Category Archives: Marriage

Wedding Recaps: Sunset Photos

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I know that I’ve said in just about every post that this set of photos was my “favorite” from the day…but these sunset photos that our photographer took in a field across from the banquet hall after dinner are divine. To me, they’re high-fashion meets country living, if that’s even possible. They remind me of photos that you see in bridal magazines…except the subjects of the photos are me and my husband! I still can’t quite believe that when I look at them. I have a hard time picking favorites out of these, because they’re all just so perfect.

One of my absolute favorite photos. Gorgeous.

I love that these photos, even more than a lot of the others I’ve shown you already, really capture who we are and where we’re from. But at the same time, they’re beautiful, artistic, and worthy of being blown up for a large canvas on our living room wall. Which is exactly what’s going to happen with that first picture ūüôā

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Wedding Recaps: The Toasts

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Although our entire wedding day was full of all sorts of emotions, one of the parts that still stands out in my mind were the toasts made by the best man and maid of honor. They were short and sweet, but very meaningful. And our photographer happened to get a few great shots of the toasts as well, so that doesn’t hurt either.

Mike’s speech wasn’t long, but the best part was this: “I’ve known Shaun throughout many different phases in his life. And I’ve honestly never seen him happier than he is when he’s with Kim.” Awwwwww.

My sister, Amie, was more nervous about making her speech, but she did an amazing job. She talked about how we fought a lot growing up (and we did…we shared a room until I went to college, after all…), but that now we’re closer than ever. That now we’re more than sisters, we’re friends. Cue another awwwww.

What’s the best toast you’ve ever heard? Was it long or short? Lots of stories, or just a few heartfelt sentiments?

The Lost Weekends & Color ADD

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Do you ever wake up on Monday morning and just feel a little bit defeated? On Friday I was so excited to have 3(ish) full days to get caught up on work…but did I? Absolutely not. So today I’m back to the grind¬†and catching up…this semester is getting the best of me pretty quickly! We did have a great weekend though – Shaun and I attended the wedding of one of my close friends from high school. They’re one of those couples who you can just¬†tell how much they love each other when they look at each other, so it was a really touching ceremony and a really special day.

Shaun and I all dressed up for the wedding! I love the colors, the pumpkins and gourds from my grandma’s farm…and the puppy photobomb.

Look familiar? Their ceremony was at the same chapel and performed by the same minister that ours was! It was a gorgeous day, and the fall colors were in full swing in the background as well (although you can’t really tell from this picture.

The photos are really dark, but you can just¬†feel how much these two mean to each other. They’re both amazing people, and I’m so happy that they’re happy together.

In other news, I’ve had a bit nail-polish ADD in the last week/several days. It seems that no matter how often I change my nail color, I’m constantly thinking about what I’m going to do next. And the second that it gets even the tiniest chip, I remove all of it and start from scratch again. Here are just a few of the colors I’ve been wearing since my last polish post on Monday, including the one that I’m wearing right now:

Julep “Sienna”

This is the color that I intended to wear to the wedding, because I thought it complemented the colors of my outfit nicely. Unfortunately, I got a massive chip on one of my nails the night before. Which led to…

L’Oreal Pro Manicure “Sweet Nothings”

Apologies in advance for the sloppiness of this mani, but I did it in about 20 minutes at my parent’s house as we were dropping off the dog on our way to the wedding. Since I’m back and forth all the time, I keep all of my nail polish things at my apartment, but that meant that I had nothing to whip up a new mani…so I had to borrow my mom’s colors quickly. It took about 3 coats to get it this dark, and by the time it finally dried, there was no time for clean-up.

Revlon Colorstay “Stormy Night”

The color I’m currently wearing. It’s a bit more purple than the pictures show, but I love the almost-purple, almost-gray shade.

Other than the usual business for the week ahead, I’m excited to be participating in¬†two nail polish swaps with other blogs – we’re sending out our packages to our partners today, and I believe next week will be the big blog reveal. I can’t wait for my partners to see the polishes that I picked out for them…based on our limited conversations, I think they’re really going to like them!

