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.
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.
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!
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!