Our beautiful day has come and gone…
November 2, 2014 was the best day of our lives. With all the planning, and more planning, I (Anna) couldn’t have imagined a more perfect day.
The day started as I headed to Wildwood Inn in Denton, TX with my maid of honor. We got there around 12:30pm and checked into our room, the beautiful bridal suite. Shortly after the rest of my bridesmaids began to arrive and this day started to feel more real, it was really here! My wonderful hairstylist came to do my hair for the big day and the energy was high in the room as all the girls mingled and started getting ready. I made a “getting wedding playlist” to play in the background which included all my favorites from Ben Rector, Tim Mcgraw/Faith Hill, Cindy Lauper, Temptations, Luke Bryan, and more.
I hadn’t seen Austin in about 24 hours so I was getting very antsy and missing him!! We decided to not see each other before the wedding, but rather do a “Hidden First Look.” I had my mom and all my sisters help me put my dress and shoes on and it was emotional but oh so exciting. Our photographer and videographer were able to get a “first look” with my dad and it was a very sweet moment.
The Wildwood Inn has a beautiful staircase, so they had Austin stand on the bottom of the staircase while I came around the side and stand against the wall. We couldn’t see each other, but we were able to grab hands, talk for a moment and Austin prayed for us. I won’t say I didn’t tear up a bit 😉
My older brother Josiah, was to marry us and we were so glad that he did. I was able to have a sweet moment with him before the ceremony as he gave me a single red rose and read me a long letter he had written for me. I am so blessed to have an older brother who loves and cares for me like he does.
Before we knew it, it was time to line up for the ceremony. It was beautiful! Weather was a little overcast and about 68 degrees. The wind completely settled down about 10 minutes before the start of the ceremony. I walked down to Ben Rector’s song, “Forever like that” holding on to my dad’s arm. I kept my eyes on Austin all the way down and will never forget his big smile and those dimples 🙂
The favorite part of the ceremony is lighting the unity candle and praying with Austin. “Love is not a fight” by Warren Barfiled played during this time, and it was such a symbolic time and confirmed our desire to always fight with and for each other.
The reception following the ceremony was beautiful. We had a wonderful seated dinner following cake cutting, our cake was gorgeous. We then went into our first dance which was “I don’t dance” by Lee Brice. Very symbolic of the first time Austin and I ever danced together.
The rest of the evening was full of dancing, laughter, and lots of love. We wish we could go back and do it all over again because it was so much fun and we had a blast with all our family and friends.
We love you all!