you make my world spin round.

(photo by one of my bridesmaids...layout by me)

One month ago today...

I was hugging my mother good morning...she had no clue her little girl was getting married that day.
A barista was scrawling the word "bride" across my coffee cup just as the sun said hello.
I was penning the final touches on vows I knew wouldn't leave my lips without a few tears shed.
We were secretly frolicing through orange trees, kissing for the camera.

Then we were shouting "surprise", watching my parents cry as they realized what was happening.

I was hand in hand with my mother, whisking her off to put on a very special dress.
I was tucking a hankie in my daddy's jacket pocket and linking my arm in his.
My father was walking me into the sunset, toward the big oak tree with ribbons blowing in the breeze.

One month ago today, my fiance became my husband and I became his wife.

Although in the first month of marriage I've said more "goodnights" to my husband from across an ocean than I have face to face, it has been a joy. Well, mostly a joy...it's not perfect, we have our moments...it's no fairytale.

But it is good. So very, very good. Most days I wonder how I tripped into such a beautiful life place, where I'm respected, considered, loved and cherished. A few folks have told me that I'm "just in the honeymoon phase", but I don't believe that's true. He's not Prince Charming and I'm no Cinderella. My feet are very much on the ground, but my heart is very much in deciding to be happy every single day. Deciding to love my husband, even if there are tough days, until my last breath.

Cause that's what love is. And that's how we roll.


  1. Wow that was a quick month you're right but I'm so glad to hear that everything's going well you two have such a sweet, loving relationship and again I'm so so happy for you both :-) <3

  2. Such beauty in this post....

    Beautiful picture
    Beautiful words creating a beautiful visual in my mind of how your fairytale day began
    Beautiful thoughts
    Beautiful way to see your marriage
    Beautiful girl

    I'm so filled with happiness for you & Gabe. Enjoy each & every moment (honeymoon phase or not) and feel the strength you get from knowing that you each choose each other...regardless of the tough moments. That, in itself, is beautiful.

    Happy (one month) Anniversary!

  3. I think you've found a love that most people only see in movies. Keep it alive and never let that so-called "honeymoon phase" end! Love and happiness to you both always!

  4. Hi! I am a new reader of your blog. I just wanted to say that I LOVE your writing! You have such a way with words. Your most recent post made me cry, I just got married almost four months ago and it's all still so fresh in my mind. I hope you both the best in your new life together!

  5. Bethany, I love how you surprised everyone (even your mom!) and that you still had the best wedding ever. You and Gabe are beautiful people with a beautiful story. Happy one month!

  6. i love it!
    you guys are too cute

  7. I hate when people cite the "you're just in the honeymoon phase" thing. Why can't people just be happy for your happiness, and trust that you are a bright girl who knew what you were getting into when you got married and knows how to handle rough times? I get so incensed when people try to tell me "just wait, it'll get bad" (not that I'm married, but still). It is a decision, and you are making an awesome one, I love that you expect it to be rough sometimes, but that you expect to work through it just fine, with love and happiness for each other. I am so happy for you, I could cry!

  8. Oh. Gorgeous. So so gorgeous. I can't believe it has been a month already. Congrats! :-)

  9. Hello! I've been reading your blog for a bit now, and appreciate how honest and open that you are, especially when sharing such personal moments as your wedding with the rest of us in the world. I admire that and am inspired to do the same. : )

  10. Ahhhhhhh...happy sighs! Just beautiful.

  11. i love this post. so happy for you, even though most of your marriage has been spent apart. you get to see him so soon!

  12. There's no such thing as the honeymoon phase when you find the person you want to spend your whole life with...no matter how close or far you are or for how long it stays that way. It's all a honeymoon.

  13. Happy one month!

    Here's to a forever honeymoon and always feeling the same love for your husband as the day you married him.

  14. Happy Anniversary, lovebirds!

    I can't believe it's been a month already, but I must confess, I am SO ready for February. Bring on the paper heart and doilies and flowers!

    You must be so excited to see your husband again. Husband. It's got a nice ring to it :)

  15. You always write such beautiful posts! Happy one month anniversary, it is Brendan and I's 5 year anniversary today and I am happy to celebrate the perfect and not so perfect moments that we always manage to get through.

  16. That's lovely! You look beautiful.
    So you surprised your parents? How sweet and unique. To many, many years love! <3

  17. I love reading these little snippets of how your big day came together! Keep the lovely little details coming!

    I'm happy for you that at the end of your first month of marriage you're feeling as happy and lucky as ever. That's wonderful <3

  18. Happy one month anniversary! Have a wonderful trip and safe travels!

  19. That is so beautiful, I love that pic! Too too cute <3

  20. This is such a beautiful post bethany!!! I'm going through a tough time right now with the bf. It's been rough...I'm so happy that you found someone who is considerate, loving, and appreciative. That's every woman's dream and what every woman deserves! have a wonderful time in kuwait!!! =)

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  22. I am so happy for the both of you. Congratulations and your big day and best wishes.

    All the best.

    Irene Jennings of Tillamook Hotel


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