Happy Valentine’s Day! draft

Celebrating love and family with these guys is THE BEST!

Celebrating love and family with these guys is THE BEST!

I wanted to share this post for months, but it seemed like there was always something else that came up, so I kept putting it aside. Until now – Valentine’s Day! Let me be clear. I am not a big Valentine’s Day gal but, I am ALL for celebrating love.

My sweetheart David and I met through friends and connected instantly. And after several years of dating, we decided to make it official! David was excited to get married but wasn’t so sure that he wanted a traditional wedding. We could have gone to a beautiful tropical destination with our kids to tie the knot. 

Finally! We made it official!

Finally! We made it official!

But for me, it was more about celebrating it all – life, love, family, and friends. Both of our parents were healthy and ready to celebrate with us. Our brothers and sisters had always been a big part of our lives. Our kids would only make it more fun. And, I always loved to celebrate. So, we did it! And what a celebration it was. 

The wedding was beautiful! It was unpredictable, sweet, wild, and fun! And because I just couldn’t decide between 2 gorgeous dresses, I wore a fun little flirty dress for the cocktail hour and then changed again into a slinkier number for the ceremony. Great food and fun cocktails, lots of dancing and carrying on… David and I loved every minute of being together with the people we love the most surrounding us.

It was a bit unconventional as far as weddings go. Cocktails and appetizers were served first, then dinner was laid out, and it wasn't until the second round of cocktails that the ceremony started! My brother performed the ceremony, and our six kids stood beside us as we laughed and cried through our vows. I wouldn't have changed a thing!

So, cheers to an imperfect life full of perfect moments! Cheers to everyone who is willing to take a chance! And, cheers to creating your own love story – whatever that may be! And, last, but not least, here’s to my amazing husband who reminds me every day that our life together was meant to be!

All photos in this post taken by Katie Parra Photo