May 13, 2014

Sadie, Sadie

Not linking up for TIOT today, but I have some exciting news! And now that I have had the chance to tell most of my immediate family, I am going to share it with you. Let's go back to Philip's four day Easter weekend. We got so much accomplished! Read all about it here. The last day of our weekend adventure, Monday, April 21, 2014, we went to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We didn't just look into a couple of wedding venues and packages while we were there...

We eloped!

Now, I know what you're thinking. What about a wedding? What about your friends and families? What about dresses and tuxes, bridesmaids and groomsman? Cake? Dancing? Pictures?

Four years ago that is exactly what I wanted, but when I really started to think about it after Philip proposed, the only thing that I truly wanted now from a traditional wedding was the pictures. The rest of the pomp and circumstance did not matter to me anymore. I knew my mom was going to be disappointed and maybe even a little hurt by our decision. She's dreamt of seeing her only daughter get married for years, but Philip and I needed to do what was best for us. We wanted it to be about us, our relationship and the promise we were making to each other, not if our guests will like the food we're serving or the favors we chose, and if my dress makes me look lumpy or who's going to get drunk first.

I called around to some of the chapels in Eureka Springs, and was eventually referred to a sweet lady who performed ceremonies for couples at the natural springs scattered around the town. I googled some pictures of the springs, and decided on a beautiful spring that turned out to be the perfect spot. I found a cute dress, Philip put on my favorite shirt, and we drove down to Arkansas.

We said our vows under a blue umbrella (my something borrowed) in front of a dogwood tree in full bloom. I cried. The day could not have been more perfect, rain and all. Just after we sealed the deal with rings and a kiss, the rain stopped, and we were able to take a few pictures and wander around the quaint little town enjoying our first moments as man an wife. 

I am so proud to call Philip my husband, to wear this ring, and to take his name. I have found so much joy in our marriage and we have enjoyed a happy serenity since that day. I can't say that I "feel married;" nothing and everything has changed. I know that may not make sense, but it's the truth.

Because you can't get married without cake and bubbly, on our way home that evening, we stopped and got some cupcakes and champagne to celebrate. We snuggled up on the couch and watched TV until we couldn't keep our eyes open any longer. Our day turned out to be everything I didn't know I wanted, and so much more.

P.S. If you don't get the Funny Girl reference that is the title of this post, this should clear things up for you.


  1. congrats gorgeous!! this is beautiful. if i could do it all over again, i would have stuck to my guns and 'eloped'. we didnt want to run away, we just wanted a courthouse + dinner with our closest family and friends, but my mother in law begged for a big to do, and i thought it would be fun. i was wrong! haha. the day itself was fairytale amazing and i loved it and i seriously seriously had a great day, but the planning and the stress was not worth it. so what im trying to say is, always go with your heart ;) congrats again!

  2. Congratulations! It's so sweet to hear that the marriage is more important than the wedding. And i LOVE your wedding outfit!

  3. Congratulations! I love that you eloped - if I could do it again I wouldn't have had the huge wedding. It really is just about the marriage :)

  4. Awwwwww yay! So happy for you! You beat me by 5 days! And you dealt with all my wedding shenanigans while you were barely a newly wed! Congrats!

  5. Amazing. I, too am an only daughter/child and want all the wedding stuff for my parents as much as for myself. I'm so happy for you!! Your look and sound so happy. You deserve it!! Congrats new wifey!

  6. Congratulations! I think too many people focus on the big fancy wedding. In the end, the day goes by way too fast, costs way to much money, and all matters is the commitment you made. What a beautiful memory and story you now have!

  7. Congrats! You had my dream wedding! I'm so super jealous. I wanted to elope for our wedding but my husband wanted a real wedding. It was way too much stress and looking back even my husband says we should have just eloped.


  8. :) :) :) This. is. so. awesome. !!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! My husband and I had planned to elope until our mothers guilt tripped us into inviting them (along with our dads) haha!! So it was still just us with our parents and the pastor... it was small and perfect :) I think eloping is so romantic, and how special that the two of you got to do exactly what you wanted for your wedding!

  9. Congrats! Eureka Springs is such a cute little place! I went there last October with my boyfriend and his family and loved it! What a perfect place to get married. I love that you didn't do a big ceremony - I'm of the same mindset on that!


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