Photo Gallery | Wedding Wednesday: Week 25
You may know me as News 8's "Good Morning Quad Cities" Reporter, but when I'm not celebrating the Rock Island Arsenal's 150th Anniversary or telling you about the President's Campaign Stop in Iowa, I am planning a wedding!
Welcome to Wedding Wednesdays!
Days Until We Say "I Do"... 31 Or 1 MONTH!
1 Month. 1 Month???? 1 Month... 1 MONTH!!!!!
If you want to know how I'm feeling at this point, that pretty much explains it.
I did the math this morning and realized that Zach and I have been together for more than 45 months. So, 1 month seems like nothing to me. I mean, in one WEEK, Zach can be in Germany for John Deere and back in the Quad Cities. In one DAY, Zach and I moved from an apartment into our first house. Lately, I've figured out that in just 1 HOUR, I can wash the dishes, do two loads of laundry, work out, shower, and wear my two, 30-minute white strips. So, again... 1 month seems like nothing to me. To know that there's only 1 month left though is bringing out a lot of emotions for me today.
It's just so final. I mean, from here on out, there are no more MONTHS to countdown, there are only WEEKS and soon there will only be DAYS... then HOURS. I usually have a horrible memory, but I can clearly remember looking in the mirror when I found my dress and thinking - How am I going to be able to wait 9 1/2 months until Zach gets to see me in this? I can barely keep a secret for a week without bursting at the seams (no pun intended)!
In a way, it's a little bit of a sad feeling. There is so much hype, so much pomp and circumstance with wedding planning. You plan for months (and for girls who've dreamed of their weddings since they were little, that could be years) for the best day of your life and then it hits you, it's only one DAY. With all the money and preparation that goes into it, I sometimes wish I was part of the Indian Culture, which celebrates their weddings over a few days. I'm a little scared that I'm going to wake up the Sunday after our wedding and begin suffering from PWD (Post Wedding Depression)!
I still have so much to do! Besides whitening my teeth (which is a 21-day plan so when that's done, it is REALLY going to hit me, haha), the list just seems to never end. Granted, it's all little things and things you cannot really do until the remaining weeks of your wedding... like the seating chart, guest bags, or waxing your eyebrows (that's an Angie task by the way, not a Zach one). However, it still seems like the tasks outnumber the days. There's that saying though... if there's a will, there's a way. Well, the will is to get married. The way is to just get it done! It's a simple as that.
I spend a lot of time on here reflecting and today is more of the same, to tell you the truth. I am feeling very lucky and blessed to have so many wonderful people calling, texting, or just clicking "like" on my Facebook status to let Zach and I know they're thinking of us as we enter the final days. I am thinking back to the day Zach and I got engaged... how excited we both were but also the realization that we were going to have a lot of "stuff" to do in the months ahead and it would be challenging, fun, or at times, very stressful. Now, we're 1 month away. We've gotten through figuring out a date, a place, the flowers (ugh, remember that post?), the cork coasters, the registry. All we have left to do now is enjoy the ride... right?
RIGHT! We are getting married! There is so many things we've done in the last 10 months, four years, 26 years to prepare for this event in our lives... but also so many things to look forward to. I was really touched this morning when I saw a post on our website (angie.zach.ourwedding.com if you want to check it out!) from my Great Uncle and Aunt, Al and Pauline...
"Keep having fun and hopefully you will one day celebrate 65 years together, as we just did."
To receive a message like that 1 month before our FIRST day as husband and wife... is priceless. I actually started crying when I read that. They are absolutely right. "Keep having fun..." Fun. That's what life is all about, isn't it? More than anything, Zach and I are ready to continue our life together - already full of fun -- as a married couple. And it starts on August 11th. We're ready to see all our friends and family come together, we're ready to "put a ring on it" officially, we're ready to party rock on the dance floor, and we're ready for all this planning to turn into beautiful memories that we can have forever. If not forever, at least a full and fun 65 years :)
Now to talk about the pictures I've posted for this week:
1) Our Rehearsal Dinner Invite and Sunday Brunch Invite: We sent those out in the past week and I'm really excited for those couple of events that make the wedding day become a wedding weekend. It will be so much fun to see our full bridal party come together for the first time on Friday night and then get some more time with our out-of-town guests on Sunday morning.
2) THE VEIL: Yay! It was a little frustrating in the middle months, but I have to say I am so happy with the way this process started and even more pleased with how it ended. Cindy with Special Effects in the Village of East Davenport did a fabulous job. The flowers are an exact replica of a detail on my dress and they even have a piece of Velcro on the back so I can continue wearing them in my hair once the ceremony is over and I take the actual veil part off. Try to look past the creepy Styrofoam head :)
3,4,5) Introducing... Chris and Kellie Schultz: We were so lucky to be part of Zach's good high school friend, Chris, and his beautiful wife, Kellie's wedding over the weekend. I've included a couple pictures from their wedding to show you their beautiful colors (black, white, and bright green), Kellie's gorgeous dress, and just a look at an awesome couple. We had a blast at their wedding and cannot wait to return the favor for them at ours!