This time last year I was getting ready to walk down the aisle and marry my best friend. No not Haley…Chad Knight. The most amazing man I have ever met. Now, You may remember this post about the wedding, or this one, or this one, or this one, or this one BUT I have never really gone into details of the big day. Since I already talked about the morning of and getting ready lets skip to the best part…when my best friend threw up in the middle of our vows. Okay, so it wasn’t the BEST part that would be when he told us we could kiss and introduced us for the first time as man and wife. Let’s be honest though… you all want to hear about the vows that made Haley puke.
I remember so clearly standing in the hall of the church that day watching my bridesmaids one by one leave to walk down the aisle. I started getting nervous/excited then. I remember thinking, “This is it, THIS is it!” This entire event that I had been planning for a year and a half was about to happen. I wanted to fully enjoy it so while I watched them go and concentrated on every thing they were doing. Marley was ready to POP, baby Lucas would join us only about a month later... Nicole and Katie were looking beautiful, my new sister in laws: Morgan, Apryle, and Hollye stood there smiling at me telling me it was almost time, my sister was being so sweet it almost brought me to tears, and Kerri was giving me that look of, “It’s all about to happen man!” with that silly grin she does that makes me smile and Haley my Maid of Honor was crouching down on the floor trying not to get sick from a killer migraine that we later decided was all Chick-fil-a's fault. She kept smiling at me and telling me everything was fine that she just needed a second and that she was soooo excited for me. Haley was there for everything at this wedding and I knew that she was getting sick but she was determined to power through it and be by my side smiling.
As they all disappeared down the aisle it got down to just me and after they closed the doors I took my fathers arm and just stood there thinking, “This is it.” When I heard the music change and the doors opened I saw all of my friends and family. It was the sweetest moment that I will never forget it and then I saw Chad. I almost started crying immediately so I had to tilt my head back and focus before we started walking down the aisle. I felt amazing, I felt loved, and most importantly nothing mattered anymore. All the planning, all the stress, all the arguments disappeared.
When my father handed me off to Chad I immediately ditch my beautiful bouquet to my sister which I wasn’t supposed to do yet and put my hand in Chads. We held hands the entire ceremony and even though I was supposed to hold my flowers longer I wouldn’t have it any other way. The preacher started the ceremony and out of the corner of my eye I noticed Haley wasn’t looking to good. Still beautiful but we all know that puke face…and this wasn’t a joke. Not long after the preacher started I watched Haley in SLOW MOTION it felt like gracefully turn her head down to the left and puke. Yes, that really did just happen. My mouth immediately fell open and I mouthed, “ARE YOU OKAY” to her with my eyes wide. She looked at me and nodded and gave me one of those pained smiles because she was BEGGING me to ignore her and focus on the preacher. I remember Chad squeezing my hand and then I refocused on the preacher but I still glanced over at Haley a few times to make sure she wasn’t about to hit the floor. She didn’t thank God
(Let me just explain about Haleys puking in a little more detail because that girl deserves CREDIT. I know that when I throw up I make disgusting noises… I mean you can’t help it. Haley was SILENT. I mean the only reason I knew she puked was because her body did that uplifting thing and then white liquid (Let’s call it stomach acid) appeared on the floor and a tiny bit down her dress. I was sure our videographer had caught it on camera and that everyone had seen but when we asked people later no one had any idea what we were talking about. Other than our family in the very first row, No one saw! After we got our wedding video back we watched it to see how obvious it was and you can’t even tell, it just looks like she turned her head to sneeze or cry for a moment. THAT girl deserves and award. I thought for sure that I would have been pissed but really it just made such a memory that being mad never even crossed my mind. After the ceremony the first thing I did was walk into the bathroom where she was to check on her (she was puking and making lots of noise this time) but she literally was yelling/begging/crying for me to get out and enjoy the wedding and not worry about her. It was the sweetest moment in our friendship to me even though that sounds completely weird.)
We kept our ceremony and vows pretty generic with the preacher throwing in a few of his own things but the one part that was so special was when Chad sang my wedding song to me. He wrote and recorded this song to be put on our CD favors but would not let me hear it until he sang it that day. I can’t believe that I didn’t ruin my makeup (thanks be to God for waterproof makeup) and most of the photos from that moment have me with my head back and face up to the sky trying to not let the tears start to fall. It was so funny watching the wedding video later and hearing the recording of that moment. I have never heard Chad sing worse, his voice was shaking, and you can feel the nerves. But what’s so perfect is that at that moment it was absolutely perfect. I had no idea his voice was shaking and I loved every moment. He on the other hand is Still pissed that he sounded that nervous and it just makes me feel so special that I am the only one that has ever gotten him that way. He’s played in front of hundreds of people many times but never had his voice shake that much- I’m honored. (Oh, and it isn’t even that bad he is just very dramatic about it) After we said our I Do’s it was time to get the last round of pictures all together… it was my rule that he couldn’t see me until I walked down the isle which looking back on I loved and I hated. It really did take time away from us going to the reception but at the same time I wanted that look on his face and I can happily say, I got it.
To be continued...
Now, a year later all day today instead of taking bubble baths and getting pretty I have been at work.
Chad was off (lucky duck) and even though it has just been a normal day I can say it has been a wonderful day. Thank you so much to all of our friends and family that gave us sweet words and congratulations. It wasn't expected but it was totally wonderful.
My amazing husband of one year also sent me this today at work:
I have been wanting one of these for Years!!!
It was amazing and I couldn't help but take pictures of my happiness:
Then I got off work and came home to the sweetest man holding the sweetest card.
With the best wrapped present ever!
But what really matters is what was in the box right....
Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch!!!
Time with you just got that much sweeter!
Tomorrow we will tell you how this tasted after an entire year and a road trip across the country:
I'm going to be optimistic about this...