Too many thoughts and feelings and overwhelming gratitude today, so here's our wedding video once more.
Three years ago today Rob and I got married.
I landed in Roanoke a week early from a still-chilly Minneapolis and felt completely electrified at the sight of those green hazy mountains outside the tiny plane windows. It had rained all week and smelled like wet spring outside, something I usually love, but I was trying to remain calm about the ceremony and reception which were both planned to be mostly outdoors.
But then on Thursday the rain clouds cleared and the sun came out and by Friday the ground was dry enough that our heels didn't sink into muddy grass as we walked down the aisle for the rehearsal. It was spring in Virginia--one of the most magical times of the year--and all the people I loved the most in the world were all in one place.
On Saturday morning my girlfriends and I woke up and went downtown to do the Market Run, the quick 3-mile workout we always used to do before a meet. It seemed like the perfect way to start the biggest day of my life, and it was even more special because our beloved coach, Dr. Race, met us and biked alongside us as we ran. We stopped at Mill Mountain for coffee and breakfast to go before heading back to the hotel to shower and caravan over to the venue.
I sat at a large vanity in a white robe as a stylist did my hair, and my friend Emma re-did my nails--2014 was before I had discovered the magic of gel nails and my regular manicure got destroyed somewhere between the salon and the rehearsal dinner the night before. We drank champagne and took pictures and laughed before finally it was time for me to see Rob.
That first look was the best--I was so thankful for a quiet moment with him before the ceremony and reception, which honestly was a bit of a blur. We kissed and teared up and giggled and took more pictures with the whole group and then it was time for the real thing.
Walking down the aisle was so surreal, but the minute I got my hands into Rob's I felt completely calm and at ease. We worked really hard on our ceremony and I still go back and read it sometimes. The readings, the music, every little detail was so very "us" that it still brings tears to my eyes.
I didn't know at the time that by our third anniversary we'd be celebrating in our third state together. I didn't know we'd adopt a crazy little pit bull pup or that I'd write two cookbooks or that my mom would get cancer again. I didn't know that Rob would get his dream job or that it would bring us to California and he would work harder than he's ever worked, or that I'd be even more proud of him than I ever thought I could be. I just knew we'd be together, and happy; through the good times and the bad ones.
And we really are.
Happy anniversary, Rob. You really are my everything.
Our wedding video, by Jarred Foresman:
Our second wedding anniversary is coming up next week and I can hardly believe it. It feels like just yesterday that I was in Minneapolis, packing up for a week in Virginia followed by a week in the Dominican Republic. So much has happened in the past twenty-four months and I am so excited for the road ahead--but my super nostalgia-loving self will be spending the days leading up to our anniversary reflecting back on the fun we had planning our wedding and celebrating with all our family and friends.
It was kind of a fun coincidence that Helen from Borrowed & Blue, a wedding resource with some great information on North Carolina weddings checked in with me to see if I'd be willing to answer some questions about our (Virginia) wedding, blogging, and living in Charlotte! Here's what she had to say:
Here's my Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:
For friends who might be reading your blog for the first time, describe your style in six words.
Straightforward, simple, comfortable, neutral, and fun.
Can you give us a bit of background about how you got into blogging?
Sure! I started my blog in 2008 and it was mostly just an online journal (shout out to any of you who have been reading Freckled Italian since it was "some things about megan"). I wrote about my time in college, and then as I started working and going to graduate school I slowly turned it into the site it is today!
Before we get into wedding questions: Megan, you are one savvy, adorable lady. Who/what are some of your style inspirations?
That is so kind of you to say, thank you! I have a big style crush on Regina Spektor--I like how she manages to be classic and quirky at once; and I've gathered a lot of capsule wardrobe inspiration from Caroline of Unfancy.
Happy anniversary to you and Rob! How did you two meet?
Thank you so much! We met at a Halloween party in college. I was dressed as a sailor and he was Waldo. We both went to high school in the same city but didn't meet until college, so we had a lot of friends in common.
What was the most memorable aspect of your wedding?
I will never forget how cool it was to see all of our friends and family in one place--one of my favorite parts of our wedding video is this very small clip where one of Rob's friends is shaking hands with someone before he sits down at his table. I just loved seeing everyone and it was so humbling to have our marriage be the catalyst that brought all of our people together.
As far as details go, I think wearing my mom's dress will always be the most memorable aspect. We spent a lot of time on the details and so many family heirlooms and symbols made their way into our ceremony and reception.
When you and Rob were deciding what you wanted your wedding to be like, what was your North Star--in other words, what was most important to you, and how did you keep that in mind throughout the planning process?
We just wanted it to be relaxing and fun, which is what we kept coming back to. An outdoor ceremony and reception, vintage but non-fussy details, and a gorgeous buffet dinner helped make that happen. We knew we had pulled it off when all our guests started letting loose on the dance floor.
One last wedding question: Do you have any post-nuptial advice you'd like to share?
It's easier said than done, but don't sweat the small stuff. Get as organized as you can from the start and the rest of the wedding planning will go smoothly. Take time to really enjoy being engaged and planning the wedding--it's a once in a lifetime privilege and you want to be able to look back on it and smile.
You're really interested in cooking and I've loved reading through your recipes and recaps of dishes you've cooked. What draws you towards cooking for others, and food writing, in particular?
I come from a family where food matters. My mom instilled a love of cooking in me and my brother from a young age, and my brother is one of the best cooks I know. We never got to know our grandpa Albino but apparently he knew his stuff in the kitchen, so my brother and I always like to say that feeding and entertaining people is our way of communing with him.
And I love food writing because it combines two of my biggest passions--writing and eating. I really enjoy sharing recipes because it gives me the opportunity to help someone make something delicious for people they love.
Charlotte is chock full of great restaurants! Do you have any particular favorites that you'd like to share with us?
Yes it is! My favorite places are Customshop (get the Brussles sprouts and the bread pudding) and Soul Gastrolounge (hard to get into but if you get a table make sure to order the pork belly tacos). We also go to Bakersfield a lot, and I'm a huge fan of Not Just Coffee. If you're anywhere near Davidson, North Carolina (about half an hour north of Charlotte), please go to Kindred and just get one of everything.
Describe something that sets Charlotte apart from other places you've lived.
Charlotte is a great city because it's still trying to figure out what it is. This bothered me a lot when we first moved here from Minneapolis, but I decided to be open-minded and realized that while at first glance Charlotte feels brand new and awfully corporate, there is actually a really awesome food scene and creative community here. It's a big city with a small-town feel, and I'm constantly running into people at the grocery store or coffee shop, which I love.
Thanks so much for the interview, Helen! If you're planning a wedding in North Carolina, make sure to check out Borrowed & Blue sometime!
We got married a year ago.
There have been good times, bad times, laughter, tears, great food, busy Mondays, lazy weekends, and so many wonderful memories these past 365 days. We moved, we got a dog, Rob got a promotion, my self-employment continued, and we found ways to love each other a little more every single day.
Life with Rob is so good, and I look forward to a beautiful future, but today we're looking back on what was truly one of the happiest days of our lives (so far).
Happy anniversary, Rob--you are my health, my wealth, my happiness.