The Swords Live Happily Ever After

It all started on the eve of Thanksgiving 2009. I met a drunk Scottish guy and I gave him my phone number with the instructions, “I don’t call boys, boys call me.” A phrase that haunts me still, but believe me, I didn’t mean it the way it sounds! I was merely expressing my nervousness at my calling him.

He did call and our first date was lunch and window shopping down Michigan Ave in Chicago. It was amazing. By June of 2010 I was on a plane leaving the country for the very first time to visit his home in Scotland. He proposed on February 19th, 2012 at the top of the John Hancock Building and we were wed on March 9th, 2013. Now we live in the Kansas City area, but our ultimate goal is to raise a family in Minnesota. (Speaking of, go Minnesota for passing a same-sex marriage bill back in May; you make me proud! Number 12 baby.)


I know it’s easy to get wrapped up in a big wedding bubble when you’re deep in the middle of planning. I know that some people in real life have lovingly and not-so-lovingly called me wedding-obsessed and/or crazy, but if I’m going to be crazy about one thing, it’s love. I will always cherish and enjoy weddings. They represent beginnings, blending of families, and unfiltered bliss.

If I may indulge in one last piece of advice, here are my three best tips for a stunning and fabulous wedding:

1. Personalize, personalize, personalize.

2. Think like a guest.

3. Go for the deal! (Life is short. And if you can save ten bucks per head by having a March wedding in Minnesota then go for it, because April will not be any better weather-wise.)


Blogging for this community has been such a rich blessing for me as a woman, a writer, and especially a bride. To all of you who have followed my journey since the beginning, I commend you! (I realize I can be a bit verbose at times.) To the blogger friends I’ve made along the way, thank you for your amazing support. To those of you who kept it real with me, your opinions were always appreciated as was the reminder that I can’t possibly please everyone.

From the moment I woke up after a vivid dream with the words “A Highland Fairy Tale” in my head, to the day it was all so beautifully executed, I’ve had a blast. Mr. Sword, you are the most amazing man I know. Our wedding was perfect because our relationship is solid and a happy, loving couple is all anyone should expect at a wedding. I look forward to many more special moments with you as my husband.


HOLD ON A SEC”¦who is that sneaking into our family photo??? Oh yes, that’s our new baby girl. She’s a one year old hound mix with a brindle coat and she’s kind of amazing. We got her from a shelter in mid-August and we LOVE being doggie parents. Should we call her our dagger or just a small sword?


Her name is McKenna. Of course it’s a Scottish name because that’s exactly something I would do. Isn’t she the cutest?


I’m still planning on writing and well, being me, so if you’re so inclined, please feel free to check out my new relationship blog, Drama Happens. I’d love to be able to share more of my life with you all!

With that, The Swords are leaving the building. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.


(all photos personal)

One last thought! The fact that I could never make a Sword in the Stone wedding reference in my year of blogging really upsets me. Anyone got anything good? :)



Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
I Whale Always Love You: Just the Two of Us
Gallery of the Day: September 11, 2013
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  1. airplane Member
    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 6:53 am

    Wahhhhhh, don’t go!!! :( We’ll miss you, Mrs. Sword!! I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your posts. Enjoy your new little family!

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    Olivetobe 66 posts, Worker bee @ 7:00 am

    I have so enjoyed all of your posts. I often felt like I was going through the exact same things at the exact same time… which makes sense, since I got married a week later just a few hours north. 😉 Thank you for sharing, and I will be sure to follow your new blog!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:18 am

    Farewell Swords! All the best to you and your new fur baby :)

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    bobsgirl2007 91 posts, Worker bee @ 7:30 am

    my Teddy looks like your doggie’s twin. Same brindle and face. He also sleeps like that. We got him from a rescue but have no idea what he is.
    I wish I could upload a photo, the resemblence is uncanny!!

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    bobsgirl2007 91 posts, Worker bee @ 7:31 am

    just curious where did you get her? Teddy came from Alabama somewhere I think. Somewhere south.

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 7:36 am

    We’ll miss you!! When I need a does of drama, I’ll head over to your new blog :)

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    spotted_giraffe 312 posts, Helper bee @ 7:52 am

    I love your puppy!! So sweet! But but…don’t gooooo! I’ve been reading your posts from the very beginning and I’ll miss you a lot! Thanks for being such an awesome bee to follow

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    estella, Guest @ 7:59 am

    Take care! I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts!

