I Got Married!

In lieu of writing and posting anything since October, I have been busy planning a wedding. I’ll save my elope-you-fools-don’t-fall-into-the-wedding-trap rant blog for another time, since I’m writing to celebrate and share some pics.

Quick recap of the day: best day of my life! I spent most of it trying not to cry, which is probably why I am not smiling in 80% of the candid pictures of me during the ceremony. I knew if I lost it, I’d never get it back, so I had to keep myself together. It feels like a total dream looking back at these pictures. I got to finally marry the best life-partner and husband a girl could ask for, have all of my family and friends in one place, and then dance and party and have a heck of a good time. I have never felt so loved and humbled. I’m so thankful for all the people that came and shared the day with us that I can’t thank them all, plus it’s not like I won an Oscar so I’m going to keep this short, but S/O to Cree who put literally everything back together after it poured sheets and buckets of rain 30 minutes before go-time. And Emily. And Griffin. And Matt. And everyone else. I JUST LOVE EVERYBODY, YOU GUYS!

We were praying about when to get married for months, and then in October, we knew God wanted us to get married this summer. It was crystal clear. But we were terrified: it was way sooner than we had ever thought — we were planning a wedding 2 months before we got engaged in December. Everything was rushed. Looking back, I couldn’t be more glad that we got married when we did. People say that when you make plans, God laughs. It’s true, but here’s something even more true: His timing was so perfect.

My beautiful and wonderful friend Abby Caldwell captured these amazing pictures that will thankfully last longer than my recollection of the day. There are lots, so if you want the whole bunch, the link is here and the password is whippleworld. (Photobooth pictures are also online and HILARIOUS and the password is paige.) Below are just a few of my faves. I hope you find yourself in these and look back on the day as happily as I do. XOXO!

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.”
Song of Solomon 8:6

 

As if that wasn’t enough, we also had our crazy-talented friend Coty Nix on hand to capture some of the day, which included Abby singing during the ceremony (did I mention that she’s wonder woman?) Some of his pics are below, and they are amazeballs. I’m so thankful for him! Coty, you rock.

Mike’s Engaged! (Plus Pictures!)

This is my chance to pretend I have a photography blog.

My oldest friend got engaged today. I’ve been friends with Mike since the sixth grade. If you do that math, it’s nine years.That would be 45% of my life. So when he called me and asked me to take pictures when he proposed, there wasn’t even a “no” option. I was so honored that he asked me to be there to document the most important moment of his life. (Until the wedding, of course.) Image

One cool memory I have of Mike actually involves another bestie of mine (who was not my bestie at the time). He had gone to Costa Rica with the middle school on a mission trip, and when they got back, Mrs. Becker said she thought Mike would love it if I went with her to pick him up from the airport. So I hitched a ride with her and Logan, who I was not a fan of at the time. Sometimes I’m still not a fan of you, Log. Just kidding, just kidding, I like you much more now than I did when I was 12 years old. (It’s a long story, and my feelings were unfounded anyway. But I was a middle school girl, let’s cut me some slack here.) Again, it was just a moment that I was excited to be a part of. I guess it was a bit of foreshadowing for today!

Mike has always been a constant in my life. Even if we don’t talk for awhile, he’s always there if I need him. He’s trustworthy, kind, and loyal, which is why I know that Jillian is lucky to have him. I knew Mike before Jillian, and he’s a better, happier man with her. I’m so excited that I’ll never know a Mike without her in his life.

ImageWhen I met Jillian for the first time years ago, I was firstly surprised by her outer beauty: the girl is a stunner. She’s gorgeous. What’s great about Jillian is that her inner beauty manages to outshine her inner beauty. I haven’t spent a ton of time with her, but you don’t need a lot of time to figure out when someone is that legitimately genuine, sweet, and Christ-centered. I just love her. She’s one of the most adorable people in the world: you meet her and you just want to be her best friend. Mike really got lucky with this one.

Anyway, the engagement story is not mine to tell, I will leave that up to the future Mrs. and Mr. I will, however, share a few pictures from the day because they’re just so cute and wonderful. They fill my heart with happiness, and I know that they’ll do the same for anyone else that knows and loves Mike and Jillian. I can’t wait for this wedding. Check out the pictures below! Continue reading