Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Day I Became Mrs. Rogers

My Wedding Day.

I could not have imagined a more perfect and beautiful day. 
I have never felt more incredible. 

A sea of lovely friend and family filtered in and out of the room where I was getting ready and everyone looked incredible.  So many smiles, so much fawning, and through it all I could not wait to see my Bill.  I just needed those big eyes and sweet smile to bring my heart to ease.  I was not nervous, just ready.  I was not anxious, but I absolutely was antsy.  I just wanted to be with my love.

As I walked down the aisle and saw his face, I could not believe our moment had come.  I felt like God had brought me into that moment to understand his relationship with the church.  We are the bride of Christ.  The way I felt that day is how the church should feel when they are presented to Christ.  If I am fully honest, the parallel was almost too much for that moment.  It was overwhelming enough as it was!  As I looked into Bill's gentle face nothing else was on my mind but the love that we shared.  Every word he said stuck in my heart, and will remain there forever.  As I recited my vows I began to cry, out of compelte love and adoration for the man that stood before me, the man that moments later became my husband.

As we exited the field and walked into our new life as one, my heart melted.  Our kiss had been fabulous and our love is so incredible.  I was grinning from ear to ear and could not help but look at my future in Bill's eyes.  My love for him was overflowing, and as portraits happened and people filtered by my side I could only focus on how happy I was to have made the promise for forever.  I can't believe I get to keep Bill!  It still feels too good to be true.

When the pictures ended and we went into the house for a break, my hair went up, my dress got bustled, and we got ready to enter the reception.  Everytime I looked at Bill, I swooned.  His ring glistened in the light that hung over head and I could not stop smiling.  We walked out onto the back deck and into the tent in the backyard, and as we made our way to our seats, I made eye contact with so many dear people to me.  My father got up to speak and brought the room to tears.  The food was served and the brick oven pizza and homemade pastas were incredible.  The wine was flowing and everywhere I looked I saw joy spreading.  And now it was time for bartending.

Bill and I decided to forego the money dance and do something we called "Tip Your Bartenders" to raise money for the honeymoon.  We had a few large format bottles of wine at the wedding and we held those and had people pose for pictures with them and had the groosmen pouring wine for everyone as they were in line.  It was a huge success and we got really wonderful pictures with lots of people at the wedding.

Dancing began and people were having an absolute blast.  I did not see anyone who was not enjoying themselves.  The dancing turned into the main event and the patio was full of fun.  Songs were playing loudly and everyone was jumping and laughing and bumping to the music.  I enjoyed every moment and even got Bill out on the dance floor with me.  He was really amazing the entire time!  Speeches and toasts began and everyone said wonderful things about us.  We were really humbled by the love we received.

We headed out into the field where the ceremony took place to do something I had been envisioning for awhile.  I loved the idea of a candlelighting ceremony, but I felt as though it lacked in one specific area - It does not include everyone else at the wedding!  My vision came to fruition when everyone lit candles together and encircled Bill and I with our parents in the center as we were prayed over and I shared some thoughts straight from my heart.  It was an incredibly special moment for Bill and I, as we really considered everyone there family, and I was able to share that with them.

We headed back to the reception site and partied a little longer.  Cake cutting and friendship continued.  The dancing wrapped up with a song from the Wedding Singer "Grow Old With You" and as I looked around and at Bill I realized it was the perfect day.  I was so thanksful and humbled and overwhelmed and happy.  We ran out under gold sparklers with our friends and family waving and smiling.  It was so bittersweet. 

Once in a lifetime does not sum up our wedding - it was truly God sent to fill my heart with joy for years to come.  Wow, reliving it just now has brought an incredible feeling to my heart.  Don't worry friends, lots more pictures to be shared.  Patience :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Marathon of Celebration - Drinks, Crabs & Baseball

How can I put so much joy into words? 

Our wedding celebration was incredible from start to finish.  I will cover the actual wedding day tomorrow, but what I want you to hear about today is everything leading up to the wedding.  We had a marathon of celebration and to tell you how much it meant to me would be impossible.  So many wonderful people who love Bill and I drove and flew from all over the country to celebrate our union.  It was more than just a night out, a crab feast, and a baseball game.  It was about our friends and family being in the same place at the same time and having the most wonderful week ever.  Honestly, everytime I looked around I was overwhelmed with a rush of excitement and love.  God really blessed me through our wedding with the people in our lives.  Whether I haven't seen them in years or I see them all the time, it was such a joy to have everyone in one place.  A humbling, overwhelming and joyous blessing.

There were three night time celebrations leading up the wedding.  The Bachelor/Bachelorette Party in Baltimore, the crab feast at the Wecker family home (where I grew up), and the Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards.  I could never choose a favorite night, but I'm going to attempt to succinctly sum them up for you now.

