Ya’ll. Somehow an entire month has gone by and I’ve not posted a single photo of our wedding!
Today marks one month since we jumped over a broom, and to be honest, it’s been the best month. Full of change and surprise and love and growth.
John and I met, a little over a year ago, on Tinder. We were both bored of working 24/7 and wanted to entertain ourselves with going out and meeting new people. I’d gone out with several people by the time I met John, and the dating was more to entertain myself and to see how many different places I could visit, than anything else. I’d met funny guys, tall guys, guys that didn’t realize I was short. I met men that were odd and some that bored me to tears. I didn’t have any exceptions for people or relationships and I never thought I would find someone that “fit me just right” or was “the one”.
When John and I matched, we messaged via Tinder for a few days and I announced that I had free time in the morning and I didn’t really want to go to a loud bar and yell at him. So he asked me if coffee at 8am would work for me? Yes. Yes, it would. Our 8am coffee date turned into a slew of what we called Morning Dates. We went hiking, we went to museums (all local), we drank a lot of coffee. Before we knew it, we were spending all of our time together and I just couldn’t imagine my life without him.
John has an easy smile. He’s always kind and helpful. He’s a clean/neat freak and isn’t afraid of being wrong. Every time he opens the refrigerator, he eats a baby carrot. He doesn’t walk on carpet with shoes and he manages to takes care of everyone around him while singing off-key lyrics to every rock song written.
He’s graciously let me rearrange the contents of his house no less than 4 times in the last few months and he’s gone without sleep to make my life easier at every turn.
We have big plans for our future; things like building businesses and turning our 5 children into capable adults. We want to travel and invest in real estate. We want to go hiking and lay in hammocks and love each other when neither of us feel like we deserve it.
We’re going to have a wedding celebration in April and we’ll get all fancy and invite all the people, but for now, it made the most sense to get married in the woods, jump over a broom and exchange rings.
After our fun in the woods, we took “engagement” photos with Logan and Casey downtown. I’ll share those in another post.
Photo credit for all of the above images: Casey Elrod Photography