Wedding Wednesday: Your Questions Answered

It is with bittersweet feelings that I welcome you to the last official Wedding Wednesday. The past two months have flown by and it has truly been a joy to share all the ins and outs of our day with you. As I have said over and over again what truly matters is marriage and the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of joining two lives together far greater than wedding plans. I am so thankful for those who held Jacob and I accountable during our engagement and also helped in the practical details.

Without further ado, here are your questions answered in regards to all things engagement, wedding, and marriage. Thank you for all who submitted questions.

What was your favorite moment of the wedding weekend?
Woah - just one? I remember driving from our reception to the hotel and both Jacob and I just glowing with awe and love from all that we had experienced that day. We relived so many moments in that drive and the one that keeps coming back to me is our open mic that gave guests the chance to share a story, piece of encouragement, or remark. We were richly blessed by the words shared.

Is a wedding reception really necessary? It is so expensive. Isn't it enough to celebrate love in front of God in the church with family and friends?
This is an excellent question. Thank you for asking! I by no means think a reception is necessary and hope that I have not portrayed this through my posts. Jacob and I really wanted a reception as one of our biggest priorities was celebrating the people in our lives. We desired a greater time with our guests and made sacrifices in other aspects to afford the reception. It is all a matter or perspective and priorities however and I am not opposed to weddings that don't include one.

What is a funny story from your wedding day?
Well besides me forgetting my handwritten vows which most have heard by now.. we did not really have a plan for leaving the reception other than simply leaving. Easy enough, right? Well our awesome guests created this fun tunnel that we ran through. However our car was parked incredibly far away. As everyone kept chanting our names and we were still in sight, we felt the need to continue running and running and running. By the time we got to the car we were completely out of breath from jogging so far and laughing hysterically.

What is your favorite wedding picture?
I love love love this one. These guys are my brothers and I cannot help but smile every single time I look at it.

How is living with a boy going?
It is a wonderful adventure. We have not had any huge surprises but it has been so fun assimilating two lives into one. I've learned how to relax more in daily life and he's learned how to get a good night's sleep.

What was the most challenging aspect of being engaged?
Living in transition. This is something that is not my strong point and it showed during our year of engagement. It was challenging for me to be in a full time career and Jacob to be a college student, for me to be living in a house and Jacob to be living in the dorms, for me to be traveling all the time and Jacob to be stationary. You get the idea, it was a whole lot of life transitions smashed altogether in one.

Where did you find the bridesmaid dresses?
The one and only Modcloth! The shoes are my favorites and came from Charlotte Russe. All total my bridesmaids paid less than $100 each. We wanted to be as cost effective for everyone possible.

Tell us about your honeymoon!
Oh our honeymoon was so delightful. But before I get to that, a side tangent. One of the best plans we made looking back was departing for our honeymoon on Monday morning rather than Sunday. So many couples I know book the first flight possible the morning after their wedding. In our minds this is one of the only times in our entire lives that everyone we love would be in one place. We took full advantage of that and spent Sunday eating brunch, gift opening, and spending time with those around us. Best idea ever. We felt much more rested and filled and it made our wedding weekend last a day longer.

Anyways, our honeymoon. We went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in the Great Smokey Mountains. Hello beautiful! We rented a cabin, made meals together, went white water rafting, hiked on the Appalachian Trail, explored downtown, tried new restaurants, and eventually became lonely and wanted to start normal life. Yes, we are those honeymooners - the ones who are too extroverted to be good tourists and not know anyone else. Nonetheless we had a blast and would highly recommend The Smokey Mountains to anyone.

Who is your favorite bridesmaid?
I wonder whose question this is? Cop out answer, but they are all my favorite in their own unique ways.

There you have it friends. Thank you for joining all the wedding fun! 
If you have more questions or would like more information simply comment below or catch up here:

The Decorations
The Ceremony
The DIY Bouquets
The Perfect Wedding
The Photography
The Invitations
The Dress
The Overview

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