Our First Wedding Anniversary

Love Amy Cotton
I can’t believe today is our one-year wedding anniversary! YAY!
Part of me feels like it was just yesterday when we said, “I do” because all of the memories still seem so clear. Yet part of me feels like it’s been this way forever!
I can confidently say I am so, so much more in love with Cory today than I was one year ago on our wedding day. He is my encourager, best friend, travel partner, spiritual leader, biggest supporter, shoulder to cry on, in-house comedian, and the love of my life.
Love Amy Cotton
Marriage is the absolute sweetest gift and the Lord answered all of my prayers when he gave me Cory. Neither of us are perfect, but he is more than perfect for me! If this is year one, I am more excited than ever to experience a lifetime with you Cory Cotton!
 
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..” -James: 1:17

Love,
Amy Cotton

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Our Proposal Story

This weekend was very special because it marked exactly one year since the day Cory got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!! I absolutely can’t believe it’s been that long and thinking back to that day makes me feel so many happy emotions! I thought it would be fun to share our proposal story because Cory did the most amazing job planning for it!!
So here goes…
On May 16, 2015, Cory and I got to know each other for the first time during a prayer, worship, and evangelism trip that our church puts on called Unashamed. We stayed at a church the entire weekend that had an absolutely amazing rooftop view of Dallas.

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 got to Tyler Street Methodist Church and went up to the third floor, which is where they were supposed to be “looking for something.” The whole time there, Cory and I were reminiscing about how it was so sweet to be back where we first met (well kind of first met.. haha more on that in a later post). Then Cory asked Ryan if he thought the roof would be open so we could take a quick look before we went to dinner. Ryan said he didn’t know, but that we could check if we wanted to.

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?
This day was also monumental because it was the day we shared our first kiss together.
Needless to say, we didn’t make it to dinner, but we did go to an amazing engagement party with all of our friends and family.
Some of our friends.. including Ally and Ryan on the right!
Our parents!
My brother’s face! Haha!
All of the Dude Perfect guys
Huge shout out to the people who helped make this day incredibly special: Our parents, our friends who helped set up, and Paparazzi Proposals for taking the amazing photos! Yall are seriously the best!
After our proposal, Cory and I were engaged for 4 months before our wedding, and have now been married for almost 8 months! Time sure does fly! Hope everyone has a great Sunday!
Love,
Amy Cotton

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Anniversary Weekend in Dallas

On August 6th Cory and I celebrated our 6 month wedding anniversary! We were extremely happy to celebrate and Cory planned the BEST secret weekend for us!
On Friday night we went to Randy’s Steakhouse in downtown Frisco. We’d heard a lot of good things about it so we finally went and it did not disappoint. The restaurant itself is in a huge historical mansion built in the 1800’s. We both got blue cheese stuffed fillet and it was AMAZING! They even included us on the anniversary board! How sweet is that?

Randy's Steakhouse
Randy's Steakhouse anniversary sign

Saturday morning Cory had planned a brunch at a sweet spot in Dallas, The Joule. The Joule is our favorite hotel because it is where we stayed the night we got married. I LOVED going back and the food was just as sweet as my memories of the hotel! Right next to the Joule is this huge eyeball that we felt like we just had to take pictures in front of! Haha
Cory in front of Dallas eye
Amy in front of Dallas eye
After brunch we headed to Deep Ellum to do a little shopping and exploring! I think I can count the number of times I’ve been to Deep Ellum on one hand, so I wasn’t sure what I would think of it, but it actually seemed like the place to be when we got there. It was so lively and there were so many people out and about. All of the stores were extremely unique and they were really fun to check out!
Cory and Amy Cotton in Deep Ellum
Amy and Cory Cotton with Deep Ellum wall mural
We later headed to West Village shopping center and tried out Brewed + Pressed, which is an organic juice, shake, and coffee place. Cory and I have recently been on a health kick so he wanted to take us to a healthy place! I got a green juice and Cory got a shake, but I wouldn’t say they were the best things we’ve ever tried! Mine tasted like I was literally drinking the earth. Haha! I’m still trying to find the perfect juice place that is both sweet and healthy!
Obviously we couldn’t complete our healthy part of the day without getting some new workout clothes! Right next door to Brewed + Pressed was a store called Lorna Jane. I’d never been inside before, but it has a similar feel to Lulu Lemon. I got some new workout tops that I’m extremely excited to wear.
When we were at Lorna Jane we got a text that one of our couple friends had went into labor and had their baby! So we put our anniversary weekend on hold and headed back to Plano to meet the new baby boy, which was so special!
Bethany and Tyler Toney's new baby
On Sunday after church we resumed Cory’s secret anniversary weekend at a restaurant called Kitchen LTO! This place was SO good and had the COOLEST concept! LTO stands for Limited Time Only, which basically means the chef and food are only there for a limited amount of time. Every 6 months they get a new chef, new menu and new artwork. We had the yummiest food and I can’t wait to go back in a couple of months to try out the new menu!
Kitchen LTO
Cory Cotton at Kitchen LTO
The last stop on our anniversary tour was at an icecream shop called Chills 360. I don’t know if you’ve heard of this place, but if you love icecream you should definitely give it a try! It is a Thai inspired icecream shop where they roll your icecream into little rolls. (Haha I don’t know what else to call it!) The only downside is that we had to wait an hour in line because of the popularity of the place! I thought it was delicious though so I’d say it was worth it!
Chills 360
Chills 360 icecream
Thanks to my hubby who planned the most special weekend for us both! I can’t wait for many more months and years of marriage with you!
Love,
Amy Cotton

Our honeymoon in Bora Bora!

