The story of our "perfectly imperfect" wedding...

 This is the story of our wedding day..and probably a little more... My hope is that this story encourages other brides, clarifies why we chose our day to be this way and our sole purpose...to Glorify what a mighty God we serve. Enjoy...

Most brides go to Pinterest....I did at the beginning. It got out of hand...as it usually does with weddings. Between the design ideas, advice, hair and make up, poses for pictures, etc. The focus was on all the wrong places.

We had many ideas of where and how we would get married. From The Ice House in Phoenix - a industrial/chic wedding. (Pinterest inspired of course) Our next idea, the Phoenix Art Museum - A glamorous black tie affair. (Also Pinterest inspired). Our third and final idea, which was my absolute favorite. And to be honest, I really did get my hopes up for this one... 

L'auberge de Sedona- A day wedding with an amazing champagne brunch to follow. And let me take a quick minute to give a shout out to Kara at L'auberge. This woman stole my heart and was the most accommodating, wonderful, sweet and caring person, EVER. Through the whole process she was beyond accommodating, so quick to respond to any question I had and and had no problem answering the hundreds of emails and phone calls from me and my family.

But with family being so far away, our crazy schedules and the simple fact that we just couldn't wait any longer to be Husband and Wife...we just decided to go with our hearts and what was best for our family....

Our decision came on a Monday....and our wedding day was Saturday. Yes, 5 days later.

The morning of the wedding was beyond peaceful and normal. We woke up, and had breakfast. Stuart got a haircut and I cleaned the house and did laundry. He came home and I went to see my friend to get a blow dry style. I came home and we got ready together. We giggled, chased each other around and listened to worship music. We weren't in some fancy hotel room...we were squeezed in our bathroom. There wasn't champagne flowing and bridesmaids giggling...it was just me, my beautiful children and Stuart - the most loving, caring and humble man I know. Our award winning photographer taking pictures while we were getting ready was my 5 year old daughter that took her "artistic abilities" to the next level and captured even the smallest details for us... It was perfect....

Saying our vows in July in phoenix outside was hot...there was sweat running down our backs and the kids were distracted by rolley polley bugs... but it was perfect.

After our vows, we went to dinner with a few friends. The restaurant was The Vig...surrounded by just a few friends that we love more than we can even begin to describe...Stuart and I had juicy burgers and fries....and of course my favorite wine. It was perfect.

This experience has taught me that big weddings are gorgeous...but my wedding was perfect..for us. We didn't have a Pinterest wedding full of dancing and photo booths and drinks and expensive food that doesn't taste good. That day there were no expectations, there was no stress. There was only calmness, peacefulness, and supportive loved ones. This experience has really made me aware of how blessed we are by our amazing friends whom went out of their way to make this small day...a big and very special day. Although there were a few friends and a lot of family that couldn't make it...I know they would have given anything to be there..and that in itself is enough for me.

The world places too much pressure on where our weddings are, who is invited and what the centerpieces will look like. Its unfair, and it can really damage relationships. Focus on your husband..or your wife. Focus on your vows...understand that "things" may not be perfect or ideal..but let your day be perfect. Because you are marrying your best friend...your soul mate and the love of your life...that's the perfect part!