Show & Tell Monday

I have already done a post like this for one of Becky's link-ups but since I have some new readers now AND wedding is on the brain due to my sister's big day coming in TWO WEEKS... I thought this would be fun! 
Are you married? If so when did you get married, and tell us about your special day. If not? How would you describe your dream wedding? 
I am married :) John and I got married November 19, 2011. We had a pretty large wedding (about 185 guests) and were married in my FAVORITE church in my hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Our reception was held at the golf course that my parents live on. We had an AMAZING band and there were barely any guests NOT dancing. It was pretty much the best party I have ever been to ;)
Show us some wedding pictures. Either yours or of some that you love.
How about the engagement? Tell us your story. If not engaged, what's your dream proposal?
John and I got engaged the Friday before Valentine's day. We were long distance at the time and only saw each other on the weekends. That weekend, he was SUPPOSEDLY staying at his house for an extra night before coming to see me. I was not pleased. I went out to eat with my roommate and when i came back my house was COVERED in roses and candles. John was in our living room and proposed. It was sweet and romantic and perfect :) 
Show us your wedding rings or an engagement photo! If not engaged/married ... show us your "dream" ring.
Tell us why you think marriage doesn't work out for so many? What can we do to make things last
I think a lot of people go into marriage thinking that their love or passion or both will carry them through life and that's all that they need. Marriage is a "next step" instead of a forever commitment. John and I both went into our marriage knowing that there were going to be good and bad times. That every day we were going to have to wake up and CHOOSE to love each other. Patience, understanding, communication... all of those things are so important in a marriage and are easy to overlook or get lazy about. John and I made a vow to each other to never get lazy about our marriage- so far so good :) 

All pictures in this post are by Emily Zoladz


Mandy said...

Your dress is absolutely stunning!!! I just LOVE all the lace!


Mis En Place said...

Your wedding was awesome! So much fun.

Rachel said...

The church where you got married looks gorgeous...and I love the train of your dress, so pretty!

Heather said...

I love the picture of you & your bridesmaid!!! So stinkin' cute!!!!

Lyon Party of 4 said...

What a gorgeous wedding! I love love love your dress! Its so stunning!

Roshni AaMom said...

wow! Such amazing photos! Love your dress!!

Sarah Lynn said...

Love your wedding pictures! Beautiful!!

Anni said...

Hello :)

Stopping by from the GFC blog hop today! Hope you are haveing a great week so far.

I´m a new follower!

Smooches from Germany,
Anni // http://grapefruitprincess.blogspot.com

Stephy Marie said...

LOVE your wedding photos!
Found you from the blog hop and loving your blog.
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