Linking up with Mani Monday and the Nail Files!

On Friendship

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I’ve been a member of the online community “20-Something Bloggers” for a while now, although I must admit that I don’t participate very often because I’m not really sure what to say to others about my blog. Although I think feedback can be a great thing for any writer, I’m only really looking for new readers who are interested in what I have to say. If that’s not you then that’s fine, but I also don’t need strangers telling me how my blog “could be better.” As if they know.

Anyway, one thing that 20SB posted on their blog recently was a writing prompt, which I’m taking advantage of today. In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, the topic is “Friendship.”

I think I fall into a category that a lot of people in my generation find themselves in – I have a lot of “friends,” but only a very few “close” friends. I could probably name the number of people I feel I could tell anything to on both of my hands (i.e., the number is somewhere between 5 and 10). This made it extremely difficult when figuring out who we should invite to the wedding, because Shaun is in the same boat I am. We both¬†know a lot of people and hang out with a lot of people. There were a lot of people who would be offended (and who probably were offended…) if we hadn’t/because we didn’t invite them. But weddings force you to draw that line somewhere, and we chose people who regularly initiate contact with us,¬†not just the other way around.¬†

Another interesting thing about friends that the wedding brought to the forefront was how friends enter and leave your life at certain important points. They play a crucial role in whatever period you’re going through at the time, but that doesn’t mean you’re meant to be friends forever. In the end, we invited a lot of these “past” friends – people who we saw almost daily at one point in our lives but weren’t quite as close to anymore. I can say that with almost no exception, they didn’t come. And that’s fine, it just really hammered home the point that some people aren’t meant to stay in your life forever while others, for whatever reason, are able to stick around for the long haul. I’m sure it comes down more to circumstance than anything else. Looking back, I have my best high school friends (who I see more now that I’m slowly transitioning back to the Green Bay area, with an eye towards working up here after graduation). I have my best friends from the dorms in college, my best friends from band (who are still some of my closest friends, thankfully, and many of whom are still a big part of my life), my best friends from other student orgs that I was a part of in college. Now I have friends from law school, and it’s difficult to consider the possibility that some day we’ll drift apart. But I guess that’s the cycle we all go through – and drifting will probably be a reality, in some capacity.

The key to making friendships like this work, I think, is continued communication. Which is obviously easier if you all live in the same area, or see each other on a regular basis. If you don’t, you have to make that much more of an effort, which is where the friendship gets hard and sometimes we drift. I’m sure a lot of this is my fault – I’m more introverted than extroverted by nature, so I’m not the type to constantly be going out at night just for the sake of “going out.” I love coffee and dinner dates with friends, but again if you’re not in the same town, that can be hard. Friendships are tricky…but like any relationship so,¬†so worth it when you find the right ones.

And just because that turned out to be kind of a long rant, there’s a picture of me with my¬†best friend last night…when the Packers beat Da Bears!

Wedding Recaps: Married!

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I still cannot describe the feeling that I got when our minister, Gloria, announced us as husband and wife. It was the most amazing feeling in the world…I remember feeling like the luckiest woman in the world at that instant, and I hope that the feeling never leaves. Sometimes I still cannot believe that I’m married, especially to a man as amazing, kind and fun as Shaun. But it happened!

Sealed with a kiss. This part of the ceremony wasn’t too bad either. ūüėČ

Poor Shaun was so nervous about being the center of attention that he looks a little grumpy in these ceremony photos. But he said he really¬†was very happy, he was just trying to “surpress his emotions.” (Aka…not cry in front of everyone we know.)

After the ceremony, Gloria pulled Mike (the best man) and Amie (the maid of honor) aside to sign our marriage license as witnesses. I didn’t realize that these pictures were happening while we were in the receiving line, but I’m glad our photographer got to be there to capture the moment that our marriage became¬†legally¬†official. (I know, shocking that that part would seem important to a law student.)

So there you have it…officially hitched! And time to party! (Almost.)

All photos by Tricia DeWar Photography.