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    mu_t 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:43 am

    doooooooooooooooon’t gooooooooooooooooo!!!!

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    x0jlynn03 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:56 am

    You’ve been one of my favorite Bees to read about, I’ll miss you! I love that you’re puppy parents now and I love her name — that’s our #1 girl name for our future daughter :) Good luck with everything!!

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    MrsScarlet 76 posts, Worker bee @ 9:22 am

    Oh no! I’m so sorry to see you go Mrs Sword. You’ve been one of my favorite bees to read throughout my engagement process- and you were definitely my wedding crush! Thank you for all of the great posts- especially the ones about your relationship with your dress (mine is similar and I’ve had the occasional doubt about it- but your words helped calm my nerves!). I’ll be sure to keep following your blog- thank you for all of the inspiration! You will definitely be missed :)

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 10:19 am

    You have been a great Bee, Mrs. Sword! Thank you very much for doing such a great job documenting your wedding journey and for coming back to recap your wedding & honeymoon! :-)

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:28 am

    Thanks for being committed to blogging! I’ve been reading since the beginning, and appreciate your consistent blogging and following through til the end. Good luck!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 10:31 am

    Congrats on being puppy parents!!! I’ll definitely miss you around here–be sure to pop in to say hi from time to time!!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 10:36 am

    Good luck, Mrs. Sword! Don’t be a stranger to the ‘Bee!

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    lynnielou33193 767 posts, Busy bee @ 11:11 am

    lol this was very sad :/ no posts about the honeymoon??

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:29 am

    Echoing what a PP said, your consistency has been so refreshing. I’ve definitely followed you from the beginning (my pre-Bee days included!) and I’m so happy that you’re happy. From one ‘S’ to another, wishing you both all of the best. xo

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    marita 33 posts, Newbee @ 1:39 pm

    You were my favourite Bee bloger!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 2:30 pm

    *wahhhhh* we’ll miss ya!

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    notbridey 727 posts, Busy bee @ 5:05 pm

    don’t goooooooooooooooo you’re one of my favorites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:42 pm

    I can’t believe your recaps are already finished, I feel like you just started here! Thank you for sharing your beautiful and unique Highland Fairy Tale with us!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:22 pm

    Aww I will miss you! I loved reading about your wedding and getting to know you and Mr Sword!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:25 am

    @bobsgirl2007:That’s so bizarre, doggie twins! We got her from the humane society in Lawrence, KS. She was a stray who came in with her sister. They told us retriever mix, which didn’t make sense, but now we’re thinking plott hound or whippet, or some other mix!

    @lynnielou33193: Already blogged the honeymoon months ago, before wedding recaps! Search for Swords of the Caribbean. :)

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:27 am

    Aww thank you!! You all know how to make a lady feel loved! So glad you enjoyed my posts, I’m really going to miss writing them! I’ll pop back in every once in awhile though! XOXO Stephanie

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    alicatinthehat01 11 posts, Newbee @ 5:45 pm

    “The Swords and the Stone” when talking about wedding rings? :) Kind of a stretch, but I loved reading about your adventures and wedding! Enjoy married life!

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:23 am

    I loved reading your posts! You always made me smile.

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 9:33 am

    So sad you are leaving, but loved sharing your wedding with you. I can’t wait to start reading your personal blog. Congrats!

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 12:55 pm

    I loved reading about your wedding! Your posts were consistently the ones I’d look for first. Congrats on everything! I was excited to see you’re going to continue blogging. I will definitely check it out!

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    Miss_Mimosa 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:18 pm

    I absolutely loved reading your entire journey. Your wedding was incredible and I can’t wait to follow your life after marriage blog!

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    Alex, Guest @ 12:00 am

    I have never commented before, but I have been reading the site since 2007, and I wanted to tell you that you are one of my favorite ever bees. I know that every bee must eventually go, but I will really miss you. You have a strong voice and sense of humor that differentiated you from the pack. I wish you the best in your marriage.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:55 pm

    @alicatinthehat01: That’s great! I never thought of the stone as one in a ring, bummer!

    @Steph01924: Yay, thank you! So sweet of you.

    @Miss_Mimosa: thank you thank you, so nice to hear that! :)

    @Alex: This is such a touching comment. Thank you for letting me know! It means so much. This made my day. :)

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