“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” -Song of Solomon 6:3

I remember dreaming about my wedding and honeymoon since I was a little girl. They seemed so far out in the distance that they would never arrive. Now, a month after our wedding and nearly three weeks since we have been home from our honeymoon, I can’t get over the fact that I am now married to my best friend. I’ve always heard that marriage is the closest picture to Christ’s love for us, and now I think I finally get what that means: you get to love and be loved by someone so fully and completely; you see your spouse’s strengths, weaknesses, fears, the things he or she love, his or her core character, etc. You see your spouse more purely and vulnerably than anyone else. You get to choose every single day to love and serve that person, looking out for his or her needs and desires above your own. For our honeymoon, we went to Naples, Florida. It was the most perfect, relaxing, and fun week I could’ve imagined. We stayed in a house right on the beach, and for ten days we simply got to be together (with no agenda or obligations) for the first time ever! It was surreal getting to start and end each day with Duncan right there (it still is!). We got to reflect on our beautiful wedding and the time leading up to it, and cherished every moment of being husband and wife. We went out fishing on the beach each day, which was an absolute blast! One day we caught a sea trout, and Duncan cooked it for our dinner! Duncan is the greatest fisherman, and I love getting to spend time with him doing what he loves, and seeing him so passionate and excited. When you love someone, of course you’re excited for them when they’re excited, happy for them when they’re happy, etc.; when you’re married, it’s multiplied times a million- if they’re ecstatic about something, you are thrilled right along with them, if they’re upset and afraid, you are right there with them in sorrow and to be a comfort. Even though Duncan and I have been friends since I was fourteen and dated for five years, our friendship has grown so deeply in this past month. People have asked if Duncan and I got tired of each other on the honeymoon and how we could spend ten straight days together, but when you love someone so much and are best friends, even if you get a little annoyed with each other every once in a while or one of you hurts the other’s feelings, your favorite place to be is together and everyday is a new adventure with that person. Duncan is servant hearted and treats me with love and respect that reflect Christ’s love. He is patient, kind, and humble. He knows instantly when I am upset and when I am overjoyed. I loved getting to fish together, cook together, go out to dinner and ice cream dates together, and spend time getting to learn more about each other and experience God’s love more fully. It was a trip I will never forget… spending the ten most incredible days at the beach (our favorite place) with my favorite person in the world. ImageImage

 

Our sea trout!

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Our sea trout baked!

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Cheesecake Factory Date! (Love Duncan’s ring 🙂 )

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Dinner date downtown

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The best view!

Always & Forever,

Alex

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Our Wedding

May 18, 2014 was one of the most beautiful days. It was the day I married my best friend, the day we officially started our lives together. It was a day only possible with the help of dozens of friends and family. For months, our parents, siblings, relatives, and friends helped prepare to make it the most perfect day. From the meal, to decorations, to the ceremony, to invitations, and every other little detail, nothing was possible without the help of our loved ones. It was truly a celebration of Christ’s love and goodness. The weather was absolutely perfect, which was a blessing in itself. It was blue skies, with occasional clouds, a slight breeze, and temperatures in the low seventies. The night before the wedding, I got to stay with the bridesmaids, junior bridesmaids, and book keepers- the perfect last night as an unmarried woman. The next morning, we had a delicious Panera breakfast, and then headed to the tent to help with last minute decorations. When we arrived, there were already dozens of friends and family members helping finish everything. It was the most special atmosphere. A couple hours later, we began to do our hair and makeup. Meanwhile, the boys were all at Duncan’s and my house, having breakfast and just spending time together. They then headed to Duncan’s cousins’ house, where they got ready and spent the final hours leading up to the wedding. Our photographer arrived and took all the pictures she could without Duncan and me seeing each other. It made the day really special to wait to see each other until the ceremony, and definitely built our anticipation. The last hour before the wedding, the boys went back to Duncan’s cousins’ house and the girls all went into Duncan’s parents’ house, where the ceremony and reception were taking place. We watched out the front window as all the guests arrived. Before I knew it, the ceremony had begun. One by one, my friends, cousins, and sister walked out the front door to meet the guy they would walk down the aisle with. I remember the feeling of being right inside the door all by myself- it was a time of peace and thanking God for all of His faithfulness and bringing Duncan and I to this point. Then came my cue to walk down the aisle with my dad. He was so sweet and comforting, and I loved getting to see all of our friends and family while walking to meet my handsome, teary groom at the end of the aisle. I won’t forget the look on his face, so full of love and admiration that I don’t at all deserve. The ceremony was perfect in every way. Our dads performed the ceremony, which made is so personal and unique. We said our vows and exchanged rings. A couple of Duncan’s groomsmen sang while we took communion and Duncan washed my feet, a symbol of humility and servant hood. We all came back together for the closing moments of the ceremony, and finally we were pronounced HUSBAND and WIFE! We were officially Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Tillack. The reception was the icing on top of the cake. We got to visit with and share our happiness and excitement with all of our guests. We all ate a meal together, cut our cake, had our first dance, and danced with all of our friends and family. To end it all, we left down a pathway lined with smiling faces and sparklers. It was the most wonderful day that I will always remember with the fondest memories!

Always & Forever,

Alex