Sunday, August 23, 2009

one year

A year ago today, Kevin and I finally tied the knot-
a joining of not two, but five hearts.

When Chloe and I met Kevin and Chayse in 2005, the kids were just three and six months old. Almost instantly, we created an unbreakable bond, and a new little family. A year later, a happy surprise. A baby sister!

His Ours, Mine Ours, and Ours.

A couple more years flew by.
Wedding bells rang August 23, 2008.

It has been an unforgettable year. Marriage is challenging enough without three little stinkers along for the ride from the get-go! But our story is proof of the power of family, no matter what the dynamic! So we did things a little backwards. There's certainly no less love in our home. At the end of the day (yes, sometimes there is wine involved) we just count our blessings and feel thankful to be walking this road together. I couldn't ask for a better partner. And without question, the many rewards outweigh those challenges.

Happy Anniversary, Kevin! I love being your wife.
Since I'm the world's biggest procrastinator and have yet to print any of these amazing images from the big day, I had fun browsing through them again today!
Here is the beautiful ceremony.

And on to the fabulous reception, held in my father-in-law's backyard.
Kevin and I planned and executed almost every single aspect of this weekend, with the help our great families and friends.

Both moms and all sisters helped me pull off the flower arrangements- centerpieces and bouquets, and the M monogram hanging on the entry gate.

I did the stationary (with the exception of the actual invitations), including save-the-dates, place cards, programs, and menus. Also, the table settings, the favors, and all the dessert baking... plus barked offered bridezilla-esque orders gentle decor direction (Okay, I'm bad, but my mom is worse, and her mom was even worse).

Kevin did the stunning electrical job. We used over 150 white paper lanterns!

We pre-mixed all of the drinks ourselves (I think I hand-squeezed about 765,893 limes for mojitos), and created a huge play list on our iPod to blast from the speakers hidden throughout the yard.

My talented friend, Tegan took over when I was forced to stop working and actually get in to the limo bus headed for the church. I knew I was leaving everything in good hands.

It was perfect. Simple, relaxed, FUN, and so us!
I want to do it all over again, and not change a thing.


Nancy said...

Gorgeous.... I wish I was there! :) I love the color scheme, flip flops, and mojitos... a recipe for good times. Congratulations

Bethany said...

Congrats to you ALL!! What a beautiful day...the ceremony and reception looked amazing! And you, my dear, are stunning!!

I also wanted to say that the blanket you made and was featured is super cute!!

Sherryl said...

What a beautiful story and a beautiful wedding Heather. And a beautiful family as well. May you, Kevin, and the kids have many, many, happy years together. You are such a good mommy!

Lindsey said...

BEST POST EVER! I love learning more about your beautiful family. It does not matter one bit whether things were done backwards or forwards --- all that matters is that you found one another and have created such an awesome, inspiring, loving family. I am thrilled for you because I know you deserve this. Happy anniversary! Here's to many, many more. XOXO

Kelly said...

I post ever! Love ever single word and picture! Happy Anniversary. :)

kkmom said...

Happy Annv!
You two are truely talented!

Danielle said...

Happy Anniversary <3

Heather said...

I can't imagine a more up and down year for a family, but we ARE family and make the most hard of times, turn them into the best of times. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND CAN'T WAIT FOR KAUAI IN OCTOBER!

Heather :: Angel Face Designs :: said...

What a beautiful wedding!! You were such a gorgeous bride! (Is it lame that I got a little teary-eyed? I'll blame it on the hormones!) You two have such a beautiful family! Congratulations on your anniversary and here's to many more!!

Love, Heather

PS - Can I pretty please have the recipe for the vanilla bean lemonade?! Pleeeease?!

Aurora said...

Your wedding looks absolutely gorgeous, down to the last detail! We also had a do-it-yourself wedding. :) I think they are the best and make everything that much more meaningful! Thanks for sharing your special day. Happy Aniversary!!! :)

mel said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! LOVED all the photos! What a beautiful family! I also got teary eyed. Looked like such a FUN wedding day! Now I want a moijito :)

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Love it! I feel like I was there - those are great pictures and you guys did a fantastic job of throwing a neat party!! Congratulations on your anniversary :)

Sarah said...

So So So Beautiful... all of it.
And a gorgeous bride! Also love the guys shoes :)
Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!

PamperingBeki said...

Happy Anniversary!!

LOOOOVE the wedding details. Love all the touches of brown. I love brown.

You are stunning, Heather!

Candice said...

Wow that is the kind of wedding I would want if I did it again, so classic and gorgeous. You looked absolutley beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing

JackieD said...

i'm so happy for you! congrats on surviving the first year, i know it was the hardest so far for us!

Julie @ Joy's Hope said...

Yellow. Gingham. The flowers. The lanterns. Your shoes. Your dress. Your veil. The look of joy on your husband's face. Your gorgeous children. Never, ever discount the road that the two of you walked to come to where you are. Never. There are millions of couples that have done the steps in what the world looks at as the proper order who could only dream of having the love and commitment that your and Kevin so genuinely and abundantly share. God orchestrated your meeting. God celebrates your family. I am so blessed and encouraged by your marriage. Happy, happy anniversary!

Laura said...

there is something to you having the kids SHOCK and thoughts of "THIS is marriage with kids?UGH!"

This album is beautiful. Very detail so well thought out. If I could plan my wedding over, sadly, I think I would change A LOT. AT the time, it was ME...but now I look back and see a whole other person.

And my hair looked stupid.

Happy Anniversary to you and the most beautiful family I have met in blogland!

Mimi said...

Happy Anniversary #1!
It was a beautiful day!! Some of my favorite memories were the 'behind the scenes' fun we had putting it all together...
thank you for being you!

Tegan and Tage said...

Wait a minute-- that's BACKWARDS? Oh crap, I guess we're doing it the "wrong" way too. ;)

The most beautiful wedding I've ever been to (and been priveledged to be a part of) and two of the most beautiful people (inside AND out) I know.

Happy anniversary you two. I love you both!

Kim Reitz said...

GEORGEOUS! What a beautiful, perfect day. Love those photos!

Kristin said...

Aww...Heather I love this! I saw your wedding on StyleMePretty a year ago when planning my own. Your amazing ideas and elegant simplicity completely inspired me to follow along with the non traditional theme. We have a little girl your Chloe's age & I just love to pop in on your BLOG from time to time for more inspiration & mommy stories :)

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Happy Anniversary. Beautiful pictures and a happy family!. I love the Little Brown Church of Sunol. I have been there several times to attend a wedding, it's just the most charming chapel.
Take care and enjoy your day,

B.jane said... really...speechless!