I sat here for about 7 minutes staring at the screen having zero idea what to say to start this off. I guess I just don’t know how to express the gratitude I have for being able to be married to Andrew into typed out words. I honestly don’t know where the heck he came from. It’s like we both had to go through the things we went through and have Brooke and Knox and learn and grow and figure out what really is important in this world before we could meet. I can sincerely say, God’s plan is amazing. I look back over the years of pain and heartache and loneliness and wondering why things happened the way they did and now I know why, Andrew is my person and it just took some time and growth to get to the part where I got him in my life.
So when I first met Andrew I kind of knew right away he was something different. It felt like I already knew him during our first date at Outback. I feel like within the first few of our many late night conversations I was able to actually be fully myself. What a strange concept for me that I had never experienced. Someone I could be completely vulnerable with but feel secure no matter what I said or did. Someone I could tell absolutely every thought I’ve ever had to. I didn’t feel like I had to be somebody else, and I fell hard for every ounce of him. Communicating with each other was a piece of cake, which was a first time thing for me. Over time I knew that this man loved me for me and wanted to do whatever he could to make me happy. And I knew I wanted my job in life to be to love him to pieces. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I could trust him with everything, he would be my best friend through it all and the absolute most amazing dad. His kindness to everyone he comes in contact with and his commitment to family and God meant everything to me.
Let’s start from the beginning of the wedding day! Katie (Bangs Friend) flew in from California and little did I know this was going to happen, but she was my personal assistant for the day—> aka she did everything for me from making breakfast for Brooke to making sure I packed everything I needed to cleaning out my purse:) She is a good one. The two of us ran on treadmills (I think 5 miles:) next to each other that morning and just talked about everything. She was the one running with me and helping me through the mess of life a few years previously and there she was again running next to me during a really beautiful part of life. We grabbed some fresh mex salads afterwards and ate them before we all took a short nap (Brooke included ha). I then showered and went over to my sister’s house. My amazing sis did the whole beauty routine for me and we talked and laughed the whole time. She has been my rock (my whole family has been… I lucked out in that department) for decades and was so beyond happy that I found Andrew and Knox.
Katie then brought me an ice cream cone from Chick-Fil-A and I jumped in my car and drove up to where the wedding was held (Alpine Art Center). At this point Brooke was with my mom so the drive included listening to some songs that reminded me of Andrew and calling my grandma and aunt (the one I was with all the time in N. Cali when I lived there). When I pulled up pretty much my entire family was there with all of their little kiddos running around, one of the best sights to see. I went upstairs to the brides room and my good friend Heather did Brooke’s hair, my sister-in-laws and Bangs helped me put my dress on and then my sister came and touched up my makeup. Megan brought me a drink and we all just relaxed for a few minutes before it was time to take some family pictures. We wanted to take a few pictures before the ceremony because we knew that the two toddlers only had a certain amount of really happy time left in them;)
LINDSEY ORTON (aka the best photographer there ever was. Thank you so so much Lindsey)!
I could literally stare at this picture of the two of them all day long.
Oh, and this one too:)
Me with my Maid of Honor and Flower Girl.
Me and my man. I always thought I would be really nervous if I got married again (actually the thought alone gave me quite the increase in my heart rate) but I had zero nerves with Andrew. I just couldn’t wait to start this whole family thing with him and have my best friend to be my husband.
Their faces, I just can’t believe
I do have to do a shoutout to my mom for all of the help she did for the wedding (aka planning it.. she is way better at this stuff than I am;) One of the many things she did was the flowers—> I showed her a few pictures of what I loved and gave her my card;)
She went to Bed of Roses and I was beyond thrilled with how they all turned out. My mom said they were the absolute best/most helpful to work with too. If you are in Utah, you definitely should check them out!
They turned out exactly the way that I wanted them to.
Sissy just putting on some lip stuff for me and I wore earrings for the first time in like a decade.
And then it was go time. Little Knox went down the aisle first towards Andrew and he was a man on a mission. He took his job quite seriously and he even finished with some intense speed walking to get to Andrew.
I wish I could have seen this part in real life but I’ve watched the video at least 50 times so it kind of feels like I did;) All of my family was there and all of Andrew’s family was there (thanks everyone for flying in). We also had our very closest friends but kept it extremely small which was perfect for us.
And then I had little Brookie there to walk me down the aisle. Having her by my side meant the world to me.
Brooke has a shy little spirit about her sometimes and once she saw everyone she tucked her head into me as we walked to the end of the aisle.
We had one of our church leaders marry us (my bishop) that has always been so amazing to me. He gave a beautiful message about marriage and love and it was perfect.
Knox brought up the rings… He did the ring bearer job absolutely perfect:)
And then before you knew it, we were man and wife:) PS about 2 years ago I saw a wedding dress on Instagram that I absolutely loved and sent it to my sister and told her that I needed that dress… fast forward a few years and I found one that was pretty darn close. I loved the lace and the longer sleeves.
After we walked back down the aisle Brooke set off to chase us down (ps Bed of Roses made her gorgeous flower crown too:)
She is a fast one.
After the ceremony we took a few pictures with family and friends!
My mom and dad… don’t know what I would do without them. Love these two so much.
Andrew’s sweet parents… They are amazing!
Andrew with his siblings:
And then with my siblings.
My sissy and incredible sister-in-laws!! My brothers married the best of the best:)
And then the girls that I’ve known and loved for ages now. I lucked out with this crew.
All of my family (my parents have just a few grandkids)
And all of Andrew’s family!
We then walked right into the building next to where the ceremony was held and had a small dinner (the air conditioning sure felt nice at this point).
At this point we had all of our siblings and parents go up and take a few minutes to say some things. We kept it short and simple but having this time to hear what they had to say about us and everything meant the world to us.
And then Andrew and I got up and I of course rambled on for way too long. Andrew said the sweetest things and I remember just standing there thinking, ‘how the heck did I get this lucky… that is my HUSBAND.’
And then it was time for the cake! I went to Cupcake Chic (where I always go to get bday cakes or cupcakes for parties) and it was so fun to work with them for my wedding cake after all of these years:) The cake tasted amazing and it turned out exactly how I wanted it to!
Andrew was pretty excited that the base of the cake was funfetti.
Yep, of course he got me.
So I attempted (and failed) to get him back.
And as far as other food goes—> my mom put together a candy bar with my favorite treats. The kids (ehhh… adults) were pretty excited about it.
Once we finished with cake, we did a lot of talking with everyone and then we were off for a week in Mexico! The kiddos missed us like crazy and Brooke kept telling people while we were gone that we just went to dinner and then we would be back;) I don’t think either of them will ever let us leave for that long again!
Thanks for joining along and letting me share all of this with you. You guys have been there through it all and I’m so excited to share this next adventure with you!
That’s the way we became the ‘Baron/Brooke Jacobs’ bunch. (imagine the Brady Bunch tune going on while you read this post)
If you are married… tell me what your ceremony, reception, everything was like? I want the details because you just had to sit through an hour of mine;)
Have a favorite flower?
What was the biggest highlight of your weekend?