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The day of my dreams

Every little girl (well, every little girl I’ve ever met) dreams about her wedding day. I think I started dreaming about mine after I saw Cinderella for the first time. I wanted that big poufy dress, the big celebration/party, maybe even a horse-drawn carriage. That dream changed a little as I grew up, but I still dreamed. By the time I was 21 or so, I think I had it all planned out in my head – what I would look like, how I would wear my hair, what the decorations would be, what my bridesmaids would wear…..My brother teased me that all I needed was the “insert groom here” sign. I “planned” my life while I was in college. I would meet my future hubby in school, get engaged right after graduation, and be married within the year. I’d have all three of my future children before I was 30, have a fantabulous career, and so on. HAH! I know that God was really laughing at me then. I did meet a boy in college….and we did get engaged, but three months before graduation, we broke up. I think I was more devastated about my “plan” going awry than I was about losing that boy. Life went on, though, and there were other boyfriends, and a lot of great adventures. I never let go of my dreams for my future wedding day.

I met Michael when I was 26 – definitely well past my schedule, but whatever. I’ve blogged before about having a list of all the qualities I wanted in the man I would spend my life with, and that Michael is every one of those things. After a year together, I knew he was “the one”. It took him another 8 months to figure it out. We got engaged the week of Thanksgiving. And the planning started. I still had that dream in my head, but now I had a clear picture of who would be standing at the end of the aisle waiting for me. It made the dream complete, and I knew that he was more important than all the other details I’d been thinking about since I was a little girl. But being that special man, Michael let me have my dream.

Eight years ago today, I had the day of my dreams with the man of my dreams. We had a Winter/Holiday wedding in the late afternoon. There were sparkling white lights and tulle everywhere, with touches of black and gold. We danced in candlelight, and even had Christmas trees in the Hall. I lived my dream. It was the perfect day. And I’ve only grown to love that man more as every year passes.

We’ve been very busy the past eight years. We’ve bought two houses, had three babies (one of them preemie), changed jobs a total of four times between the two of us, traveled, learned, and loved. I wouldn’t give him up for anything in the world. Yes, eight years ago I had the day of my dreams, my now I’m living the life of my dreams. Sure we have our moments, and all is not perfect, but Cinderella has nothing on me!


12 thoughts on “The day of my dreams

  1. Happy Anniversary to you and Michael. What a fairytale it has been for you. I wish you both many more happy years together. Hugs, Krystal

  2. Happy Anniversary Donna & Michael. I wish you the best I wish you a lifetime of love & tenderness as I know you already have. You guys make a beautiful couple. Donna I am glad that you have the beautifull wedding but better yet your great family & that is priceless..You are right Cinderella has nothing on you. Please take care & I hope you both enjoy this day with the people who love you & you love. How lucky you both are to have each other. Donna keeo blogging. Love Alex’s mom My Vanilla Puddin’ Alexander xoxooxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxxoxo

  3. Donna,
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! What a beautiful couple you make. I wish you many more years of happiness. My mom’s friend’s daughter got married today in CA. It was spur of the moment and my mom’s friend didn’t have time to fly out for the wedding. During the ceremony….friend’s daughter had her cell phone on speaker so her mom could kind of be there. My mom ‘attended’ the ceremony with her and they were both sitting in the parking lot listening to the ceremony with tears rolling down their cheeks! Karen

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