A little over week ago was our 4th wedding anniversary. Time flies so fast and I can’t believe it’s already been 4 years now! These years were filled with so many great events and I’m delighted to share with you those unforgettable moments of joy and happiness we experienced while celebrating our unity of love.
Unlike typical wedding celebrations we didn’t settled just for 1 wedding. In fact, we had 5 of them! 5 different settings, locations and scenarios! If you’re curious to know the details, keep reading my friend.
Recalling our first 3 celebrations, I would say, they were quite spontaneous. The only thing that was set for sure was a date. June, 29 is a day when I officially became Missus. Given that our parents lived far away, they couldn’t attend our official ceremony at the city hall and second celebration with our friends in Chicago. Of course, it would be great having our relatives there, but we knew that more celebrations were set to come and they would catch up on all the fun.
I know that in the US, City Hall wedding part is not a big deal since a major celebration comes after it. But for us, it was a big event and we wanted to celebrate it as well.
My first dress was pretty simple. Before we took off to CityHall, my then fiancé mentioned that it would be lovely to have flowers (that’s how we did it folks))). He quickly ran into our across the street flower shop (luckily we lived in downtown where everything is available) and they assembled a nice little bouquet for me. After the ceremony we had a brief photo shoot in the prettiest parts of Chicago. The weather was so hot that day, my husband could barely wear his tux.
And of course what kind of celebration would be without a nice restaurant? We picked one of our favorite French restaurants, where just a year ago, we developed our romance.
Our second celebration was fun but a little awkward for me, since there were my hubby’s friends who I’ve never met before. There was still plenty of fun moments but to our disappointment, we don’t have much pictures from it. So, moving on to our most memorable parties.
Our 3rd wedding celebration was in UpState New York and my husband’s parents were the major organizers. They picked a picturesque remote villa on the lake where we spent 3 days. It was 3 days filled with family, close friends of in-laws, good food and lots of fun.
My dress… Do you like it? How much do you think it cost?
I’ll tell you. As I stated before, everything was done spontaneously. Wedding dress picking out was not an exception. I chose a day when I need to do a wedding dress shopping and me and hubby got off to couple of local stores. After being disappointed with their selection and prices, we decided to check the Guess store as it was close to where we lived. And guess what, there it was, pretty and sweet. The price? Drum roll please! …$160. Not too bad, right?:)
From that point we had to take a little break from all the celebrations as my husband’s grad school year started.
Nevertheless, we still had our honeymoon planned. That’s my favorite part. As both me and my husband are absolutely in love with Europe, we decided to spend our honeymoon there. We found a nice little village in Austrian Alps. It was by the big lake and super remote. Perfect!
As it was off-season, you could hardly meet any tourists there. In fact, there was one more couple in the hotel besides us. That’s it. It was nice waking up to a magnificent view and having breakfast observing the beauty of Alps.
While still in Europe, we had a little detour to Germany to see our favorite places. The whole Europe is so rich in history and good food. Every country is different and has something to offer, that’s why I love it!
For our 4th wedding at church, we departed to our native country – Ukraine. This time, my parents were in charge of everything. The wedding was thoroughly planned. My dress was a bit unusual. We wanted to recreate something ethnic, something that would resemble the symbols of my land. We made a custom dress, which was the most expensive out of all dresses. It was green and I felt like a fairy.
While still in Ukraine, we had our 5th and final wedding celebration. It was organized mainly for my husband’s relatives who couldn’t attend our previous wedding bash. We rented a charming ethnic restaurant by the water and had an amazing dinner.
It was a bit unusual to receive wedding toasts and gifts from people 1 year after we officially were married. But it felt great to experience all those festivities once again.
Looking back at those times, we feel so blessed to have such a great family who made these celebrations possible. Those wonderful memories we will carry through life.
What do you all think about our weddings? If you had a chance, would you celebrate your wedding once again or do it differently?
Post was featured at Coffee Chat No. 46