February 21, 2014 26

The Story of How I Married My Best Friend + scenes from our wedding{s}

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When I started this blog {about a year ago} I set out to share my wellness story and my love for all things food related. And so far, I’ve done just that. But also – somewhere along this process, I started to stress out, worry that I’m not posting enough or that my photography isn’t good enough. I developed a harsh critical lens, self-doubt and a serious case of not good enoughs. I forgot how much I really enjoy writing and cooking and photography and sharing the things I love with all of you.

I needed something to change. So in order to get back to a more carefree, creative place of sharing I’m going to start posting more about me and what makes me feel wild and free. Starting with this post today, and I’m dedicating it to the person in my life who makes me the most happy. The person I chose to spend my life with. The person who wakes me up each morning with a loving smile, a soft heart and a warm mug of lemon water, my husband Chris. This is the story of how I married my best friend, twice.

The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
Photo credit: Karen Kirchoff Photography

Exactly one year ago today, I woke up with nervous little butterflies fluttering around in my heart. The sky was the bluest blue and the air was the coldest cold that I can ever remember in Philadelphia. And on this day, February 21, 2013 I married my man, my person, my best friend, Chris.

After we got engaged, we started planning that giant wedding I’d always dreamt of. We wanted a grand wedding on Cape Cod, one of our favorite places on Earth. We travelled there. We checked out venues, caterers and entertainment. We landed the most picturesque place on the island, chose our date and put down our deposit. I mean this was a signed, sealed, delivered deal. But after many long nights and stressful days of planning our big day, we decided to scratch it. And just like that, we changed our minds. We changed our date, we changed everything. We realized that through this planning and stress, we were losing the very essence of the day.

So, we moved our wedding date up six months and choose to have a simple and intimate ceremony at Philadelphia’s historic City Hall. On this day we were joined by our parents and two of our closest Philly friends. After the ceremony there were drinks and champagne on the top floor of XIX overlooking the whole city. Those views were dynamite. Then came dinner and oh my, was it spectacular. We ate and drank like farm-to-table royalty with each course better than the last at Talula’s Garden. It really was, a life-changing experience.

Then six months later we celebrated with 80 of our most favorite people in the whole wide world – in Buffalo, NY {my home away from home}. Complete with seasonally fresh local fare, wine, beer, cake and the biggest backyard Britney dance party one could ever dream of. That day in July was super magical thanks to my gracious and giving aunt and uncle, we owe you for forever. It was on this day that we got to experience the deep love and support we knew we had in our lives, but had never felt it all at once and it was incredible. Thank you to each and every one of you who traveled to our little party in the middle of nowhere. We love you.

The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
The Day I Married My Best Friend | @withfoodandlove.com
 
Photo credit: Lindsie Rutherford Photography

26 Responses to "The Story of How I Married My Best Friend + scenes from our wedding{s}"

  1. Reply

    Angie | Big Bear's Wife

    February 21, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    ooo Happy Anniversary!!! The photos are stunning (both days) and I 100% agree with your “NINE REASONS BEING MARRIED TOTALLY RULES”

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      Sherrie

      February 21, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Thanks so much for reading Angie, both days were pretty special for us!

      XO SHERRIE

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    Nicole Daniels

    February 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    This was so beautiful, what an amazing love story and I am so happy for you and Chris and blessed to call you friend

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      Sherrie

      February 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Awe thanks Nicole, honored to have you as a friend!

      XO SHERRIE

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    Krissie

    February 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Happy Anniversary!!! One Year ago today my best friend, married the love of her life and became the happiest version of herself…and I got an Ah-maz-ing brother in law!!! Okay, that may be a little selfish I digress…however, your happiness Sherrie, to see you light up with JOY everytime Chris enters the room…my heart in return fills with joy. Seeing your sister shine from the inside out from love…
    nothing can be sweeter than that!! Ps-5 is hysterical!! Maybe you gorgeous trickster you!!! :)
    MUCH LOVE ON THIS HAPPY, HAPPY DAY! I love you both. And Chris, thank you for your caring and thoughtful heart…we are all honored to love and know you!

    Krissie

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      We both love you with all our hearts Krissie!

