Friday, March 22, 2013

What's in a letter

One part of my wedding I will absolutely not forget is the amount of emotion I felt when writing a letter to Brad that he would read right before our first look.
 
Up to this point I was not at all nervous although I think everyone around me was. 
I stayed at my mother in laws house the entire week leading up to the wedding to finalize all the small details. She asked throughout the week if I was getting nervous. I always said no. I did not have any doubt that I was making the right decision. Sure I was a little nervous of how things would turn out or how the weather was going to be. That is normal. But I realized that whatever happens will happen and if I forget any small details that no one else there would know but me. Brad's mom would say throughout the week that she was getting nervous. She was anxious and wanted everything to be perfect... so naturally she expected me to be the same way.
 
We were about to get ready for the bridal luncheon and I knew I had to sit down and write the letter I was going to give Brad before our first look before the time got the best of me and I didn't have time to put any thought into it.
 
 As I sat writing the letter I became an emotional wreck.
Tears ran down my face.
Everything began to sink in.
I realized that I was getting married!!!
My mother in law came in the room and immediately asked what was wrong  and followed by saying "please don't leave, please don't leave" She knew I was not going to leave (and joked saying that several times in the planning process) but she didn't know what was making me so emotional all of a sudden.
I handed her the letter and as she kept reading, she began crying as well.
 
The day was filled with the bridal luncheon, rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
The morning quickly came
It was time to head to the salon to start getting ready for my big day
My hair and makeup was perfect
I couldn't have asked for better weather
We left the salon and headed back to my mother in laws house to finish getting ready
The photographer followed us every step of the way capturing all these sweet moments
I put on my dress, garter and shoes
This is it
This is the day that every little girl dreams of
This is the day I will always remember
 
After a few pictures with my bridesmaids, it was time to head to the chapel for Brad and I to see each other before we said "I do"
 
The photographer makes sure we are in the perfect locations to where we couldn't yet see each other.
He hands Brad his letter first......
 
 
 

 
Now for his letter....

 
Brad,

            " Today I'm going to stand in front of our friends and family and promise to spend the rest of my life loving and honoring you. It's quite a big promise to make, but one that I know I will keep. I will keep this promise because you mean the world to me. I couldn't think of anyone else I would want to spend the rest of my life with. We have a lifetime in front of us and we now have each other to enjoy every step of the way. I look forward to being your support in everything and anything you set your mind to. I'm looking forward to sharing every aspect of my life with you as my husband. You can't fully understand how you make me feel. With you, I am me. You have inspired me to reach for my dreams, to remain strong in the most difficult situations, and to always remember that I am beautiful. I feel loved unconditionally. I feel that you've found something in me that you love and it doesn't matter if I'm having a bad day or not looking my best - you still see it and you love me because of it. I love you. I love every part of you. You always ind the time to make me feel special and ensure that I'm happy. You have the ability to laugh at yourself and to have fun. That's such a wonderful thing. You have such determination - if you want something, you find a way to work hard to achieve it. Because of this, I know you will be successful and we will have a successful marriage. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you. I hope that I can make you as happy as you make me. I hope that you will be as proud of me as I am you. I hope that you will believe in me as I believe in you and in US. I have always known it was you....... see you at the altar. "
 Love, 
  Amber  
                                                                                                                                         
 
The photographer came to me and told me how much Brad enjoyed reading it before coming to see me. He said he even read it a few times before Brad gave him the letter to give to me and he cannot wait to finally see me.
 
He then handed me the letter Brad wrote me.
 
 

yes.... I cried
 
Here is what was in Brad's letter to me
 
 
 Amber,
 
" Moment to moment, 
day to day...
I love you more and more.
 
  Well today is the day we have been waiting years for. I know I may not express it but this means so much to me that words will never describe. You are the love of my life and I will cherish you till the end of my life.  I can only thank God for bringing me to walk in that store that day or this may never have happened. I love you and I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with you. Our journey has just began. "

Love your husband
Brad
 
 
  Talk about a tear jerker. 
Out of all the things we did I have absolutely no regret seeing my soon to be husband before I walked down the aisle. These letters will definitely be something that I always keep. I will always be able to go back and re-read them... and even though it has nearly been a year, it still seems as if it just happened.
 
 

8 comments:

  1. I wish we would have taken the time do write each other letters. It was something that I had thought about early in the planning process but then forgot about. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Well, it's official. Your Friday's Letters take the cake above all the rest! These were so sweet to read. Thank you for sharing them!

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  3. This is beautiful! So glad B and I are doing this! Treasured memories!

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  4. SO sweet! And those pictures of you two are perfect memories of that moment!

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  5. Those letters are so sweet!!! My wedding is in 7 weeks so I still have some time to write my letter, but I better get started soon!!

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