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Our wedding day: Goodbye distance, Hello bliss!

August 22, 2017

Do you remember my post about surviving a long distance relationship?

How about the one about us getting engaged?

Well, I’m ecstatic to announce that Dylan and I have officially closed the distance forever. Not only that, but we got MARRIED this past Saturday. Married – can you believe it?! I still catch myself staring and grinning at the two rings on my finger. The past few days and our wedding have been some of the most joyous and incredible days of my life, so if you’re in the mood for a chit-chat and story time, keep on reading.

Happily ever after <3

The before:

As some of you have realized by now, my best friend Lindsey got ordained and drove from Connecticut to Wisconsin to officiate our wedding. She’s actually in the process of moving across the USA to Utah! Lindsey and I haven’t seen each other since March 2016 when she came to visit me in Belgium for about a week. When she arrived at mine and Dylan’s new home last Tuesday, I squeezed the guts out of her and proceeded to tell her that I didn’t feel like it had been so long since we last saw each other. It’s funny, I said the same thing to Dylan when I arrived in the USA. When you love people so much, and you make the effort to stay in touch via texts and video, your relationship with said person can indeed flourish at a distance.

This was Dylan and Lindsey’s first time meeting in person, although they had both spent the past 4+ years listening to stories about each other. On the first night we eased into a fun night of cards against humanity, which is by far the best way to get to know new friends. The following couple of days consisted of running wedding and non-wedding related errands like picking out Dylan’s last minute wedding outfit (we did SO good), finding my hairpiece (at freaking Claire’s!!!) and getting lots of yummy groceries. We also drove up to the location where Dylan and I got married, and worked on Lindsey’s ceremony speech. Having Lindsey by my side through all of this was a blessing, and I couldn’t be more grateful. I had never thought that I’d be relaxed and laid-back in the moments leading up to my wedding day, but there was absolutely zero stress. It was fantastic.

My brother Igor, and my sister in law Kate arrived in town mid-day on Friday and visited our new place. They seemed to love it, we all nibbled on some Oreos, and then that evening they took me, Lindsey, and Dylan out for a delicious meal (thanks guys!). This was the night before our wedding day, and again, it was fun and totally stress-free. By opting for a non-traditional wedding, we also opted out of all the stress that comes with it.

Wedding day:

Our wedding day began by me waking up, Dylan sleeping in, and Lindsey making me a yummy cup of coffee to snuggle up with on my couch. We hung out, took some cute polaroids, and Lindsey went off on an adventure to find breakfast. Rewind to 30 minutes later, Dylan has woken up, Lindsey has arrived with a box of pastries for 12 people and a loaf of asiago bread. We break out the hummus and proceed to eat enough for at least 8 people. Yes, just the three of us. You won’t find most brides eating carbs and sugar right before their wedding day, but IT’S FINE. It was incredible and I have zero regrets. At noon we drove downtown, I got my hair down at the adorable Primitive Parlor, and then headed back home to do our makeup. I opted to do my own wedding makeup, which I will do a whole separate post on, so check back in if that’s something that interests you.

A little before 3pm, we drove to the lookout point on Grandad’s bluff, the place where our ceremony took place. After a week-long prognosis for a rainy day, we were greeted with a gorgeous day, and not a cloud in the sky. Our ceremony was family-only, so we all gathered up there and began. Lindsey’s speech was incredible, heartwarming, and everything I never knew I wanted to hear on my wedding day. Dylan and I squeezed each-other’s hands as we said our “I do’s”, and I couldn’t wipe the huge grin on my face. There is not a doubt in my mind that this is the man I want to marry, and I am so excited to have a lifetime of adventures with him by my side.
Once we wrapped up the ceremony with a “Namaste”, we moved to a more shaded location and took lots of photos. Below are some of my favorite family photos! I gained two new nephews, and a princess of a new niece. I already love them all to bits!

