Our family and friends start arriving from out of town tonight. We're picking up our marriage license tomorrow. Our first ceremonial moment begins Friday night, at our synagogue. And on Sunday, I'm getting married to the person who means more to me than anything in the world. He is my partner, in every sense of the word. He is the person who inspires me to live up to my own hopes for myself. He is the person who helps me be my most honest self, and with whom I can share and experience the world more completely. And on Sunday, he becomes my husband.
Even with all this happening around us, I wouldn't feel right about getting married without stopping by here for a huge thank you to all my readers. You and this blog have become an integral part of my wedding experience. You have written emails and left comments when I've been emotionally stuck. You've cursed with me as I navigated emotionally fraught wedding decisions and ran screaming from the pressures of mainstream and indie wedding expectations alike. You've cheered with me when I had wedding breakthroughs and triumphs. Some of you emailed with local resources that helped save our sanity and budget. Some of you became official members of my wedding team, making my hairflowers, becoming my photographer, and helping me plan and manage the day. Some of you sent actual real gifts and wedding items for us to use (you ladies made me cry). Some of you have jumped in to physically help with our wedding crafts and projects, like the chuppah or wedding dress shopping. All of you are amazing. All of you have enriched this wedding experience in ways I could never have imagined when I started writing this blog a year and a half ago.
All of you are part of my wedding. You have helped me build the physical and emotional day, and I can never thank you enough. Even if we can't physically host you at our wedding, please know that I will be carrying you all with me in my heart, all day long. You are my wedding community and, beyond even this one day, you have all made a difference in my big-picture life and in helping me navigate this transition point. Thank you. I'm looking forward to sharing our wedding and the next phase of my life when I return from our honeymoon.
In the meantime, I'm going to leave you with a photo from my bachelorette party this last weekend. It may not be a "beautiful" photo, but I love it because it captures the sheer joy I felt when surrounded by my girlfriends and experiencing the strength of our friendship. It captures the barest smidgeon of the excitement I feel as I head into this weekend. And heck, it's a big ol' giant smile, because that's what I'm feeling right now for all of you, for this wedding, and for the post-wedding adventures to come.