Our Five Year Wedding Anniversary

Happy weekend, friends!  Hope all of you who are being impacted by the terrible weather are staying safe and dry.  It’s raining and dark here in Raleigh here but looks like we shouldn’t be hit too hard.  Keeping everyone in my thoughts!

Today is a special day in our home.  It marks David’s and my fifth wedding anniversary.  Saying that we have been married for five years seems unbelievable to me because it seems like such a short period of time.  During those five years we have seen faced with extreme highs and lows…so much so that it is hard to believe it all happened in such a short period of time.  We experienced the pregnancy, birth and loss of our sweet identical twin boys.  We held hands during my breast cancer diagnosis and David cared for me and provided me with unconditional love and support during my recovery.  We relished in the birth of our son, Ryan and have learned so much from him over the past two years.  Some couples never experience hardships like the loss of a child or cancer during their entire marriage, yet we were faced with both during our second and third year.

Many would say that our marriage was tested.  Truthfully, I never felt that way.  We never felt disconnected or strained.  I never questioned the fact that David would be there for me day in and day out.  People have said, “You’re so lucky to have such a supportive husband”.  My response is that luck has nothing to do with it…I fell for and eventually married David because of his strong moral compass, family-oriented nature and his unwavering love.  He truly is an incredible man and I am thankful for him every single day.

Our wedding day was wonderful as far as I can remember.  I was in a total daze the entire day.  The best way to describe it is that I was unable to feel grounded.  I tried so hard to be present but it never happened.  To see a room filled with family and friend who have helped us grow and learn throughout our lives was the most beautiful thing of all.  It was totally and completely overwhelming…so incredibly special.

I was never the girl who dreamed about her wedding but there was one specific element that I always hoped for at my wedding…a gospel choir to sing, “Oh Happy Day”.  Magically, it happened.  The gospel choir from UNC Charlotte agreed to sing at our wedding.  They sang while guests entered the ceremony venue and while our wedding party walked the aisle.  Finally, just as I had dreamed, the moment David and I were pronounced husband and wife and we began our walk down the aisle, the choir broke out into, “Oh Happy Day”.

It is also important to mention the fact that our wedding was the very reason that Tiffany and I met.  We shared the entire story here but the short version is that Tiffany used to be a wedding planner.  David and I had found the planning company that we wanted to use and Tiffany became our planner.  Throughout the year and a half of planning, a special friendship developed between the two of us girls.  Initially, Tiffany lived in Charlotte (where David and I got married) but soon after our wedding, Tiffany moved to Raleigh.  There is no way that I would have been able to have the wedding of my dreams without Tiffany’s help!

I have been looking at images from our wedding and reminiscing so I figured I would share (a zillion pictures)…



My beautiful girls…



My mom, my sister-in-law and nieces, Alex (flower girl) and Cam (“flower baby”) and me on the left | My MIL and I on the right



My love before the ceremony…



David wore his late grandfather’s cufflinks…






I heard the gospel choir and was instantly a mess. All pictures of me walking down the aisle involve me doing the ugly cry…







While my dad and I were having our dance, my niece was at the edge of the dance floor and I could see that she so badly wanted to come join us so we waved her over and finished our Father-Daughter Dance as a trio.  It is one of my most treasured moments.



Late night treats included mini milkshakes and baby churros…




Hope you all have a wonderful night!



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