Favorite part of my wedding day:
Sagen and I value spending time with those we love above all else. Because of this, our absolute favorite part of the wedding was celebrating life and love with so many wonderful people in our home state.
My advice for anyone planning to get married would be to consider what things you and your partner find to be important. Though it is easy to get lost in wedding day minutia, continually try to remind yourself about what matters to you and make decisions using those values as a guide. Things may not be “perfect” on your wedding day and that is completely okay. For Sagen and I, we always knew that our lives are defined by family, friends, and love of Idaho. So when we woke up to cold rain on our wedding day, it wasn’t that big of a deal because we thought about how many loved ones we would be celebrating with regardless.
After finishing my first (and most stressful) board exam during medical school, Sagen and I went to Oahu, Hawaii to celebrate. We were staying at a beach-side cabin for military families, spending our time relaxing and enjoying the beach. After waking up one morning, we decided to have a cup of coffee on the porch overlooking the ocean. From what I remember, we weren’t talking about anything especially romantic or remarkable at the time. But then Sagen started saying some really nice, deep things about us and our relationship. I remember thinking, “Awww, Sagen is so sweet. I can’t believe how lucky I am.” The next thing I know, he is presenting me with a ring and asking me to marry him! It was perfect. I came to find out later he made the coffee using toilet paper as a filter because he couldn’t find any in the cabin. Personally, I think this only added to the experience.
– The Bride and Groom, Shea + Sagen Gearhart