Isabelle & David

Please enjoy this little guest post from Isabelle of isabelle + david.

Hi, guys! As you know, Wil and I are busy the knot this Friday. I'm taking a break from blogging for a few days so we can do things like hang out with our family members from out of town, write thank you cards and make know, the fun stuff! In my absence, I have 30948570235 guest posts from some of my favorite bloggers lined up for you. First up is my friend Isabelle from Isabelle + David. I hope you enjoy her wedding story!

The husband and I were married 2.5 years ago on a beautiful day in Charleston, South Carolina. A little smile comes to my face whenever I think of it and usually I forget that I was completely doggone sick the entire time. How do you just forget or leave out a detail like that when telling your wedding story? It's really quite simple. You're marrying a handsome man who you want to spend the rest of your life with and little details like not being able to breathe are not as important. I even blew my nose during the ceremony, which is when my maid of honor came in handy with a pocketful of tissues...and I guess that is also when pockets in bridesmaids' dresses come in handy. I digress. 

We didn't see each other before the ceremony and didn't get married until later in the day so David spent the entire morning walking around downtown Charleston talking to his friends and passing out chocolate chip cookies. I can't really remember what I was doing except for walking around my house in a haze as people scrambled to get dressed, do hair, decorate our getaway bikes and snack on some food every now and then. I was very laid back (partially due to sickness, partially due to my natural state) and even ended up driving myself and my bridesmaids to the venue: the aquarium!

The first time I really felt the butterflies was when all the girls left our "getting ready classroom" and my dad came in. We looked at each other and then almost burst into tears! I don't consider myself very emotional, but I think that was when it really hit me. I was getting married. My dad walked me down the aisle and I was trying so hard not to cry that I really didn't look very happy even though I was :) David had a huge grin on his face and everyone was looking at me and Oh! I am not one to rush onto a stage! David told me later in the day that he was worried because I didn't look happy so I had to explain that I was trying really, really hard not to cry! I realize now that it would have been perfectly fine if I had, but c'est la vie.

Our pastor also told us something sweet before the wedding. He said that weddings are amazing, because he imagines it is like a preview of heaven; you see all these people that have been with you in different stages of you life all in the same place and so happy to see you. David and I really liked that and still talk about it. It's quite surreal to see every neighbor you've ever had (our neighbors have always been important...and they ALL came!), elementary/middle/high school/college friends and all of them with big smiles on their faces.

During the wedding we danced, we mingled, we ate some cake and forgot to eat anything else and decided it couldn't have been any better! We rode off into the night on bicycles that my family had decorated with "Just Hooked" signs and Chinese lanterns, which eventually fell off...and we are proud to be that annoying couple who pulls out the wedding album whenever guests come over. We really can't help ourselves, it was just too much fun.

As a married person and also as a wedding photographer who has seen my fair share of all types and sizes of weddings (but still does not profess to be a wedding expert),  I have a few parting words of advice. Don't sweat the small stuff and remember to hold your partner's hand. It's so easy to get separated talking to all your guests, but you also don't want to look back and see that you were on opposite sides of the room the entire night! Oh yes, I see this often. Stick together! Be affectionate, it's okay!

Thanks, Danielle and Wil, for letting me share my story and I hope that your wedding and honeymoon go splendidly! Take lots of photos so that you can share them with us. Congratulations!

Isabelle also wanted to share some marriage wisdom her Papa submitted to a local Charleston newspaper. Click here to read that post (you won't regret it). A BIG thanks to Isabelle for this beautiful post. Make sure you check out her blog, Isabelle + David as soon as you finish reading this sentence. Oh, and one more thing before you go...

Isabelle is a FANTASTIC photographer and is hosting a GIGANTIC family portrait giveaway for all NYC residents at 10:00am EST on this here blog. Please check back later this morning to see what the fuss is all about. Oh, and another thing...we're using the word family VERY loosely for this contest. Just check back soon; you'll see what I mean.


Nitzalie said... November 9, 2011 at 9:28 AM

You were married on the most wonderful day, My Birthday-4/11!! {Weddings on Birthdays seem to be a recurring theme around these parts, don't they;)} It really is something quite special when you see almost every single person you love, in a room, just there for YOU! Thank you for sharing!! I'll be checking back later and am keeping my fingers {and toes} crossed my little family wins the giveaway;)

Gwen M said... November 10, 2011 at 2:06 PM

I went to Isabelle and David's wedding! It was as fabulous as described. Weddings are wonderful, marriage is even's where the real fun begins! Congratulations and have a wonderful day!

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