THE (WEDDING) GRATITUDE DIARIES
My feet have finally touched down post-wedding and I’m feeling grounded after the most magical and love-filled weekend that was our wedding.
I’ve never, EVER, felt so much love in one space. It’s hard to deny ‘energy’ when you can literally touch and feel it – buzzy, electric, warm.
I have so much gratitude in my heart that this post is as much about voicing and offering up that thanks as it is to share our wedding dress shopping experience with you.
But, mostly, these Gratitude Diary posts are here to inspire you to FILL your life with gratitude. Start putting your attention and focus on that which you are thankful for and watch how your life (your mindset, your attitude, your experiences) changes and blossoms into something quite special.
How could I not offer up thanks to the universe for delivering me such a beautiful man. He is my best friend who shared my vision to create a ceremony that was all about LOVE. Not just for us but to invite our family and friends to revel in it. The one thing that matters most. LOVE.
2) The Ceremony
Holy batman. As I mentioned, we had a vision of what we wanted our ceremony to be… well, it was all that and so much more. The weather had been miserable the day before and on our wedding day it was cloudy with pockets of sunshine. As I stepped onto the grass aisle with my father the clouds literally parted and the sun torched down on us. Magic.
Not only that, the ceremony was RICH and multi-layered. We had our rings blessed by all our guest. There were so many happy tears, including our own, we had my nieces and nephews calling out ‘Princess’ to me the whole way through and there was lots and lots of laughter. It embodied LIGHT and LOVE.
3) The Speeches
From my father, my brother and Christopher’s dad, to our bridesmaid and bestman and then to us. It wasn’t forced or awkward it was like a relaxed conversation
4) The Band
We only hired them 8 weeks, we’d hardly heard any of their work but we just followed our instincts. Oh My. There was dancing. Fist pumping. Jumping. Screaming… it’s exactly what we wanted. We ditched the cake-cutting, the bouquet throwing and all those little moments (none of which I love anyways) so we could dance harder and longer!
5) My family + friends
I had more than enough willing helpers in our family and friends. Everyone helped out in their own little way. From collecting our flowers, to setting up the room, to driving my parents around and keeping them calm (thanks Tommy!) to dropping off bags, doing my hair, to seating our guests. I was so overwhelmed that we had such amazing people in our lives who actually WANTED to help!
6) The MC Duo
Christopher’s cousins Marcelo and Christian went above and beyond. It made me so emotional to witness how much effort and love they put into the experience. Marcelo even learn how to congratulate and welcome us in Arabic! They were natural, warm, inviting, humorous and just simply incredible. Not to mention their matching bow-ties.
I could go on. Truly. It was magic. And it made me realise that real happiness and therefore your wellness, the balance within your internal compass, your health and the way you view the world comes from appreciating the little things within the big moments. To soak it up, to smile, to laugh and to share it all with loved ones. It’s all about the heart-to-heart connection. We didn’t have alot of money (we did the flowers ourselves, the styling we crafted and made, my dress was pretty cheap, we didn’t have cars or a wedding cake either) but it was the most spectacular experience because it was real, honest, loving and ALIVE.
Ask yourself right now – what are you grateful for? Where do you find love in your life and how can you experience more JOY. Real joy.
love + light to you,