Absolutely nothing, and yet everything!
- I am obsessed with calling Dan my HUSBAND!
- The ring on his finger makes me smile every time I hold his hand…
- My last name. Not officially yet but I LOVE being Mrs. Rozzen.
It still feels surreal being married and most of the time i forget to use my new last name. It definitely will take some time to get used to! Im the meantime, i’ve ordered EVERYTHING with the letter “R” off Etsy – maybe as a little reminder? That will likely be the excuse I use when Dan asks why I needed 4 new “R” necklaces
I will say the one thing that has changed drastically since we said “i do” is the level of stress. Don’t get me wrong, life will always be stressful and even a bit more stressful dealing with 3 month old puppy Bailey (who does not understand potty training…) But since we’ve been married, we no longer have to argue over cocktail napkins, the invite list, and everyone else’s opinions.
We were tested on our honeymoon with lost luggage, falling down the stairs (just me…oops), and a few other mishaps but it was a great reminder that life isn’t perfect – we just need to handle it as a team. We have not had our first “disagreement” since we’ve been married, but i’m a little anxious to see what it will be about.
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Its Thursday, so lets throw it back to the day Dan asked me to be his wife! I still get butterflies thinking about it!
Dan likes to plan surprises. If you ask me, I think its because i’m a planner and he likes to just “go with the flow”, so if he says its a surprise than I can’t just into planning mode and take over. For months, Dan was planning a Surprise vacation for my 28th birthday.
Dan handed me a packing list and told me what days to take off work. The night before our big trip, my cousin and I had plans to get our nails done. On the way to the salon, I got into a car accident and (almost) totaled my car. Luckily, no one was hurt. I called Dan and he rushed over to help. He called my cousin to pick me up from the accident site, and insisted I get my nails done while he handled calling insurance and a tow truck.
I should have known something was up when he insisted my nails be done.
The next day, Dan picked me (and my freshly painted periwinkle nails) up from work, and we headed to the airport. Every step of the way I got a little more information about where we were heading. After a first-class red-eye to Florida, I found out our final destination was a cruise to the Bahamas!
Dan proposed on the front of the ship just as we were leaving the port. We were standing and watching as we pulled away from land, and all of a sudden i heard “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band. My eyes immediately scanned and say couples around the front of the ship and my brain thought FLASH MOB (my biggest fear!). I said “NO! NO WAY!” thinking that everyone was about to break out in song/dance, but luckily Dan was the only one singing. He sang a bit of the song, follows by something probably really romantic that I can’t remember because of the nerves, and got down on one knee. I said OF COURSE! It was the most amazing moment, followed by a 4 day “proposal vacation” to celebrate!
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March 19, 2017 Dan and I got married at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA (and got ready at Westlake Village Inn just down the road). Words cannot even describe how magical the day was. I thought I would be a crying stressed-out bridezilla mess, but I actually don’t think I have ever been as calm as I was on that day. I cried twice, when the videographer walked in, and when the photographer walked in (sorry, Dan). Dan and I were in our own world. We made a decision to make the day about us. We didn’t do photos with extended family, we didn’t make a trip to each table to say hello, we skipped cocktail hour for a few minutes of alone time, and were always arms length away from each other. Selfish? No way! If someone wanted to say hello, we were at our sweetheart table. If family wanted group photos, the photographers were ready to go. Our time alone, is something we will cherish forever.
We are back to reality now, trying to narrow down our 1500 photos, write all our thank you cards, and trying to potty-train Bailey.
Here is a little sneak peak as I continue to organize the rest of the photos! (literally, 1500 to get through! how does anyone narrow it down?!)
Photography by Michael Brannigan
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