1 Year Ago

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One year ago…

…a few friends met us in Philadelphia


…my best friends came in from different cities and states


…I got a new brother and sister-in-law


….I was reminded of how amazing my parents and sister are

…we posed for pictures everywhere


Matt’s best friends came in from different cities and states


….my family celebrated and partied with us


….my sister and best friend since childhood gave speeches that made me cry


…..I felt beautiful


…best friends from high school and college became friends

….the room of my dreams was created


matt wore his grandfather’s talis

….another room of my dreams was created


…I got to wear a pretty dress

….we entered a room with sparklers

….I celebrated not falling down the steps


….my gorgeous best friends shared our happiness


….we danced to Cruisin

….my dad showed off his moves

matt twirled his mom

….we ate cake

….I couldn’t stop smiling


…Matt posed with the ladies


…I was reunited with my sorority family


…I danced with my mom


…Matt’s former band played


….he crushed the guitar solo

….I had a moment with my sister


…oh yes, and I  married my best friend.

And in case there was any doubt that Matt wasn’t the one for me, here are a couple of quotes I’d like to share:

“I don’t go to a casino to lose cupcakes!” – Matt running back to the casino to retrieve his cupcakes from my cousin’s wedding

“Maybe we should eat something light like salad for dinner so we can eat a lot of cake” – Matt referring to the top tier of our wedding cake

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57 Responses to “1 Year Ago”

  1. Florida Foodie June 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm #


  2. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Awww happy anniversary! Such pretty pictures. You looked gorgeous btw! :) Love the dress.

    • KeepItSweet June 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks, Rachel:-)

  3. Maris (In Good Taste) June 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!

  4. Caroline @ chocolate and carrots June 12, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Aww…Happy 1 year anniversary! :-) Do you get to eat the top tier of your cake today?

    • KeepItSweet June 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

      Oh yes, I’ve been waiting for it all week!

  5. Amy June 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    happy anniversary! we’re two months from 1 year! congrats! (also, today is my sisters (7 year) anniversary!)

    • KeepItSweet June 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

      Aw, happy anniversary to her and almost anniversary to you:-)

  6. Madison M June 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Yay! I love this post and have been waiting for a recap post from your wedding for a while! Looks like it was an absolutely beautiful wedding. Congrats on 1 year!

    • KeepItSweet June 13, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      Thanks, Madison! I can’t believe yours is just a few weeks away! I can’t wait to hear about the details:-)

  7. Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy & Healthy June 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    Wow everything was absolutely gorgeous- especially you!! Congratulations on your first year of marraige :)

  8. Mila @ loftyappetite June 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!! I love love love the simplicity/stunningness of your dress! It’s what I will be looking for in a dress someday :) enjoy your anniversary!

    • KeepItSweet June 13, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      Thank you! I fell in love with it before I even saw it in person!

  9. RWB June 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Love this post and love the Lillings! Happy Anniversary :)

    • RWB June 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

      And by the way…that cake was AMAZING! Can’t wait to hear about the top tier!!!

      • KeepItSweet June 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

        It was still so good! We had red velvet and I thought it was cream cheese icing but they just used the same buttercream as the rest of the cake. It was still unbelievably moist!

  10. Kristi June 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  11. Jamie | My Baking Addiction June 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Lovely recap. Congratulations on your anniversary, you looked incredible beautiful!

    • KeepItSweet June 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Thanks so much, Jamie!

  12. Ashley@BakerbyNature June 12, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Aw, I always smile at a good love story! Congrats!

  13. Anna June 13, 2011 at 2:55 am #

    so much fun. i love these pictures. thanks for another amazing post love. swing by to see pics of Hollywood’s most celebrity filled neighborhood. xoxo


  14. debbie c. June 13, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    It really was a moment in time! Love is a wonderful thing!

  15. Jessica @ How Sweet June 13, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    LOVE this!!

  16. Joanne June 13, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Happy (now belated) anniversary love! You looked absolutely gorgeous on your wedding day (and even more so in real life…if that’s possible!). I hope you guys devoured that top tier!

    • KeepItSweet June 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      Thank you!!! The cake was amazing… major sugar hangover happening today:-)

  17. marla June 13, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    You are such a pretty bride. Thanks for sharing those memories with us :)

  18. kita June 13, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Love the pics! (and love the black and white colors with yours and your bridesmaids dresses – so classy!!) Congratulations on your anniversary!

    • KeepItSweet June 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Thank you, Kita! I was so happy with how it turned out. I also think the bridesmaids were very happy to wear black:-)

  19. DessertForTwo June 13, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Awwww congrats! Just beautiful :)

  20. dana @ my little celebration June 13, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Lovely post! Congrats!! Marriage is the best, no?

    • KeepItSweet June 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      It really is!

  21. kirbie June 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Aww, happy anniversary! the pics are so sweet. Your wedding cake looks massive and delicious. And I love the quotes from your husband!

  22. Elina (Healthy and Sane) June 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Hehe, so cute. Congrats!!! :)

  23. Emma June 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Yeah it’d be hard for any of your bridesmaids to look back on their dresses here and come up with complaints – they look great.

    But of course, you do as well – between the friends, the cake and the man, I can see why you couldn’t stop grinning.

    And your mom looks fantastic!

    • KeepItSweet June 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks, Emma!

  24. Shilpa June 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Stumbled across your blog today and glad I did! Many congratulations on your first anniversary…Beautiful pictures…and beautiful memories..


  25. Amy June 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Happy Anniversary! Love all of the photos, your family is adorable :)!

  26. Jersey Girl Cooks June 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Awwww, nice post!

  27. Veronica June 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Awwww, congrats and happy anniversary! I love the pics–you guys are so adorable and def made for each other! Love the quotes. :)

  28. Simply Life June 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Oh I LOVE this post!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a GORGEOUS wedding!

  29. Casey June 13, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

    oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I feel like tears are coming into my eyes. You guys look so happy together, it’s so amazing when two people can truly love each other the way it seems you guys do. Congratulations to you both!!

    • KeepItSweet June 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      Casey- you are so sweet! Thank you so much:-)

  30. Cookin' Canuck June 14, 2011 at 12:10 am #

    It looks as though you had an amazing day. Happy Anniversary!

  31. megan @ whatmegansmaking June 14, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Congratulations!! What a cute post. You two look very happy :)

  32. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite June 14, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Love love love this! So sweet! Happy anniversary :)

  33. Sues June 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Congrats!! Looks like such a fabulous wedding :) My own is a year from now and I can’t wait!!

    • KeepItSweet June 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

      I’m so excited for you! Wedding planning can be stressful, but that day will be amazing!

  34. brandi June 15, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    it looks like so much fun! and your dress was beautiful :) congrats!

  35. Erin June 15, 2011 at 10:39 am #


  36. Monica June 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Congrats to you, Lauren. Your photos make me feel like I was there. Your smile is radiant in every one. Wishing you a lifetime of happy anniversaries.

    • KeepItSweet June 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

      Thank you so much, Monica!

  37. pawsitivelife June 15, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! This was an awesome non foodie post :)

  38. Tessa June 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    What a cute couple! Love both your wedding and rehearsal dresses. Congratulations!

    • KeepItSweet June 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

      Thank you:-)

  39. alex July 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    your wedding looks perfect! loved reading that quote your husband said about eating the salad and cake! :)

  40. UndomesticBride July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Love this post! Your wedding looked beautiful!


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