embarrassing moment for Jon from his father's speech at the rehearsal dinner
Dear readers, I'm married! It's so strange - waking up next to Jon felt like any other early morning together. I opened my eyes before the alarm, rustling the duvet as I sat up and checked my phone; he sighed and, in his sleep, reached for me, and he smiled when I whispered "good morning."
But then I remember Saturday, the best day of my life. It might be sacrilegious to say this, but it wasn't the wedding in and of itself that made August 24 so amazing. From the moment my father and I walked into the barn, I felt absolutely enveloped in love. Jon and I spent an entire evening surrounded by so much joy - it was tangible. 97 people had come from all over the world to celebrate our marriage with us, and our wedding day was just as much about sharing that with them as it was repeating vows and exchanging rings. In the space of five minutes, I got to squeal with a friend I've known since I was 8, hug a dear classmate from university, introduce myself to newly acquired aunts and uncles, and kiss my husband. It was magical.
I think that Jon has finally understood what this world of blogging means to me because of our wedding. I read him every single tweet wishing us a beautiful day, and his cynicism melted a bit each time I explained who the message from. We smiled over dozens and dozens of tweets from women I'd never even met before, each one making me feel like you were here with us at Bruisyard, and that made the joy greater.
As you know, Jon's definition of what's private (and therefore shouldn't be blogged) is different from mine, so we're going to work on a post or two about the wedding together this week. Yes, we're heading up to Norfolk this morning for our honeymoon, but it will be wonderful to relive our favorite moments from Saturday while pouring over the photos that are currently being posted to Facebook and Instagram. I want to make sure I respect what Jon is and isn't comfortable with sharing while sharing our wedding with you!
In the meantime, thank you. And, if Jon's family - now my family - are reading this blog as you threatened to: welcome! I'm so glad we got to share our day with you. Here's to many more happy days to come!