Here’s To Today – And What Will Follow

It’s finally here. Today, Saturday, October 13th, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. eastern time, Matt and I are getting married. :)


I can’t believe it’s been a year since Matt surprised me with a ring on the top of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park, VA.



Or that it’s been 8 (!) years since we first met in DC and started dating.



There are so many things I’m excited for today.

I can’t wait to get ready with my bridesmaids, my mom, my grandmother, and Matt’s mom and rock that beautiful hair and makeup again.

I can’t wait to finally put my dress on for more than 5 minutes.

I can’t wait to wear those ridiculously high but totally worth it because they’re hot shoes (don’t worry, I have a backup for when my feet hurt).

I can’t wait to see Matt’s face for the first time as I’m walking down the aisle.

I can’t wait for our first kiss as Mr. and Mrs.

I can’t wait to take fun pictures in the beautiful scenery around our venue.

I can’t wait to see all our friends and family.

I can’t wait to see in person all the decorations and details and everything that we’ve spent so many months emailing and meeting about. (And let’s be honest… I can’t wait to not email and meet about those things anymore, too.)

I can’t wait for our delicious dinner. (I know you say we won’t have time to enjoy it, but I’m going to make sure we do!)

I can’t wait to hear speeches from my parents and our wedding party.

I can’t wait for our first dance and the father/daughter and mother/son dances.

And I can’t wait to party the rest of the night away.

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But you know what I really can’t wait for? Way more than any of this?

I can’t wait for the rest of my life with Matt. Because all of this? This is just one day. Sure, we’ve been planning for it for a year now, and it will be wonderful, even if things go wrong, and I’m sure it will be over way quicker than we want it to be. But it’s what comes after that matters way more. And that? That is what I really can’t wait for.

Of course, this isn’t Hollywood. We aren’t perfect, our relationship isn’t perfect, and I’m sure our lives together won’t be, either. But I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of mine with anyone else. Here’s to many, many more years of adventures, and laughter, and kisses. Cheers! :)


  1. 1

    My wedding is next Saturday so I know the anticipation you are feeling. I can’t wait to read your recap!

  2. 2

    Congratulations, Anne!! What a beautiful post. Have a wonderful wedding weekend, and I can’t wait to red about it!

  3. 3

    Congratulations on your beautiful life <3

  4. 4

    I hope your day is beautiful!

  5. 5

    I absolutely love your excitement list in your post today. If you two don’t know each other after 8 years then you never will. I wish you every happiness in your marriage and life and hope that you will be as happy and still in love with your husband as I am with mine after 45 years of marriage. Here’s to Anne and Matt.

  6. 6

    Anne and Matt, the day has finally come!!!! Congrats to you both!! And thank you for allowing me to follow you along on this beautiful journey! I’m sure you guys are ready to officially tie the knot after 8 long years! So happy for you two! I shall toast to you guys while sipping on some cheap wine today. Being married is def fun so come on board ;)

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    Karen @ Runner Girl Eats says

    Congrats! Enjoy your day. I can’t wait to see pics and hear all about it :)

  8. 8

    What a great post! Have a great day Anne and Matt!! Congratulations!

  9. 9

    So cute. Congrats!!!

  10. 10

    Congrats, Anne! Hope your day goes beautifully :)

  11. 11

    Lovely post. I hope you and Matt have an amazing day!

  12. 12

    I’m usually a lurker, but I wanted to be sure to wish you Congratulations on your wedding day! I hope your beautiful day is everything you both want it to be! We’re all waiting anxiously to hear all about everything. Wishing you all the best today & forever :)

  13. 13

    Anne, this is beautiful! I’m so excited for today, it’s going to be wonderful. And more importantly, I’m so happy for you and matt and what will follow. Xxxxxx

  14. 14

    Wishing you all the best on this wonderful day!

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    Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie says

    I am so so excited for you! I hope you have the most special day! You are going to be a beautiful bride!

  16. 16

    Wishing you the best, on the most unforgettable day in your life!
    Thank you for allowing us to share to share it with you!

    Can’t wait to see you soon -we’e SOOO excited!!!!

