Look at these two love birds <3
It’s hard to believe we’ve been married for 6 years! We got married Labor Day weekend in 2015. It was the HOTTEST day of the Summer! I wanted to share some fun quirks to our wedding day:
Everything was in Waucoma, we went to the church, then the bar, and the event center. My parents had their “getaway” vehicle in a hay wagon so we decided to have our wedding party taken around town in a hay wagon! At the time, Craig worked at a New Holland dealership so they let us borrow a tractor for the occasion. Our colors were blue and yellow, just like New Holland but not because of New Holland tractors, I knew I wanted yellow roses as my flower and Craig picked blue to go with it! I loved the hay ride idea. It was so so fun.
At the time, Craig and Dad were on the fire department and he planned a big surprise for us. When we walked out of the church, during the ceremony, they lined up all of the fire trucks and had lights and sirens blaring! It was so cool and they followed us in the hay wagon from the church to the bar! It was such a personal and unique touch to the day, we felt very welcomed and supported by our community.
At the time, my Dad and I were First Responders which means we provide basic medical help until the ambulance comes (which can sometimes be a 30 minute wait). Between the ceremony and the reception, we went to our favorite bar (read more on that here). We were walking in and all of a sudden, the first responder rig, full of first responders (who were guests at our wedding) were on their way across town to an ambulance call! My dad and brother were both in their tux and the ladies in their dresses. Can you imagine the surprise of that patient calling 911 and getting a full group (they were all at our wedding) of super dressed up volunteers ready to help!? I of course wanted to go but wouldn’t have been very helpful in my wedding dress!
Looking back through pictures makes my heart hurt a little, I miss my dad. It was just the best day ever, I don’t know if I’ve seen him happier than he was that day. He gave an incredible speech at our dinner that had everyone busting a gut. I just miss him.
I actually wrote our first dance song, back when I played guitar and wrote songs, it’s actually the last full song that I wrote. I wrote it days after meeting Craig while I was at work on a paper towel, it’s called Future. I hope to re-record it some day to share!
I saw you and me just getting old, silver hair you’re my hand to hold talking about yesterdays
I don’t care if you go bald, I’ll love you more with every hair that falls, maybe it’s too soon to say
When I looked into your eyes I swear to God I saw the future today.
One of my favorite parts of my wedding was the DANCE! So many people told us that we had one of the best wedding dances they had been to (which is ironic because I actually forgot to book a DJ until like a month before the wedding) but just look at these pictures, the dance floor was full ALL NIGHT LONG!
This picture always makes me laugh – to anyone else, it’s just a picture of me with my parents. If you look closely, I have tears in my eyes. Behind me was my personal attendants and sister gathering the fabric and stitching it to cover up a big old MUDDY foot print smack dab in the middle of my train! This was the ONLY time I cried that day. My mom and dad were trying to make me laugh to not worry about it. I eventually tried on my wedding dress again a few years ago and took the stitching out just so I could see how bad it really was – you could hardly see anything.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in 6 years of marriage it is this: Marriage is hard. Marriage takes work. Go with the flow as often as possible. Marriage counseling is a wonderful tool. Always send your husband a warning text on the week you’re supposed to get your period (that’s a recently learned fact, I call it my mood swing warning.) Always say yes to new adventures. Communicate, communicate, and then communicate some more. You can’t be mad if it doesn’t get done if you don’t ask for help. Hardships truly bring you closer.
I’d say Craigy and I are truly more in love than ever before. We had a really REALLY rough year after Carver was born. (read more on that here) There was a point where I didn’t think we would make it. Now I have no doubts that he’s my person and my best friend. If you’re reading this, I know you do, I love you Craigy 🙂
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Happy Anniversary to you both!
Happy Anniversary to you both, What lovely pictures and happy memories of a day that will be long remembered by those who shared it with you and Craig.
Fun post, thanks for sharing.
What a happy day, six years ago! First responders in formal wear would definitely be a surprise! The wedding day is special, but the days that follow are so much more important – glad you recognize that Craig is your best friend and that you both need to work to keep your marriage going strong!