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? :)