"I found myself Monday taking down our day. Having our wedding at Chris and my house quite possibly could have been the most stressful thing to do during the planning stages. However, looking back on it, it was the best thing to do for Mr. Sogard and myself. As I took down our decorations and looked through the numerous photos posted to Facebook on Monday morning, I realized how amazing our little home wedding was. Every part of Chris and my wedding had a personal touch, whether it was the mailbox from my father's parents farm, or my grandpa's plaid shirt I wore to get my hair done in. Every single thing we did had significant meaning to both of us. It helped us celebrate our pasts, embrace our present, and unite together for what we both know will be an amazing future.
"After working at a bridal shop for 6+ years I always heard the day of your wedding is a whirlwind and it truly is."
It took me a few days to absorb all of the amazingness that was our wedding day. The thing I love most about our wedding was being around the people I love most. It was a honor to spend time with both of our immediate families and a blessing to have them all present for this long awaited moment.
"I keep thinking how blessed Chris and I are with the many people who gave us so much for our wedding day."
My sister, brother in-law, Graham and Oliver helped make my favorite cookies that were always the best and a tradition for Christmas, made by my dad's mom, Mary. My mom spent countless hours helping me select my dress, find the perfect accessories, and plan all of the little details of my wedding. My dad gave me the mailbox that belonged his parents to use as a decoration. Karen, Chris' mom helped me create the perfect look for our wedding with the most amazing homemade custom paper flowers. Chris' dad helped us set everything up and tear everything down. Kara, Chris' sister, Joe, Sawyer and Lylah brought their special recipe from their restaurant, The Noodle Zoo, and made mimosas for all to celebrate with. The pastor that married us Mark was the one that married my parents over 30 years ago. And, lastly, it was such an honor to have my grandma, Audrey, there to celebrate Chris and my union. I could list more details (flowers from my yard, the blue heart sewn into my dress from my old co-worker, Jody Runge, who did my alterations; the beautiful cake from Milkbox Bakery, a business I work with at my job; the jewelry made by a native Iowan, and so may more amazing details) that meant the world to Chris and I." -- Kathryn