Best decision of my life

Dec 31

Best decision of my life

10 years ago tonight, Brad and I said, “I do.”

Best decision of my life.

(He is really an amazing man.)

One of the best pieces of pre-wedding advice I received was to stop as often as I could remember — at least every half hour or so — and really look and remember what is going on.  In essence, the advice was to take a mental picture every thirty minutes as the day/evening progressed.  Thanks to that advice, I have a series of memories that are full and detailed about my wedding day.

I remember waking in the morning and having breakfast with my family.

I remember walking out of the salon into the sunny, 50 degree weather, and the wind took my veil and swirled it into the air.

I remember seeing Brad in the balcony before our pictures.  I remember laughing with him and the way my cheek felt on his tuxedo-clad chest.

I remember laughing and telling stories with my girlfriends in the bridal room while we listened to guests arrive.

I remember my mom doing up the back of my dress.

I remember the look on my dad’s face as we stood waiting to go down the aisle.

I remember looking at our pastor, our friend, as he spoke to our gathered guests.

I remember the faces and the hugs and the perma-smile I sported that night as I greeted everyone I love.

I remember the toasts: the planned and the impromptu speeches, the cheers and the big toast at midnight.

I remember dancing with my sisters.

I remember leaving hand-in-hand with Brad, so sad it was over, but so happy that it was really just the beginning.

I remember, and there’s not a thing I would change about that night.

I love you Bradley James Anderson.  To the moon and back.

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16 comments

  1. Lisa Smith /

    Happy Anniversary you love birds. xo

  2. Maryann /

    Happy Anniversary! And, Much love to you both!

  3. I remember that night too! It was one of the most beautiful weddings and receptions that I have ever been to! Truly special! Happy anniversary to you both!!

  4. Happy Tenth Anniversary-Here’s to another fifty !~!

  5. Colleen /

    Happy Anniversary and Happy NEW Year!! I hope 2014 has great and wonderful things for you. You deserve nothing but the best.

  6. Bonnie J /

    Happy Anniversary Jen and Brad… I remember your wedding so very well :-) a magical night, beautiful and touching !! So thrilled we got to attend your lovely event. May you be blessed all the days of your lives together and with the Lord.

  7. Peggy /

    Happy, Happy Anniversary Brad & Jen! What a wonderful anniversary date…New Year’s Eve…fireworks every single celebration…magical! Here’s to MANY more!!! ♥p

  8. Newbie friend /

    Happy Anniversary ! I remember looking at your wedding album last year in the chemo room. My how quickly time flies. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2014.

  9. ohiofishergirl /

    We have one of the bells from your wedding and when I see it, I always think of you! :) Happy 10th anniversary to both of you! Hugs, Lauri

  10. Tiffany Green /

    Happy anniversary and here’s to at least 50 more! Many, many more blessings for 2014!!

  11. Happy Anniversary!

  12. Shari /

    Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year to you both!

  13. Tonja Hemmerick /

    Happy New Years!!!! Been thinking a lot about you today. Something told me to pull up your blog today. Now I see why…to wish you a Happy Anniversary!!!! From one December bride to another.
    Much love;
    Tonja

  14. Happy Anniversary! What a treasure those snippets of memory are for you (and us).

  15. Rita O'Brien /

    Happy Anniversary to you both and wishing you many more years of love and happiness. Jen I love your wedding photo.

  16. Denise G. /

    Awww takes me back to my own wedding day- that was just 3 months ago and makes me think of the little things that made it special.

    The text I sent my groom after my hair and makeup was done telling him I was going to knock his socks off.

    The moment I stepped out and saw my maid of honor making her way down the aisle and my first case of nerves hit me hard. I was really getting married…To this man…in a wedding we planned in 4 months…and I’ve never been happier!

    The feeling as we literally walked off into the sunset together (which our photographer captured quite well)