Today marks me and Eric's one year anniversary. It feels like it was only yesterday that I was walking towards Eric in my wedding dress, looking into his eyes and saying my vows. And while nothing has really changed, on the outside since we've been married, I feel like things have shifted for me on the inside. There's a kind of comfort in knowing that Eric is always there to hold my hand, through all the triumphs and sorrows in life. It really is true when people say that love will grow deeper with each passing day.
I saved this blog post that I wrote a while back about our wedding for today. It feels right to share my memories of that day on our first anniversary. So here's to the memories of that amazing, magical day one year ago when I got to marry my best friend...
When me and Eric first got engaged, we struggled with the size of the wedding that we really wanted. In fact, it was when we considered eloping that I stumbled on this beautiful Tuscan villa, La Poggiolaia, in Italy! We wanted the day to be one to call our own so that when we looked back, we will remember it as a day that was relaxing and stress-free. And so, when the big day finally came, it was exactly what we had hoped for but also much, much more... It was incredibly small and intimate. Looking back, I am amazed at how easy and smoothly everything came together. Of course, having a wonderfully talented wedding planner doesn't hurt either! Laura from Trendinozze gave us the afternoon hours to breathe, relax and take our time before the ceremony. I got to spend a few hours in our room by myself, quietly reflecting on stepping into this new chapter of our lives. I truly treasured those hours that afternoon.
The first time that I really emotionally understood the significance of that day was when I saw my bouquet. Out of nowhere, my eyes welled up with tears and my heart skipped a beat. The flood and range of emotions that I felt at that moment is indescribable, though I'm sure every bride on their wedding day know what I'm talking about. The next time I felt like my heart was going to beat out of my chest was when I saw Eric standing under that olive tree. My baby sister played Canon in D on the keyboard, my eyes welled up, my mouth quivered, and my bridesmaids literally had to pull my dress to stop me from running towards him. Walking towards him with my father next to me, I knew this day will always mean something significant. Our first words to each other was, naturally, "Hi".
The ceremony was so beautiful, the afternoon light flooded the tree that we stood under. With our family and friends standing all around us, I felt so loved, so proud, so happy to be marrying this man! We wrote and said our own vows to each other that day. They were touching and from the heart. I'm glad the very talented Lisa and Gianluca from Lisa Poggi Photography was there to capture all of our moments because there were so many that were worth keeping. As for the wedding decor, I tried to add my watercolor designs where I could- and within reason as Eric refused to drag a giant suitcase of DIY goods through Italy! The sketch of my late grandfather was an important centerpiece. I designed a label for the olive oils that were made at the villa for our guests. The silk pouch was a small collaboration with my mother, who sewed the silk print that I designed together. It carried both of our rings during the ceremony where it was passed around to each guest. Everyone held them for a moment to give us their blessings, it's one of the greatest treasures from that day!
The reception was held under an awning on the level above where the ceremony took place. Laura, the florists and caterer all helped set up these beautiful tables for us! I love how simple and rustic it feels, it created just the right mood for the setting. I designed a custom menu and wrote the calligraphy for our place cards and food tags. And after a 5 or 6 course meal, (honestly, who's keeping count when you are eating handmade raviolis and Tuscan grilled steaks?) we ended the night with a traditional Italian wedding cake that was filled with custard and fruit. I think everyone nearly fell over in their chairs when they tasted the cake! We were sad that the day was ending, but so grateful for all of the toasts, tears and laughter that we all shared together that night.