On March 26, 2016 Cory and I had planned to go on a double date with some of our friends, Ally and Ryan Wall. We picked them up and were headed towards Bolsa in the Bishop Arts District when Ryan asked if we could make a quick stop at the church (where Unashamed was) to pick up something that someone had left him. I didn’t think anything of it because it was on the way to the restaurant and I figured Ryan, who started the whole Unashamed weekend, went to the church all the time to pick things up.
We then walked up a couple flights of stairs to the roof and I opened the door to a photographer snapping pictures of us. I was a little confused and even after I saw the beautiful set up of things, I still didn’t believe what was happening. After some extremely sweet words (that I don’t remember that much of), Cory got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him! Obviously, I said YES!
|The very first picture taken|
|And the second picture…|
|YES! YES! YES!|
|Isn’t this view of Dallas beautiful?|
|Some of our friends.. including Ally and Ryan on the right!|
|My brother’s face! Haha!|
|All of the Dude Perfect guys|
Sunday night we flew from Dallas to Los Angeles to Tahiti to Bora Bora. We landed and were greeted by someone from the Four Seasons who took us by boat to our hotel. (talk about the prettiest boat ride ever!)
I wasn’t the only one who got married this year. I was a bridesmaid in 4 of my closest friend’s weddings, which made for lots of dancing, bridesmaid dresses and wedding showers! Luckily, weddings are one of my favorite things to attend especially when I’ve got the best date by my side. They were all amazing and made for some memorable nights!
Traveling is one of my all time favorite things to do, and I love that I now have a travel partner. This year, through a mix of weddings, work, and our honeymoon, Cory and I were able to visit New Mexico, Colorado, California, Florida, and Bora Bora. Our hope is to do a lot more traveling in the future. Any recommendations on where we should go next?
Leading up to the big day, Cory and I talked a lot about what our wedding would look like. (Okay, let’s be honest, I did most of the talking and Cory did most of the listening. Haha!) However, the one thing we were both sure of was that we wanted this day to be about more than flowers, dancing, music, and good food. After all, those are things people eventually forget.
While my venue was stunning and my flowers were absolutely perfect, I will be one of the few people that truly remembers those details. It makes me so happy when our friends and family tell us they had a blast at our wedding and they thought everything was gorgeous, but the one thing we hope people really walked away with was the commitment Cory and I both have to love The Lord first and each other second.
I learned a lot throughout the wedding planning process, but the most important thing that I learned as a bride was that your marriage isn’t about your wedding day. Your marriage is about the days that follow your wedding day and then the years following that.
I used to think that the only reason people got married was because they were in love and they made each other happy. I’ve since learned that that is not true. Marriage isn’t about being happy. Don’t get me wrong, being married to Cory makes me the happiest person in the world, but that is not why we got married. If Cory married me because I make him feel a certain way, then what would happen if I was no longer making him feel happy? Marriage, as it turns out, is not about feelings. Instead, marriage is a forever covenant we made before the Lord. We want our marriage to ultimately paint a picture of Jesus’ unconditional (no matter what!) love for the people He created. Even in our brokenness, Jesus kept his commitment to us on the cross. In the same way, Cory and I are to keep our commitment to each other. God’s best for us means that marriage is forever.
Being married to my husband is the best blessing and gift I have ever received. God knew what he was doing when he placed Cory Cotton in my life. Happy four months to my forever best friend! I love you so much!
**All photos by the talented Lauren Peele
P.S. If you are engaged, consider hiring the vendors below because they are all amazing!!
Photographer- Lauren Peele
Florals- The Southern Table
Makeup- Melanie Ward
Venue- The Venue at Waterstone
Hair- Danica Rey
Wedding Planner- Lindsey Brunk
Dj- Adam Wilmore