Hello, hive!!! It’s been such a long time since my mug has graced these parts. I’m so excited to be a part of this new series and to give you a glimpse of our relationship since we got married almost three years ago! The point of this particular post is to look at whether or not we have been living up to our vows since getting hitched. For those of you who don’t remember our vows, here they are:
From this day forward, I, Miss Doily/Mr. Doily, promise you these things: I will laugh with you in times of joy, comfort you in times of sorrow, I will pray for you daily, I will share in your dreams, I will listen to you with compassion and understanding, speak to you with encouragement, I will remain faithful to you for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish you for all the days of our lives.
1. I will laugh with you in times of joy, comfort you in times of sorrow.
Border Collie moms—this post isn’t for you, so please stop reading.
Image via T-Shirt Guru
I basically stole the first part of our parents’ gift from Mrs. Mole. (Thanks!) The idea has literally been with me for two-plus years. (Crazy bride alert…I haven’t even been engaged for that long.) I purchased custom engraved frames with our names and wedding date from Things Remembered, and here’s the finished product:
A few weeks ago, we had an amazing evening having our engagement photo shoot done. This was something we were slightly nervous about because we had never had professional photos of ourselves done before. This was also going to be the first time we worked with the photographer we hired for the wedding.
Leading up to the photo shoot, we picked out several outfits to wear. I had no idea that you were supposed to wear more than one outfit, but alas, you are. We were told not to pick anything with a pattern because it can be distracting in the photos. In the end, we picked some good solid color combinations that also correspond with our wedding colors.
We had our photos taken at Milton Demetre Park on James Island, the same place where Mr. Coral proposed. It’s beautiful and has views of the harbor and downtown, a marsh, and a beach, so we knew that we could get a wide range of photo backdrops.
Hello, hive! We’re launching a new ongoing series here on the blog called After the Wedding. The idea is that bloggers who have already gone through the planning stage get to come back and let you in on a little inside info about what goes on “after the wedding”…get it? We’re starting today with the topic of vows, and how couples are living up to the vows they took (or not). I’ll kick it off with my two cents!
If you don’t remember me (I don’t blame you—I got married five years ago!), you can catch up on my recap posts starting here. When writing our ceremony, we decided to go with traditional vows. It just felt right to us, even though we’re not really “traditional” in most aspects of our lives, because we are kind of shy about PDA and talking about how much we love each other and why in front of people. I guess we just like to keep that stuff private. Also, did I mention we are lazy? Because we are lazy. And writing original vows that are personally meaningful (but not embarrassingly so) and not trite sounded like a task we were just not up for.
So, here are the words we said to each other on that day five years ago:
I the Dude, take you Miss Mouse, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.
With toasts over it was time for one of the most important parts of the wedding—the cake (from Baker’s Pride)! You may remember our amazing cake tasting, which was basically us sitting in Forsyth Park eating cupcakes and drinking champagne. We decided on a three-tier round cake with a hummingbird top and bottom layer, vanilla center layer, and white buttercream frosting. You may also recall the gold fleur de lis cake topper I planned on using. Well, we got onto the dance floor for our first dance, and I got my first glimpse of the cake.
After hair and makeup the ladies and I met my parents at my boss’s house for lunch.
Mom and dad
A bit unconventional? Maybe, but my boss is awesome and her house is beautiful and she offered, so I accepted with a great big thank you! It certainly was one less thing for me to worry about organizing, and I thought it’d be more comfortable then everyone trying to get ready at the hotel. Only it almost didn’t happen…