Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to share true love stories and wedding inspiration from our community…
Meghan and Josh first met at a mutual friend’s party almost a year before they began dating. They chatted for a bit and there was a mutual attraction — however they didn’t speak again until another friend set them up on a date about 9 months later. Shortly after that first official date, they became exclusive, falling hard and fast for one another.
Their story doesn’t end there, though! “I would say ‘and the rest was history’ and be done with it,” Meghan says, “But that’s not a very exciting story, nor the true one.”
Meghan & Josh
Tell us more about your love story…
Shortly before we began dating, I had applied to serve as a missionary for my church. In four months I would be heading to Arizona for a year and a half, having no contact with my family or friends back home during that time, other than weekly emails and twice-a-year phone calls. We decided to give our relationship a try in spite of its inevitable expiration date, however my fast approaching departure was always in the back of our minds. I had often heard friends talk of failed flings being “the right person at the wrong time” and I definitely felt my relationship with Josh met this description. We both felt in our hearts that we wanted to be together, however in our heads we knew that we would be so different after 18 months with no contact that we couldn’t guarantee we wouldn’t grow apart. So, 3 weeks before I was supposed to leave, Josh and I broke up and I moved back home, 5 hours away from where Josh was living, to spend some time with my family before I left.
As soon as I got home, however, I knew I had made a mistake. I realized then that if I wanted to be with the “right person”, then I needed to do whatever it took to ensure that NOW was the “right time”. I cancelled my trip three days later, and the weekend after that Josh drove all the way to my hometown to propose. Three months later we were married, and I haven’t looked back once. Making that small sacrifice of something great for a love that was infinitely greater is and forever will be the best decision of my lifetime.
What was your something old, new, borrowed, and blue?
For my “something old”, I wore my husband’s grandmother’s mink stole from the 1960’s. Then for my “something borrowed” I wore my own grandmother’s crystal earrings. My gown was my “something new”. My “something blue” kind of got forgotten in all the excitement, however it really didn’t matter much to me anyway. Not all weddings happen exactly by the book, and that’s okay.
Something unexpected about that day?
Our wedding was in January — Canadian January — so we were worried it was going to be freezing cold while we took photos outside with our bridal party. However, it ended up being a beautiful day (well, relatively speaking) and we were able to get tons of gorgeous photos in the winter sunlight.
Your wedding vibe, in one word:
If you’ve made it this far you’ve probably realized I’m not so good at making things concise. I guess “rustic”. Yet elegant? Rustic Elegance. Rustelegance. There you go.
Funniest moment of the day?
Josh’s best man and another one of his good friends hilariously reenacted our love story to the song “Love Is An Open Door” from the movie Frozen. One of them wore Josh’s signature snapback-and-hipster-glasses combo and the other wore a blonde wig. It was hysterical.
Do you have a “song”? What is it?
We picked the song “Alpenglow” by S. Carey as our first dance song. It has this line in it, “I was wondering if you’d be my wife / Be the compass in my rugged life”. I remember first hearing this on a road trip with Josh before we got engaged and just feeling ALL the feels. Another song that always reminds me of our wedding day is “January Wedding” by the Avett Brothers.
How did you celebrate after the ceremony?
The day after the wedding we drove down to Waterton Lakes National Park, where we stayed in a little cabin for a few days. The town was almost completely empty other than the two of us, and it was so fun getting to feel like we were the only people in the world for our first few days of being married.
One thing you’d go back in time and tell your day-of-wedding self?
Get as much sleep as possible the night before! I rented a hotel room with my bridesmaids the night before the wedding, and although it was an absolute blast, I only ended up getting about an hour of sleep before the big day. The adrenaline kept me awake for most of the day, but when it came time for me to toast my groom near the end of the reception, my brain was completely fried. I don’t remember at all what I said, but let’s just say that’s probably a good thing.
One wedding detail that was singularly ‘you’?
My faux floral crown by Gardens of Whimsy on Etsy. Also, even though it wasn’t me wearing them, my bridesmaid’s wore the Boundless Fascination Dress and it brought that little bit of vintage to our wedding-scape that is so inherently “me”.
What did you DIY vs. buy?
I DIY-ed almost all of our décor with the help of my angel mom, who made all of the table centerpieces (simple faux flower arrangements in glass vases that she antiqued herself). My dad and little brothers went out into the woods and cut a bunch of tree stumps that we clustered around the entire reception hall and then placed tons of little candles and flowers on top. We then used thinner cross-sections of the stumps as placemats at our head table. We really wanted to bring the outside inside, as I always dreamed of having an outdoor wedding, so we borrowed around 30 undecorated Christmas trees from our family and friends and layered them in with the stumps to give the room a woodland feel.
Any tips for future newlyweds?
There really are no rules in planning a wedding – the only thing that matters is that at the end of the day, you’re married to the person that you want to spend forever with. How you choose to celebrate that commitment is up to the two of you, no one else. Also, I would strongly advise that you use Pinterest as a “how”, rather than a “what”. What I mean by that is don’t let it be your first source of inspiration. Get inspired by nature, by books, by film, by art, and then go to Pinterest to learn how to organize your ideas into something tangible. It’s easy to get lost in the hundreds of thousands of wedding ideas on the internet, and it can be quite overwhelming trying to figure out what’s YOU when you’re just looking at the final product of someone else’s day. Again, there’s no right way or wrong way to plan a wedding, but there is a right way and a wrong way to plan YOUR wedding. Stick to what feels right and what feels like you, even if it means breaking a few “rules”.
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