 

After a bit of a break at home, we headed to a little bar with a beer garden that’s so close by our house, and decorated it. There were balloons, streamers, lanterns, and the cutest Mr&Mrs sign hanging on a wall. Slowly but surely, our friends started to arrive. We bought tons of beer, the people at the bar were fantastic and made us a TON of fried food, and everything went better than I had hoped for. The rest of the night was really fun – we played darts, took tons of silly polaroids, and enjoyed catching up with all of our Wisconsin friends. There is nothing I would change about our wedding day, and I’ll always look back at the day with the biggest smile on my face! If you were at our wedding celebration, thanks a million for making it such a fun evening and celebrating our marriage with us!

 

After:

Dylan’s mom took us out for a lovely breakfast the day after our wedding (which was much needed after a fun night), and then we went and bought a television. Hahah, you read that correctly. We got a huge TV, and our home is now complete, cozy, and perfect for snuggling up and watching shows together. It has now been three days post-wedding, and we are still on cloud nine. I’m not sure that many of you are aware, but Dylan and I met on the internet. We beat all odds, and are finally happy together. There is no more long-distance dating in our future, and for that, we couldn’t be more grateful.

Talk about a happy beginning!

xoxo
Srna

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Moving across the world for love

August 9, 2017

Imagine that you wake up one morning and you know that by the end of that day, nothing will ever really be the same again. That was me on Saturday morning, the 5th of August. I woke up in my giant bed in Brussels, in my cozy bedroom, for the last time ever. With a heart full of excitement and a bit of flight anxiety, I got up and got ready to move myself and all of my stuff to Wisconsin, USA to be with my fiancé. If you follow me on twitter, or if you follow this blog, you’ll know that my fiancé Dylan and I have been together for more than four years. The majority of our relationship has been long-distance, so finally being able to close that gap forever was huge for us. It was an exciting morning, to say the least.

I hopped on my first flight, and to my surprise, I was bumped up into a first class seat. My stomach was in knots as I was imagining what the flight from Brussels to Iceland would be like. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not afraid of the plane falling out of the sky – I just feel VERY uncomfortable during turbulence. There was a man sat next to me, and we happened to be wearing the same shoes (Converse, heck yeah!), so we started to chat. Our conversation ended up lasting for the whole three hours of the flight which I am so grateful for because he kept me very calm. The landing was a bit bumpy, but I made it out without any tears. Rip a lesson out of my book, always ask for help when you’re scared – you might end up making a new friend!

Iceland was pretty cool, but I was too freaked out from the shakey landing to take any photos. There were volcanoes and steam coming out of the ground, and I was humming some Sigur Rós while I made my way to my next gate. Knowing that only 6 more hours of flying stood between me and Dylan was enough to keep me calm. The next flight wasn’t as eventful but we did fly over Greenland which was INCREDIBLE. Never in my life have I witnessed anything as cool as the view from my airplane window, just look at these completely unedited iPhone photos!

Upon landing in the USA, I got through immigration very quickly. I waited until Dylan and his mom parked their car and came to grab me and my bags from my gate. Something that neither Dylan or I expected, is that seeing each other doesn’t feel like we haven’t been together in months. It just feel calm, right, and comfortable. We hugged, and kissed, and I tried my best to stay awake as much as I could after being up for 24 hours. Dylan’s mom treated us to a quick dinner on the road (thank you!!!), and then we proceeded to drive for hours until we finally made it to our new little home in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

 

 

Dylan and I, seeing each other at the airport.

The past few days here have been really lovely. We stocked our pantry, made our home as cozy as we could in a day or two, and got some much-needed family time at Dylan’s sister’s house for dinner! I’m just getting settled into the new place, but once everything simmers down, I’ll be back to posting regularly on here. For now, I’m getting ready for my 24th birthday on Sunday, my best friend and family visiting next week, AND OUR WEDDING NEXT WEEKEND ON THE 19th.

