We’re back, people! And I’m a married woman!
Our trip out west was amazing. We had SO much fun. Too much fun, at times, but so enjoyable! Getting married in our hometown of Big Bear Lake, CA was incredible!
The wedding preparations were a bit chaotic, and I may have snapped at people more than once, but it was difficult being that everything about our wedding was DIY…James and I had a mental checklist and we knew exactly what needed to be done. But with bad weather looming, I made a few decisions last-minute in an effort to hold out for good weather, which screwed us in the end because we were scrambling for time at that point. The good weather never came, and while that threw a wrench in things, it was a beautiful day and a beautiful moment when it started snowing during our vows.
Part of me feels extremely guilty that others were stressed about my day, that was not my intention. People felt we were disorganized, and I guess it appears that way, even though James and I had a plan. We got tons of help from friends and family, my mom especially, which I’m beyond grateful for, but at times there were so many people lending a hand, I had about 20 people asking me 20 different questions at any given time. I had people show up to late to rehearsal, I had people willing to do anything and everything…I had moments of calm, and moments of “oh shit!” The music even ended before I walked down the aisle, which stressed me out at first, but ended up being this incredible moment of silence….
But I’m married. And that moment of walking down that aisle to James is indescribable. Someone asked me later if I had noticed a certain detail from the ceremony and I didn’t. All I saw was him. It was worth every minute of chaos.
Hoping to share more details in the days/weeks to come once I have more pictures. I was really apprehensive about losing my last name, but I feel so incredibly honored to be Mrs. Simon!
(the following photos are screen grabs from our wedding video)
This woman…I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for her presence
in my life and the amount of work she put into my wedding day. I had a
few ‘bridezilla’ moments out of stress and the guilt I feel for making
her stressed will stay with me forever. This is a screen grab from the
video of our ceremony. She was so proud. Having her walk me down the
aisle was a privilege and some days I feel undeserving of the amount of
sacrifices she’s made for me throughout my life, including those made on
my wedding day…
As a little girl, I was a dreamer, still am…fairy tales were
magical and princesses were REAL!! I’m a hopeless romantic at heart and
love a good happy ending…but that little girl never dreamed that her
birth father would be standing next to her on the day she became a real
life princess. That little girl never dreamed that her three parents
would stand together, united as one, to give her away to her prince. If
not for these three people, the man and woman who made me, and the man
who raised me as his own alongside my mother, I would not be who I am
today…it’s a crazy story, maybe someday I’ll tell it, but for now, we
ALL lived happily ever after…and I got my fairy tale ending.
It was freezing on our wedding day, and it started snowing as we said our vows…but it was perfect…