  17. 17

    I am such a sap. I definitely teared up reading this–it’s beautiful! I’m so excited for your special day and am glad we ran together this morning :) Can’t wait to see you later xoxo

  18. 18

    Enjoy your day! On my wedding day my husband and I enjoyed our dinner and cake, so it is definitely possible :)!

  19. 19

    I’m also a previous lurker (and not usually such a sap!) but this totally made me tear up a little–congratulations and I hope you have a fantastic day!

  20. 20

    congratulations!! enjoy everything!! :)

  21. 21

    Have a beautiful wedding day! I hope it’s everything you have been wishing for this day to be. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today. I enjoy reading all your post, but looks forward to hearing about your special day.

  22. 22

    Congratulations! Enjoy your amazing day. And as someone who has been married for six years, I can tell you it just gets better! :)

  23. 23

    Beautiful thoughts, Anne!! I’m so excited to be there to help you celebrate today, and I know this is only the beginning of even more wonderful times to come for you and Matt. So happy for you!! xoxo

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    elle | nutritionella says

    It’s a good thing I read this before I did my makeup for the wedding! Cant wait to witness it. All the best to you and Matt on your special day! xoxo

  25. 25

    Happy wedding day!!!! I am so excited for you and Matt, knowing your personality I know you will have an EPIC time at your wedding!!!

  26. 26

    So beautifully written – congratulations!

  27. 27

    Congratulations, Anne! Wishing you two a beautiful marriage and life together!

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  29. 29

    Congratulations! I hope it was perfect for both of you :)

  30. 30

    Dear Anne: you made me cry a little… makes me remembering my wedding 25 years ago..your beautiful words come from the heart are your feelings, be happy and live each day as if you started this relationship. Enjoy your marriage in this beautiful day!

  31. 31

    Congratulations, Anne and Matt! I cannot wait to hear all about it!

  32. 32

    Congratulations Anne!this post is so precious!I wish you two the best :)
    PS, as I was watching your last picture,for the first time in my life I had the instant thought “their babies will be so beautiful”!

  33. 33

    Congratulations! I am sure it was wonderful.

  34. 34

    I saw your wedding and Meal and Miles and I LOVE your dress. I LOVE that it is not strapless, but is beautiful and classy. Where is it from? Thanks.

  35. 36

    Ahh such a beautiful post! So glad we could share this special day with you. It was absolutely fantastic, one of the best weddings I have ever been to! Enjoy your mini-moon, and congrats again!

  36. 37

    Congratulations! I hope you had a lovely day and many future blessings to you and your new husband!

  37. 38

    congratulations to you and your husband!
    hope everything went well and it was the wedding day you dreamed of.

  38. 39

    You looked beautiful, Anne! Can’t wait to read all about it and see more!

  39. 40

    Your dress was spectacular, Anne, and so were you. The cake was gorgeous. I peeked on another blog. BTW, Happy Belated Birthday to your 3 year old baby. (Blog).

  40. 41

    What a beautiful post. I’m so, so happy for you two!

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    I hope y’all had a blast and enjoyed every moment! The night went by so quickly and every week following quicker- we’re having a hard time believing that it’s already been a month and a half!

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    Adventurer says

    This is awesome, Anne… Very sweet, fun, and touching…

  43. 44

    Was so happy to wake up today and see the photo sneak preview — SO beautiful, all of it!

    But what makes me even happier is the realism and wisdom in this post. A wedding, no matter how incredible, really is just one day in a much longer narrative. I know you and Matt will have so many days that, if not as ceremonious as a wedding, will be as special and important. xo

  44. 45

    Congrats Anne! I write this to you on my 2nd wedding anniversary and I agree that what I most looked forward to was the ever after part. I’m so glad to hear you and Matt are now entering your own. Enjoy the mini-moon. :)

  45. 46

    Just reread this; it is truly wonderful and brought tears to my eyes….

  46. 47

    So happy for you, Anne. :)

  47. 48

    That was a lovely post! Thankfully all those things for that one day DID go well so you have all those fun memories to start your married journey together, on top of a lifetime more! I am so glad I was able to be a part of it! :)


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