Monday, August 26, 2013

I'm Married!

embarrassing moment for Jon from his father's speech at the rehearsal dinner

Dear readers, I'm married!  It's so strange - waking up next to Jon felt like any other early morning together.  I opened my eyes before the alarm, rustling the duvet as I sat up and checked my phone; he sighed and, in his sleep, reached for me, and he smiled when I whispered "good morning."

But then I remember Saturday, the best day of my life.  It might be sacrilegious to say this, but it wasn't the wedding in and of itself that made August 24 so amazing.  From the moment my father and I walked into the barn, I felt absolutely enveloped in love.  Jon and I spent an entire evening surrounded by so much joy - it was tangible.  97 people had come from all over the world to celebrate our marriage with us, and our wedding day was just as much about sharing that with them as it was repeating vows and exchanging rings.  In the space of five minutes, I got to squeal with a friend I've known since I was 8, hug a dear classmate from university, introduce myself to newly acquired aunts and uncles, and kiss my husband.  It was magical.

I think that Jon has finally understood what this world of blogging means to me because of our wedding.  I read him every single tweet wishing us a beautiful day, and his cynicism melted a bit each time I explained who the message from.  We smiled over dozens and dozens of tweets from women I'd never even met before, each one making me feel like you were here with us at Bruisyard, and that made the joy greater.

As you know, Jon's definition of what's private (and therefore shouldn't be blogged) is different from mine, so we're going to work on a post or two about the wedding together this week.  Yes, we're heading up to Norfolk this morning for our honeymoon, but it will be wonderful to relive our favorite moments from Saturday while pouring over the photos that are currently being posted to Facebook and Instagram.  I want to make sure I respect what Jon is and isn't comfortable with sharing while sharing our wedding with you!

In the meantime, thank you.  And, if Jon's family - now my family - are reading this blog as you threatened to: welcome!  I'm so glad we got to share our day with you.  Here's to many more happy days to come!

60 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see pictures! Have a lovely relaxing honeymoon :) xxx

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  2. Yayayayayayay!!! I'm so so happy for you two! I've been stalking your instagram feed like a hawk, and from what I've seen, the wedding looks like it was absolutely magical :) Enjoy your honeymoon... and can't wait to see what you and Jon decide to share together.

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  3. Happyeverafter_BrideAugust 26, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    Congratulations! Really take the time to enjoy each other's company at this time. It is the sweetest time, post wedding bliss. Look forward to the wedding deets.

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  4. Congratulations!
    You wrote a sentence on something I've been thinking about and so I'd be interested in your opinion. How come after a wedding we come to call our partner's family our family? It sounds so instant, yet becoming one's family takes time and you were probably as much family as you are now than you were before the wedding. It's not a judgment by the way, I got married recently myself and had never thought about it before so got awkward feelings when my husband's family started saying I was family! Wait what, I am family because I signed a piece of paper with your son? It makes me wonder if I would have become family if we had been together longer but without being married. How come weddings change family relations like that? Is it because they now know you're here for good and we all might as well be family? Haha so many thoughts!

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  5. Con-grat-uuuuuu-la-tions!!!! (Again!) I cannot say enough how I excited I am - and I'm so glad that your wedding day was so full of joy and love, isn't it amazing?!? :) Enjoy your honeymoon (ok, I know you will anyway), and every moment of marital-honeymoon-bliss :D <3

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  6. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to see more photos. From the ones on instagram you are beautiful and look incandescently happy! xx

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  7. ah, yay yay! congratulations! so incredibly excited for you two!!

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  8. I have all of those thoughts too! actually, I'm planning a whole post about it - I absolutely loved our wedding, obviously, and I know we're still in the glow from it, but I'm not any more committed to Jon in my heart today than I was just before we said "I do." The same sentiment goes for the merging-of-families thing. SO MANY THOUGHTS!


    (thank you!)

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  9. Again, many congratulations... I agree that "magical" is the word for that feeling of first walking in to the seeing all of those people who came because they love and support and are so happy for you - something you'll never forget. And as amazing as that sounds, the relaxing together on the honeymoon is EVEN BETTER - so enjoy!!

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  10. ahhhhhh, so excited for you both! i've greatly enjoyed all of your instagram photos. i'm so glad everything went well, & i look forward to reading more about it! have fun with your husband!

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  11. Many congratulations to you both and enjoy your honeymoon!


    p.s. Just made myself a pot of English Breakfast Tea before reading your post. I think it's only fitting I raise my mug (in spirit) to you two newlyweds! :) Savor these special few days with each other!

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  12. Congratulations Betsy & Jon! I loved being able to follow along on Instagram :) I can't wait to read more about the day. Sending love and happiness your way on your honeymoon! I know you deserve all of the well wishes sent your way and then some. Congrats again<3


    xoxohannah

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  13. YAY! You're married!! So happy for you, dearest :) This picture of the two of you is adorable. Your happiness is just shining through my screen. Have fun on your honeymoon and I can't wait to hear more about the wedding!! xoxo

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  14. Yay yay yay! I am so happy that your day was as magical as it should have been, filled with so much love and fun and laughter. You both deserve it! And from the few pictures I have seen you both looked amazing! Can't wait to see and hear more, however much or little that may be :)

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  15. So I can't tell if my first comment went through, so I'll say it again--congratulations! I stalked pictures on instagram over the weekend and it looks like you all had an absolutely beautiful day!

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  16. My heart was so full for you on Saturday! I just kept thinking, "and what are they doing now??" I know I've said it a million times but CONGRATULATIONS. I'm so so happy for you and Jon!

