Exactly one year ago today was one of the best days of my life. On January 8, 2011 your Dad and I were married at the First United Methodist Church in Normal in front of 85 of our closest friends and family members. The wedding was the culmination of months of planning and stress, but in the end, it was all worth it. Our wedding day was the most joyous, exciting and memorable day I've ever had.
Our reception was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, where we enjoyed an evening of good food, great conversation, lots of drinks, laughs and delicious wedding cake! Your Dad and I made sure to take it all in- the sights, sounds and feeling of that day. We were able to let ourselves truly enjoy the moment, and I wish the same thing for you, Mia, should you choose to get married one day. Make sure to take time during the day to enjoy it.
We also made sure that our wedding was an expression of who we are and what we like. After our wedding rehearsal, we invited everyone to the same Carlos O'Kelly's where we'd had our first date five years earlier. We chose to get married in the winter because the holidays are our most favorite time of year, and used red as decorative accents because it's my favorite color. We gave each of our guests little boxes of chocolates that contained one dark chocolate butter cream (a favorite childhood candy of mine) and one milk chocolate butter cream (a favorite childhood candy of your Dad's!). We asked the DJ to play songs that we enjoyed, including Unforgettable by Natalie and Nat King Cole (a song we've both loved for years) for our first dance.
And the best part? Mia, your parents are more in love today than they were that day. Your Dad and I are head-over-heels in love with each other. We laugh, hug, kiss and cuddle every day. We tell each other our inner-most secrets, thoughts and fears. We're best friends and truly enjoy each other's company. And we couldn't be more excited to welcome you into our world. It's because of this deep, profound love for each other that we decided to have you, and we can't wait for you to get here!