Holy cow, you guys, I’m hitched!
I’m a Mrs! Steven and I tied the knot on June 3, 2023 at 1:00pm!
And I am STILL floating on Cloud Nine!
I’m going to be honest, I’ve been “stalling” a little bit to publish the post, trying to wait for my professional wedding photos to be delivered, but I just can’t wait any longer to share with you! So aside from these four “sneak peek” photos from the amazing Anna May, the blurry cell phone pics from my relatives will have to do for now!
It was truly the most beautiful day of my life.
We had the most meaningful Mass, celebrated by my childhood priest who is a dear family friend, and our deacon, who led us in PreCana and has become a good friend and spiritual mentor. Fr. Jan gave the most beautiful and personal homily, and Steven and I were Eucharistic ministers, which was so powerful to have that be the first thing that we did together as a married couple.
And the reception was just so much fun! It was a Great Gatsby vibe — not a theme — but a vibe. And it was just so incredible to see all the people that we love all in the same room. And we also found special ways to incorporate Steven’s late father into the day as well, which was really meaningful.
I just can’t express how full my heart, not only because our wedding was truly a dream come true, but that actually, Steven is the dream, and my heart is just overflowing with joy, knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life loving and being loved by such an outstanding man.
Yes, I had a “dress change” during the reception. And at the end of the night, our photographer and videographer took us outside in downtown Cincinnati, and we danced at a stoplight in front of cars that were all cheering and honking for us! It was like something out of a movie.
So that’s all I have to share tonight — I want to save SOME stories for when the professional photos come in, because those are going to be amazing. Me, Steven and my mom all didn’t have our phones the entire day, so literally all the photos I have have been “screenshotted” from social media. So I can’t wait to see the day in HD, and when I do, I will certainly share them on here!
In other news, Steven and I just got back from our honeymoon in Greece! We went to the beautiful island of Santorini, and also had a day in Athens. And HOLY COW, that was the most magical vacation of my entire life. And I cannot wait to share that with you as well! I’ll give all the details and travel tips — because if there is ONE PLACE that you need to put at the top of your bucket list, this is it!
SO – there we go for now!
I’m off to write about 150 thank you notes!
Which — that’s another thing. It is so humbling to personally be on the receiving end of the overwhelming generosity from people you love, who love and are rooting for you and your spouse.
It was humbling and moving and just the entire day was overwhelmingly beautiful. We felt so loved by everyone there. Especially my parents, who threw this most magnificent wedding and reception for us — down to every tiny detail, they wanted to delight Steven and I with our dream wedding, and our gratitude to them goes so deep.
You should have seen how excited my dad got about finding us a “Gatsby Background Jazz” band — it was the cutest thing in the world. He was so personally invested in making our dreams come true. And my mom, too – flying out to NYC to go shopping together for a wedding dress, and then making me a wedding purse that was made out of HER wedding dress!
Like I said, every last detail. You know, it’s funny: this wedding was so gorgeous — not just outwardly, but the love in that room was what really made it so moving. And the thing is: I have been blessed to experience the unwavering love of my parents my entire life: and the beauty and breathtaking experience of that wedding was like an outward metaphor of their love, and what was so special for me, was that everyone else that night got to experience a taste of their self-giving love, through the beautiful party they threw.
It was a night I will never forget.
And the best part is that the magic doesn’t end…because that day was just the beginning of a magnificent new life with my husband.
The man who is the best thing that ever happened to me. The man who I admire with my whole heart. The man who is patient, incredibly generous, strong, wise, funny, dashingly handsome, upstanding, dependable, loyal, hard working, creative, fun, and just good.
It’s the beginning of an amazing chapter of my life!
Can’t wait to see what God has in store for us next!
The New Mrs.