I attended a wedding shower last night for a co-worker and as we were playing the word scramble game, I got an incredible rush of nostalgia. As she talked about her plans, her dress, the catering, the drama and the craziness I remembered.

I remembered my wedding, almost 5 years ago. It was one of the most romantic and magical days of my life. So, just for today, I’m going to go back to a place before poopy diapers and before the perils of infertility. A place that was just about two people who loved each other and wanted to share their lives together.

From the Bachelorette Party- Brian Setzer was at Nye’s.

Surprisingly, I turned out not to be a crazy bride. I did a lot of the legwork myself and didn’t want to make any drama out of it. I happily shared the details of my planning with my bridesmaids and other than having to pay for their own dresses, I didn’t really ask much of them other than to just be there to share in the fun. I seriously take pride in the fact that they considered me such a cool and laid back bride. They threw me a legendary, kick ASS bachelorette party which I will never forget. It may have been a little bit selfish, and oh, okay, more than a little bit anal, but I didn’t want to share any of the planning or accept any help from anyone. Truth be told, I loved doing it all. The most important thing to me about the whole day though, was really to have the opportunity to celebrate our love with everyone that we love. We didn’t go crazy inviting people we haven’t seen in a hundred years. We wanted it to to be intimate, special. We wanted it to be fun and memorable not just for us, but for everyone that was there to celebrate with us. We succeeded beyond our wildest expectations.

The best part of getting married was definitely our honeymoon. It was everything a honeymoon should be- 7 days on a Jamaican beach doing nothing but being together.  We ate, drank, snorkeled, went horeseback riding… it was fabulous. We went on several vacations after our honeymoon, but for some reason, they were not quite the same. There really was something magical about being on our honeymoon and those memories will be with me for a lifetime.

Whenever I get overwhelmed by life in the present day. When being a mom and working a full-time job feels like too much. When my husband and I are at each other’s throats. I think about this incredibly brief, but amazing time in my life and I am reminded of what it all means and how we got to this place. A place I love.

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