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Happy Anni to Us!

This weekend Dustin and I will celebrate our one year anniversary. 525,600 minutes. 365 days. 52 weeks. It’s absolutely crazy to think this time last year I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to make sure everything would go off without a hitch. Our wedding day was absolute heaven. The week leading up to it, however, was quite the opposite. It was complete hell. To set the scene, Dustin and I got engaged in September of 2015.

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We knew almost immediately we wanted to get married in Charleston, SC. We both adore the city, and just knew it would be perfect for our wedding. Things were quickly put into motion and we had a venue by October. We then booked a wedding planner and things were well on their way! Fast forward through many phone calls, trips to Charleston, and months of stress… Two weeks before my wedding I tried to call my wedding planner to ensure all details were good to go and all deposits had been paid. No answer. I waited a few days, still no answer. My mom and I blew up his phone and email with absolutely no response. At this point I was seriously thinking I had been catfished. Was this real life? We reached wedding week and on that Monday, 5 days before my nuptials were to take place, I decided I would go directly to my vendors and figure out what was going on.

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I first called the rental company from which we were getting all of our tables and chairs. I called and stated that I was getting married on Saturday and wanted to make sure everything I needed had been correctly reserved. The girl on the other end off the phone calmly said, “Lindsey, please don’t panic, but there is nothing reserved under your name.” I honestly felt like I had been punched in the gut. She tried her best to reassure me that they had plenty of things in stock and they would do their best to help me out. That was helpful, but I began to panic again when I realized I didn’t have any logistical information regarding the wedding plans. I didn’t know exactly how many chairs, cocktail tables, dinner tables, tablecloths, napkins, votives, etc. that we needed. At this point, I knew I couldn’t do this on my own and called the only person who I knew would be able to console me, Mom. After a few {many} tears, my mom and I were able to essentially replan the entire wedding in 3 hours. I have worked stressful jobs and been put in many high stress situations, but those few hours were, quite honestly, the most stressful of my life. I had never been more thankful for people that I had never met, until I spent those hours on the phone with my vendors. They literally saved the day.

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The next day as I made my way from Charlotte to Charleston, I found out that 4 of Dustin’s family members were suffering from a stomach bug. GREAT. Thank goodness for call-in doctors, who were able to get our nephew, and ring bearer, some medicine. When I finally arrived in Charleston I started to feel like Saturday would never arrive. After a few more mishaps with the ghost wedding planner (who did resurface, and I decided to let him go) we made it to Friday! When I got up in our rental house on Friday morning I said a prayer for a calm mind. What a week it had been. I went out to the kitchen to find my mom looking very nervous. She informed my that my dad had come down with the same stomach bug as the rest of Dustin’s family. The good news was that it only took them a couple days to get over. The bad news was that the wedding was in about 30 hours. At this point, I was in complete survival mode. No big deal if my dad couldn’t be at the rehearsal. I mean, he has done this before with my sister. However, looking back it really stings that he couldn’t be there. He wasn’t there when the walk down the aisle was kind of funny and everyone was laughing and so relaxed. He missed all of the hilarious speeches and toasts at our rehearsal dinner, not to mention the incredible food. Dad, I hate that you weren’t there, but I sure am thankful for the Urgent Care that shot you up with enough drugs to completely knock you out and allowed you to sleep it off.

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And when Saturday finally arrived after what seemed like an eternity, I prayed to get just help me make it through the day. After all that had happened leading up to our wedding day, I was exhausted and 100% ready to be married to Dustin. My mantra throughout the entire week was, “at the end of it all, we will be married.” When I wasn’t sure if we would have tablecloths or not, I thought, “at the end of it all, we will be married.” When I had no clue when the cake or the flowers would arrive at the venue, I said to myself, “at the end of it all, we will be married.” And as I got ready that day surrounded by the most incredible group of bridesmaids, I knew that in just a few short hours I would, indeed, be married to Dustin.

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Saturday was absolutely the best day of our lives. In the end, it truly didn’t matter about all the minute details and extra stress. I’ve had multiple friends get engaged since Dustin and I tied the knot, and I’ve tried to tell them all that planning a wedding can be very stressful, but at the end of it all, you will be married. And that’s the most special thing of all.

Happy anniversary, Dust! I love you even more today than I did on 6/11/16.

 

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Shout out to all the incredible vendors we used for our special day:

The Historic Rice Mill

Laura Anne Watson Photography

Karen at OK Florist

Delicious Desserts

Travis Allison Band

2 thoughts on “Happy Anni to Us!

  1. Your wedding was seriously perfect! The love that you and Dustin have for each other was the only thing guests noticed that day. You pulled it off without a hitch! Your wedding planner would be wise to stay in hiding FOREVER 🙂

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