My Wedding Day

October 23, 2010.

That date may or may not have much meaning to the person reading this blog. Maybe you were home reading a book or visiting a friend. Maybe it was "movie day," or perhaps you were running a marathon. That day was different for everyone, but for me, it was one of the most important (not to mention beautiful) days of my life.

On October 23, 2010, I married my best friend. I learned very early on that planning a wedding was not, in ANY way, how glamorous the movies make it out to be. I was swimming in wedding magazines, and I swear my eyeglasses prescription changed at least four times from staring at my computer for hours on end, trying to find the perfect dress, perfect venue, perfect décor... PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT!

One day, after sobbing into my pillow for the better part of the day, my then fiancé said something that changed the course of my wedding planning (not to mention, saved my sanity). He said: "Don't you work for the Visitor Bureau? Don't they have a Wedding Planning Guide?"

Say what?! Heck yes I do, heck yes WE do.

I immediately ran to work and picked one up (our lobby is open 24/7/365, so I didn't have an issue grabbing one even though it was midnight). The very next day, I made an appointment at Stone Harbor Resort and Convention Center in Sturgeon Bay. I met with their event coordinator, who helped me book my event. I don't know what it is about solidifying a location, but it seemed like from that point on, everything else fell into place.

Months later, the day was finally here. The ceremony, officiated by the Rev. Joan Shiels, was beautiful and meaningful. It was a day that I will never forget.