M y M a i n e
S q u e e z e
This is the last post for wedding week, but don’t worry, I have a feeling this will not be my last wedding post. Today Ben & I want to share some of our very favorite moments of our wedding day, & share with you the true feelings we had on that day. Every couple is different & every wedding is different, but this is our story, our song…this love is ours. (Yes, I did just reference 2 different Taylor Swift songs.)
T h e G r o o m
To my own surprise my stress level on wedding day was actually pretty low. There was so much to do, and so much to keep busy with, that my mind didn’t have a chance to get caught up in “what if” scenarios. Adversely, during our rehearsal ceremony, I was a complete wreck, and started crying even before Lauren walked down the isle. (I’m a cryer)
All the feelings really came rushing in when Lauren’s music came on before she walked down the aisle. Such powerful music, accompanied by her stunning beauty, really took me a second to breathe it all in. We said our “I do’s”, danced our way out of the ceremony, and the moment I felt like I (we) could truly breathe was after we both signed our official marriage paperwork with our dear friend (and officiant) Billy. At that moment we were legally Malones, and we could breath, relax, eat some delicious food and celebrate our marriage!
The first highlight of the day for me came before any of the official celebrations started. I was getting dressed for some groomsmen photos and when I opened my shoebox to put on my shoes, Lauren had strategically hidden a love letter to me. It was simple, sweet, and one of the moments I’ll remember most fondly about that day.
Secondly, I’d be crazy if I didn’t highlight the amazing people who surrounded us for the whole day (and week) before our wedding. We absolutely wouldn’t have been able to pull it off if it weren’t for my family, my rockstar groomsmen, Laurens beautiful bridesmaids, significant others, and great neighbors.
Next up for me was the band. They totally drove the night for me, and being able to dance with my new wife, like we didn’t have a care in the world was awesome. Get a good band. you won’t regret it.
Last but certainly not least was our exit. As you’ve read in a previous post, we left our party to “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” while there was a spectacular fireworks show was awesome. We left by boat. That’s pretty epic if you ask me.
T h e B r i d e
The whole time leading up to the wedding, I thought for sure that I would not cry at our wedding. I just knew I would be so happy, but I typically am not much of a public cryer. So when our rehearsal came around, the night before our wedding, & I come out of the woods & walk down the aisle with my dad towards Ben, I just lost it. I was shocked. I couldn’t contain my tears. Thinking back, I feel like I got totally lost in the planning mode, that for me, that was the first time this really felt real. I was really going to marry the man of my dreams. He chose me. I felt so completely known & loved just the same. I ended up crying three times over the course of the evening (totally not the norm for me), & was at a complete lose as to whether I would cry the next day or not.
On the actual day, I felt very prepared. I knew what had to be done, & I was totally ready to finally be Mrs. Malone. The only slight freak out I had on the day of was with my dress. I just kept steaming it & steaming it because I swore I could see more creases. My photographer had to convince me that the dress was fine & I should just put it on. Once I did, all the nerves went away. I had been dreaming of this day my entire life, so I was ready to soak in every second of it.
Ben & I had gone the whole day without speaking to each other or even texting. So, my first highlight was definitely finally seeing him & holding his hands throughout the whole ceremony. These were the hands that helped carry me (literally) through a major foot injury at the very beginning of our relationship. His hands have warmed me, comforted me, cooked for me, cared for me, wiped my tears, fixed countless things around the house, & it’s those same hands I will be holding through every coming stage of life. I felt how precious it was to have someone like Ben in my life.
Another special part of the ceremony was having my family be a part of if. My dad spoke & performed the first half of our ceremony, & also my sister, Grace sang “Ought To Be” by Audrey Assad during our vow to grow. It was so amazing having them be a part of our ceremony.
It’s hard to pick a highlight, because it was all so perfect. I loved taking our photos & being all cute together. We had such a blast during our first dance, dancing our un-choreographed dance to our song, “Polka Dots & Moonbeams”. My dad & I had a dance-off for our first dance which was just so much fun. All of things things made for an incredible night, but I think that once all of the “tasks” of the evening were over & we could just let go & dance, that was maybe the best part of the day for me. All of that planning had worked out so well, & it felt so good to finally be married & dancing the night away with my husband.
You know what the weirdest part was? Leaving! I didn’t want the party to end! Don’t get me wrong, I was excited for some alone time with my husband, but after such a fun night that ended with fireworks & a petal toss on our way to the boat, it was the strangest thing to just float away & leave everyone! We didn’t even have any of the donuts from our wedding, so we snuck a couple onto the boat with us to have at our hotel that night. I highly recommend this! Don’t forget to bring food!
Anyways, all in all it was a magical day. I got to marry an absolute dream of a man & party with all of my favorite people. I’ll never forget it.
All photos for this post were taken by our incredible wedding photographer: Emily Delamater.
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