My Wedding Day
Many people already know but if you don’t know Dawson and I got married on December 17, 2022! We got engaged on December 24, 2021, and very soon began wedding planning! Me being the extra person I am, I just had to have a winter wonderland wedding, plus with me still being in college it was the most convenient time to have our wedding and honeymoon. We found a venue pretty quickly and if anyone ever wants to get married in Carthage, TN in a barn go to River Pointe Ranch, they are amazing and help make your day so special!!
Everything began falling into place quickly, we lined up a caterer and photographer, and started working on buying all the decor, or started making the decor pretty quickly! I had to complete all of my finals the week of the wedding which was pretty stressful but I muscled through and we finally made it to the weekend of the wedding. The night before we were able to go set everything up so we wouldn’t really have to do anything the day of. Once we got home from the rehearsal dinner I iced our wedding cake, my best friend did a trial run of my eye makeup, and then I got the BEST sleep of my life. Everyone told me that I would be so nervous the night before and that I wouldn’t be able to get any sleep that night but let me tell you when I say it was the best sleep I’ve had in a while, I ain’t lyin’.
The morning of the wedding we drove about 45 minutes to the venue and began getting ready. I’m going to be completely honest here because this is a safe space and honestly my husband owns this website so I do and say what I want, but I was straight chilling the morning of my wedding. I was excited don’t get me wrong, but I wasn’t nervous or anxious I was just ready to get it done and over with. This is because I had waited 2 and ½ years for this to happen. I knew I was going to marry this boy within 2-3 months of dating him. If you were at the wedding and you heard my vows you heard me say up until Dawson I had a bad track record with guys. It’s true I’ve never been in a long-term relationship. I’ve had a high school love as every teenager has but this was a different love with Dawson. This love was all-consuming. There were times I wanted to leave him, don’t get me wrong. He wasn’t the greatest boyfriend ever and I wasn’t the greatest girlfriend ever. The cold, hard, honest truth is that we were both toxic when we started dating. Arguing over the littlest thing, never listening to each other, and never really respecting each other. But I knew he was the one because I didn’t want to leave him because of that. I wanted to grow with him, I wanted to learn how to communicate, and I wanted to learn to respect him and his opinions, even when he was wrong and I knew I was right. Because that’s not what you do just in a relationship but also in a partnership. So we did just that, we worked on ourselves, and during that time we had arguments every single day, but we made it through the hard times so that we could tell our story. Our relationship isn’t all sunshine, rainbows, and unicorn farts. I don’t think any relationship should be. But regardless I’m getting sidetracked and the main point of this story is because I hold so much trust and love for Dawson I wasn’t nervous or anxious for my wedding day. The little stuff didn’t matter, anything that would have annoyed me on a normal day didn’t matter, all that mattered was that in eyes of God, we were committing each other to be husband and wife.
We didn’t make it to marriage the conventional way. I basically lived in Dawson’s dorm room my freshman year of college, then we got a hooligan named Memphis, then we went through what we call the Summer of Hell, then we got engaged, moved into our own apartment, got married, and now we have another little hooligan running around named Dixie. I am still in college and he graduated over a year ago. I am basically a stay-at-home dog mom while he works his butt off to provide for us. We go through our own struggles but who doesn’t? And before I get a chorus of “Do you feel any different now that you are married?” No neither of us does. Because we realized that we were already living a married life we just weren’t officially married. My love for my husband has not changed since I told him I loved him a month into our relationship. I don’t believe in soulmates, never have, and never will, but I do believe in love. I truly believe had I not met Dawson I would’ve found somebody else to love and marry, but I did find Dawson, I did fall in love with him, and I did marry him. Yes, I am young, but I have always known what I wanted so we went for it. Our wedding day was like something out of a dream and it was the best day of my life. I am so extremely happy that we got married when we did. And who knows when we are going to pop out a kid? Could be one year, could be two who knows? Thank you for joining us on Sydney Chronicles we hope you come back soon!
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