Monday, August 6, 2012

Wedding vs. Marriage

Wedding: the act or an instance of blending or joining, especially opposite or contrasting elements.

Marriage: a relationship in which two people have pledged themselves to each other in the manner of a husband and wife


Wedding: Party

Marriage: Lifetime

There are 6 days left before the wedding now, and I think Sam and I would agree that, yes, we are nervous... but maybe not for the reasons that you would expect. 

  • Have you ever planned a party where you invited EVERY ONE THAT MATTERS MOST IN YOUR LIFE?? Maybe it's a girl thing, but we've spent the past 8 months and 6 days planning a celebration that I am praying will look cohesive, taste phenomenal, be entertaining, and most importantly, reflect the type of people that Sam and I that I've just written all that, it sounds vain, but hopefully you understand what I mean. 
  • Sam and I moved into our new home on June 8, which means we've been living together for a little over a month now, and I'll tell you what - he's the best roommate I've ever had! He's wipes the counters, washes all his dishes, folds his laundry, works in the yard, builds me furniture, I even caught him with the vacuum!  Needless to say, I'm not nervous at all about living with a man.
  • I'm nervous that it's going to be 102 degrees on our wedding day and that I might faint...literally. And that our guests might faint too....gosh that would be awful.
  • I'm excited to be done planning the wedding, so I can spend time learning how to quilt, opening an Etsy store, preparing for our cruise in January, making curtains for our home, and finally decorating with something other than my old college decorations. 
  • I'm nervous that I might kill every single plant that I ever plant now that we have room for a garden and a front and back yard.
  • I'm excited to try new recipes in our new Dutch Over (Thanks Bill & Viki!)
  • But mostly, I'm excited that I get to do all of these things with Sam, my best friend, partner in crime, and true love.
 But all that aside, what's the best advice you were given on your wedding day? I'd love to know! So leave it in a comment at the bottom of the post!

And here's some pictures to get your Monday going:

 A wedding sneak peak: pretty little pink bags for a surprise for all of you!

 Another ThrowBack! That's little ME, my beautiful Aunt Janet on her wedding day, and my Mom in the background!
 Brownies for Sam's Birthday on Friday
 Sam's sweet hat.....
 Our first ripe cherry tomatoe!
 Our blooming squash!
 A LARGE canyon, just south of the Grand Canyon, where Sam will be hunting this year.
 Weston joined us on our adventure this weekend
 We saw a javalina, along with TONS of elk and antelope (sorry, no pics) a snake, wild horses, jack rabbits, and prairie dogs.
 Sam's favorite thing to do is look through glass
 And Kona's favorite thing to do is sit in Sam's lap while he drives.
 Weston and Sam teaming up to hunt prairie dogs.

And that's it folks! As a reminder, Dad's campaign on Kickstarter has 24 days left, we've got 11 pledges, but we need many more! Please take a moment to check out his product:

Also, with the wedding being this weekend, if you need directions, or have any questions, please email me at leah.whitney @ gmail dot com! 



  1. Sounds like you have it all under control and no need to be nervous!!! Shoot 102 is a cool day around here!! Looking forward to seeing the glorious results of your personal labor that you have done for your special day. I am sure that it will all come together and be a perfect reflection of Sam and Leah. I have no wedding/marriage advice to not recall any words of wisdom givin to me...Just love and respect one another.:)

    1. well, 102 just shot up to a possible 106, so wear something cool! And thank you for the advice, respect is such a big thing, and it's something that we see lacking in many relationships around us, so we strive very hard for that in our relationship. :) see you in a few days!

  2. Your wedding is already here?! Crazy!

    The advice that was given to me before my wedding was - enjoy your day! It's not about making others happy, it's about celebrating your new life with Sam. Take mental snapshots throughout the day and really try to soak in everything that is going on around you. You don't have to say hi to every guest present (they won't be offended). This was hard advice for me to follow because I really wanted everyone to enjoy themselves but when it all comes down to it, it really is all about you and your husband. Everyone present wants YOU to enjoy your day. I know you're not a selfish person but IT IS OK TO BE SELFISH ON YOUR WEDDING DAY :) All the best to you and Sam, Leah! I can't wait to see pictures!

    And I agree with Viki - "just love and respect one another."

    1. I've heard that before, Jessica, and it's a wonderful idea, to just be PRESENT on your wedding day, but I have this horrible desire to control things, so I'm hoping I can follow through with this advice, and just let the day play out and really enjoy every minute of it. I'll be posting pictures as soon as I can! Yikes!