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  17. Annnnd now I'm crying.


    Thought of both of you all weekend -- Congratulations friend!


    xoxo
    b

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  18. Congratulations on your and Jon's wedding, Betsy. I'm really pleased for you both and hope that things will get even better for you from now on. :) ::hugs::

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  19. I'm so happy for you both!!!! I love all the pictures on Instagram. Seriously, they're just lovely. The signpost with the different cities and distances was just too perfect.


    Also, I think it's awesome that you talk to Jon about what you can and cannot share. Beau and I do that too. He's actually even more comfortable than I am--he wouldn't have a problem with our full names and cities and everything attached to my blog.

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  20. YAY! :) I'm so happy you said it was the best day of your life, exactly as it should be. So glad all your planning paid off and you got to spend time with the people you love most!

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  21. Congratulations!!! The best is yet to come!

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  22. Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys!

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  23. Congrats again! I was totally thinking of you all day Saturday! :)

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  24. Yay! Congratulations! That picture is so sweet. I also totally agree about the actual wedding. There's just something about having all these people you love, in one place that is amazing. People who would never normally be at the same event. It's so special.


    The pictures on instagram looked wonderful!! Totally understand about Jon's privacy, but you better post a good picture of your dress! :) (Please?)

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  25. woo!!! welcome to the club! So glad you guys had a wonderful day and I hope you have an even better honeymoon!

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  26. This blog is so heartwarming!! I'm so happy for you. Mazel tov!! Thank you for sharing any and all bits with us.

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  27. BAH! Congratulations! Been STALKING your Instragram like woah. Can't wait to hear more about it!

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  28. Yayyyyy! So glad you had a wonderful day. Bet all the lemons made it! :)

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  29. Yea!!! Best wishes to you and your new husband! I'm a new reader to your blog but I enjoyed following you on your wedding journey. As a newlywed myself (I got married in October 2012), I understand what you went through. I look forward to reading more about your wedding and I would love your thoughts about the whole name changing thing. Not sure if you had already decided or discussed this in a previous post but this is an issue that still causing a bit of tension between me and my husband. I find it's difficult for me to give up my name and assume a new one after 27 years of living.

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  30. Thanks for answering, I did hope you would make a post about it, looking forward to it :)

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  31. Wooo, congrats girl!!

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  32. I'm tearing up more over your wedding than I did mine- and I'm not even there! I love that you've spoken (written) about the best part of a wedding- the celebration with a room entirely full of face you know and love.
    I can't wait to read more, hear more, and see more!! But you know, have a most lovely and wonderful honeymoon first.


    I guess. ;)

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  33. Congrats! I am so happy for the two of you! Enjoy your honeymoon!

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  34. I'm so happy that you had a fantastic day and that you enjoyed yourself. Congratulations again!

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  35. Congrats, y'all! i am so excited for you. I feel a bit teary which is so weird, I know. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Enjoy all of the good moments and let go of the bad. I swear, I love my husband even more after we got married.

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  36. Congrats to you both! Now go enjoy that Honeymoon

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  37. Yayyyy!!!!! I am so so so so happy for you and that your wedding was filled with so much love. I knew it would be. :) Enjoy Norfolk, enjoy your husband, and enjoy life!!

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  38. You are right! It's so incredible to have 100ish people in one place just for the two of you! I love that feeling. You can feel the love! So happy for you!

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  39. Congrats Betsy!

    -Erin

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  40. Congratulations Betsy!!! So happy for you two and looking forward to reading more about your big day!

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  41. Congrats, Betsy!! So, so, SO happy for you guys! Enjoy your little escape together!

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  42. That morning after the wedding is just the best and now I am off to kiss my husband as I think of our wedding!

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  43. This post has me tearing up! Congratulations and what a beautiful day! :)

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  44. wait until I tell you about Pappy's speech.

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  45. I will as soon as I get one! might have to wait for the professional ones...

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  46. we are married because I bought lemons AND because Helen, Jon's cousin who reads this blog, brought lemons down to Suffolk from Manchester. #truth

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  47. I wrote about it here - http://www.betsytransatlantically.com/2013/02/wedding-wednesday-whats-in-name.html - but I'm happy to answer more specific questions if you have them! There are some links you might find interesting in the post and definitely read the comments because a lot of people chimed in with what they have done or will do and why!

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  48. Congrats, Betsy! I wish you and Jon the best of luck for the future! :)

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  49. Congratulations Betsy! You've posted such gorgeous photos on Instagram; can't wait to see your favorites here.

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  50. Congratulations to you both!
    I think it's great that your husband (!!) is coming around to the idea of your blogging pals, my boyfriend is pretty sceptical sometimes about the whole blogging friendships thing, but when I get him involved he does seem to come around to it more.


    Looking forward to seeing some of your pictures & posts from the big day, I'm bookmarking you so I can come back ;)

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  51. Congratulations! Sounds like it was wonderful.

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  52. Squeak! Congratulations!

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  53. CONGRATS!!! So exciting!!

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  54. Her Late Night CravingsAugust 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Congratulation to you and Jon!!!

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  55. Congratulations! Happy honeymooning!

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  56. Congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  57. I haven't been reading any blogs in quite a while, so I missed all the wedding excitement, sorry I'm a bit late with this.. But, congratulations and all the best for the future! I'm looking forward to reading more about your wedding!

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  58. I LOVE THIS POST! Congrats!!!! :)

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