Friday, March 27, 2009

Favorite {Photo} Friday #41--Jason + Cameron

It was our wedding anniversary on Wednesday; nine years. NINE. Nine!!! It's gone soooo quickly.

If you know me, you know that I can occassionally be a teensy bit high-strung about certain things. (And I used to be far, far worse.) So something like oh, I don't know, my wedding could've throw me into a tailspin.

But I didn't become a Bridezilla. Before I'd become engaged I'd attended the wedding of a Bridezilla who was so awful that none of her bridesmaids wanted to sit next to her at the rehearsal dinner. She was so horrible to her fiancé that I actually had to pull her aside and say, "You do want him to say 'I do' tomorrow, right?"

So when I got engaged I decided I didn't want to do that to myself (or Jason, or our friends and families). I actually wanted to enjoy our wedding day. What a concept, huh? So as I planned all the minutiae of our wedding day and I could feel myself getting stressed and whacked-out, I repeated my mantra: "You can stress all you want today; go ahead and make yourself nuts. But on your wedding day you will relax and have fun."

I must have repeated that to myself a thousand times.

Before the wedding I had a flash of genius and decided to ask my sister-in-law-to-be, Angella, to be my wedding-day coordinator. She was perfect for the job; I knew I could trust her to handle any problems that popped up so I wouldn't have to worry about anything. Every bride should do this. It was awesome and I just can't recommend this idea highly enough.

Thanks to that Bridezilla and the mantra she unknowingly encouraged me to adopt (and thanks to Ang) our wedding day was one of the happiest days of my life. Everyone was really surprised how relaxed I was, and I can honestly say that I had so much fun. This photo is one of my favorites (from that day and of my whole life) because it makes me remember the joy I felt that day.

Pure joy. Can't you just see it? :)


daniele said...

oh so lovely pic!!!
love you!!

Chiara said...

Happy Anniversary. You guys are gorgeous. I will be celebrating 12 years in a few days.

ingrid said...

Good job! (On being married and keep keepin'on).
I liked that wedding too!

Wisconsin Girl said...

Awesome! If only more brides could catch on to your mantra! Glad you have such special memories of that day. Happy Anniversary to both of you!

cynthia said...

Oh Cameron and Jason Congrats on 9 years!!!! loved the details of your weeding day!!! You could never be a bridezilla. Too kind of a girl. What a beautiful bride you made and your trademark lovely smile too boot:)

Katie said...

That is a REALLY HAPPY photo! Love it! Glad that you're still really happy 9 years later. To another nine...and another...and another...and...!


Ava's Mom said...

Congrats on 9 years, that's amazing! We just celebrated our 10th on the 13th of March. You do look so joyous in that picture, and you guys STILL seem so happy together. You seem like a really good team. What a great couple!

Paulette said...

Too funny Cameron...our anniversaries are on the same day!!! (however we just celebrated our 19th anniversary!!!).
The photo surely says job well done... I think my daughter Melissa would say the same...our mantra (which we stood our ground on was "keep it simple"). It was perfect. Your smile is infectious :o)
Happy day.

Attuned said...

This was a truly joyous day. Glad I was part of it.

ang said...

Anytime, sister mine, anytime! :) You were the opposite of Bridezilla - what a joyful day for us all! Congratulations on your anniversary! Love 'ya.