11.21.2008

Allow Me...

Once a bride....always a bride. At least in my heart. I love weddings. The Flowers! The Dress! The Party! If I could, I would get married every year (to the same groom, of course!) just to experience it all again and again. I loved being a bride.

With that said, growing up, I wasn't one of those girls who dreamed of my wedding day. I never put a pillowcase on my head and pretended it was a veil. I didn't have a dress picked out at age 13 (it would have been pretty horrible, anyway...after all, I am a child of the 80s) and I never practiced writing my first name with my boyfriend's last name to see how it looked. Okay, that last one is a lie. I did write out a few Dana _______s just to see if it actually sounded good. But the rest is true. For me, life was about being independent: Traveling. Wine with girlfriends. Dancing until the wee hours of dawn. Marriage seemed to me, to be, well...grown-up. And I certainly was not in any hurry to be old.

But somewhere around my high-school reunion, my first love (met him in 8th grade, friends in high-school, went our own way after college) rocked my world. I did always have this feeling about him...

After a while, I realized that marriage didn't have to mean boring suburbia, mom jeans and matching sweat suits. If one finds the right person, it just makes sense. And if two people have common interests and goals, well, there's certainly no need for a hum-drum existance. So, I packed up my bags, said good-bye to New York City and headed to Denver. A year-and-a-half later, we were married. And, let me tell you--I LOVED our wedding! I would do it again and again if money were no object.

Being a bride, for me, was a transformation. I loved trying on all the lacy, frilly dresses I thought I would hate. I loved choosing a theme and picking out colors. I equally enjoyed learning the names of flowers I barely had noticed throughout my life. What I realized through the process is that I am that girl (and my favorite of all favorite flowers is the lily). I was a closeted, wanna-be bride! I just never knew it...

And since my big day, I have been obsessed with all things wedding-related. It's as if Pandora's Box has been opened.

What better way to appease my obsession than to write about it? Meanwhile, I can include all the great things I come across daily. I invite you to take this journey with me. If you've gone this far, you probably like weddings as much as I do...

1 comments:

Color Me Green said...

know just what you mean...never interested in weddings before. suddenly OBSESSED with them. and i love that line "I realized that marriage didn't have to mean boring suburbia, mom jeans and matching sweat suits." I've just realized that myself in the past couple years in regards to getting older as well as getting married.

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