February 8, 2013

the surprise and the send-off.

Before we had a venue, before we had a date set — before I'd even met Radley, really — I'd dreamed about a beautiful wedding send-off. Mostly I blame Father of the Bride and all the movies that use send-offs as some dramatic did-you-get-to-say-goodbye moment, but the truth is, there's just something about everyone you love creating a beautiful, glowing path for you to run through as you set off on your next chapter. It's cheesy, I know, but it's true. Add sparklers and I'm basically a goner.

Well, about a month before our wedding, the venue called to say that we wouldn't be allowed to use sparklers. (Cue the bridal freakout.) There was no point without sparklers, I insisted, but my mom insisted that we still do a sparkler-free send-off. Turns out, some strings were pulled and sparklers were back in the picture — but they never told me, so on that night, I was absolutely, 100% shocked and thrilled. As my reaction shows, I completely lost it. Even though there was a bit of a mix-up and we ended up driving up to the group, it was still one of the most magical moments of the day.
Radley drove his aunt's gorgeous Studebaker up to the Silverado mansion and as we stepped out, everything was aglow and I was just so happy — little-kid happy, blissed-out happy.
Despite the mix-up, we still decided to run down the stairs, and as we did, our friends and family cheered and high-fived us and the whole things was just hilariously, wonderfully imperfect.
"Soak this in," Radley said to me, knowing it was going to be the final, lasting image that we remembered from the day. "Hold onto this one." And I did, I really did.
Before driving off, we hugged our family and friends in a sweet string of goodbyes that completely satisfied my Father of the Bride dream. (I even got a wink from Dad to really seal the deal.)
It was a movie-like moment in the best, most charming way, and I'll never forget the look on my mom's face as we ran down those steps. "How'd you do it?!" I yelled, and she just shrugged — and I could only think how amazing it is that to me, my parents still feel like superheroes.
As Radley and I drove off and headed back to our room, we couldn't stop laughing and gushing, saying over and over again that it was the best day of our lives. "No seriously, the best," he'd say, and I'd say, "No but really, Radley, that was perfect," and he'd say, "Can you believe we're married?!" and I'd say yes and he'd agree and then we'd start all over again and gush some more.

And later, of course, we realized we were starving and we decided to order  some pizza... because every couple calls Domino's for a delivery to their honeymoon suite, right? If I hadn't already been so sure of things, though, let me tell you, that would've sealed the deal right there. 

Wedding-night pizza? This is truly the guy for me.

(Photos by Cooper Carras)


Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my gosh, Laura...what a perfect ending to a perfect day! You are just radiant in both the gorgeous pictures and your reflections on the day. These recaps have been such a joy to read!

RetreatingAndAdvancing said... [Reply to comment]

It was so nice to read all the posts about your magical wedding!

Angela said... [Reply to comment]

Love that you were so surprised! I also had pizza after my wedding :)

Brittany said... [Reply to comment]

Laura, I've been following for a little while, but I'm not sure if I've commented before. I've loved these posts about your wedding--you were a beautiful bride and your day seems like it was magical.

But really, I can't help but feel all of the genuine love. Between you and Radley, you and your friends, you and your parents, etc. Hoping my wedding day (someday!) will be just like that.

Amy Lynn said... [Reply to comment]

I thoroughly enjoyed this series! Thanks for sharing your special day with us :)

Dorcas said... [Reply to comment]

Reading this post felt like reading a novel where my favorite characters were getting married.

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

Every single post from this past week has made my heart truly just melt. This is what a wedding should be like! You make it all looks so simple and happy and full of love :)

eileen ragan | leanerbythelake.com said... [Reply to comment]

this was just the sweetest post to read. and though the moment is the best memory, the pictures are wonderful and I'm sure something you'll treasure forever. congrats, lady!

Niken said... [Reply to comment]

Laura, thank you so much for sharing your special day with us. reading these posts make me feel like if i were there. and i can feel the joy and happiness and intimacy you shared with the people you love. and since the first time i found and read your blog few years ago, i could tell directly that you're a golden ray of sunlight. your positive energy is contagious. and every time i read your words, i feel inspired. to live life to the fullest and to be happy. thank you thank you for that. i feel lucky to get to know you through your blog :)

Treasure Tromp said... [Reply to comment]

what a beautiful ending to a beautiful series of this special day xoxo

Laura Marie Meyers said... [Reply to comment]

@Niken That's the sweetest, most thoughtful comment you could've possibly left. Thank you SO much :)

Laura Marie Meyers said... [Reply to comment]

@Dorcas Aww I love that! Haha so sweet :)

Laura Marie Meyers said... [Reply to comment]

@Brittany Brittany, that means so much! Thank you!