Adam (my fiancé) and I are not a typical, normal couple. Well, let me rephrase that…we’re so cute and weird together, it’s disgusting. Except, it’s not disgusting, it’s perfect. It is love and happiness that I never knew was possible until he came (back) into my life.
Let’s rewind 13-ish years ago to middle school band class. Adam and I were introduced by a mutual friend, and encouraged to talk. Aside from the general 7th grade awkwardness, we clicked instantly. We started dating. And by dating, I mean sitting next to each other at lunch, giving each other looks in class and walking down the hallway with arms around each other. (If any 7th graders are reading, do not walk down the hallway in middle school with your arms around each other. You will get yelled at by authority figures. Save yourself the humiliation and take my word for it.). Anyway, we continued “dating” through 8th grade. And I mean 8th grade dating, like going to school dances and hanging out watching *insert popular ’03 movies here*. He even bought me a Beach Boys CD for Valentine’s Day our 8th grade year and told me to listen to #17 (“Wouldn’t It Be Nice). He said, it was how he felt ❤ .
However, like most typical middle school “relationships”, it didn’t last. Adam and I remained best friends though. Together, we ruled a pit percussion squad, had many random adventures in Wytheville, roamed the FCHS hallways and constantly bonded over our love and appreciation for classic rock and oldies. People around the school knew, where one of us was, the other was not far behind. Graduation day rolls around and we parted ways. Adam heads off to Marshall University, and I go to school to earn my degree in Early Childhood Development. From 2008-2012, we saw each other twice and only talked a handful of times. We were caught up in the whirlwind that is college life.
December 2012 rolls around and I’m on a beach trip with my mom. Adam ‘liked’ a picture I posted on Facebook and I thought, “hmm, I haven’t talked to Adam in forever. I’m going to text him later to see what he’s up to.” Fast forward 3 hours later and my phone buzzes. It’s a text from Adam saying, “Hey, how are you?” Fate. We meet up when I return. The rest, my friends, is history.
Atop Buffalo Mountain in Floyd, VA. May 2013
And now here we are. Doing the little dance called life in the best way possible…together. Just thinking of ‘us’ puts a goofy grin on my face and makes me want to shed tears of joy. As I said before, we’re not a traditional, typical couple. We are not into fancy, schmancy things. We are laid-back, down to earth, introverts to an extent. Neither of us is very comfortable with being in front of a huge crowd, and we strongly dislike stress. We want our wedding day to reflect our values and be all about celebrating the joy of our love. We do not want to deal with different locations and fittings and floral arrangements and seating charts. If a traditional wedding is your style, GREAT! It’s just not our cup of tea.
After delving into wedding planning, we decided that we will tie the knot in an intimate ceremony surrounded by our immediate families. We will do this somewhere by the beautiful New River with the fall foliage as our decor. This is our vision of the perfect wedding. Simple, meaningful, special.
That being said, we have so many family members and friends that mean the world to us and we want to bring everyone together to celebrate our marriage. That’s the keyword, ‘celebrate’. Just because we are forgoing a big ceremony does not mean we do not want to celebrate with our loved ones. We want a relaxed, laid-back fun time where everyone can mingle, dance, eat, drink and be marry (pun intended). We found our perfect location, and the the minute I walked in the door I envisioned all of our loved ones together carrying on and having a good time, helping us celebrate our love.
Since this will be happening during my ‘Thrifted Year’ project, I full well plan on sticking to my goals of buying nothing new and creating little waste. We will have minimal decor, made from recycled, sustainable materials (mason jars and cloth napkins, anyone?).
Oh yeah, there is the small matter of…the dress. That mission was actually accomplished at a thrift store back in December! I said yes to a dress (and shoes). The total ensemble cost $14.00. That is not a typo. My wedding dress and shoes cost $14.00 total! Both in perfect condition and purchased secondhand. Just another occurrence that inspired me to start ‘The Thrifted Year’ project.
I’m not posting a picture of the dress until after the wedding since Adam reads the blog. While I may not be traditional, I am superstitious to an extent haha! There will be plenty more wedding related posts, DIYs, tips, etc along the way as we get closer and closer to the big day. Stay tuned!
If you guys have any tips as far as Eco-friendly wedding ideas, let me know in the comments! I would greatly appreciate it!
Thanks for reading! ❤