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Best Day Ever

On August 5, 2017, I married my best friend. How lucky am I to be able to say that? It’s been about two months and I still get butterflies when I hear a song from our wedding or look through our pictures. It was truly a perfect day – and I’d like to share it with you!

The night before, we had our rehearsal dinner and Matt and I went our separate ways for the night. He went to his parents – I stayed home with my high school best friend and beautiful bridesmaid, Danielle. When we woke up on the day of, I still had to write my vows. Funny enough, I had had a nightmare about two months prior to this that I woke up on my wedding day and hadn’t written my vows yet. I promised myself I would have them (and everything else) done before then. BUT, I didn’t. However, I’m glad I waited, because writing them with the wedding day butterflies brought out my deepest feelings for my husband-to-be. My nerves started to hit me shortly after this.

The day started with getting ready (of course – we needed hours). I did my own hair and luckily finished early, because we immediately hit our first crisis of the day. Mom called me FREAKING out, because her hair dresser made her look like, and I quote, “An 80’s Prom Queen.” She made the hair dresser do her hair TWICE and she still hated it it. So, Mom needed bride to do her hair. I had emotionally prepared for things to go wrong, so we handled the hair, mom was happy, Danielle did my makeup, and we went to Noodles for a quick grab and go lunch.

Next was our arrival to the venue. I’ll tell you, that feeling is something else. Walking into your venue with your best girls, seeing the day starting to come together, cake arriving, bartenders getting ready… That’s when the nerves amped up a little bit. In that moment, it started to feel real. Like, WHAT? I’m getting married today!

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My wishbone pin was a family heirloom my mom let me use for my something old and blue, and my necklace was my something borrowed, also from my mom, brought from Italy. The pin belonged to my now guardian angel… Adding these touches brought me a sense of comfort that day – I knew she was watching over. And I give her all the credit for our absolutely perfect weather that day!

Once we were all in our dresses, it was time for pictures with my parents, sister/MOH, and beautiful bridesmaids!

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As soon as we were done, we had to rush back and hide in the bridal room so Matt didn’t catch a glimpse of me as they were arriving! I was SO anxious that Matt was going to come walking into the bridal room. But, then it was time for his pictures with his groomsmen and family…

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Right after this is when the nerves REALLY hit for the first time. I made the mistake of peeking out the doors and saw all our friends and family starting to arrive and instantly started panicking. Like, panic panic. My bridesmaids had to coach my breathing. I was about to really do this. I think I said this to myself 500 times that day. “THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING.”

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That half-hour was hands-down the longest of my life.

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And then, it was finally time. *Cue piano version of Thousand Years and my stomach dropping to my feet*

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My good friend from undergrad, Joel, agreed to officiate our ceremony. This meant the world to us!

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Maid of Honor and my sister, Taryn, with Best Man and brother of the groom, Mike, walking our Chase.

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Groomsmen Mike with Bridesmaid Danielle…

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Groomsmen Nick with Bridesmaid Lindsey…

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Groomsmen Jake with Bridesmaid Raquel…

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My cousin Talon, our Ring Bearer…

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Our lovely flower girl, my cousin Mazy…

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Peep my sister sobbing on the Left.

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We opted for a short, nontraditional ceremony, with Joel speaking some words of his own, followed by my sister doing a ceremony reading.

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“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I’ll be looking for you, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you… We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pine trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams… And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me.” – The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman

We each wrote our own vows, which we almost decided not to do in the stress of finalizing everything for the big day. Looking back, I’m so glad we did.

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“People often say that home is not a place, it’s a person. And I’ve found my home in you.”

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The big ring exchange…

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“It is my great honor and privilege to be the first to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Muntner!”

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*Cue Come to Me by Goo Goo Dolls* The songs are necessary for context, guys. Gotta get the whole effect!

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Almost party time, but first: more pictures, of course!

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And just like that, two families became one!

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Our reception was perfect. My sister and Danielle gave incredible, heartfelt speeches. Mike, the best man, had everyone near peeing themselves with his speech. The food was great, and the open bar had everyone feelin’ pretty good! I’ll keep the reception pics short, you all know how these things go!

And there you have it! The best day ever. And also, probably the longest blog post you’ll ever see from me, even though it’s mostly pictures. I’ll cherish every moment of this day for the rest of my life, but for now, I’ll keep reveling in the newlywed bliss 🙂

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

– Tiana

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