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. minkaclark says…
    11/15/2018

    So lovely. I can see why glitter still lives at home! Thanks for sharing and happy 1 year anniversary.

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  2. Donna_Clements says…
    11/15/2018

    This is wonderful! Happy anniversary to you!

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  3. runner says…
    11/15/2018

    Beautiful! So happy for you. Happy Anniversary!

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  4. irenespie says…
    11/15/2018

    Love all the beautiful pictures. You guys had an amazing day together full of love.

    Tara is amazing.

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  5. Jaynescraps says…
    11/15/2018

    Just lovely, Ali. So worth the wait. Thanks for sharing. It was the best part of my day!

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  6. Balletarlington says…
    11/15/2018

    What an amazing day! Just beautiful and most of all you all look thrilled. So happy for you!

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  7. The_Colourguru says…
    11/15/2018

    how beautifully you have celebrated all that is you & Aaron (from what an online reader can glean! LOL!) Elegant, authentic, simplicity. Congratulations on your first anniversary - thank you for sharing your special day memories with the world.

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  8. scraptician says…
    11/15/2018

    Ali, I've met you a few times. Took WITL the first time you taught it at CK, and have followed your blog almost from the beginning. I feel like we're pals. And I have to say, I'm just so, so happy for you and your collective. You've curated a beautiful story.

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  9. clippergirl says…
    11/15/2018

    Happy Aniversary!

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  10. dsmarangoni says…
    11/15/2018

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. These pictures are so beautiful and I love how authentic, true and beautiful they represent your family. Happy Anniversary and God Bless your family!

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  11. hgauvin says…
    11/15/2018

    Tara's the best! Your photos are perfect. It looks like you had an awesome celebration. Happy anniversary!

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  12. mcbce says…
    11/15/2018

    Happy Anniversary! Such beautiful photos. You can just feel the love! Thank you for sharing.

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  13. allymac says…
    11/15/2018

    The photos are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the story with us but I have so much respect for you for waiting and telling it when you felt the time was right. Happy Aniversary!

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  14. belleacropper says…
    11/15/2018

    beautiful ! thank you for sharing :)

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  15. Houston says…
    11/15/2018

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us, may your story have many more chapters ahead!💕

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  16. soonymary says…
    11/15/2018

    such a beautiful family Ali....congratulations!

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  17. minkaclark says…
    11/15/2018

    Are you going to do a photobook of the wedding images or some other form of capturing them?

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    1. AliEdwards says…
      11/18/2018

      Photobook from Artifact Uprising.

  18. nhudson says…
    11/15/2018

    just lovely! Happy Anniversary!!!

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  19. Hoguec says…
    11/15/2018

    Thank you for sharing you story (wonderful and hard parts) and your family. It is a very bright spot shining in the world. Happy Anniversary! ❤️

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  20. virginiegoujon says…
    11/16/2018

    Awesome! Beautiful pictures for such a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing. <3

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  21. MommaBeth says…
    11/16/2018

    Thank you so much for sharing this special event with us. Tara is beyond talented! Those photos and the memories they evoke for all of you will be cherished for sure. So happy for where your life is right now!

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  22. Allycatd says…
    11/16/2018

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary - love the photos, love that you held your wedding at home, love that you kept such a wonderful part of your story secret for a year and kindly let us in. X

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  23. delia says…
    11/16/2018

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing. Wishing you both a life time of happiness together.

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  24. sophie3832 says…
    11/16/2018

    Happy Anniversary!
    The beginning of a new family.
    The photos are beautiful, totally captured the heart of you guys x

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  25. joeynumber41 says…
    11/16/2018

    Beautiful!!! Happy anniversary!

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