Anniversary Series || Wedding Photos by Claire Marika

Matthew and I decided to do formal wedding photos before our wedding day so we didn't feel rushed. We had the wonderful opportunity to become the first video captured by Claire Marika Photography, click play on the image above to see it.  I still get emotional when I watch this video because I remember how it felt when Matthew saw me in my dress for the first time. You can tell how crazy we are about each other and I love all of the little moments they captured. So much talent went into this film I will cherish forever. To see more of their amazing videos, go here

I just want to take a minute and make everyone aware that my dress was from the DI. I paid $30 for a dress that had long, poofy lace sleeves and ruffles on the cuffs at the wrist. I had my amazing aunt, who is a very talented seamstress, alter the sleeves and line them with fabric so they weren't see through. I went to her house to try it on and I was blown away by her work. She said I didn't need to pay her, but I did anyway. That dress was a STEAL. The total cost for my dress was $80. Not many people can say that. Moral of the story, look at the DI for wedding dresses, especially if you're looking for something vintage. 

My whole wedding was vintage themed. Lace, pearls, a bird cage veil, typewriters for the guest book, mustache photo props, ice cream stand, a vintage mansion, balloon send off and riding away in a vintage T Model Ford. Peacock feathers were what my color scheme was based on, and they were everywhere at my reception. Matthew and I had custom converse made with our colors and embroidered with our wedding date, May 7th, 2011. We still wear them today!

There are a lot of things I'd do differently if I were to do it right now. Have a professional do my make up, wear heals, use different colors, buy a more fitted grey suit for Matthew, but I am SO GLAD we paid for a quality photographer. They captured our wedding and our personalities so well. I'll always have these photos to look back on and remember the happy moments of the beginning of our lives together. Claire even edited some of our photos to give off a vintage vide which was so fitting to our special day. I can't recommend her enough. View her portfolio on her website, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest

It's been such a great opportunity for me to write this Anniversary Series. I'm feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for Matthew and the amazing man that he is. I love him even more now than I did in our bridal video. He makes life the greatest adventure. He has so many strengths and talents that help our family. Not only is he a provider and a protector, he is a loving companion and my very best friend. He is sensitive to the feelings of others and always finding ways to make me happy. I'm so glad I found someone who makes me laugh and smile on a daily basis. I couldn't have imagined a better man to have children with. Turner and I love being around him and spending time with him. He is always setting new goals to help improve our lives, and accomplishing hard things. There are very few people I know who work as hard as he does. He has overcome obstacles and continues to be an example to me of enduring to the end. I love him and will stand by him through everything this life will bring. Together we are an unstoppable force, and I am so glad to call him mine.

Happy Anni, Matthew dearest. 4 years has flown by. I love you, here's to infinity and beyond.