Throughout the past 21 years I have seen many happy days, but my wedding day was by far the happiest day of my entire life. It was a happiness that I never even knew existed. It was magical and far beyond anything I could have ever dreamt of. My husband and I are coming up on 1 year of marriage in November so we’ve been planning our anniversary trip this week. I have been looking through pictures from the wedding today so I decided to share our fairytale wedding with you!
( The Gulf Shores, AL part was a mistake. We got married in Florida! )
“Someday, this beach might wash away, the oceans may dry, and the sun could dim, but on that day, I’ll still be loving you.”
I won’t lie, I am extremely teary eyed while typing this! All of those emotions from our big day come back every single time I think about it, talk about it, or look at pictures. It seems like 11-27-15 was just yesterday. I remember sitting in a chair in my room on the 2nd floor of the beach house. The view was breathtaking. I had the doors open. I could hear the waves crashing and our family and friends talking and laughing outside. There was a warm breeze blowing salty ocean air into the room. I will never forget that smell! The sun was shining so bright that day. The temperature was 75 degrees (we got married in Panama City Beach, Florida) so it was absolutely perfect. God made that day perfect for us!
My hair dresser was finishing up on my hair and we were almost ready to get my dress on. I could see our wedding planners setting up everything in the sand. The videographer and the photographers arrived and were setting up also. I felt so many emotions all at once. I had the happiest, most excited and nervous feelings that I had ever felt before! It was getting real. The long months of planning were over. I was about 20 minutes away from marrying the man of my dreams! As I was getting ready, I looked out and saw dolphins in the ocean. My videographer explained to me that dolphins are a sign of good luck. That made me feel so happy! It was wild that I saw the dolphins right before the wedding.
A wonderful team of about 4-5 women helped me put my dress on (huge thanks to them because it wasn’t easy) and I was ready to walk downstairs. Without seeing each other, my husband and I held hands on each side of a door. We prayed. It was the calmest moment of the entire day. The overwhelming presence of God surrounded us and we cried together. It was such an amazing feeling! We always said that God brought us together. During that moment I knew without a doubt we were meant to be. This was God’s plan.
My husband went outside where the ceremony was taking place. We had the most beautiful flower girl and the most handsome ring bearer that I had ever seen. My dad and step-dad walked me down the aisle and then they gave me to my sweet grandmother and mother where they then gave me to my soon-to-be husband. Both of our families and friends were there, but all I saw was Justin. My eyes were fixed on him just like the very first day that I met him. I saw him crying and of course, I melted!
It was a beautiful ceremony. Our minister was amazing! The water was almost touching our toes and the sand was so soft. I remember there were random people from the beach standing around watching us and taking pictures. If I could go back, I wouldn’t change a single thing. There’s nothing I would do any different!
When we first got engaged we heard LOTS of negativity. Justin was 19 and I was 20. People told us we were too young. People told us we would never make it. Here we are almost a year later. We are happy as ever. I love him more and more every day. I don’t see how I could ever love him more, but I do. Every single day. He still treats me like a princess! Our honeymoon phase never ends. I get to wake up to my best friend every morning and go to bed with him every night. I get to kiss him at night in the dark and when the sun comes up. I get to be right by his side through good and bad times. I get to see him succeed. I get to tell him all of my secrets and my stories and I get to listen while he tells me his. It’s like a never ending slumber party, but way better. We get to grow together and learn together. We get to travel and see the world together, make mistakes together, make a lifetime full of memories, have children (one day), and do all the things we love to do together. We literally sit on the couch in our underwear and eat junk food while binge watching Law & Order SVU. I don’t know about you, but for us… it couldn’t get any better than this. Marrying young means never-ending fun. I love being married at my young age! It is truly a blessing!!
If you’re young and in love and you want to get married, DO IT. Don’t shy away from it because you’re scared of what people will think or say! THANK GOD that me and Justin didn’t let negative opinions bother us because we wouldn’t be where we are today if we had let all of that get to us. Most people don’t care about your happiness. They only care about what looks good and what sounds good. Forget all of that because that is not what matters. Do what makes you happy and do what your heart wants. That is what matters most. Remember that love sees no color, age, weight, or looks, it only sees what is in your heart! I’m not saying that every 19 & 20-year-old should get married. I’m just saying that if you’re lucky enough to meet the man of your dreams at 20 years old like I did or the woman your dreams at 19 like Justin did, then you shouldn’t ignore marriage just because of the negative opinions and the stupid myths about getting married young. My advice to you today is to stop worrying about what people think, never give up on something or someone you love, and most of all, never stop praying!!
Here are more pictures from our wedding!
HUGE thanks to the good Lord for giving me the best husband in the world and for giving us the opportunity to have such a perfect, beautiful wedding at the beach! Huge thanks to our videographer, Cameron Zane at Lifetime Wedding Videos! Huge thanks to the photographers and wedding planners! HUGE thanks to our amazing family and friends for helping to make our big day so special & magical. These memories will last a lifetime! We love you all so much!