a beautiful begining

In the spring the sloping mountain side is covered with long green grass. Thin mossed-covered oak trees lean with the wind. The creek babbles away below. Little green caterpillars seem to float out of nowhere. Most nights a family of deer wander through. Like faeries or elves they show up at dusk. Looking strong and magical. You get the sense that this is their home and the houses dotting the mountain side are the guests. It is beautiful. This was my love’s childhood backyard. The complete opposite of the concrete suburb where I grew up. Perhaps, you can understand why I was enchanted by it. I always had a secret hope that we would be married there, under those trees. When Ted’s father gave us permission to have our wedding on his property I was beyond thrilled! And so the planning began… A vision started forming of a sweet little backyard wedding with hand-made touches. Lanterns hanging form the trees. Pink and blue fabric cut in triangles sewn together and strung from tree to tree. The tables lined with a strip of pink fabric. A wood round in the center. Garden-vegetable-planted tin cans sit on top, tied up neatly with a bow. A sack race and pinata for the kids. A breezy green spring wedding. And so it was. With much effort and maybe a few tears it all came together. The night before our wedding I planted the last of the tin cans. Tying a brown string with a bow and a note telling the guest to please take this little plant home so it can grow in their garden. I suppose I should have had that task and many others done way sooner. As I went to bed in the wee hours of the morning I felt a calm come over. Like the eye of a storm. The day after the chaos would resume as we dealt with the aftermath of our little party. But on our wedding day it became crystal clear what was important. Our love. The vows we made to each other that day. Under those moss covered oak trees. The details of the wedding day were no longer important. I let it go. As best I could. All my perfectionism and the vision of what the day would be and just let it be what it was. While there were a few unfinished tasks and moments of stress. It was a day I will always cherish. It was a day filled with love. We held back tears as we read our vows to each other. We laughed as we said our I do’s inside. We didn’t even realize we had missed those few technical lines as we had poured our hearts out to each other. No one else seemed to noticed either. We played and laughed with the kids as a pinata full of goodness burst open to their cries of excitement. We visited. We eat. We laughed some more. We danced in each others arms as Ted’s brother played for us. We let our love fill us up. Little by little our friends and family said their goodbys. Most stayed to help gather up the remnants of our sweet day. Everything tucked away. Those of us remaining went to Old Placerville to continue the celebration. We found ourselves a little pub with some live music and danced the night away. It couldn’t have been more imperfectly perfect. When I think of all the time we spent preparing for the wedding day. The thought and care that went into all the details. I don’t regret one project or decoration. The time we spent leveling the ground, planting grass, and laying a stone pathway to the spot we would say our vows. Was a testament to our relationship. While I am so happy we were able to focus on the bigger picture in the moment of the day. Our love. The love and care we put into all those details is the same love and care we put into our relationship. So thank you my husband for dreaming with me, for working along side me, for taking on any challenge with me, and for knowing when to stop and laugh. For the rest of my days I will walk along side you. Hand in hand.

Happy anniversary! Has it been three years already!!

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  1. Ted Weldon

    August 16th, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Thank you for writing these beautiful words. You are the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I will spend my lifetime in awe of our meeting each other, our perfect adventures together here and abroad in Italy, the unforgettable honeymoon through Ireland and Scotland, the birth of Avalon, our month exploring the hidden beauties of Paris, the birth of Enid, watching you become the greatest Mother I have ever seen. Your words have made me choke up and my eyes run with tears.
    I owe you my life. We have had so many bonds and good times together, but I have put you through so much in the last two years. I am imperfect. We got married in the place where I lost my Mom.

    My Love for you as I write this is even stronger than any time in my life, and that hole has finally filled in. Thank you for writing these beautiful words about this beautiful beginning. I want to be with only one woman for the rest of my life….You, Kristy. I pray that we can show our legacy, our Love to our children, together. That they can see us a model for Love. I pray to God and every angel in the Heavens for this. We can have these beautiful memories together, and we can bravely heal our wounds. You and I are eternally sitting on the shore of Lake Como under the stars, watching a show of fireworks that is just for us. I love you so much.

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