Wedding Recaps: The Ceremony

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The ceremony itself was relatively short and sweet, but very meaningful. Since the wedding, we’ve received many compliments on our ceremony and officiant, which is really special to me because…well…that’s what the¬†whole day is really about, right? We were also lucky enough to have a few of Shaun’s family members film our ceremony, so in a few months we should receive the DVD and be able to relive the moment again. I can’t wait! But in the mean time, here’s how the ceremony went down:

My dad handed me off to Shaun, saying “Here you go!” (a la Howard and Bernadette’s dad on Big Bang Theory)

We declared our intention to get married, then each of our godmothers read a passage to us:

This Marriage

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.

May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.

May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.

I am out of words that can describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

Ephesians 5: 21-33

Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

We said our vows:

“I take you to be my partner from this day forward, to join with you and share all that is to come.
And I promise to honor, respect, cherish, and be faithful to you throughout our journey.
Because you are my friend. My loyal and respectful partner.
My one true love.
This is my solemn vow.”

We exchanged rings…

…prayed…

…and locked our love letters into the wine box. All of that in less than 30 minutes!

All photos by Tricia DeWar Photography.

Wedding Recaps: The Aisle

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I’d have to say that hands down, one of the most emotional parts of the day was just before the ceremony. Shaun and I had just gotten back from taken pictures at the apple orchard, and were hiding inside the air conditioned chapel with our family and bridal party. The entire month of July was the hottest month on record, and the week that we got married was no exception – it was over 100 degrees every day the week of our wedding! That is, except for the day of. The heat broke, and it was around 85 all day – considerably cooler, but still hot. So we drank water, started to get nervous, and spent our last few “single” moments surrounded by the people we love most. Just before it was time for them to go, my mom gave me a hug and told me how much she loved me and how proud of me she was…needless to say, there were substantial waterworks from both of us. It was a beautiful moment, and one that I’ll never forget.

And then before we knew it, it was time to walk down the aisle.

Shaun’s mom and my mom, carrying our love letters for the Wine Box Ceremony

Shaun and his dad (can you tell he’s nervous?)

Eli and Christy, friends from college

Shaun’s brother Michael, my cousin Sara

My brother Matt, Shaun’s sister Rebecca

Shaun’s best man (and best friend) Mike, my maid of honor (and sister) Amie

Shaun and the minister, just before…

Let’s get married!

All photos courtesy of Tricia DeWar Photography.

Wedding Recaps: We Are Family

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If I had to describe the essence of our wedding day in just a few words, I’d definitely say that our big day was all about family. Blood family, adopted family, friends who are close enough to be family…we were truly surrounded by everyone who was most important to us, and it was a bit overwhelming at times to feel so much love directed at us. Overwhelming, but wonderful. One of the first things we did after our first look was take family portraits with our parents and siblings, and it was a very special part of the day for both Shaun and me.

All photos by Tricia DeWar Photography.

Wedding Recaps: Meet the Groom

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Even though I played the role of the traditional bride in our wedding, I’ll be the first to admit that the groom kind of gets a raw deal. From the time we’re little, girls are told that our wedding day is our day to be a “princess,” to have everyone idolize us, to marvel at our beauty and grace and whatever other bull Disney needed to pull together to sell its latest princess movie. The fact of the matter is that a marriage takes two people working together as a team, and far too often a wedding forgets that. Hell, I even forgot it at times during our planning process. Which is why I’m beyond thrilled today to introduce you to my handsome husband!

Let the Recaps Begin!

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Well, the summer is just about over for me. I’ll be spending these next two weeks at home with my husband, and I have a bit of free time. Since we have our professional pictures back, I figured now is a great time to start my wedding recaps! In case you haven’t been following the blog for long, “Life. Love. Law.” initially started as a blog that chronicled my wedding planning journey. As you know probably know, the wedding has since come and gone and I’m loving married life so far, even if we are living long distance. So I figured that if you’ve been reading the blog since it’s inception, you deserve to see the outcome of all of those planning posts. You’ll get to see everything from our first look to the cutting of the cake and everything in between. Let the recaps begin!

All photos by Tricia DeWar Photography.