Around this time three years ago today, I was waking up in my bedroom for the very last time. I looked around, soaking it all in, and paying attention to every detail: the pink and blue stripes on the wall, my old dresser, my mismatched blankets (collected from the past four years at college, where I always insisted on purchasing new sheets and comforters). I sat there in silence for a few minutes, surprised at how calm I was. The calm before the storm, I guess?
I ate breakfast with my mom and dad, and then my best friend Brittany arrived. Side note: Brittany, what would I have done without you on this day?! I say this, because when we pulled up to the salon where I was scheduled to have my hair and nails done, there was a big ugly sign on the door which read ''CLOSED''. Apparently, nobody bothered to tell us that they had gone bankrupt and closed up shop. Awesome.
Brittany is a life saver, really she is, because she is full of ideas and always stays positive. She suggested that we try the salon she had been going to for several years now, and I have no idea how this happened but on a Saturday morning they actually had a spot open for me! We went down the street and got our nails done, and Brittany even left to pick me up a smoothie..... wow, you really are amazing Brittany!
Anyway, somehow it all worked out. I don't really remember a lot of the details, but I do remember feeling a lot of anxiety when the hair stylist suggested that I dye my hair so that none of my roots would be showing when we took pictures -- I don't usually panic about hair, but for some reason I was nervous.... maybe it was everything becoming more of a reality, who knows! But it worked out really well and my hair looked amazing :)
The rest of the day is kind of a blur. I remember eating lunch at Burger King (Double Whopper with large fries... what can I say, I eat when I'm nervous!), stopping by the art gallery to check on the decorations (it looked amazing, and fun fact.. we now live across the street from that gallery!), and finally meeting everyone at the church - all 200 of them, wowzers.
I remember my mom scolding me, on my wedding day, for sneaking champagne into the church ;) and laughing until my belly hurt while everyone put on make up and got dressed together. Having all of my best girlfriends around me was one of the greatest feelings in the world. To all of you: Gina, Denise, Mallory -- even you Allison and Ashley -- I really appreciate you making me laugh when I was freaking out, and for supporting me when I really needed you!
When I finally met Sean at the end of the isle, I just remember feeling like this was exactly where I was meant to be. I sobbed through my vows, but whatever. I was just happy to be marrying my best friend in the whole world. I honestly cannot believe that it's been three years already. It hasn't been an easy three years, or an always fun three years... but it has most definintly been three years full of love and learning and laughing and crying and just being together. I have never loved anyone as much as I love my husband, and that is the truth.
Happy Anniversary, Sean!! This is just the beginning!! :)