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August 1, 2014

Big Sur Wedding

Almost two months of silence around here, two blissful months of amazing happenings but I’ve missed you. I’m not sure if I told you, and I don’t think I did, but we decided to have two weddings. One being small and intimate with just our immediate families, at the spot where Josh proposed last year, and the other being an all-out bash with both of our large families and all of our friends dancing the night away in a cornfield back home in Ohio.

And both turned out quite spectacularly.

The weekend in Big Sur was more than we could have ever imagined. The serenity of the little town depicted the vibes for the whole weekend — relaxed, quiet and effortless. And while getting used to no cell phone service was hard at first, in the end it was exactly what we needed. Josh and I truly felt like we were weaving our whole lives together with our families sharing meals, stories and the ceremony. It felt like every piece of my heart was surrounding me as I stood there to tell Josh I was going to choose him everyday for the rest of our lives.

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The night before, I slept next to my best friend. We woke up in the morning and ate avocado toast on the deck. My families rental house was situated on the top of a mountain that over looked the ocean. We slowly began to put the flowers together that were needed for the day; the deck became a lavender oasis. The morning inched along slowly, probably in anticipation of the fast evening ahead. I felt calm and incredibly happy the whole day. I love that everyone who was going to be at the ceremony was in the house, that we had no time restrictions and that there was no stress. I love that my sisters and my mom helped me slip into my dress, that Josh’s mom was able to be there and that I was able to act somewhat natural with photographers all around me. My bouquet was made by Em, with Whole Food flowers we picked up the day before, and when they handed it to me, my sisters had attached a gold locket with pictures of my grandpa and grandma.

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Josh and I choose not to see each other before the ceremony but we did exchange letters, his meticulously written days before and I’m sure was typed out and re-typed to make sure it was perfect. Mine was scribbled that morning and handed off to him.


My dad was already in tears when he came up the steps to see me for the first time. He could hardly look at me, but I couldn’t stop smiling. I know how much he loves me. And as we waited for Josh to head out before we walked down the stairs, my favorite picture was snapped of us peeping out the window, Dad telling me not to look because as much as Josh couldn’t see me, I forgot that I couldn’t see him either.

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We eventually made it to the cars and drove down the mountain in the row, joking and laughing the whole way in the car. When we got to the valley, everyone headed down to the cliff except for me and dad, and we waited patiently for them to take their positions. We could slyly look over the brush to see where everyone was, but we mostly just joked with each other about the long walk ahead. And then we made our way, through a field of wildflowers, with a small, jagged aisle all the way to a seaside cliff where Josh waited patiently. That walk was long, and I was so happy it was; those minutes with dad were particularly special to me.

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And then we got to Josh, and my dad handed me away. And with our families surrounding us, we prayed over our marriage, exchanged some pretty gold rings and said some simple words that we will live out for a life time.

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Josh had said in his letter “We choose a beautiful place to get married, but I will only be looking at you.” And that is how I felt — me and Josh and our families on a cliff making promises for the rest of our lives. And it was the absolute best day of my life.

So enjoy a few more pictures, because we have them and they are beautiful. And if you want to see the awesome video, click here and use the password bigsur.

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Oh, and we ate, drank and danced of course!

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…we will be back with the bash.


{Photos by Julia Robbs and Jacqueline Pierson of Our Labor of Love}

4 Comments leave one →
  1. sara s permalink
    August 1, 2014 1:07 pm

    i just love everything about this.

  2. August 2, 2014 1:25 am

    Oh Al…and these candles and the candles at my house…

  3. Krystal permalink
    August 27, 2014 7:34 am

    Beautiful wedding! So does marriage even feel any different for you since you two were already living together?


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