Hey guys! I haven't posted here in forever! I hope you're following me on Fit for a Bride. This post is for Weddingbee. They're doing a series to catch up with all the graduate bees like myself. So fun! Here's what we've been up to!
Hi hive! I’m Mrs. Brooch, a DC area bee who wed on April 10, 2011, near the National Harbor at Oxon Hill Manor. You may remember that I was on TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, or, that my groom serenaded me at the altar!
The best thing that’s happened to us as a couple since we got married is:
This might sound crazy but I think one of the best things that's happened to us is CrossFit. We joined a box (CrossFit gym) in July and it's been a great boost to our relationship. We both love it! We talk about it constantly (other CrossFitters know there's a lingo: one rep max, wod, PR, cleans, snatches, etc.), and working out together is so cool. Aaron encourages me to lift heavier and I encourage him to keep running. :) And afterward, we both come home with a giddy workout high- I swear we laugh more! We're also eating healthier now than ever before.
How blogging about my wedding shaped my wedding day (e.g. something you did for your wedding due to blogging, things you didn’t do due to blogging):
Blogging about my wedding shaped my day in a big way – it gave me the courage to explore my creative side, with our ribbon escort card display and recycled frame centerpieces. It also gave me the courage to apply to be on Say Yes to the Dress! Blogging also connected me to so many wonderful vendors, like our photographer, Meredith Perdue and Event Planner, Pavaune.
Why I chose my icon and how my icon has become a part of my identity (if it has):
I chose the brooch for two reasons: my mom collected butterfly brooches for years and my favorite color is green – same color as the brooch!
Your favorite post you ever published on Weddingbee, and why:
My favorite post is the one I wrote exactly ten days out – I feel so thankful I have this online journal to remember what I was thinking and feeling in the final week before our wedding:
Do you still blog/have you found another creative outlet for writing? If yes, where/how:
Yes, I do still blog! I started Fit for a Bride in January of this year to share my pre-wedding weight loss story, and inspire other women to make health a part of their happily ever after. While blogging for Weddingbee, I noticed that despite there being hundreds of wedding blogs, none focused on the way a bride physically looked and felt on her wedding day - I hope my blog fills that void as it focuses on much more than just wedding day aesthetics. I blog about weddings, fitness, food, and weight loss. I hope you'll check it out!
Pop Quiz! In one sentence or less, answer the following:
- The best thing about being married is the companionship. It's great to have someone there all the time to share everything with.
- The worst thing about being married is miscommunication. Sometimes we misunderstand each other and that can be very frustrating. It causes some bickering, but we always come back to a place of mutual love and respect.
- The best thing we registered for was a Kurieg! We still use it to this day.
- The worst thing we registered for was placemats- we never use them and I don’t like the pattern anymore.
- When we fight, we make up by saying something funny. Well, Aaron makes the jokes. I'm usually slower to come around.
- The biggest challenge we’ve faced since getting married has been balancing how to become one, and yet still merge all of our families. Aaron's family is very close-knit and I have two families (my parents divorced and both remarried). It's been tough to step out on our own, while also meeting the demands of all our family.
- The way my SO and I reconnect when we both get busy is date night, or going on a hike. The latter is great because we don’t have the computer and phone to distract us from each other.
- When I have a disagreement with my in laws, we resolve it by talking it out.
- If we could do our wedding all over again, the one thing we’d change is we would have hired a videographer!
- In 5 years, I hope that we are still just as happy as we are today! We share so much in travels and family get-togethers and CrossFit. I hope we never stop sharing with each other.
Wedding photo credit: Meredith Perdue