May 25, 2012

What a {Fri}day for a Daydream

Well another week has flown by, and today as I get ready to head to Chattanooga for a dear friend's wedding, I find myself daydreaming of my own wedding. It's funny, I was never a girl who fantasized about my wedding or my dress, or even marriage in general. But when I found Ben, it just seemed natural. I knew early on that I wanted to marry him, and it never occurred to me that our lives would go any other way. I love that our wedding was so perfect for us that now, as a 30-year-old woman, five years later, it is still the stuff of my daydreams.

Our wedding was on the smaller side - 90 guests - and it was in my parents' backyard. Everything felt so dreamy and ethereal, and Ben was dashing. He had this calm confidence about him that blew me away. He surprised me by taking my hand and kissing it as we rose for our first dance, and I can still feel his steady hand on the small of my back as he guided me, a nervous and giddy bride, onto that dance floor. And he knew.every.move. He led me effortlessly around the dance floor, and I floated along with him, suddenly feeling he and I were the only ones there. (Yes, I'm a total cheeseball sometimes.)

We listened to sweet speeches, danced like fools, ate amazing food and enjoyed champagne toasts under the canopy of a big white tent, with flickering candles and the pool where I spent all of my childhood lit up in the center of it all. I couldn't imagine a more fitting setting for Ben and me. Intimate, romantic and relaxed, surrounded by our best friends and closest family.

And oh, I can't daydream about our wedding without thinking of my dress! I wore a flowy, chiffon Vera Wang gown which I love more than any item of clothing I've ever laid hands on. I had tried it on several times in a fancy bridal boutique, knowing it was far beyond my budget, when low and behold - it became available on ebay and suddenly was in my happy hands!

Is anybody else going to weddings over this long May weekend? Whatever your plans, I hope you have a good one, and I'll be back on Tuesday!

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