In a few days, I get to marry Michael. It feels like this day has been on my mind for years. Not just the day I get to wear a pretty white dress, but the day I get to marry my best friend. The day I get to commit myself to another human being- my person- in front of everyone that we love.
If I’m being honest, there have been so many moments in the past year- but especially in the past month, that I’ve let the stress of planning–essentially the biggest party of my PlansMorans career— get in the way of how joyous this period is supposed to be. I’ve become consumed in the details and the stress of making everything perfect. My temper has been short and my feelings have been easily hurt and the ironic part is that that man that I’m marrying is the one who has received the brunt of it. (Also my mom….my mom has seen some tears.) So, if you’re reading this Mike– I’m sorry, I love you, I promise my fuse is not typically this short! Thank you for dealing with my rollercoaster of emotions.
But as of tomorrow, the planning will be over and the celebrating will begin. And by Friday, nearly everyone that means the most to us will be on the Cape to help us celebrate. I can’t get over how amazing that’s going to be. When else in your life are you surrounded by, truly, all those you love? Hometown friends, college friends, mentors, in our case- our incredible team of doctors and nurses and of course, both of our families? It’s an occasion that we’re lucky to experience and I so want to relish in every second… I want to soak up every ounce of love and bottle it up!
But since I can’t physically bottle up this weekend, my goal is to take mental snapshots. Remember Mike’s face, remember our officiants words, remember the feel of hugs from friends and family. Remember the butterflies in my stomach when we kiss for the first time as husband and wife. Remember the euphoric feeling when looking around and seeing faces from near and far. Remember how bad my feet hurt after a night of epic dancing. But most of all, I hope I remember the feel of Mike’s hands holding mine, the look in his eye when he promises to be my husband, the wind whipping past my cheek as he spins me around the dance floor. I want to remember every detail from the day I become the wife of the man I love so much, my partner in life, my best friend, my soulmate.
I am so excited for this day, this weekend, our honeymoon but I am most excited for another chapter in our life to begin together. In the six years we’ve known each other, we have experienced a lot of ups and downs- career struggles and stress, a cancer diagnosis, a mother lost, but babies (and a puppy!) have also been born, we’ve traveled, we’ve laughed, we’ve danced, we’ve had so many firsts, we’ve had so many happy moments together. With each hurdle, we’ve stuck together and lifted each other up. And with each positive experience, it’s felt more intense, more beautiful, more incredible because we’ve had each other to share it with.
Meeting Michael was the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. Making it to the day that I get to marry him was a far-away dream. For a brief moment, that dream flickered, but on Saturday it’s a dream that gets to come true. And that makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world. My life is better with him in it- our lives are better with each other in it- and for that, I am overwhelmingly thankful.
To everyone who has been a part of supporting, nourishing and bringing happiness to our relationship- thank you!
Lots of love & light,
15 thoughts on “Wedding Weekend Is Here”
Congratulations! You deserve all the happiness in the world!
Thank you Mrs. Monahan!!! Xoxo
Jess and Mike, I can’t begin to tell you the joy I feel seeing you two together. You are definitely soulmates and the best advice I can give you is “never go to bed on a fight. Love each other as if this was the last time you will ever be together. Lastly, forgive and forget mad words and bad words – they aren’t important.” May you have all the love and happiness that my husband and I have had for 42 years. Time flies too quickly…love you both!! ❤️❤️❤️
Aw Deb, thank you! That is advice is spot on and we will take it to heart! Lots of love!!!
May you and Mike live happily ever after………take it all in and breath deep. If something goes wrong on your day just treat it as though that is how it was planned, then laugh. Hugs!
We are so ready for you two to be married! We love you more than you will ever know! Now…will you get down to the Cape already?? Let’s get this wedding weekend underway!!!
I agree with your momma. Let’s get this celebration started!! Love you both 😘
Oh Miss Jessica. This post brought tears to my eyes. I love you so much and will be sending loving thoughts your way on Saturday. xo Mary (HomeGirl)
Thanks Mary!! It was such an incredible day, my heart is still just overflowing with love. Love you!!!!
How wonderful! May it be all that you have hoped. Blessings on a wonderful life together.
Thank you! It was a beautiful day, more than we could’ve dreamed of!
Best wishes to you both for a long, happy, healthy, loving life.
Thank you Lenora! Xo
Jess, this was so beautiful and inspirational. You and Mike were clearly meant to be from the moment you stepped into the office. Life has tested your strength more than a few times along this journey and you came out the victor. Have an amazing day. Congratulations to you both.
p. s. I celebrate my 36 wedding anniversary on 7/25.
July is a great month for weddings! And thank you so much for your sweet words. The day was incredible and we couldn’t feel more thankful and excited! Xoxo