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More people should get married on New Year’s Eve. It’s such a great way to host a party, not to mention it’d be a fun way to celebrate your anniversary each year.

Andrew and Heidi knew they wanted a New Year’s Eve wedding. Why? Well, they got engaged on that same day the year prior, so why not follow tradition and tie the knot on the eve of a new year. This wedding had beautiful DIY details thanks to some wonderful Etsy vendors, it had the chill of the winter air, and an incredible amount of love and heart – the most important aspect of any marriage.

As we prepare ourselves for another new year (in just two short days), take the time to remember your loved ones and reflect on the important things in life. Happy New Year!

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From the Groom:
There are certain events in your life that you look forward to, or obsess about for a long time. They might be graduating from high school, finding your first job. Most of those moments are not nearly as big or as important as you build them up to be, they are simply moments in life that come and go. But, there are a few times that turn out to be so much more than you could ever imagine that you are at a loss for words. Your wedding day is definitely one of those. You may think you have a good idea of what to expect, or think you are prepared for the emotions you will experience, but you never know how you are going to truly feel until the time comes.

Having proposed exactly one year prior to our wedding day, I had plenty of time to think about all of the different details of the day: what I would say to my bride when I first saw her in her gown, how I would prevent the tears from flowing in front of all of my friends, how I would try to savor the day and live in the moment. Unfortunately, I believe I failed on almost all of those accounts – not from lack of preparation, but from the great emotions one experiences. For example, due to logistics, we ended up having a “first look” captured prior to the actual wedding. I was adamant against this during the planning of the wedding, as I wanted to stay traditional and not see my bride until she came down the aisle, however it worked out for the best. For one, there was no way I could hold back the tears. My first thought when I saw my bride that morning was “Holy sh*t, she looks freakin’ amazing!” Unfortunately, I think the words that came out were something like: “uhh, I like you…uhh, err…dress..” Not that eloquent, however I think the look on my face (and the look on hers) were all that needed to be spoken.

I knew this day would be emotional for everyone, however with Heidi’s father having passed away years before, I knew those emotions would be amplified for all. All little girls grow up picturing their father walking them down the aisle. For Heidi, a different path was set forth. With this on my mind, I thought that before the day got started, I should go visit Mr. Schmid’s grave to pay my respects. He is a man that I have never met, but his impact on my life is one that I will always have via the amazing job he did at raising his beautiful daughter, soon to be my wife. I thought visiting his grave in the morning would be a proper thing to do on my wedding day. It was important to me and will be something that I never forget.

Once things got started with the wedding day, everything seemed to pass by incredibly fast. First it was pictures, then it was getting to the church, next thing you know it was time for the reception. It all seemed to happen in double time, but I knew I needed to savor as much as I could. The one piece of advice I always seemed to get was: to make sure that at some point throughout the day, sit back and soak in the fact that every single person in that room is there for you and your wife. And that, most likely, this will be the last time all of those people will be together. I tried my best to make sure that I said hi to as many people as I could, but also took some time by myself to take in the evening. Just looking out, seeing everyone there all of the other things in life seem so insignificant. The true meaning to life and happiness was all rolled up into one perfect evening. The rest of my life was starting that night, and I had found the most perfect companion to share along in my journey.

Overall, our wedding went off without a hitch. Heidi had taken care of all of the details, and everything was spectacular: there was beautiful music at the ceremony; the priest gave a memorable homily; the speeches before dinner were thoughtful and well-delivered; the food was awesome; and everyone danced all night. At midnight we all celebrated the New Year like it was the last night of our lives, only in my case it signified the beginning of the rest of my life.

Ceremony Venue: St. Helen Church | Reception Venue: Club at Hillbrook | Photographer: rad Photographer | Florist: Burton Floral | Bakery: West Side Bakery | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier via PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com | Shoes: Badgley Mischka – http://www.badgleymischka.com/ | Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston via Bella Bridesmaid | Stationery / Calligraphy: Little Miss Press | Cake Topper: Dandelionland | Hairpiece: Lo Boheme | Wedding Hankies: Embroidery by Linda | Bridesmaids Clutches: AO3 Designs | Love Banner: Funkyshique | Save the Dates: Shadowboxer Inc.

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