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Monday, October, 8, 2012  |  Weddings
Real {Ohio} Wedding - Morgan & Cory
Happy Monday Guys...let's open the cafe with the cutest couple and the prettiest DIY wedding...say hello to Morgan & Cory...you are going to love their wedding story and the images are truly "picture perfect"....captured by the AMAZINGLY talented and he totally ROCKED this wedding, Douglas Benedict of Douglas Benedict Photography.....our lovely bride Morgan is sharing their sweet story with us, you're gonna love it...Enjoy!! 

bride and groom

"To be a bride, for a day. To be in love, forever.

Nobody can ever fully, completely and specifically tell you what it's like to be engaged to your best friend. But in a few words, I'll try. It's magical.

Cory got down on one knee in front of my family just an hour after I walked across the stage and graduated college. It was a beautiful sweep of emotion and a day I'll never forget.

A month later, we packed up our entire lives, complete with my two cats, and headed west. Approximately 2,391 miles west, to Long Beach, California where Cory was to start training as a professional athlete with big dreams of running the 400-meter hurdles in the Olympics.

This was the year of that first tough growth as a couple, that first year of going with the flow, just being together, loving each other more than we ever have, learning new and fun things about each other. This was the year of learning to have patience and respect, and learning to really live in the moment. This was also the year of planning the best day ever.

Planning that monumental day in your life is a mixture of amazing and radiant fun, and, holy cow, I am stressed out! (or, at least it was for me). The added element of living in California and not having my mom with me for most of the planning was far and away the hardest, most stressful, most heartbreaking thing for me. Sure, we made it work (we had to), but I came to learn that a bride-to-be planning her wedding is nothing without her mom. Before we left for California, my mom and I went dress shopping. I am so thankful I got to enjoy those moments with my mom, and, as fate would have it, a dress I tried on that day was to be the one.



mix match bridesmaid dresses

While Cory wanted me to run with my ideas for our "do-it-yourself" wedding, I wanted him to be involved as much as possible. After all, it was OUR wedding day. We laid out some key necessities for the day: laid back, outside, country, BBQ, loud music, casual, make EVERYTHING, have as much family and close friends there as possible but make it intimate and...splurge on the photographer! Everything else we just let fall into place as it may.

One of the biggest things I came to learn as a bride-to-be was that your wedding day is a complete reflection of who you and your beloved are as a couple and the love you have for one another. August 4, 2012 was to be a day of "us" and the journey that led us to the "I Dos".

The journey that led us to our magical day was tough one. Meeting in high school and dating for eight years, you're bound to find yourself in some holes and forks in the road. I suppose. Adding a long-distance relationship into the mix...well, those forks get a lot more confusing, and the holes get a lot deeper, and stickier, and dare you to try and climb out alive.

On our wedding day it was known that we were not the same as we once were. The seasons continued to change and so did we. But I still woke up every morning and just adored Cory more and more. I get really excited when I think about growing old with him and the adventures we'll have. We'll only keep blossoming more and more beautiful with each season.

The road that led us here was hard and it will only keep getting that much harder. But I believe that love rewards the bold and the fearless and when all I want is us forever, that's all that's really needed.

It was the moments that lived within our wedding day that make our whole journey worthwhile.

All roads have always led to you, Cory, you'll always be my favorite because you're my idea of beautiful."

bride getting dresses

white bridal gown

white ranunculus bouquet

groom wearing bow tie

bride kissing groom

wedding signage

wedding signage

wedding rings tied with twine

out door ceremony

bridesmaid dresses

groom kissing bride
















Thanks so much Doug for stopping by the cafe and sharing all the beautiful images with us....guys, head over to Doug's blog site to see what he's been up to lately...and to Morgan & Cory, we wish you a lifetime filled with happiness and love...xoxo

And a special "shout out" to Anjanette for getting all the images over to me...xoxo


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