Past, Present, and Future

The past, present, and future are all on the mind today as I get ready to marry the love of my life. My parents’ wedding {above} could not be more different than mine. They married in a courtyard, catered by a local grocery store, officiated by a Justice of the Peace (who was so drunk he couldn’t remember their names). My mother wore a two piece white suit and daisies in her hair. How beautiful. How wonderful.

I’ve been experiencing a wide range of emotions this week, and nostalgia and sadness are not immune. I’ve been especially thinking a lot about those special few who can not be with me to share in my most special of days. Erik, I miss you so much and wish you were standing up there with my husband-to-be, watching me walk down the aisle with that wide grin of yours. I think of Bestemor, my Norwegian grandmother who is also in heaven, and her warm smile, soft laugh, and homemade chocolate cake. I know that they will both be there enjoying the festivities, even if I cannot see them.

The present is a time for being in the moment–relishing everything and everyone and all the love that surrounds us. I cannot believe that so many people come together to celebrate one couple’s love for each other. It is mind boggling and so very romantic.

The future is full of exciting milestones and a shared life together: honeymooning in Paris & the French Riviera, graduating from medical school, moving in to our first house–the list goes on. It’s daunting, but together, we can do anything.

Thank you for sharing in my joy on this very special day. I will be Instagram-ing what I can, so be sure to follow me there or check out this page for those of you who don’t have access. Also, don’t forget to check out our engagement photos session, posted yesterday on Style Me Pretty.

Wish me luck!


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  1. 05.11.2012 / 12:34 am

    Dear Kristina,I love your engagement photos, you both look so beautiful and happy on them! You can almost feel how completely in love you two are! So, I guess, I don’t need to wish you luck, I wish you a wonderful, amazing dream wedding day and that all your dreams may come true!

  2. 05.11.2012 / 6:41 am

    Congratulations! Wishing you both nothing but light, love and happiness. πŸ™‚

    • Jacquelyn
      05.15.2012 / 5:33 pm

      God Bless you on your most wonderful wedding day. I hope that you have the most romantic honeymoon, and the greatest life together. Congragulations and hope that you will post some of your wedding pictures.

  3. 05.11.2012 / 9:28 am

    Congratulations! And how lucky you two are to have found their soulmate, hope your day is amazing.. and your parents are so cute!

  4. 05.11.2012 / 10:04 am

    Past, Present, and Future: The past, present, and future are all on the mind today as I get ready to marry the l…

  5. 05.11.2012 / 10:57 am

    An early congrats! I know it will be a gorgeous and perfect wedding – I can’t wait to see pics!!!

  6. 05.11.2012 / 11:31 am

    Congratulations – you will make such a beautiful bride! I hope your day is everything you’ve always dreamed…can’t wait to see pictures!! πŸ™‚

  7. Malgorzata
    05.11.2012 / 1:05 pm

    Congratulations on your wedding Kristina! Have a bliss!! :))

  8. 05.11.2012 / 1:27 pm

    Congratulations!!! I hope this weekend is magical for you. I cannot help myself but wonder where y’all we be (we live in Houston too).
    Enjoy the little things of the day/weekend. In fact, you should try to take a moment at some point and write down your most meaningful 3-5 moments of the day before it is over (or the next day) in a journal. Because although all the planning is about the BIG things, it is the tiny details that made the day so special….. like the look on my husband face as we walked out of the church (like a proud peacock) or a special moment with my 5 year old niece that morning or the conversation with one of my bridesmaids while getting my hair done (she asked me if I was nervous and I said “No, I have never been more sure of anything in my life.) None of those moments were planned but those are the ones that meant the most to me. I cannot remember what we ate or the name of our band even though those things seemed important at the time. Slow down and savor the moments with the people you love. THAT is what it is all about.


  9. 05.11.2012 / 2:21 pm

    Thinking of you, sunshineβ€”of your past, your future, and your very special day tomorrow. I will be there with you in spirit and I always have you and HB in my heart!
    Enjoy the day…it’s going to be spectacular, I just know it!