No big deal, huh? 😉

Stay tuned for that, and a little apartment tour coming soon!

xox,
Srna

 

 

Long distance relationship Wedding

Crossroads: My life is about to change

July 30, 2017

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m currently at the biggest crossroad of my entire life. In less than one week, I will be getting on a plane with all of my belongings and moving from Brussels to Wisconsin. As someone that suffers with flight anxiety, I haven’t really been able to think past the flights to the USA. But, in reality, what comes after is what makes this period of my life truly remarkable.

The next month holds so much love, joy, and celebration. I’d throw it all into one sentence, but I happen to dislike really long sentences, so let’s try a list.

  • I’m flying to Chicago via Iceland, Dylan is picking me up from there for a four hour road trip to our new little home. As I said, I have really bad flight anxiety so my thoughts are preoccupied with my two dumb flights.
  • Dylan and I are taking the next few days to furnish said new home. Throws, candles, pillows – I’m ready.
  • I turn 24 on August the 13th, and I finally get to celebrate my birthday with Dylan. We’ve missed too many birthdays whilst being in a long distance relationship!
  • My bestest friend in the entire world is, a) coming to stay with me and Dylan for a lil while, and b) GOT ORDAINED AND WILL PERFORM OUR CEREMONY!
  • Oh yeah, did I mention that I’M GETTING MARRIED ON AUGUST 19th?! When I said this month is life-changing, I really meant it.
  • I have incredible family and friends visiting for our little ceremony, and then Dylan and I are celebrating with everyone we love at a bar with lots of drinks and appetizers.

 

It’s both exciting and sad to close this chapter of my life and move onto the next one. These past two years in Brussels have been great for my creativity, my writing, and especially for my coffee consumption. But, I’m ready for the amazing life that Dylan and I are going to build together. This blog will become a little bit more personal from here on out. I’m sure that we’ll have plenty of adventures, as well as cozy days in, that we would love to share with you!

As for the wedding, as I know a lot of you have questions – it’s going to be a bit different (surprise, surprise)! I thought that not planning a big elaborate wedding would mean less planning and dealing with little details, but a small wedding has just as much planning on the agenda. I’ve been extremely lucky to have the help of friends and family, and I’m so freaking excited for the big day when we can all celebrate love.

Great things are ahead! Here we go.

xoxo

Srna

Long distance relationship Wedding

Planning an unconventional wedding day

June 8, 2017

It’s almost wedding time! If you’ve kept up with me on this blog, you’ll know that everything about my relationship with my fiancé has been unconventional. We’ve done years of long distance dating, have traveled over oceans to be together, and we even got engaged via video. If you missed that beautiful craziness, check it out here. So, having said all this, of course we aren’t going to be walking down the aisle in a traditional manner. Our story is as different as our love is strong, so now that it’s almost time to say “I do”, I thought I’d share what we’re planning!

I’ve been discussing this on social media quite a bit, but Dylan and I are still in the very slow race to obtaining a US visa for me. I am hoping that in about 5 or 6 weeks I’ll saying “I do”, but unfortunately, I can’t plan anything with certain dates because our visa situation is largely dependent on external factors. What I can tell you though, is that we will be having a small courthouse wedding with only a handful of people that are near and dear to our hearts. After the main event finishes up, we’re going to head to a local bar to celebrate and hang out with everybody. For me, the idea of a wedding has always been such a personal affair, so to get married with hundreds of people watching feels a bit alien. Many brides obsess over their wedding day to a point where they can’t enjoy it, and I really don’t want that to happen. The mutual commitment  and love between me and Dylan will be the most important thing that day, and I will be absurdly happy to have some of my closest friends and relatives by my side on such a special day.

As for little details, I’m still working though them. I have yet to pick out a dress, but I’ve been throwing some ideas around twitter and I’ve gotten incredible feedback. These are currently the top three contenders, but there’s no guarantee that I’ll end up with one of them.

I’m leaving a lot of it up to the universe. I’m bringing my good vibes with me, and I know that the people around us will do everything to ensure we have a happy and wonderful wedding day.

Here’s to life, and here’s to love.

Srna