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Well, here I am. It’s 1 am on THE day… the day of my wedding.

I’m printing my programs. :-P

I have to say it’s been one hell of a year… it’s gone by SO fast. I wasn’t expecting it to go by so quickly. Now it’s here. Whoa.

We had our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tonight and WOW. Talk about overwhelming. So many people in one room who care about us, love us, and want to share this special day with us. Talk about humbling. We had 50 people at our rehearsal dinner tonight and I felt like I didn’t get a chance to talk to them all. Just wait till tomorrow when there’s 150…

I wish I could spend significant time with every one of our guests and tell them how much it means to us to have them there. I want them to know how much we appreciate them, love them, and cherish our friendships. But it’s just hard! So many people, so little time. I know tomorrow is going to be worse, in that respect.

I know they say the day goes by in a blink and I believe it. Even our rehearsal dinner seemed to pass in a blur. I just want to cherish every moment, live it deeply and fully and commit it to my memory. I want to remember the way E looked at me at dinner, and when he told me I looked beautiful. I want to remember the words of my faithful friends and pastors who told me that all this rain is a good way to remember my baptism. I want to remember the way my daddy teased me about his wedding toast, and the way my sister took my hand as I started to cry in the car on the way home. I want to remember the last night of sleeping alone, in my bedroom, in my parents house as a single woman. I’ve never really felt comfortable calling myself a woman, I still feel so much like a girl. I can’t believe that in a few short hours, I will be a WIFE. I am feeling a plethora of emotions right now and it’s starting to finally feel REAL. I just want to remember every piece of it.

I am so happy and excited I can hardly stand it! Next time you see me, I’ll be Mrs. Bishop!

Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  1. I can completely imagine myself in a similar position in a few short months…

    Type As unite!

    Good luck for tomorrow/today. I hope you have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to see the photos.

    xx

    • Serena
    • May 2nd, 2009

    Congratulations for making it this far through all that life has thrown you in the last few months. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your journey, and appreciate your sharing it all..

    Breathe it all in tomorrow…

    • Theresa
    • May 2nd, 2009

    Congratulations!!! So excited for you!! Quite the journey you have had to get to this point. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness!

  2. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  3. Congratulations & I hope that today is absolutely lovely for you, your [very] soon to be husband, and all of your guests!! Have a great day, and try to take it all in… :o)

    • DCKate
    • May 2nd, 2009

    Congrats!! Can’t wait to hear all about it :-)

  4. I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it.

  5. Reading this post put me on the verge of crying. I havent experienced this day yet, but it will soon be in front of me and I imagine I will be overwhelmed with feelings similar to yours.

    I’m excited for you; I hope that you somehow manage to be still during a portion of the day and take in every ounce of happiness and excitement that you possibly can!

    Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to hear all about how amazing it was!!!

  6. You have me in tears. What a way with words you have today to describe all these special feelings. I hope you have an amazing day today. Best wishes!!!!

    • Tara
    • May 2nd, 2009

    Congratulations! Enjoy your day! Thanks for sharing the planning. :)

  7. Congratulations!!!

  8. From your kind, thoughtful words, we can tell you will be a wonderful wife!
    It’ll be a great day – have fun!

  9. I don’t know what time your wedding is, but
    it’s 4:30pm and while the sky has been cloudy, the rain is MUCH better than it was yesterday! I have been thinking about it today! I’m sure all is going well…keeping my fingers crossed. Hope your day is all you hoped and planned it to be.

    • sgdish
    • May 2nd, 2009

    Very touching post. Congratulations, and happy honeymoon!

  10. By the time I am writing this— you are a WIFE! Woo-hoo! Congratulations!

    • Nicole
    • May 2nd, 2009

    I hope your day was absolutely fabulous… and you had the chance to enjoy every second of it. Congratulations!

    • Mrs. B.
    • May 3rd, 2009

    Jessica, the wedding was beautiful! We thoroughly enjoyed it. Great food, great music, and a chance to catch up with old friends. Your and Eric’s letters to each other made me cry; thanks for sharing those with all of us. And thanks for sharing your feelings from last night — they reminded me so much of my own rehearsal dinner night, and that last night of being at home with my folks. Almost 30 years later, it brings back such strong emotions about those last hours of being your parents’ “little girl” for just a while longer. But now you’re on to the next chapter: different, but in so many ways even better as you learn to appreciate your family, and truly be friends with them as people, not just as those folks you grew up with! Hope your honeymoon is magical, and congratulations.

    Thanks again for letting us be a part of your very special day.

    Kim

    p.s. — Sarah says your wedding is the most fun one she’s ever been to, and she’s having wine at hers ;-).

    • Nicole-Lynn
    • May 3rd, 2009

    Aw, so happy for you! I hope you both are having a wonderful and memorable wedding today… can’t wait to hear all about it! Congratulations Mrs.!

  11. Jessica,
    Your wedding was amazing, Adrienne and I had an absolute blast! I’m importing your photos now and I CAN’T WAIT for you to see them!! You looked stunning and you’re going to flip out when you see these!

    Have a great honeymoon, talk to you soon!

    Chris & Adrienne Scott

  12. Congrats Jessica!! I always love visiting your blog and following you on twitter, because you always have the best ideas when it comes to saving money for the wedding and creative wedding plans. I really hope for you all the best for your ceremony and marriage. What are you gonna do with the blog after the wedding recap blog is posted?

    God bless you sooo much!
    -Sarah

  13. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read all about it, and see some gorgeous pics.

  14. CONGRATULATIONSSSSS!!!! You did it and helped so many brides in the process. I cant wait to see all the pics and hear all about it.

  15. This post totally made me tear up!!

  16. So amazing!! congratulations!

    • mandy
    • May 14th, 2009

    I’m tearing up just reading this post :)
    Such incredible once in a lifetime emotions – ahhh!!! So excited for you.

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