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Mary Dougherty

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I woke up on a snowy March morning. It was the day before Easter, a week before my birthday, and my wedding day. The snow started to come down the night before, and accumulated to at least six inches. It didn’t deter Mary Claire and I from venturing out on a run in the morning, although we only went for a mile probably. We headed back to the house where my dad was shoveling and activity was starting to pick up as bridesmaids gathered and we headed to the salon.

Over at the house the boys were staying they too went out for a run which turned in to some kind of “let’s prove we’re still fast and in shape run” or so I heard. Thankfully there were no pulled hamstrings or trips to the ER. The dog of their house, however, did devour the loaf of bread to be used for communion while they were out. Sending groomsmen to find a replacement  resulted in a crusty garlic filled loaf – quite a surprise.

I don’t really remember being nervous as much as excited. By the time we came home from the salon and got ready for make up it was lunch and I could only eat about half of the delish sandwich from Lunchbox I had been looking forward to. Our photographer, Anne Ruthmann and her assistant soon arrived and began to document the process of us getting ready as the beginning of our wedding day.

I haven’t pulled out the pictures from our wedding very often because – you guessed it – I don’t have an album. That’s all changing this year as I’m currently designing one and can’t wait to have an actual book that I can flip through and share. Nothing brings you back to the day like pictures, and this is certainly a day I want to remember.

Now that I am immersed in the world of weddings and their details and intricacies, I would plan a different wedding now. That being say, when I look back on this day I wouldn’t change a thing. It was more than I could have imagined and the perfect way to start off my life with Matt. We’ve spent three years together and I couldn’t be more thankful for our marriage. Of course it is something we always have to work on, but it’s wonderful to live life with a person you love.

I pulled out some of the photos from our day and was particularly drawn to the black and white images so they are the majority. I hope you enjoy and thanks once again to Anne Ruthmann for being a great photographer!

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