazing. While I know I am somewhat bias, I felt our wedding was very personal, expressed a lot of love, and was so much fun, all because our parents worked so hard.
Our bridal party, Ah-Maz-Ing. From the wonderful showers I received, the laughs, the sharpie marker all over Chris, the golfing, and bending over backwards to make sure our days were fun. This is why we wanted these folk to stand up with us. While we could have easily had 50 friends on each side who have been so significant in portions of our life, these are our peeps. Our prayer warriors, the people who "get" each of us individually, our siblings who we love, the ones we have shared a million laughs with and several tears with as well (yeah, this applies more so to my girls than Chris' guys). We love you all SO stinking much. Thanks for being there for us and we are so glad we are there for you as well.
To Jack, who I never in a million years would have thought would have been a part of my wedding, but at the same time fit right in and made it that much more meaningful. I love you too buddy and cannot wait to see you next month. Thank you Ann for flying out and helping in so many ways.
Our grandparents, aunts, and uncles. You, along with our parents, have been such amazing examples, we are the luckiest bride and groom in the world. All of you have been married, never divorced, which is an amazing thing to proclaim. You have showed us that no matter what life throws at you, the person you are married to is the one who will go into battle with you, not who you should go into battle towards.
Our guests... Thank you SO much for coming and enduring the heat and looming rain clouds. You were invited for a reason. We had neighbors from childhood, teachers, friends from high school, under grad, and grad school, coworkers, church members, and several others. Some of you may have known Chris a little better, some of you were closer to me, but we couldn't have asked for a better support system. We love you!
We hope you enjoyed yourself at the wedding. That you were able to sit and chat with friends who you might see every day or perhaps a few who you were able to catch up with over some good old BBQ. Thank you again for being there on our special day. We fly out tomorrow for Mexico and will return in a week. I am so excited to share some pictures when we return as well as stories behind some of the details.
Our blog now gets to become about Chris and Ashley, the married couple. Pictures of our home, perhaps a few recipes, silly stories we would like to share, and overall information for those who we love and would like to keep informed. Starting yesterday, we really get to begin the process of sowing love towards each other and those around us and we couldn't be more excited. Adios for now, will see you in a week!!!