Itâ€™s finally here. Today, Saturday, October 13th, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. eastern time, Matt and I are getting married. ðŸ™‚
I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s been a year since Matt surprised me with a ring on the top of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park, VA.
Or that itâ€™s been 8 (!) years since we first met in DC and started dating.
There are so many things Iâ€™m excited for today.
I canâ€™t wait to get ready with my bridesmaids, my mom, my grandmother, and Mattâ€™s mom and rock that beautiful hair and makeup again.
I canâ€™t wait to finally put my dress on for more than 5 minutes.
I canâ€™t wait to wear those ridiculously high but totally worth it because theyâ€™re hot shoes (donâ€™t worry, I have a backup for when my feet hurt).
I canâ€™t wait to see Mattâ€™s face for the first time as Iâ€™m walking down the aisle.
I canâ€™t wait for our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs.
I canâ€™t wait to take fun pictures in the beautiful scenery around our venue.
I canâ€™t wait to see all our friends and family.
I canâ€™t wait to see in person all the decorations and details and everything that weâ€™ve spent so many months emailing and meeting about. (And letâ€™s be honestâ€¦ I canâ€™t wait to not email and meet about those things anymore, too.)
I canâ€™t wait for our delicious dinner. (I know you say we wonâ€™t have time to enjoy it, but Iâ€™m going to make sure we do!)
I canâ€™t wait to hear speeches from my parents and our wedding party.
I canâ€™t wait for our first dance and the father/daughter and mother/son dances.
And I canâ€™t wait to party the rest of the night away.
But you know what I really canâ€™t wait for? Way more than any of this?
I canâ€™t wait for the rest of my life with Matt. Because all of this? This is just one day. Sure, weâ€™ve been planning for it for a year now, and it will be wonderful, even if things go wrong, and Iâ€™m sure it will be over way quicker than we want it to be. But itâ€™s what comes after that matters way more. And that? That is what I really canâ€™t wait for.
Of course, this isnâ€™t Hollywood. We arenâ€™t perfect, our relationship isnâ€™t perfect, and Iâ€™m sure our lives together wonâ€™t be, either. But I wouldnâ€™t want to spend the rest of mine with anyone else. Hereâ€™s to many, many more years of adventures, and laughter, and kisses. Cheers! ðŸ™‚