Today is our second anniversary! Our wedding day simultaneously feels like so long ago & not long ago at all. I’m guessing there will always be some mix of that sentiment. Looking through these photos again, I still can’t get over how well our day went—every element was very personal to us & I’m so glad we went that direction. Most notably, I’m thankful that we could have our friend Anna Zajac take our wedding photos. It just wouldn’t have been the same without you, Anna!
The guys got ready at Mark & Steph’s house.
They got dressed up so early so Anna could take pictures in front of this cute wall!
I heard they went to the Winking Lizard for lunch… I was pretty jealous.
Alex wrote me a note and bought me FLOWERS! 😭 He had Anna deliver it to me when she came to take pictures of us getting ready. I was so surprised.
My rigorous wedding day makeup (don’t get me wrong… two years later, I wish I had done more. But it’s cool, 22 year old me. I know you had a rough semester leading up to this.)
My friend Katie got me this cutie “Mrs. Catanese” hanger!!
👋 Hi Eleanor!
Friends getting ready 💘
Sittin’ on shoes every chance she gets.
Finishing up their speech 😂 I didn’t have a maid of honor, so they all wrote something small & Bekah read everything at the reception.
Lil bridesmaids gifts!! I found vintage floral mugs & handmade necklaces on Etsy. Now I think of them every time I use my mug 😊❤️
Everyone’s shoes! We gave our wedding party a general idea of what we wanted (brown shoes, turquoise dresses, gray suits) and had them get things they’d wear again. I still can’t believe how good all of the dresses looked together!
My bridesmaid Jasmine MADE THIS DRESS FOR ME. What?! I’m so lucky. We took lace from part of my mom’s wedding dress and used it for the top half. The bottom half was made of clouds.
Serious face photos are a must. We just couldn’t do it tho
You look good too, guys!
I didn’t include our other photos with our squad members, but this one with Dan cracks me up every time.
We made our own stationery, too! Well, Alex designed, and I… art directed.
Our save-the-dates and programs had a map of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (where we had our first kiss/got engaged/got married) printed on them.
Our favors were little wildflower seed packets with puns on the front. 👌
We bought a bunch of flowers from Acme and the guys and my dad graciously set them all up! They looked so good! Jasmine organized the bridesmaids and me into an assembly line in the bathroom, and we made our own bouquets. 😊 As you can see from a few photos ago, they looked great! And we saved a lot of money. 😉
Family & friends praying for us before our life as a married couple begins.
Shoutout to Andrew for singing & playing guitar throughout the ceremony! I wish I had heard more of it, but they wouldn’t let me come in yet.
So happy because almost everyone we know is in the same room, here for us!
She’s smiling! I was getting worried.
Our good friend Matthew, a pastor at our church, married us.
After much debate on which symbolic thing we should do, we agreed on washing feet, which I was super opposed to at first. I thought it was kind of weird, and my feet are very ticklish. I was truly worried I’d kick Alex in the face. But after thinking over the significance of this act, I realized it was a perfect thing to do for our ceremony.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
— John 12–17
Marriage is all about serving one another, even when—especially when—your (my) pride is getting in the way.
After the ceremony, we did a (tear-filled) (for me) receiving line so we could be sure to say hi to everyone and thank them for coming. We took photos with our families and wedding party while they enjoyed cocktail hour.
These big group photos might be my favorite, I don’t know…
…these ones are pretty great too. 💖
Our friend Todd lettered this for us! It was on an old window my parents got from a neighbor.
Entering to Something Good Can Work. (Bummed Jason & Jamie didn’t get photographed. Also, Mark’s face 😂)
Our pretty moms 😊
First dance to Love and Some Verses by Iron & Wine.
We didn’t do many weddingy things (’cause I really just wanted to dance with my friends) but we thought the anniversary dance would be fun and not awkward.
Alex’s grandparents didn’t quite have the longest marriage, but it was their 50th wedding anniversary that day! We were so excited to share that with them 😊
Centerpieces made by the guys! We had guests take them home at the end of the night because, why not? We don’t need all of those jars, and then the flowers wouldn’t go to waste.
We served our guests ice cream from Mason’s Creamery and it was such. a. hit. We had the whiskey, coffee, and salted caramel flavors, plus those delish toppings. Our families still talk about it.
Our friend Michelle made this amazing blueberry & lemon cake for us to cut into!
And finally, dancing! What a blast. When our guests RSVPed, we had them write a favorite oldies song for us to play during the reception. Way easier than trying to come up with stuff ourselves 😅. I still think of certain people when I hear the songs they requested.
Oh, I just can’t get over all of these beautiful, joyous faces of my friends. I love every one of you.
All of those crazy design kids.
Aw, I love this picture. I’m so glad we thought ahead to do this. Now hopefully, our future kids’ future spouses’ parents did the same thing, and we can keep this going.
I’m still so grateful for our wedding party, friends, and parents for working hard to make this day go so smoothly, and for our guests who left work early and traveled near & far to be with us. It was a perfect day.