The Look of Love

When I saw this picture on Style Me Pretty last week, I knew I had to fit it in somewhere in a post:


So with that photo as inspiration, I figured I would dedicate this post to all of the people who really SUPPORTED Mr. Socks and me throughout our relationship, and who were there for us on our wedding day. These are the people we look to for strength as we move forward in our marriage.

Momma Socks and Dad Socks took every kooky idea I had in stride when it came to our wedding, and instead of being hesitant to accept our nontraditional wedding, they embraced every detail with complete acceptance and excitement.

They have loved Mr. Socks unconditionally since I brought him home for the first time and accept him as their son. Mr. Socks and I know we can go to them for anything and everything, and we are so grateful to them for their love and support.

Sister Socks and BIL Socks were also there for us from the moment they drove from Cincinnati to New Jersey! BIL Socks video recorded almost every moment of the wedding (minus the drama) and I’ll definitely try to edit it down in the coming weeks!

Sister Socks kept me calm all day, and her presence, love and support was overwhelming during our wedding weekend. She is an amazing woman and I feel so lucky to have her as my sister.

Grandma and Grandad Socks traveled from Indiana to Philadelphia for our wedding, and at one moment when things began unraveling, Grandma Socks pulled me aside and said “We love you, we support you, and we will always be here to support you. As long as we’re physically able to, we will always support you.”

I will never forget that moment, as long as I live”¦I’m tearing up as I type! This is my favorite photo of my Grandparents that I took about three years ago:

If Mr. Socks and I are still looking at each other like that in 50 years, we will be a pretty darn happy couple!

The rest of my family, who flew in and really explored Philly (which I’m SO happy they had the opportunity to do)

Plus, um, seeing my poms put to good use makes me all kinds of worlds of happy!

Of course, I have to give a BIG shout—out to Mr. and Miss Cardigan who flew from TEXAS to come to our wedding—they were there for us every step of the way and I couldn’t believe how wonderful it was to have them there:

And finally, our friends and bridal party really came through for us and made our wedding a party despite some of the less-fun parts of the evening:

To all of these people, plus the other friends and family members that I just don’t have the photos to share with you, THANK YOU!

Hive, I just have to keep looking at these photos. The love that is emanating from them makes it obvious that even though we had some very low times during our day, those who love and support us make it all worth it.

I hope that anyone else who is having a hard time with difficult friends and family members can look to the people who support them as well—I’m still trying to focus my energy on how AWESOME these people are instead of how AWFUL the other people are. It’s a work in progress. I’m getting there.

So there it is”¦these are the people who are pushing Mr. Socks and I forward and giving us SO many reasons to not give up. Oh, how I wish this was a photo of us:



Mrs. Socks

Southern NJ/Philadelphia, PA
Wedding Date:
October 2010
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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:54 am

    I love the photo of your grand parents. Your gran is one classy lady to be able to keep such a cool head and give you great words of wisdom at a time like that.

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:00 am

    Those are wonderful words from your grandma (and such a cute picture of her and your grandad).

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    jgoulart 1069 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:02 am

    The picture of your grandparents is beautiful.

    How great that Mr and Miss Cardy came out, I’m sure they were a blast.

    You were a stunningly gorgeous bride Socks. 😀
    This post was wonderful.

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    AdrienneB 53 posts, Worker bee @ 9:05 am

    LOVE the Don’t Give Up photos! So perfect and wonderful advice! Love the pic of your grandparents too….that is SO sweet….you are lucky to have them! :)

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 9:17 am

    The photo of your Grands is so sweet. My Grandma avoided the camera, so I don’t have any pictures of her and my Granddad. They’re the only people in my entire family to never divorce. Anyway, I’m so glad you had so many wonderful people around you. The love emanates from the pictures.

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    starfish 1902 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:17 am

    I’m glad your Grandma pulled you aside and said that to you. After hearing all the other crazyness, it must have meant the world to you. I’m happy your other friends and family have been a wonderful source of support for you.

