1.02.2012

dreams do come true.

(photo by the amazing Flory Photo)

Dear friends,

I have a tendency to shorten lengthy stories by quickly stating the basic premise, then tying it up with a tidy, "So...that happened." Like this:

On New Years Eve, we threw a surprise wedding and got married! So...that happened.

Mmhmm...it's true and I've been bursting to tell you all!! Remember that New Years Eve Engagement Party I wrote about? Well, we planned that months ago. But a few weeks ago we came to the realization that we were ready to get married. That life is so short. There's something about being oceans and countries apart that makes you reevaluate your choices and priorities. Suddenly it was crystal clear: We didn't need to wait six more months. We didn't need a storybook wedding. And we certainly didn't need everyone we know present.

We just needed us. And our families. And my bridesmaids. As if it was meant to be, almost all of them would be at our house on New Years Eve.

When we made this decision, I assumed we'd wind up getting hitched in the backyard. I had no clue if I'd find a dress I loved, and I thought I might be baking my own cake. And that was all okay, because our truest, purest hope was to simply be husband and wife. Everything else was just a beautiful bonus. But we got so, so much more...we were so blessed. I'll admit that all the extras were largely due to our incredible wedding coordinator, Jacin Fitzgerald of Lovely Little Details, who wouldn't settle for anything less than dreams-come-true. (Hire her. Hire her stat, brides.)

Of course there are lots of details, like how we managed to keep this enormous secret for the past few weeks! But for now, I'm off for a quick honeymoon with my adorable husband. And I feel I'll be doing a lot of this:

(photo by Flory Photo)

I promise to return in a few days and tell you all the story of how our day came together! :)


Lots of Love,
Mrs. Bethany Contreras


64 comments:

  1. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYY. CONGRATS, and I WANT MORE PICTURES. HUGS TO YOU (AND GABE!)

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  2. Congrats! You make one heck of a beautiful bride. Love the photo tease, can't wait to see more!! :) Congrats again!!

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  3. I have to say I will be a bit sad to not see anymore wedding post but oh my gosh, congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations! What a wonderful year it will be for you!

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  5. .......

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    I am speechless. 'I am so happy for you' doesn't even begin to describe me feelings right now.

    Beth I wish you the most happiness life can possibly offer-- however I think you have all of it in Gabe ;)

    Enjoy your honeymoon lady!
    xo

    LB

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  6. WOW! how amazing! you look totally stunning and i can't wait to hear the details! enjoy the honeymoon!!!

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  7. Oh my goodness, what a dream come true! I'm so happy for you both! That must have been so much fun! Can't wait for the recap post explaining it all, but for now, have fun on your honeymoon!

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  8. No way! Congratulations!!! You look gorgeous! Enjoy your honeymoon, and I can't wait to read more and see more pictures!

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  9. YIPPEE!!!!!!
    Congrats on the wedding and pulling off the surprise!
    The photo is gorgeous!
    Blessings to you both!!!!!!


    (I might have to smile all day!)

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  10. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I must say I gasped out loud when I saw your beautiful wedding picture, Mrs. Contreras! SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND YOUR WONDERFUL HUSBAND! Although I rarely comment (my bad) I have been a faithful follower of your blog for at least a couple of years. I have "virtually" shared many of the highs and lows of your life and (although I'm old enough to be your mother) I've related to so many of the thoughts you've shared. It has been such a blessing to watch your life unfold and to see the faithfulness of a loving God as He has brought you and Gabe together. I look forward to your posts like the next chapter of a fairy tale! You look gorgeous! But even that stunning gown doesn't compare to the beautiful joyful smile on your face!
    Can't wait to hear all of the details! Happy Honeymoon! Happy New Year! Happy, happy, happy for you!
    Blessings!

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Can't wait to see more pictures and hear all the details. But for now, enjoy your HUSBAND! :-)

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS Mrs. Bethany Contreras! :) so happy for both of you AND pulling off THE ultimate secret ever! Hope you two are having a most wonderful honey! *cheers* to 2012 and all the wonderful happy moments it will have in store for you!

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  13. You and your husband look great, Mrs. Contreras! (I hope I spelled that right.) Now, go enjoy your honeymoon!

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  14. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so excited for you!! You look stunning! I can't wait for more pictures!

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  15. Congrats! It looks absolutely beautiful. I admire your ability to remember what's most important in a wedding, the two of you, and not get so caught up in the planning and perfection or even the date! :)
    Enjoy your honeymoon!

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  16. Okay, happy tears AGAIN!

    Happy Honeymoon, Mrs Contreras! What a marvellous way to begin a brand new year!

    xoxo

    PS: That last photo of you was my favourite out of all of them!

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  17. oooohmigah! I'm SO happy for you! It sounds like it was a perfect event and that you got exactly what you wanted. Congrats!

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  18. I feel the need to comment to you every way possible to tell you that you looked stunning. Your hair was perfect. The necklace is awesome. The bow ties...loved. I can't wait til your life settles a bit so we can chat about every freakin detail. Btdub, your wedding planner is now my most fave person on earth. She totes hooked us up with the tweets. Anyway, congrats on pulling this off, you did it!!!!!

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  19. So incredibly happy for you both and blessed to hve crossed paths with you. Enjoy your honeymoon! :)

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  20. Congratulations! You both look great and you're simply radiant!!!

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  21. OH MY GOD! Congratulations!! You look stunning!

    I can't wait to hear all the details and see more pictures!!! :)

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  22. Congratulations, you looked absolutely amazing! Enjoy your honeymoon :).