  10. 05.11.2012 / 2:24 pm

    Soak in every last bit of the love & support that is in that room to celebrate your marriage-it is truly awe-inspiring!! Enjoy every moment of it & your honeymoon! (it sounds fabulous!!) Congratulations!!!

  11. 05.11.2012 / 3:01 pm

    Kristina, I am getting married in September and I know EXACTLY what you mean. I have experienced a lot of death in my family, but also within the last two months–the death of a very close friend. I am so sad that they will not be there with me. I do have confidence, however, that they will still “be there”, just not for me to see. I know you are having a very classy wedding with a wedding planner and all, but have you considered making a “wish you were here” tree? I am going to get wallet sized pictures of all the people who will not be there and hang them on a very small tree at my ceremony.

  12. 05.11.2012 / 3:38 pm

    Early congrats… and wishing you a day full of love and memories! It will be a wonderful wedding!

  13. Grace
    05.11.2012 / 5:34 pm

    Love the site and wish you all the best tomorrow!

  14. 05.11.2012 / 5:44 pm

    Kristina, I wish you all the best you prepare for your wedding day. I got married almost 2 weeks ago and I am happy to say it was the most amazing day of my life! I hope that you will be able to enjoy every minute, and allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the love of your new husband as well as family and friends who are there with you.All the best,

  15. Louise
    05.11.2012 / 6:05 pm

    I’m so very happy for you. Seems everything in my life right now is so sad, it is wonderful to see you two so in love and happy. I sending you all my very best. Enjoy your special day.Have a wonderful time and CONGRATULATIONS!

  16. 05.11.2012 / 7:51 pm

    Congratulations Kristina, I hope you have an absolutely perfect day!

  17. 05.11.2012 / 11:06 pm

    Awesomeness!!! Be blesssed Kristina. Enjoy

  18. Jean
    05.11.2012 / 11:28 pm

    Best BEST wishes!

  19. tammy
    05.12.2012 / 12:58 am

    I have been following your blog for awhile and have enjoyed all the information you share. I just wanted to wish you the happiest of days on your wedding day. I can’t wait to see pictures of you and all the decor. It is going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!! Just like you! <3

  20. Sara
    05.12.2012 / 1:17 am

    Congratualtions! Wishing u the best. I, too lost my younger brother last year. It’s painful. I was seven months pregnant with my boy and it’s so hard to think that he never got to meet his nephew that he was so excited about. So I know how you feel, you are going to through an amazing experience in your life but it’s so sad that your brother is not there with you. It’s very bittersweet.
    But we both know that he is smiling down at you.

    Congrats honey. Enjoy

  21. 05.12.2012 / 1:37 am

    Congratulations! I hope you have a wonderful day, and your parents’ wedding photos are beautiful!

  22. Holly
    05.12.2012 / 4:55 pm

    This brought a tear to my eye. I hope you have a wonderful day!

  23. 05.12.2012 / 5:04 pm

    Congratulations Kristina! Enjoy your special day! And I’m sure you would look amazing, and everything will be perfect! πŸ™‚

  24. Brenda Milner
    05.13.2012 / 12:25 am

    Congratulations & Best Wishes!!!

  25. 05.13.2012 / 4:15 am

    Congratulations! This was a truly beautiful post and I wish you all the best on your future.I know you’ll be a beautiful bride!

  26. Chaz
    05.14.2012 / 2:47 pm

    Best wishes, Kristina! I hope you all had a wonderful wedding and that you enjoy your time in France. How exciting! Can’t wait for pictures…

  27. 05.16.2012 / 3:06 am

    This is so beautiful, I wish you nothing but happiness and love! You look so much like your mom! It’s funny, in my parents’ wedding pictures it looks like me and my older brother getting married, a little freaky actually.

  28. 05.17.2012 / 2:26 am

    what a sweet, thoughtful post. your parents look so happy in these pictures! hope you are having the best time in paris and I can’t wait to hear more of a full recap when you get back.
    PS: I mostly read your blog via google reader so am here for the first time in a while (I guess??!). Love what you’ve done with the place. πŸ™‚

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