Sunday, April 24, 2011

Our Fairytale...and The Finale- Our Wedding

We have finally come to the end of the "Week of Love".  
This is my final installment of "Our Fairytale" *TEAR,sniff, sniff*
{to catch up visit Chapters 1-5 Here }

Sorry that I'm posting this a bit later than I expected, but with the long day/night yesterday and then with our anniversary brunch this morning, it had to wait ;) I can't believe I got to celebrate the best year of my life today...Cheers to us!

When we got married April 24th, 2010, not many people knew we were getting married...about fifteen people to be exact.  We had started planning "the" wedding and we both realized that it wasn't what we really wanted or even had time to plan, as we only had two months before Will went to Basic Training.  We decided to go ahead and get married our way and then have the "big" wedding later.  The only problem was that we didn't want our small ceremony to steal the thunder of the "real" wedding, so we tried to keep it under wraps.  Yeah, I know...probably not a good idea right? Part of me wished that we could just wait and avoid all the hassle, but we wanted to get married before Will went off to the big Army.  The military does not recognize girlfriends and fiance's, so if I wanted to be with him during his A.I.T (Advanced Individual Training), then we had to be married.  Plus, we had waited more than two years to get married already, so I didn't want to wait any longer!!
  As a female, I've always wanted that- "fairytale" wedding, but I think I've realized that I was probably just conditioned to want that.  What did I need to spend a ton of money and plan a whole shindig, that wasn't really for us.  Weddings are more for your family and friends than it is for you. It's like Christmas- they've become so commercialized that they've lost their true meaning.
So basically, we booked an officiator, reserved a gazebo on our lake, bought a few decorations and had the most perfect day of our lives without all the hassle getting in our way.  All I wanted was to look into my lover's eyes and declare my dedication for the rest of our lives, and that's just what we did ;)

Awaiting the big moment with my Bestie:

My BFF!!!!!

My wonderful Step-father and lil' Sister:

the lil sis....

The girlies walking down the make-shift aisle:


The Officiator giving the boys a pep-talk:
Does he look nervous to you? Not to me!

Reverand Drew was pretty funny...


"We are now gathered here to unite this man and this woman..."


I still remember how he gently rubbed little circles in my palm as he looked into my eyes, and I could see more love in those eyes on this day than I had ever seen in my life.


The Officiator had us laughing the ENTIRE time!

the tears had already began! but all happy tears ;)

The rings <3


Isn't he just dreamy?


"You may now kiss the BRIDE!"

Our first kiss

Aaaannnd the waterworks start.


Will and his new family!
{Whether he likes it or not}

haha he and my sis have such a wierd relationship!

In case you were wondering, Will picked out what I was going to wear ;)

Will picked this whole outfit out ;)

Mr. and Mrs. Bogert!!!

Now let the fun begin!


my girls!



My flowers were so pretty!


And then you just toss 'em.


The boys wanted in on the action too!


We fight a lot, but I do love my lil' sis.


After that we adjourned to our pool, ate lots of yummy food that my mom prepared, toasted with champagne and savored the day with our lovely friends and family!

Who doesn't want to drink champagne in a fun floaty on their wedding day?

The &quot;after party&quot; after the wedding!

I wouldn't have had it any other way ;)

Not long after, we realized that hiding our marriage was ridiculous and EXHAUSTING!  When we finally shared the wonderful news with the world, it made everything even more real and felt so good to have the family supporting us and happy about our decision.  It was funny, because honestly- they weren't even surprised...I guess they know us better than we know ourselves...
One year later, we are thriving, growing and blissful.  I am happy to say that I am Mrs. William Bogert and can't wait to spend the rest of my life as his wife.  We are a team and together- we will tackle the world and all the adventures that it holds.


High Street Cottage said...

Wonderful photos! Such a beautiful intimate wedding, you look gorgeous. Congratulations to you and your new Hubby. Wishing you a wonderful life filled with happiness, xxx tami

angie @ the cellar door stories said...

thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my mud room storage ~ i really appreciate it!!
best wishes!

Pam said...

Congratulations! You two are adorable. It looks like you had a beautiful wedding!

Happy Anniversary!

Beach House Living said...

Your wedding your way is how it should be...

very merry vintage style said...

What a beautiful celebration! Thanks for stopping by my blog & commenting!

Janna Renee said...

Thanks y'all! It was the best day of my life and we just had a blast this weekend celebrating it!! xoxox

Marianne@Songbird said...

What a wonderful story!
I never understand the hoopla about the wedding, when it is the marriage people should be planning for.
We actually skipped the whole wedding and went straight to having a great marriage. 10 years and growing stronger by the day.
Wishing you many happy returns of your wedding day!!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

What wonderful pictures! You looked like you were having a great time! I also loved the post of your engagement pictures. You both look like models! Thanks for stopping by my blog with your nice comment!

L said...

Awesome story! You guys are a riot!
Love it!
Sorry for posting so many comments, my bad!
Much Love,


J and A said...

You look beautiful! I love this!!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh girl, it looks wonderful! You made a beautiful bride even without the giant dress, cathedral church and hundreds of witnesses. Not that there is anything wrong with those things either. Just that it's obvious that you two are very much in love and no matter where you get married or who attends... you are still married at the end of the day. :)

Kirsty Arnold said...

I LOVE your ring!

Anonymous said...

This just has me smiling. :) Your day looks perfect! And hey, regardless of HOW we get the end of the day, we're still married. :) I love love!

Helene said...

Just had to see your wedding! You look so happy!
Helene in Between

Jacqueline O said...

That is the most interesting wedding dress I've ever seen....and you looked gorgeous in it!!!! (late) congrats!!
I'm getting married in August!! :)

Princess Burlap said...

Ok I know I'm about, I don't know, YEARS late to this party but I just had to comment. The kissing photo, you two look so in love, it's captivating. And the circles! Pete (Blue Eyes as my husband is known on my blog) has an unwavering habit of doing that as well, and it's one I cherish and can't really live a day without. It's the little things that make the biggest ripples, isn't it?


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