In April 2012, Steve pursued me by coming for haircuts, every three weeks, to the salon where I worked. In June 2013, I decided to give the relationship a shot and agreed to a date. We developed a strong connection and, in November 2013, were surprised with an unexpected pregnancy. Knowing we wanted to be married before Landen was born, Steve and I wed at the courthouse in La Crosse on June 6, 2014.
Exactly one year later, we renewed our vows and had our “real wedding” with family and friends. We kept it simple and heartfelt—a homemade, rustic wedding at my grandparent’s farm. I made my flowers out of paper, used upcycled doors and windows to create a country-fresh wedding altar, and had milk bottles from the 1950s as décor.
Among the memorable moments was our ring exchange. As Steve repeated his vows after the officiant, a spider climbed the front of his shirt and went over his shoulder. We both fear spiders, so, under my breath, I whispered, “There’s a spider on you,” and then burst out laughing. The look on his face was priceless. Then, our luminary lantern at sunset failed. It was a very windy day, which is why we had to give up trying to light it. We thought it would still fly, so we tossed it up, but it didn’t travel far. The lantern paper ripped when it landed, but we tried again. This time, it crashed immediately. Laughter followed. Looking through our pictures brings back the memories and laughs.
At our reception, we danced the night away. I will never forget my husband during his booty shake-off. There were looks of amazement and compliments about his moves. Our wedding was romantic, fun, and totally us. It was perfectly imperfect, and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. TWM
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