When I saw this wedding on A Low Country Wedding a few months ago, I thought it was super sweet and I loved that it took place in one of my absolute favorite places, Flagstaff. When it popped in my inbox a few days ago, I was excited to find out more about the day. The wedding was simple and took place in a backyard and it seems like those weddings always have the best stories behind them. It seems like often the couple wants to skip all the fuss and just have an intimate gathering their own way. Well this story, while not so much about the wedding itself, didn’t disappoint.
Michele of Michele Koechle Photography sent over this backyard wedding filled with DIY details and fun. The couple married in their own backyard, she is a lovely J.Crew frock and he in a dapper suit complete with a perfectly striped tie. One of my favorite things about being a wedding blogger is getting a glimpse at such an intimate moment in people’s lives. I love the emotion, the love, but every once in awhile you read a great back story that makes you realize that fate is always in play. For more on that, I’ll let the bride take it away.
So to get down to the knish. Tom and I met at work, I was his manager and let this be clear…we did not like each other. We had thought each other had an air of pompousness for different reasons. It wasn’t until after he had accepted an invite to rent a room at my best friend’s house that we really got to know each other. Then finally the day came that I (Carmen) fell in love. I had a few friends over. At the party I was sitting between my then love interest and Tom. I was experiencing this rubber band effect my mind was telling me that I wanted to be with this cute mohawk haired guy and my heart and soul had Tom in mind. The rubber band as I like to call it was pulling me towards Tom. The next day I asked Tom out. I have been mad in love ever since.
Our first “I love you” actually happened a few times. Around one month into our relationship Tom had become my ride to and from work most days and on the first occasion he let “I love you” slip. I was leaving his car to enter my home. Simply, like one might say to a loved one in whom one is familiar with this particulate phrase. Of course, at this time I was also in love but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I felt that he might have said it out of habit so I said nothing and acted “normal”. This happened the same way again and again I thought it might be a mistake so nothing. Then on the third time of this “habit” I said “did you just say I love you”? He looked at me just a bit sheepishly and said “aaah yeah I guess it was what I said”. I responded with “well do you?” In which he said “I do, do you?” At this time my heart was pumping like crazy I then replied with “I love you too”. We spent the rest of that day together in loving bliss.
We were engaged for 1 1/2 years and I was the one who asked Tom to marry me. Our wedding was planned in three months. We wanted to keep it simple, just like our relationship, and we only had a limited budget.
Thanks so much Michele for sharing!
Images submitted via Two Bright Lights.