My wedding was the biggest, happiest most exciting day of my life.
I was finally marrying the man who started making my life complete almost five years ago. It meant that I had snatched up the person who would be by my side forever.
It also meant that he and I were the center of attention for about a year of our lives. Neither of us are attention hogs, but at times it was nice. There was always something to talk about, something to plan, something to look at.
As much I feel silly admitting it – being The Bride became a very real part of my identity.
How could it not? It was such a big, exciting, life-changing role that I was taking on. It was no longer ever going to be “me” – it was going to be “us.” An idea that made (and still makes) my heart smile.
When all was said and done, the dancing was over and the guests had gone home – it really was just us. No phone calls to ask about the seating chart, no excited texts from my bridesmaids, no more cupcake meetings. It was just us.
Both of us, at different times, had an oddly sad moment of “Wow – it’s really over.” The day you’ve dreamt about and planned for for over a year was over in done in a matter of hours. That life milestone had come and gone.
I hear this is a normal feeling to experience for a newlywed couple. And then I thought “Well of course we feel this way! We were at the top of the top, it’s only natural to feel a decline of sorts when you’re headed back down to put your feet on the ground.” And that helped the “sad” feeling make sense.
That moment of sadness lasted briefly. Then we realized “Wow – we made it through that huge production! Now we get to be normal and just be married!!”
And oh, we’re so very married
*All photo credit goes to Aimee Susanah Photography*