From the day we got engaged to the day we got married, it was non-stop wedding prep. Food, decorations, yardwork, showers, planning meetings, flowers, invitations, stamps, suit…I could go on and on. I even created a binder to try and organize all the madness. But I will say, it was rather fun madness. I don’t know what other girls dreamed about when they were little, but I dreamed about holding that scanning gun at Target and registering for all the items of my dreams. Apparently this was not Juan’s childhood dream: For he looked like that most of the time we were registering. But, he tried to be a good sport, seeing as is WAS my birthday. Yes, I wanted to register on my birthday. I was that excited. And with all the planning came tiny miracles. Things lining up and working out in a way that we could have never planned ourselves. For example, Juan and I went to look for his suit at Joseph A. Bank one night. Turns out the salesman was one of Juan’s classmates. And he, being unbelievably kind, gave us a killer discount which allowed not only Juan to get TWO suits, but a suit for each of our dads. #blessed I’m also blessed with incredible friends and family who spoiled me and gave me the most beautiful bridal shower. Exceeding all of my little girl dreams. But there’s nothing more awkward than opening presents in front of a bunch of people, am I right? While chatting with our neighbors one evening, we mentioned the wedding and they let us know that they could help us get invitations printed SUPER cheap. I was able to design and print an enormous amount of invitations for dirt cheap. Invitations that I LOVED! And still have a box of 400 in my garage….haha. Seriously, I will always be forever grateful to those ladies. As well as forever grateful to USPS for having Harry Potter stamps available during the time of our wedding so we could grace everyone’s invite with them! I spent a lot of time at thrift stores and a lot of time spray painting. I tried to do most of the decor myself, so I could save so cash and so it would be unique to me! I even took a stab at these marquee letters, which I’m super proud of. We ran down to the court and snagged a marriage license, to make things official! See this man in the tree right here? That’s my dad working for days and weeks on end to make the backyard absolutely perfect for our reception. He trimmed trees, planted flowers and grass, built walls and patios…he didn’t skimp that’s for sure! And he had a load of generous helpers who made his dream come true. And mine! I could not be more grateful for all of their hard work. Being able to celebrate our special day at a place that means so much to me was unbeatable.