Katie Wedding Story

My husband and I met during my sophomore year of high school. He was a senior and we were both on the school newspaper staff.

Even though we were really young, we started talking about marriage when I was only 17 years old. I turned 18 shortly after my high school graduation and he proposed a month later. It was a very romantic proposal in a nice restaurant that spun around to give you a picturesque view of the city. After dinner, we went on a horse and carriage ride through downtown.

Because I had just graduated from high school, I wanted to wait to get married until after I finished college. I began attending a college nearby my home, but still lived on campus for my first two years of school. But during my junior year, my future husband and I moved in together and I commuted to classes. Later that year, we found out we were expecting our first child and decided to move up our wedding date.

We knew we wanted to get married before the baby came, so we planned a wedding in just four months. We were fortunate to have lots of help and support from our families. The colors for our wedding were red, white and black. My grandmother bought me a beautiful dress with a really long train and flowing veil. My mother-in-law made us a gorgeous tiered cake accented with red flowers. I carried a bouquet of red roses decorated with miniature white flowers.

We had our ceremony and reception in the community building of a local park. My husband and I each had four wedding attendants, plus our flower girl, who happened to be my husband?s five-year-old little sister. We didn?t plan to have a ring bearer, but when my sister-in-law got last-minute nerves and didn?t want to walk down the aisle by herself, my husband?s six-year-old nephew stepped in to escort her.

And while our wedding day was amazing, I wouldn?t say it went off without a hitch. About a half hour before the ceremony began, the DJ we hired told us he didn?t bring the sound system we needed for the ceremony, which was taking place in the upstairs portion of the building. And not only that, he didn?t have all the music we requested either. I had a slight Bridezilla moment, but thankfully the groomsmen came to the rescue and took apart the one sound system the DJ had brought and carried it upstairs so we could have music during the ceremony.

Our reception was a lot of fun and people danced to songs like ?YMCA.? My husband and I had our first dance to Shania Twains? ?Looks Like We Made It.? Our tables were decorated with vases of roses and little Cinderella carriages that held place cards I made myself.

After the wedding was over, we didn?t go on a honeymoon. Instead, we used the money towards a down payment on the house we bought. This year, we just celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary and are the proud parents of a three-year-old boy and a 10-month-old baby girl. We are looking forward to many more years of happiness together!