      XO SHERRIE

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    Jenny

    February 21, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Yay for LOVE! I married my best friend, too, and it always fills me with such unrelenting joy to see others share their experiences of love and friendship. So very happy for you!

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Being married to your best friend, really, truly is so very special.

      Thanks for stopping by Jenny!

      XO SHERRIE

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    Eve

    February 21, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    I wish I could have come to your wedding party. I was sorry to miss it. I’m glad I got to read about your big day(s) plural and see the beautiful photos. I think soon everyone no matter what will be able to enjoy the benefits of marriage. That’s a good thing. And those that don’t want it, can also enjoy not being judged.

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      You were definitely missed Eve!

      And I also, can’t wait for the day all can experience the joy of marriage, what a beautiful world that will be. XO SHERRIE

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    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish

    February 21, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Sherrie that is beautiful, ALL of it. Thank you so much for sharing this, and for sharing how you’ve been feeling – blogging. I can relate and get stressed about it too. I appreciate you sharing your story, it really helped me a lot. AND I love seeing all of your photos on your special day, I remember when we first “met” you shared that you had recently been married and we shared about how much we were loving our new married life. Thanks for being you, for being the awesome person you are, and for continuing to share your amazing food, photos and stories. xo

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Whoa Emily, what a beautiful and loving comment. This really made my day. I’m so appreciative of this wonderfully supportive blogging community. What an awesome tribe we are! So glad to have “met” you too!

      XO SHERRIE

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    February 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    I am so happy for you!! I am always so thrilled when I hear about other people marrying their best friend. It’s the most amazing experience ever:)

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Thanks Meg! Being married to your best friend totally rules, right?

      XO SHERRIE

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    dishing up the dirt

    February 21, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Happy anniversary! Lovely post my friend :)

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      Thanks girlfriend :)

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    Michelle

    February 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing this sweet post. Enjoy year #2! Also, as a side note, I think your photography is excellent! Your dishes always look perfect. :)

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Thanks Michelle, you’re the best!

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    Beth @ Tasty Yummies

    February 23, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Happy Anniversary, lady!! I love absolutely everything about all this. Being married is soo amazing and when you can truly call your partner, your best friend – you really know you are one of the lucky ones!! I am so happy for both you and Chris that you found each other. You guys are great together.

    I too, have been playing around with adding more “ME” to my site, and I just never make time for it, so this post makes me both so happy and it is totally inspiring me, so thank you. I cannot wait to read more like this from you. xoxo

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      You should totally DO IT! There’s more to blogging than gluten free waffles + dairy-free salads dressings, right?!?!

      Love you!
      XO SHERRIE

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    Stacey Reed

    February 24, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Happy Anniversary! I really appreciate this post. This year my hubby and I celebrate being married for 10 years and together for more than (just a minute while I pull out my calculator) 18! Your words definitely resonated with me, except for #7 which is complete crap on my love’s behalf.

    But what I enjoyed most about what you had to say is that it’s always good to spread the word that marriage is powerful—and if you work at it , while having some fun, I am convinced it truly is one of the greatest gifts on Earth.

    After all, our son is a direct result of our love… and that is magic.

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      Sherrie

      February 24, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Hey Stacey!

      Yeah marriage is pretty wonderfully, complicated beast right? Hahaha, thanks so much for stopping by, it means a lot.

      XO SHERRIE

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    March 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    I love this list so much! I’m getting married in August, so it’s reassuring to hear all of these wonderful reasons for why you love being married. Also, I currently live with my fiance, so I can definitely relate to ALL of these. Congrats and Happy Anniversary!!

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      Sherrie

      March 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Congrats to you Sara! Being engaged is lovely, being married is better. Enjoy your journey together :)

      XO SHERRIE

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    Erika Scaglione

    February 21, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Happy Anniversary you little love birds!
    I remember wedding #2 like it was yesterday. It was simply and beautifully, perfect:) That trip alone has put Buffalo on my heart map.
    Love you guys! Cheers!

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    Maggie at Eat Boutique

    February 21, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Hi Sherrie,

    Congratulations! I feel so lucky, privileged and touched to get to know you and your story. You two look so happy and I hope I get to see your smiling faces in person someday. Have an amazing weekend at home and visit Boston soon! :-)

    Joy and hugs to you, while I make quinoa pizza, xox
    Maggie

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