One thing that has carried us through this year is the memory of our wedding and the week when friends and family descended on Long Island to be with us as we made this big, scary life decision. Being with my girlfriends, going to the Hamptons, eating Briermere Pies, and soaking up every ounce of summer the North Fork could offer...my heart aches when I think of the happiness it brought to my soul. I get choked up when I look back at the pictures.
The rehearsal dinner was held at the Soundview Restaurant and the sunset was everything we hoped it would be.
Photo by Solomon Davis
Photo by Ashley Thomas
The morning of, we all drank some coffee, steamed dresses, and put makeup on as I tried not to be sick while brushing my teeth. The house we stayed in was a dream.
All Photos: Kimberly Barnes of Kimberly Barnes Photography
I bought the shells at The Iron Gate in Franklin years ago and had been saving them for my wedding bouquet. The dusty miller came from mom and dad's yard, the seedum came from Jane's, and the dahlia's came from a field down the street...all were lovingly cultivated for the bouquets. A little bit of Tennessee and a little bit of home.
I spent hours putting the place cards together at mom and dad's dining room table using pieces of sea glass that Rob and I had found on the North Fork, along with shells that came from my great Aunt Jeanne's collection. It was humbling to say prayers of thankfulness over each name, grateful for these special people in our lives, some of whom were sacrificing a lot to be there with us.
These are some of the most gorgeous women and oldest friends I have on this planet and their beauty took my breath away.
Brecknock Hall was this amazing backdrop, steeped in North Fork history. We could not have found a more perfect place to celebrate. There are so many special moments of magic that I remember, I could go on for days...
Our cute little parents
And when the wedding was over, there was just us, living our lives from day to unglamorous day with this incredible memory to smile back on. I will always think of it as one of the happiest days ever, being home, surrounded by the people we love most in the world.
And so we press on...working on our marriage, loving our pets, fixing our house, savoring every joyful moment, and going back to the North Fork as often as life allows.