So. I got married on Saturday. I mean. I'm just sayin'.
I am now Whitney Penny. Mrs. Scott Penny. A wife. A step-mother. A Penny.
It. Was. Awesome.
Hurricane Matthew tried putting a damper on the party but we weren't having any of it!! Oh my gosh. The love that surrounded us was surreal!!!
But here's the real reason I wanted to post this blog. I always questioned how a person knew they wanted to marry their significant other. I'm serious...I asked a lot of people in my life how they knew, lol.
I was thinking about this a few days before the wedding and here's how I know. In the most basic and simple way I can (try to) explain it.
I was (almost) engaged in 2009...long story but we had already set the date in 2010, put the deposit down on the venue, pretty much were planning the wedding. However, let's just say he had the ring but just hadn't proposed yet.
For me, at that time, it was about the wedding. I wanted to have this beautiful affair at a plantation in Charleston. We had picked the perfect spot next to this little lake and an old, rustic-looking schoolhouse that would have been perfect. Beautiful backdrop, beautiful ambience, serene and surreal. I couldn't wait. I could imagine walking down the aisle in this white ball gown, everyone oohing and aahing at me (okay, kidding, but still).
Thankfully, that never happened. Seriously, best thing that ever happened to me.
Fast forward to 2016 when Scott proposed to me. Like, for real, with a ring, down on his knee proposal! We already knew we wanted to do something small and elegant and romantic in our backyard. But what that was going to look like, we still had to decide.
Here's how I know he's the man for me. We could've invited a couple people over for a pool party and gotten married in our bathing suits and I would have been happy. I didn't want the big, fancy wedding. I wanted the man. The marriage. The life I had with him but as his wife. *That* was the important part!
But he wanted the wedding day for me. He wanted the special moments. The wedding gown. The walk down the aisle surrounded by people who love and support us. For that, I will forever love him and then some. Because it was perfect. So much more than I could have ever dreamed.
Did everything go as planned? Nope. Did it matter? Nope. I walked away as his wife. And that's what mattered.
This Monday is no different than the last...okay, that's a lie. I'm no longer planning a wedding this Monday, lol. But I'm back to work coaching, and he's enjoying an extra day home from work. But the big difference is I am now his wife. And I wouldn't change that for the world.
Have a beautiful week!
With love and wellness,