One Year Later | Wedding Photos

One year ago today, on a rainy Wednesday, Aaron and I made it official here at our home with just our kids and a friend/officiant in attendance. 

I often tell people that some stories aren't ready to tell right after you live them. They don't have to just be hard stories - sometimes they are simply the most meaningful and you might just want to hold it closer for awhile. For me this is one of those stories. I'm so happy to share this piece of our life here with you today. 

Everything we did for this day, everything we chose, was on purpose. 

  • We got married in Aaron's music room that he built in our garage with twinkling lights covering one wall. Those lights are still in there now and they make me so happy every time I spend time in his space. We had talked about going somewhere and having a destination wedding but in the end we decided our house would be the best spot (and we put our money into our familymoon). 
  • We invited my wonderful friend Tara Whitney to come and capture the day for us. There is no one else I could have imagined capturing the spirit of this day for us in our home. I wanted her to capture us just as we are - which is her gift. I loved having her here to capture our hearts. 
  • We incorporated a whole lot of glitter confetti and we still find it around the house from time to time. 
  • We hired a local caterer to come to our house and cook us a Thanksgiving dinner since we were taking off the next morning for our familymoon and would be gone on the actual holiday. It was so awesome and made the entire celebration that much more special. 

The whole thing was very "us" - and more than anything it was really about us. It was about the seven of us coming together. It was about the seven of us celebrating our new beginning. We sent flowers to our families saying thank you for their love and support. I would completely do it this way all over again in a heartbeat. 

Side note: My wedding to Chris was big and so, so fun. We were the first of our group of college friends to get married and what we wanted most at that time in our lives was to have a big party. This time I wanted something different. Both were awesome in their own space and time. Both are a part of my story. 

Thank you for cheering us on. The last year has been even better than I imagined - so much growth all around. 

Here's a look at November 15th, 2017:  

GETTING READY

Aaron bought a bunch of fun pairs of socks and let the boys pick which ones they wanted to wear. 

The best story about me putting on my own makeup is the text that Katie sent me telling me exactly how to use all the things I had bought the day before from Target on her recommendation. 

She's good like that. 

We decided to drive just down the street to take some photos outside. 

THE CEREMONY

Simon walked me into the room to a song by Dave Matthews (of course) called Loving Wings. 

Magic is where you make it. 

DINNER

The kids requested Shirley Temples as their drink. 

I loved having this at our house. LOVED IT. It was comfortable and fun and just so very us. 

Love wins. 

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  1. kimlarsand says…
    11/15/2018

    These pictures are absolutely wonderful as is the story. Happy Anniversary

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  2. totallycre8tive says…
    11/15/2018

    Beautiful photos, and a beautiful family! Congratulations and happy anniversary!

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  3. christyj says…
    11/15/2018

    Beautiful photos!

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  4. scrappychick says…
    11/15/2018

    Love! So much love!

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  5. charris says…
    11/15/2018

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful story and beautiful pics.
    Happy Anniversary!

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  6. jambajuice57 says…
    11/15/2018

    Oh my gosh, Ali. What incredible images...but of course they are. Tara is amazing and your family and all the magic and joy are beautiful. How wonderful to have captured the day so perfectly!

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  7. SFK14 says…
    11/15/2018

    Love your beautiful faces.

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  8. Maxpuppy says…
    11/15/2018

    Oh gosh! I've been following your story for a long time now, and seeing these photos brought tears to my eyes. I'm so happy for you and your loved ones - you looked gorgeous!

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  9. Maxpuppy says…
    11/15/2018

    PS: Happy anniversary!

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  10. karenriede says…
    11/15/2018

    Love this. Thanks for sharing your life with us. The photos are wonderful...but the pics of you and Aaron in the kitchen...all the heart eyes!!! Happy Anniversary!

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  11. PoochPatrol says…
    11/15/2018

    Thanks for sharing, Ali. These are gorgeous. What a beautiful day and what a beautiful family!

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  12. krista_denno says…
    11/15/2018

    Wow.. this is beautiful :) Brought tears to my eyes, and made me relive my own wedding (the 2nd, too- 6 months ago now!)... thank you for always reminding us of the beauty in the everyday that is around us! Congratulations to you and Aaron, and your gaggle of kiddos! <3

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  13. mlandry says…
    11/15/2018

    So beautiful! Happy anniversary to you and your family!

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  14. CarolineMcD says…
    11/15/2018

    'I loved having her here to capture our hearts.' Oh boy, she did JUST that. I'm sitting here with tears running down my cheeks at the love in these photos. The one of the girls getting ready where Anna is holding Audrey's arm......oh my word, just beautiful. What a wonderful day you had and how lucky we are that you have shared this piece with us.

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  15. doodle010101 says…
    11/15/2018

    Thank you so much for sharing. It looks like it was amazing and sweet and perfect. The photos are beautiful and the family is beautiful!❤

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  16. riikka says…
    11/15/2018

    Happy anniversary!

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  17. DD18 says…
    11/15/2018

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and story!

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  18. cryslee444 says…
    11/15/2018

    Absolutely beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

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  19. RhondaN says…
    11/15/2018

    Beautiful photos, beautiful family! Congratulations on your first Anniversary Ali and Aaron!

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  20. jodimckee says…
    11/15/2018

    So, so good. What a perfect, magical day for all of you. And these pictures are just stunning. I especially love the one of the girls in front of the window. <3 Happy, happy anniversary.

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  21. LaLa2012 says…
    11/15/2018

    Thank you so much for sharing your magical, joyful day with us. I'm so glad you and your family are so happy. That's what life is really all about.

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  22. Sanran says…
    11/15/2018

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful pics/memories. Blessed my day!
    Happy anniversary.

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  23. JeanetteE says…
    11/15/2018

    Ali congratulations to you, Aaron and your family on your anniversary. Thank you for letting us into your world.

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  24. Lize says…
    11/15/2018

    Happy anniversary Ali&Aaron & family. So much to love here.. (that 1st photo!) How relaxed and intimate the day was.. But so love that Simon walked his Mom down the ail.

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  25. carrieW says…
    11/15/2018

    Beautiful. So very lovely in every way. Congratulations!

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