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  23. Congratulations!!!! You look absolutely stunning.

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  24. Oh Bethany, I nearly forgot about your email from a few months back and just squealed seeing this post! So unbelievably thrilled for you and Gabe. Enjoy, enjoy, completely enjoy this time together. You are radiant!

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  25. Congrats, Bethany! I look forward to reading the details later on! =)

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  26. Aw, congratulations! You look absolutely radiant. Can't wait to hear how you managed to pull this off :)

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  27. Wow! How exciting...and what a fun day to have for your anniversary! Congrats...you are one stunning bride!

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  28. oh my gosh!
    magical
    congrats to you both!

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  29. Ahhhh!!! Congratulations!!! So excited for you two. May God richly bless you guys, can't wait to hear the rest of your story :)

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  30. Oh my goodness girlie, CONGRATS! You look stunning and oh so happy! And you are right, life is short, so kudos to yall for seizing the moment and making your love the main event. Enjoy cloud nine!

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  31. You couldn't have found a better person than Jacin to plan your wedding... and make it a total dream come true. She is a wizard, a magician, a wedding angel... I bet your wedding was beyond your wildest dreams. CONGRATULATIONS.

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  32. Gorgeous!! Can't wait to read and see more... but seriously, enjoy the next few days with your Hubby!

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  33. Awww so happy for you two!! Enjoy your honeymoon- sit back, relax and enjoy your time alone together. Happy Wedding and Happy 2012 Mr and Mrs. Contreras!

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  34. I am so happy for you! What a wonderful way to start the New Year - as husband and wife. Congrats!

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  35. Whoa!! Surprise wedding! I love it!!

    You look so radiant and gorgeous and happy. Now go enjoy that honeymoon!!

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  36. Oh my goodness Congratulations! You look beyond beautiful and so so happy. I wish you both all the happiness in the world x

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  37. Best. Secret. Ever! Congratulations Bethany and Gabriel! You are right-life is too short. Best, best wishes to you both.

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  38. Stopping by to congratulate you! Saw a post of your wedding on Lovely Little Details. Can't wait to see more & I'm in love with your love story!

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  39. Congrats to you and Gabe! I almost woke my husband up (he was sleeping in bed next to me) from my yelp of joy when I read that you got married. I don't even know you, but from reading your blog feel like I do. Like a good friend. I am beyond thrilled for you, and can't wait to read about how you ended 2011 with a BANG!

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  40. what a wonderful surprise. I LOVE that you kept it a secret. Good for you guys! Weddings can get so out of hand and the true meaning behind them can get lost in all the planning....I'm so excited to hear how it all came together,
    Many blessings to you and Gabe!

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  41. Congratulations! I can't think of a more perfect way to marry the person you love. I wish you both a lifetime of joy.

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  42. wow, that is bold! what an amazing idea :) I wish you all the best for 2012 x

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  43. You look completely stunning; the whole romantic idea of it blows me away!

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  44. What a beautiful surprise congratulations

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  45. Mrs. Bethany Contreras CONGRATULATIONS! What a beautiful story. May only the best of things come to you and your lucky husband!

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  46. Congratulations Bethany and Gabe! This is so exciting! :]]]
    Happy happy happy! Have a wonderful honeymoon!
    Loving the updates on Facebook, too :]
    Can't wait for the whole story.

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  47. Yay!!!!!!!!! Congrats... and you were a stunning bride... Best wishes to you both on your new life as one.

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  48. Yay!!!!!!!!! Congrats... and you were a stunning bride... Best wishes to you both on your new life as one.

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  49. !!!!! YESSSSS! I love this! Congratulations :) you both look incredibly happy - and girl, you look STUNNING. I can't stop smiling for you!

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  50. Congratulations! I've never been more excited about the nuptials of someone I've never even met. :)

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  51. AHHH! How exciting! You are an absolute stunning bride! And SO perfectly happy in your pictures! Can't wait to hear how it all came together!
    Ps. Love the Dress!

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  52. YAY!!!! Congratulations! You make a stunning bride.

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  53. Congrats to you and Gabe, you make a beautiful bride, what a wonderful way to start your 2012. May the many years ahead be truly magical for the both of you.

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  54. Congrats! You look beautiful.

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  55. A surprise wedding is so exciting! From these photos you could've had me fooled into believing that it took you a year to plan. You look gorgeous, he looks handsome, and you both look oh-so happy :) CONGRATS!!!

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  56. Happy one-week wedding anniversary, Monsieur & Madame C!!! Congratulations on your huge surprise & love to you both!

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  57. what an incredible thing to do! and what an amazing story. you are beyond gorgeous! can't wait to hear more!

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  58. Fantastic!! Very happy for you both - all sounds wonderfully romantic!

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  59. OMGGGGGGGGGGG!!! I starting jumping up and down when I saw this post. SO happy for you both!

    p.s. we officially decided on your birthday next year to get married - it's going to now be an extra special day on June 8!

    xo

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  60. CONGRATULATIONS!! What an awesome secret to be keeping :) So happy for you guys!

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  61. All the way from Belgium: Congratulations!
    I started following your blog cause of the beautiful pictures and the dreamy-airy atmosphere they convey. I wish you lots of love in your marriage and loads of adventures abroad. Hope to read all about your travels soon.

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  62. you look absolutely beautiful, congratulations!

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  63. Your wedding story is amazing and something I would've LOVED to do had our family not wanted a bigger wedding!

    Reading your words, it's hard to believe you could have ANY insecurities- you are BEAUTIFUL! New follower here and so happy I found you :)

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