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    Violet Violet 985 posts, Busy bee @ 9:19 am

    That’s great advice–and I teared up at what your grandparents said. You have some amazing people in your corner!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 9:43 am

    Dear Ms. Socks, looking at these pictures, it looks like everyone had a smashing time and the events that occurred later does not obscure that fact. I hope that one day you will be able to look at your wedding day and these pictures and the amazing video I’m sure your brother shot will be your memories :)

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    ms.moonlight 209 posts, Helper bee @ 9:54 am

    Love it. What a great post – and you really can see some of the support you had at your wedding. Remember those parts. And don’t give up!

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    moderndaisy 6691 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:14 am

    I agree with your strategy 110%!! The people who support you on your wedding day are worth their weight in gold. The other people aren’t worth your time. Keep hanging in and keep us updated!

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    Miss Peach Tree 339 posts, Helper bee @ 12:08 pm

    I love the “Don’t Give Up” inspiration. Great picks and great advice. Also, non related to this post, you look SO PRETTY in your wedding dress. It makes me mad all over again that someone spilled on it.

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:12 pm

    This was such a beautiful post. I am completely inspired by you, Mr. Socks, and all of the loving people who where there to support you two at your wedding. Yeah for wonderful family and for Miss & Mr. Cardigan! :)

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:13 pm

    So touching. And your dress is just fab, I can’t believe I let my friends talk me out of getting it! I am jealous!

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    photographernico 527 posts, Busy bee @ 2:41 pm

    Grand post, Socks. Tearing up over the wonderful people in your life and your tribute to them. (How cool that Mr & Miss Cardy were there!!)

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    culby cheese 193 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:42 pm

    Holy moses your Grandma is awesome! That made me tear up. I’m so glad you have all these moments of love and joy that you can cherish and hold close as you let that other BS fade away… Kudos to you for striving to embrace the positive of your wedding day!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:19 pm

    What a beautiful post, Socks! It is so great that you have so many lovely people to support you and Mr. Socks!

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    sand dollar 1334 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:40 pm

    So glad that silver lining is peeking through. Very excited to see more recaps!

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    MissCatherine 278 posts, Helper bee @ 7:05 pm

    Thank goodness for that amazing support! It probably felt really good to write that post!

    And by the way– you looked gorgeous on your wedding day! That dress is perfect on you.

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    cheetah 297 posts, Helper bee @ 8:53 pm

    Your grand parents sound like amazing people. I’m so glad you had all these wonderful people around you during your wedding day.

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    seashell 1689 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:41 pm

    Great post, Socks! It’s so important to celebrate your support system.

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    cola 2827 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:30 pm

    Such a sweet post. I’m so happy for you that you had these amazing people with you on your wedding day, to build you up when you needed the family support!

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:37 pm

    Love the love! Your grandma is a sweetie!

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    spraguebride 1254 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:47 am

    Thank you for this post
    I sit here at 1:30 in the morning…with tears streaming down my face.

    It’s funny sometimes how another person’s very different from your own…can still hit so close to home. I am the person who comes from the toxic family. There was a falling out and I have not spoken to or seen anyone in my family for months.

    I sat here tonight feeling sad and lonely. Thinking about all these things. Then I stumble across this post.

    What you went thru was SO terrible and I can’t say that I have any idea what you feel like. BUT I do know what it is like to feel that you have to create a safe world for yourself and your husband. Struggling with the pain and trying to remember that you can live a life without all the toxic crap

    I sat here tonight feeling a wave of depression, then I read your post. It’s so easy to focus on the bad. To think of the people who hurt you and make you cry. It’s so easy to feel so alone when in reality…there are still a lot of important people who love you.

    I am in the place of your husband. I married INTO a wonderful family who has loved and accepted me.

    You are so right to focus on the people who were there for you and for choosing to cut the other people off

    I just wanted you to know…that thru your healing process of sharing with everyone on WB….you really touched and helped someone else.

    I am almost never on WB now that I am an old married lady ;-)….so the fact that I stumbled upon your posts tonight kinda blows me away. the universe is kinda nifty like that :-)

    Stay strong and try to think about all the love and support you have

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