The morning of my wedding day, I woke up smiling.

It was early and I rolled over to see my sister still sleeping next to me. We shared a bed for what felt like the last real time we ever would. I remember feeling so content - that sense of peaceful happiness.

Truth be told, that moment of peace passed rather quickly as my nerves and excitement started to rise. It was the day I was to marry the boy I loved at the young age of 12 years old.

As my sister and I made our way to mum & dad’s room, it felt like Christmas morning when we were little girls.

We laid there a moment with mum and took it all in. While we looked at one another, I felt this overwhelming gratitude for a life filled with love. 

After growing up watching Father of the Bride, I watched it for the hundredth time that morning as my hair was curled and my lipstick was brushed on.

The rest of the day was everything I had ever dreamed it would be.