When the Wedding Bells Stop Ringing: Post Wedding Blues

The sun has set over the carefully chosen white linen and lace. The fireworks of photographed kisses have slowed down. You’ve been carried over a threshold (or did the carrying) and have almost fully recovered from bottomless drinks the beach. Have you packed your parachute for landing back into real life?

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Vanessa & Kevin's Downtown Chicago Elopement

Vanessa and Kevin first met at a gathering in memory of a mutual friend, and gradually started spending more and more time with one another. Living in Puerto Rico, many of their early dates featured warm nights spent together on one of many beaches. On one especially memorable evening, Vanessa and Kevin went for pizza and a walk on the beach, where they ended up stripping to their underwear for a late-night swim.

“I’m usually very insecure about my body,” Vanessa said, “but Kevin has always made me feel beautiful. That night was proof that I could be myself completely around him and not be ashamed.”

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Rebeca & Brian's French Lavender New Orleans Celebration

Rebeca had spent many a happy hour with her colleagues at the Parkview Tavern in New Orleans, but one night 11 years ago she lingered a little longer than usual. It was on this night that Brian made himself known. As Rebeca put it: “Brian barged into the conversation I was having with another woman, and we kept talking long after she left. The rest, as they say, is history.”

Their proposal was not a traditional one. In fact, Brian actually popped the question three times before Rebeca agreed to make it official. The couple had only recently moved together from New Orleans to California when Brian asked the first and second time. Rebeca said ‘no,’ knowing it would be too much of a challenge planning a wedding while relocating their lives.

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Jennifer & Jordan’s Romantic Blue Ridge Mountain Ceremony

Jennifer and Jordan have known each other forever. Their relationship evolved from friendship into true romantic love and one day it just clicked that they should be together. “No first dates, no drama,” said Jennifer. “Just us being best friends.”

On a getaway to Washington, DC to see a concert, Jordan proposed in their hotel room. This private couple did not tell anyone until the next day to properly soak in the first hours of being engaged, just the two of them.

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Sarah & Patrick's Eclectic Woodsy Wedding

Sarah cannot help but talk about fate when describing her relationship with Patrick. They grew up in the same neighborhood and attended the same high school, but were none the wiser to the connection they would grow to have. It was not until years later, after Sarah mustered up the courage to send Patrick a message on Facebook, did sparks fly. At the time, they were living in different parts of the country, relying on all day texting and late night Skype dates to keep in touch. After months of visiting one another, Patrick asked her to move to North Carolina with him. While scared to leave her mom and her home, Sarah was ready to start a new chapter of their love story.

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Jade & Paul's Sentimental Gothic Restoration Wedding

Paul and Jade met at a party in Manchester. Although there was an instant connection between the two, both were seeing other people. They swapped numbers and chatted online for months, until the time was finally right. For their first date, Jade traveled back down to visit Paul for a Smiths tour of Manchester, hitting all the stops: Morrissey’s family home, Salford Lads Club, even the Iron Bridge from the song ‘Still Ill.’

Their engagement was just as sweet and personal as their first date, with Paul booking a much-needed getaway for the couple in the Scottish Highlands. After an intimate day of champagne and rum (and the star attraction - a hot tub!), Jade sat on the sofa with her hair in a towel and no makeup on.

Paul chose this perfect, relaxed moment to get down on one knee. “Jade - I love you, you’re my best friend,” he said. “Will you marry me?”

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Jordan & Corey’s Royal Purple Prom Throwback Wedding

Jordan and Corey met when they were both freshman in high school. They had a lot of mutual friends and as they got to know each other they became inseparable. A couple years into their friendship, they both finally admitted that they liked each other after some gentle nudges from their friend group. Jordan was not allowed to date until she was 16 so their first date was actually a month and a half after they admitted they had feelings for each other.

Neither of them had a car so Jordan’s grandfather was kind enough to chauffeur them to a local shopping center for a romantic sushi dinner. “You never forget your grandpa driving you and your boyfriend around,” said Jordan. They have been together ever since.

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