The Bachelor/Bachelorette party started at a restaurant in downtown Fells Point, which is a neighborhood in Baltimore.  Everyone carpooled down and looked amazing (we have some good looking friends).  It was one of those nights that felt like a dream.  Great food, good drinks, wonderful friends, so much laughter and conversation... our table was perfection - long and high and constantly changing.  We walked around and hung out with everyone.  Honestly, it was Bill and my dream to have all of our wonderful friends in this environment.  I felt like the most beautiful bride in the world everytime I caught Bill's eye.  Every friend that made it out this night is SO special and important to us. 

Sigh... to have them all together was an answered prayer.

After dinner, the boys and girls split up and I looked at the girls around me and was overcome with what God had provided for me.  I went through a dark period that lacked deep relationships with women of God, and as I looked around at my drop dead gorgeous girlfriends and family, I was reminded what an answer to prayer they all are.  They are beautiful, they hold me accountable, they take time to listen to my heart, and they check in on me even when we are apart.  We got some drinks and dessert and then headed home for a movie and junk food.  It was so perfect :)

The next evening was the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  As we started practicing it all started to set in.  You plan and plan and then the rehearsal arrives and you start to really understand all that matters is you and your husband-to-be and the love that you share.  While we were rehearsing, Bill's eyes welled up with tears and he looked at me in the sweetest way.  I gave him a big hug, and in that moment, and every moment after, nothing else mattered.  We wrapped up the rehearsal and pulled ourselves together and headed to the other half of the yard for dinner.

Something that Maryland is known for is crab feasts, and Bill and I had a crazy idea to invite 75 people to a crab feast in my parent's back yard for our rehearsal dinner.  Honestly, I had my doubts about pulling off a crab feast of this scale, but once we set the ball in motion it seemed like everyone was on board.  Once it all started, I knew we hit the nail on the head.  It went absolutely perfectly!  Beer was flowing, hot crabs were dumped on tables as needed.  We had the perfect amount for everyone and the Maryland natives taught those who had never partaken before.  We projected the Ravens game on the side of the house, and when I caught Bill's eye halfway through my eyes welled up with tears.  It was EXACTLY what we were both picturing and it was an amazing and epic night. 

The night before the wedding was one of the most anticipated events of the weekend, the Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards.  This was something Bill and I were thrilled to share with our family and friends alike.  It was a gorgeous, clear night with a slight chill in the air.  As everyone arrived and filled in our block of seats I was once again thrilled with the turnout.  Each night had gotten progressively bigger, and this night was a huge group of people.  About 2/3 of the people that came to our wedding were at the baseball game the night before. 

We were in the top section, and apparently on nationally sydicted television.  My sisters and family made KissCam signs and the fireworks lit up the sky after the game finished with an Orioles victory.  We danced and drank and ate hot dogs and just soaked up the atmosphere that baseball staidums offer.   

I just couldn't believe it had all happened at the end of this night.  Not only had we pulled it all off, but it had gone off without a hitch.  There was no drama or problems.  Everyone was on board for the celebration of a lifetime.  We kept it simple and were rewarded for our efforts of dreaming big and making sure everyone felt like family, because they truly are.  I could not have imagined a more incredible few days leading up the the wedding.  I was blown away by the efforts of our bridal parties and our amazing friends. 

Bill and I wish we could thank everyone in person individually by buying them dinner and fawning all over them, but in the case that it can't happen, we want to make sure if you read these words you feel our thanks.  We are extremely grateful and overwhelmed by your generosity. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Penny For Your Thoughts - Wedding Updates To Come and Inspiration

I am back and aiming to keep you much more updated on the goings on in the Roger abode.  That's right, I am officially Mrs. Ryan Rogers!  So Surreal... It feels like it was a long time coming, but in reality we have not hit 3 years together yet!  Being a Mrs. is overwhelming in the best way.  I am overwhelmed with my love for Bill and the fact that we get to spend life together... It's almost too much for my heart to imagine. 

I am happy to report I had the most lovely wedding that ever existed.  For me, it could not have been more perfect.

Honestly, I feel like it was a dream come true and I have to pinch myself often.  While I was prepared for something to go entirely wrong, the food to be ruined, my dress to rip, and people to be standing around not having a good time - none of those things happened.  In fact, everything went better than expected.

To start back on this blogging train, I want to update you on each item involved in the wedding; and while I am not sure how to tackle it yet, I know I am going to try.  Wedding week, the wedding day, our honeymoon, and life since we returned are what I hope to give you a glimpse into this week, as best I can.  Be prepared for lots of swooning and an over pouring of my heart about my love for Bill and the amount that it completes me.  I love coming home to his smiling face!

I hope to give you tons to read about in the coming months and to find my voice all over again.  I have missed consistently pouring my heart out and I think I am struggling with processing because once I discovered this nothing has fulfilled me quite the same.  Pray for me to push through this block and find my way back to writing.  I have plenty of inspiration surrounding me, I just need to tap into it!

Check back with me tomorrow :)  Get used to it!