Why all the Wedding Planning was Worth It

Weddings.  Most girls start planning their wedding when they are five.  Anna already knows that her colors will be red and green for Christmas.  I, on the other hand, had no opinions.  It scared me, quite honestly, because I knew Dallin did (he has catered 100s of weddings and planned his with his spare time) and I, being such a people pleaser, had a hard time making decisions because I wanted to make sure he liked it, and my mom liked it, and McKall liked it, and Grammie liked it, and that I liked it, etc., etc. “It’s your day…” they all said… “do what makes you happy.”  So… I did 🙂

I remember having the conversation with my mom.  She asked me: “What are the most important things that you want at your wedding?”  The first thing I said was – I want the people that I love to be there. With that thought, I decided I wanted to be married in the St. George temple because it would be easier for many family members and friends to come for both Dallin and I.  And while there were many dear people that I loved that couldn’t make it, so many people did, and it meant the world to me.


I had tulips, and yummy food, and live music. I loved my dress, and my veil, and the flowers, and everything.

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With as much preparation and everything that we put into it… it was worth it 🙂  Maybe not all of my people pleasing thoughts, but in the end, my wedding day really was the best day of my life.  It was more beautiful than I ever could have imagined it. It wasn’t all of the tulips and the lights and my perfect dress, it was being in the temple.


The ceremony was perfect.  We knelt across an altar and made promises with God and with each other to always be faithful and serve our father in Heaven.  It was sweet, peaceful, and beautiful.  It is because of the power of sealing in temples that I can be with Dallin forever. It was absolutely beautiful, and definitely the best part of the day. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much in my life as I did inside the temple.  I just felt so light and full of light and… seriously, it was the best day of my life. (So far!)

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(But don’t worry, the tulips and the lights and my perfect dress were pretty perfect too 🙂 ) It was perfect because I was surrounded by the people I love.

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Yes, maybe I was a little stressed the week leading up before… but the morning I woke up, I felt such an incredible peace.  I couldn’t stop smiling all day.

And while most people say you won’t remember the wedding, and in the end the stress doesn’t even matter, I was so grateful for all of the planning and stress, because it was perfect.  I would do it all over again, really.

We left the wedding reception happy and so full of gratitude towards all of our friends and family.  This is my public thank you.  Thank you to my parents  for helping me have the perfect day.  Thank you to Mom and Dad Morris for helping us get it all together in St. George.  Thank you to Rikky who really did a perfect job.  Thank you to Heather who had such beautiful decorations and food. Thank you to my dear bridesmaids for being there for me.  Thank you to all my mission friends for your support.  And thank you to everyone who came or supported us in any way.  Really, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!



And here we are, after a month of marriage, as happy as can be, living in our little studio apartment in Arizona for the summer.

And it has all been worth it.




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