Our honeymoon was one of the most fabulous weeks ever!!! We went to Bora Bora and it feels like a lifetime ago. Cory and I knew we wanted to go somewhere where we could spend most of our time relaxing on a pretty beach or eating yummy food. (good food is always a must for us haha!) Cory did most of the honeymoon research (he did amazing) and he presented 3 good options, which helped us eventually decide on BORA BORA! We stayed at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and it was absolutely amazing!

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!)

Bora Bora
Four Seasons Bora Bora
Welcome to our bungalow!
Bora Bora Bungalow
Best room service breakfast ever!
Breakfast in our bungalow in Bora Bora
You never know when you might need an outdoor shower!
Cory at outdoor shower
Nicest bathtub views I’ve ever seen!
Cory in bathtub in Bora Bora bungalow
Hottest husband ever!
Cory Cotton on beach chair
And then Cory stepped on some coral and hurt his foot!
Cory got hurt by coral
 Snorkeling with the fishies!
Cory swimming with the fish in Bora Bora
Amy and Cory Cotton in Bora Bora
Amy and Cory Cotton at dinner in Bora Bora
Drinks in Bora Bora
 Four wheeling up the mountains!
Cory and Amy four wheeling
Cory and Amy in front of our bungalow
Just floatin’ in the ocean!
Amy floating in ocean
Amy Cotton in Bora Bora
We even got our very own edible wedding photo lollipop! Haha!
Wedding photo lollipop
 Michael Kors was also staying at our hotel!
Amy and Cory Cotton with Michael Kors
 Private sunset dinner!
Private beach dinner
Our deck!
Bora Bora was literally incredible!!!! I have nothing but rave reviews for this place and our hotel! Not only was the trip amazing, but I got to leave with a husband on my arm! This was the best honeymoon either of us could of ever imagined and will definitely be something we look back on for the rest of our lives! If you ever have the chance to go to Bora Bora, DO IT!!! Hope you enjoyed the picture overload! 🙂
Love,
Amy Cotton

2016: A Year In Review!

I can’t believe it’s 2017, but I am so excited that it is!!! Some huge things happened in 2016, and I thought it would be fun to begin the new year by looking back on some of my favorite moments. In March, Cory asked me to marry him. I had no idea it was happening, which made for the most special night!! That same night, we also shared our first kiss after he told me that he loved me (another first)!! Following the proposal he had set up a surprise engagement party with all of our closest friends and family! Needless to say, Cory did amazing. The months following were spent wedding planning and preparing to be a wife!! This was the MOST fun time because I LOVE planning things. 

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?

Obviously the best thing about 2016 was getting married, which you can read more about here. The second best thing about this year was our honeymoon in Bora Bora. Bora Bora was amazing in every way possible. From the resort, to the views, to the food, it was absolutely incredible! We even met Michael Kors!! (Sadly he didn’t give me a free purse) Every morning room service delivered breakfast to our little hut and it was extremely yummy. I told Cory that he shouldn’t get too used to the fancy breakfast though, because I wasn’t planning on cooking a 5-star breakfast every morning once we got home! Haha!
Photos by Lauren Peele

Last, but not least, we bought and moved into our first home together. We looked at about 25 houses before we found the right one. As soon as Cory and I walked in to this house though, we knew it was where we wanted to live. Decorating and furnishing our home has been challenging, but has also been something I have really enjoyed. It’s so fun to take a completely empty room and turn it into something that we both love!
2016 was a year of many firsts, and I am so grateful for every single moment. It’s been my favorite year for so many reasons, but I can’t wait to begin 2017 knowing God has a whole lot more in store. What were your most memorable events from 2016? I would love to hear about them. Comment below! 

Here’s to many more adventures in 2017!

Love,
Amy Cotton

The most important thing I learned as a bride

Our wedding ceremonyIt has been exactly four months since I married my sweet husband Cory, and I can confidently say that they have been the best months of my life. In Order to celebrate four months together, I decided to write a post about our wedding day and some of its most special moments.

 

 


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.

Husband and Wife!Amy and Cory Cotton kissing

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.

When Cory and I said, “I do,” we didn’t mean, “I do, except if he…,” or, “I do, except if she…” When we said, “I do,” we meant, “I do.” I know that I will mess up time and time again in our marriage, but thankfully, Cory didn’t marry me because he thought I was perfect.

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.

“…and <span class=”crossreference” data-cr=”#cen-ESV-24590A” data-link=”(A)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” -Mark 10:8-9
wedding party

Cory and I have a lot to learn about being husband and wife, but I am so grateful that our marriage is built on the foundation we both have in Jesus. My prayer for the years to come is that whenever we experience disappointment in marriage, we would both turn to the one who created marriage in the first place. I hope we will look up rather than at ourselves, and that we would learn from Jesus’ example of perfect and selfless love. I know that we are two broken people who will fail, but I am confident that if we consistently remind ourselves what is true, we will be just fine!

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” -Ephesians 5:25

Our wedding photos

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!

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change,” -James 1:17

Sparkler Exit
**All photos by the talented Lauren Peele

Love,
Amy Cotton

P.S. If you are engaged, consider hiring the vendors below because they are all amazing!!

Photographer- Lauren Peele
Makeup- Melanie Ward
Venue- The Venue at Waterstone
Wedding Planner- Lindsey Brunk
Catering- CN Catering
Videographer- Candlelight Films

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