It’s exactly two months after the wedding and I thought I would write a little about The Best Day Ever while it’s still fresh in my mind. (just fyi: this is about to be very sappy and happy and honeymoonie)
Let me just start by saying… May 23rd was absolutely the very best day of my life. I know that’s cliche to say, but it is 100% true. There isn’t a single darn thing I would change about our wedding day; everything was above and beyond perfect in every way. I am an incredibly blessed new wifey. : )
Honestly, I can’t even really choose my most favorite moment. There are too many to count. But just so you get an idea, here are some of my personal wedding day highlights…
#1. Praying with two of my cousins (Jamie, one of my bridesmaids, and Nicole, her sister) as well as my Maid of Honor/little sissy Stephanie right before we all lined up to walk down the aisle. Growing up, the four of us have been inseparable (even though we were miles and miles apart) and we’ve learned and grown together in Christ through the years. Those girls are three of my very best friends in the world and spending the moments before the ceremony together, calling out to our Savior, totally calmed my heart and made me focus on the importance of what I was about to do. It was truly so precious and genuine and I’ll always be thankful for those moments in prayer.
#2. Opening Alex’s wedding gift to me. For months before the wedding, I had been worrying that I wouldn’t be able to find the right jewelry to wear on our day. I knew I wanted the necklace to be pearls (I’m old school like that) but they had to be just the right size and length. Eventually I found some costume pearls that looked real enough and figured they would have to do. Then, just a few hours before I walked down the aisle, Alex sent a plain wrapped box over to the bridal cottage where I was getting ready. Inside was the most beautiful and perfect pearl necklace I have ever seen. I was so surprised and amazed (although I shouldn’t have been — Alex is always sweet like that). I put them on right away and wore them the whole night. I’m so grateful that we have that special memory, and our first family “heirloom” type thing. Maybe if we have a daughter someday, she’ll want to wear those pearls on her wedding day too.
#3. Seeing Alex for the first time as I walked down the aisle with my dad. For those of you who weren’t there or didn’t catch Alex’s face, it was absolutely priceless. Pure emotion like I’ve never seen in him before, and maybe never will again. In all the years I’ve known Alex, I’ve seen him cry maybe once or twice. But that moment was by far and away the most beautiful. My dad and I had been keeping it together real nicely right up until that point, but as we rounded that corner and saw him finally see us…we knew it was all over. My dad actually whispered “Oh shoot” as we made our way toward him because we were both trying really hard not to cry. Thankfully, we made it down the aisle without any tears (can’t say the same about my poor husband haha) and I actually held myself together very well….right up until I started saying my vows. Then I just lost it hahah.
#4. Watching Alex’s face as we said those very tearful vows. I can still clearly see his eyes in my memory — intense but somehow gentle, locked on mine and filled with adoration. It was the kind of gaze that every girl dreams her husband will have on their wedding day.
#5. Dancing with my dad at the reception. Originally we had planned to dance to “My Girl” by The Temptations, but as we were practicing our dance we felt like it was missing something. So my dad got one of his friends to mix two songs together — the first verse of “Butterfly Kisses” and the whole song of “My Girl.” It was the perfect combination of heartfelt and fun (which I definitely needed because I was bawling my eyes out during every word of “Butterfly Kisses”). We must’ve practiced that dance a hundred times in our living room at home and when we actually got to do it at the reception, it was a big hit with everyone. : ) Plus, we worked in a little surprise at the end…during the bridge, we ran up to my mom and Alex and pulled them onto the dance floor for the final verse. Kind of to signify my dad giving me to my new husband/dance partner for life. Even though I’ll always take any chance I can get to dance with my daddy again.
#6. Dancing with my new husband at the reception. : ) Choosing our wedding song was actually the first decision we made for the wedding, right after we got engaged. “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz has been one of our favorites since the first moment we heard it, which happened to be when we were hanging out one night before we were even dating. Having it be our wedding song just seemed to fit. And when the moment finally came to dance to it as husband and wife, we couldn’t have been happier. We sang the entire song to each other while we danced. I have no idea if people were listening or watching or anything at all. In that moment, he was the only thing in my world.
#7. My sister Stephanie’s Maid of Honor speech. All I can say is that it was absolutely beautiful. Funny and honest and so very sweet. No matter where I go in life, she will always be my first and only best friend. Plus, she got the rest of the bridesmaids to come up and do a rap they wrote in our honor at the end hahaha. Hilarious.
#8. Watching my Aunt Nancy dance around at the reception. Literally one of the funniest things of my life. That lady held nothing back – she even won a dance competition! Plus, she really doesn’t give a crap what other people think lol. The perfect combination. At one point, she had napkins flying everywhere. I don’t even know what was happening! I can’t wait to see those pictures.
….ah there are so many more memories I could post. But those are my very top favorites. Even now as I’m remembering it all, I’m filled with such complete happiness. Everything was perfect, from the decorations to the cake to the music. And ps, our DJ was awesome. He seriously made our entire reception. My advice to future brides-to-be is DEFINITELY spend some time and money choosing the right DJ. The reception was a blast, largely because of him.
And now here we are, two months later. I love absolutely everything about married life and getting to (finally) be Alex’s wife, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss being a bride, just a little bit. 😉 It’s true what they say about your wedding day flying by. One minute I was getting my hair curled by my sister and the next I was sitting in a horse-drawn carriage (yes, my wedding day was a legit fairytale) with my dad, listening to the music my bridesmaids were walking down the aisle to, waiting for our cue to go. Then I blinked and Alex and I were running past our friends and family as they threw lavender in the air, waving goodbye while we climbed into our car and headed off. I heard by dad say, “Take care of my baby” and just like that, our day was over.
Sometimes I wish we had gotten more time to look more closely at all the little details of the wedding, to say hi to everyone who came to celebrate with us, to eat more than six bites of our dinner haha. It all went by so quickly. I wish it was possible to relive your favorite day ever. But, I remember the important stuff. And I’m so incredibly thankful that our wedding had so many special details that I didn’t want to miss.
The whole year and a half we spent engaged seemed like an eternity, but it was such a special time for us that I wouldn’t trade for the world. And the moment we said “I do” made every stressful, anxious, impatient minute of our engagement all worth it. Now I’m finally his wife. : )
One last thing… We wanted to give a HUGE thank you to the people who sacrificed their time and money to make our wedding day unforgettable. (we’re talking to you, both sets of parents and all our out-of-state family and friends). We seriously could not have done it without all of you. We love you very much and appreciate you more than you know. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. ❤
xoxo Mrs. Iwanski