It starts with the Instagram post, then you start that new "Real Wedding" Pinterest board and you begin the steps to making your perfect little vision come to life. After 4 years of dating the engagement came in August and we excitedly began looking for a venue. We found the perfect one, then set a date, and next was the dress. I am so indecisive so that was a process but I eventually found the one that gave me all the feelings I thought a bride should feel. I am so blessed to have the family and friend support I did throughout planning our dream wedding. From the beginning, Jonathan was on board with anything and everything I wanted for the wedding. I always asked his opinion but men know we know more about this stuff anyway! We hit a few bumps during the planning process i.e. changing the caterer, florist, and basically starting over. Those were difficult decisions to make but it all worked out for the best in the end because our day was perfect. I advise anyone planning a wedding to go with exactly what it is you want that is within your budget. Not that anyone pressured me to do anything I didn't want to do but I found myself sometimes taking others ideas and agreeing to them without really confirming with myself that it's what I wanted. That was no ones fault but my own because I'm just such a people pleaser. Those people were just being kind and giving ideas and wouldn't have thought twice had I rejected but again, people pleaser.
Wedding week rolls around and we were so looking forward to our beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception. Of course, though, the forecast calls for rain alllll week and weekend. No matter what anyone told me, I was so worried and upset and kept forgetting what this whole wedding was all about. We thought of plan B options, which we did not already have but finally decided to leave it in God's hands. I woke up in the hotel room that Saturday morning with my AMAZING bridesmaids and forever friends, and it began raining. It was on and off all day.. My grandfather and now father-in-law, along with more family and friends had put tarps over all the chairs, tables, flowers, and decor because of the rain, trying to prevent damage to all we had rented. 6:00 rolls around and my bridesmaids are rapping and jumping around distracting me from the sprinkling rain. They soon made their way to the ceremony spot and I was left in the adorable house we got ready in to freshen up my lipstick and say one last huge prayer. I paced from one room to the next with such worry. I stopped myself in the foyer and opened up the front door. From here I could see the spot where the ceremony was being held. I pulled up a little chair and sat there in the door way. The main house and the small cottage where I was are quite far from one another so no one could see me. I sat there and began my prayer and not even 5 minutes passed before the rain stopped, clouds disappeared, and the sunset became visible. I had come to terms with the fact it was going to rain and that all that mattered was that I was going to be married to Jonathan, and that was the whole goal. Despite my material questions of: "oh what if my dress gets wet?" or "why me?", God allowed that rain to stop. I saw everyone banding together to remove the tarps and arrange everything. I looked up to the sky and said "YOU are absolutely amazing!" And boy, He sure is! Even more so that he sent me a man who prays with me, is a constant encourager to me, and so much more. Now, I shouldn't have let a little rain get in the way of looking forward to our big day, but I am only human, and after all the time, effort, and of course money put into it by our families, I hated for it all to be ruined. In the end, it was a dry, beautiful, love filled ceremony and reception and I became Mrs. Jonathan Lindsey and that's the greatest thing I've ever done. Becoming his wife was the greatest feeling and I look forward to our life together!
Before the ceremony, Jonathan and I didn't do a "first look" or anything with just the two of us. When I walked down the aisle at the ceremony, his face was adorable. He looked to my maid of honor, Bonnie and said "I'm pumped!" Lol typical Jonathan. So excited and happy for all life brings. I'm lucky to have someone so stinking happy all the time. Yes, the overly perky mornings are tough but after my coffee I am right there with him haha!
A huge thanks to all who attended the wedding, and thanks to our families for all they did to make the day the best it could have been. Also, thanks to my kick butt hair stylist, Katie and make up artist Jessica. You two made me feel like an actual princess! Small town USA can be difficult to grown up in, especially in your teen years. I was left feeling like, for a while, no one cared. That's just humans being humans though. We gossip and judge though we shouldn't, but God loves and blesses us anyway. Over the years I have grown so much in myself, my relationship, friendship and in my faith. I have learned a great deal about myself and still cherish the memories of home and how those helped me and Jonathan both become who we are now. On our wedding day I was shown how much love still remains for both Jon and I in our hometown. I was so overwhelmed with love and support and am truly grateful. I am also grateful for those who traveled from the coast, Alabama, and more to be there for us. Mississippi State gave us so rocking friends!
I'll have more photos to share either on here or my Facebook page in a couple weeks. Divian Conner is amazing, and I am so lucky to have had her as our wedding photographer and to be interning for her this summer. She is a dream to work with!