& it’s been a year.

It’s been a year since we filled the the Atlas with red velvet & chocolate & buttercream clouds, candlelight and damask, and ribbon-strung typewriter letters;
a year since my every step left a literal trail of glitter in my wake.

It’s been a year since I wore my wedding dress, the lace hem brushing over the top of my stardust-dipped flats.

It’s been a year since I ascended the tall, time-worn steps out of the dressing room, lace whispering across the chipped paint with every footfall, finally emerging at the top into the blinding-bright stage lights—
& the encompassing glow of my handsome one and always, beaming nearly as bright.

It’s been a year since I sent gratitude skyward for sending us sunshine to dapple the leaves & kiss my shoulders.

It’s been a year since the opening chords of The Rain Song marked my first steps into the newest chapter of us;
a story 11 years and four days in the making.

It’s been a year since the first time we entwined our fingers as a Mr. and Mrs.,
my left-hand sparkler clicking against his thick tungsten band;
a year since Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters serenaded us through our first dance, my lips were stained blood-red from the red velvet cupcake we split in lieu of cutting cake, and I didn’t leave the dance floor for four hours straight.

It was, in fact—& in every sense of the word—a nice day for a White wedding.

At the end of our ceremony on that summer-crisp October afternoon,
our officiant celebrated us with this blessing:

May your home always be a place of happiness and serenity for all who enter it;
a place where the old and young are renewed in each other’s company,
a place for growing, a place for music and a place for laughter.

May those who are nearest and dearest to you be constantly enriched by the beauty and the bond of your love for one another.

May all that is virtuous, beautiful and trustworthy remain with you always.

And above all, may this beautiful moment shine eternally in your lives.
May it add glory to every achievement and cast a splendid light over any ill fortune that may appear.

& here we are, 365 splendidly lit days later, celebrating the promises we made a year ago today & all the adventures yet to come

you have begun it here, today,
in speaking your vows before your family and friends,
& you will do it again in the days and years to come
as you stand by each other,
sharing and enjoying all life has to offer
(our wedding ceremony, october 10th, 2010)

(also, thank you, thank you, a million times thank you to Rick & Steph of Ardent Photography for capturing these beautiful moments for us; we love you guys SO huge!)


About ashley!

in love, obnoxiously happy, and up to a lot of awesome.
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10 Responses to & it’s been a year.

  1. Kandice says:

    Favorite blog of all time? It tis’. ❤

  2. :) says:

    I can never get enough of your wedding pictures, your long, tear jerking love story and your happiness! May it entwine your relationship until you are 100+ years old!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Everything about this is so happy, Ashley! More than likely you leave a trail of glitter everywhere you go everyday, literally or figuratively, which is a good thing. 🙂

  4. Sylvia Ross says:

    Seriously… you are by far one of the most adorable people I know. I hope that I find a love like yours and that you’re in my life forever. The ray of sunshine and loads of sparkly you have with you is beyond measure! And the love that you have is so pure and true! I LOVED looking through your wedding pictures! ❤

    • ashley! says:

      *happysigh* Our wedding pictures are easily, easily, EASILY one of my most favorite things ever; it’s like getting to re-live the day all over again, you know? You look at the picture and see what was going on, but then you remember what else was happening… who was by you, what came next. <3!

  5. We love you guys HUGE too!

  6. Laura says:

    Everytime I read this I can’t help cry happy tears. Your love story is like the fairytales that I read as a child. Thank you for sharing your story with us. ❤

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