The “Happy Couple” :)


Hey there!  I thought you guys might get a kick out of  these photos.  Neil and I were asked to lend our “mugs” by photographer Marie Thomas last Saturday for a print ad she wanted for the wedding division of her photography business.  Marie also did the photographs for my new website (…coming soon, I promise!)  so we were happy to help out and certainly flattered to be asked.  The funny part is that Neil and I will celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary this August, so posing as “newlyweds” was pretty hilarious.  What made it even funnier was the fact that we had such a tiny wedding ourselves (as in only eight people at our wedding–including us!) and were now going to be the poster couple for a bridal show.

For some reason when it came time to planning our “big day”, I just didn’t want a big wedding.  Neil and my dad both kept asking me, “Are you sure Alyss??”, concerned I’d regret later not having the big shindig that most girls dream of.  (Although I think my dad–the accountant and father of three girls–was secretly thrilled and hoping I wouldn’t change my mind.)  But I could not be swayed.  I was clear on what I wanted–something small, something intimate, something outside and…something magical.   And it was all that and more.

So we were married one evening in August of 2003 in Sonoma, CA just before sunset outside in the gardens of an old vineyard turned B & B off the Sonoma square–sight unseen.  I tend to be a bit bold when something just feels right and this felt inexplicably right.   And as we sat there later that evening after a simple and lovely ceremony, eating our “reception” dinner under the stars by candle light, surrounded by our families at a singular table in the grass as a string quartet played in the back ground, there was a moment when I paused in the excitement of the night as I felt a warm, soft evening breeze brush across my bare shoulders, stilling me as I looked around the table at the faces of the people I loved the most, my family, my newly expanded family and my new husband of just a few hours.  It was one of those rare moments when everything seemed right in the world, like all the pieces of my life had shifted into place,  clicking surely in a moment that seemed to overflow with a pureness of joy and love that I had never felt before.  I had never felt so loved, every cell seemed to vibrate with it and I thought my heart might burst with happiness.  That moment is one I have tucked safely away and summon from my memory to savor from time to time.  And when I do, it brings me right back to the stars glowing in the night sky, the warm, gentle breeze that carried the soft melody towards us and rustled the trees over head–to that feeling of magic and abounding love.

Eight years later and all we have been through in the last few years, my heart soared once again as I saw that same profound moment reflected in the energy of these photographs, our love for each other emanating the same strong pulse of that night.  I truly am the luckiest girl in the world.   So here’s to love and happiness that only gets better with time!  Have a wonderful weekend.

Wishing you all love and overflowing moments…


Here are a few photos from our “real” wedding:

Interestingly this one was taken as we said our vows…hmmmm, looks oddly similar!


“Real” wedding photos © Suzanne Becker Bronk

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  1. Nancy
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    I love it!!!! You two are as cute as the day you got married.

    Miss you much! Nancy

  2. K
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Alyssa, my dear, did you say “mugs”. You know the 2 of you in these photos bring sexy back!! LOL! I remember your wedding photo at the office. I felt like it always brought a “soothing aura” to that little room. I am so excited that the same aura can now be renumerated amongst the many who will view the promotional wedding ad. There is no greater gift than love. Absolutely stunning!!

    • Posted April 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      Love it! Thanks so much for your comment. I love hearing from everyone! Thank you for your kind words and yes, love conquers all! XOXO

  3. Lauren Black
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    alyssa- those are STUNNING!!! You are such a beautiful model!! I keep hoping to run into you in the dunwoody area!! Glad to hear you are doing so well, I love getting updates on your blog!!!

    • Posted April 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Ah, thank you! That’s so sweet of you to say. It was a lot of fun. I would love to see you…it’s been far too long my friend! :)

  4. Carole Flynn
    Posted April 10, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I too remember seeing your ‘original’ wedding photo on the desk
    in your office! I used to look at it as a diversion when you were
    taking all my before and after photos to record Dr. L’s handiwork.
    Love reading your posts & eagerly await seeing what life has in store
    for you! Much love to you.

  5. Gail
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 2:54 am | Permalink

    Ohhhhhhhhh my Dear… You just have such a way about You… ALL Photos of You and Neil ~ Now and THEN… are captivating, stunning and a real heartfelt glimpse into your true passion for each other. The camera does NOT lie.
    Let life be as free and moving as the veil You wore… that special day!
    oxoxo always ~

  6. Posted April 11, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    When’s the honeymoon?

    • Posted April 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

      Good idea…I like your style! I’ll have to get on that to make it legit :)

  7. Jennifer
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Kathryn
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    ahhhhh I LOVE it!!! So glad I got to see some of these, I was hoping to. You guys are the cutest – you look like REAL models!!!! See you Weds!

  9. Kelsey LaCoste
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    I remember coming over and looking at your wedding pics when you all got home….and I thought and still think what a beautiful couple inside and out. You all were talked about over the weekend with the neighbors Amy and Mark and we were saying how wonderful and thoughtful you both were….Toby said “Neil is one of the nicest guys I know and I love talking with him…he would do anything for his friends”. best to you both.
    Love Kelsey and Toby

    • Posted April 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

      That means a ton Kelsey. Thank you for your generous thoughts! And I will be sure to pass along Toby’s kind words to Neil. We love you guys!! Sending hugs…

  10. susan
    Posted April 11, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    The pictures are awesome! You guys look great!! Hope all is well….Scot, Susan & Zak

    • Posted April 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      THANK YOU! Hope all is well with you guys too! With love and a hug… :)

  11. Janne Giles
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    So, so cute. How sweet and beautiful – both of the weddings :-)

  12. Julieta
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    Hey Alyssa! You guys are such a beautiful couple…inside and out. Your story and pics remind me of the verse, 1 Corinthians 13…..your love certainly goes strong and perseveres….congrats on 8 wonderful years of marriage! ….now go and enjoy your 2nd honeymoon (as one of your friends noted) ;)

    • Posted April 12, 2011 at 1:41 am | Permalink

      Yes! Where shall we go?! :) Thank you for your kind words my friend.

    Posted April 12, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    you both look soooooo beautiful and so much in love…then, now and always,

    love, beth

  14. Heather Grantham
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    You look absolutely stunning! I love that you are doing so well…

  15. Georgi Valentino
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    You are both such special people and the pictures show that to the nth degree. You b look so perfect together and are even better looking now if that is possible. I do think the Lord has blessed this marriage and the people in it. With so much thankfulness, Georgi

  16. Sheila
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink


  17. Jill Peers
    Posted April 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    those pictures are so beautiful and I am so happy for you guys. you really are a good writer you know ! so, wherever this is going, thank you for allowing me to share it with you !! holding you in my thoughts and sending you blessings of all GOOD things !! take care, love Jill :-D

  18. Carol Jackovich
    Posted April 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    Of course the photographer wanted you two to model…….you guys are gorgeous…..especially together! I love the other new photos on your site as well! Hope you are well. I’m currently doing radiation and hoping I’m going to see more hair growing soon. :-)

    • Posted April 15, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

      You will! Plus, that’s what wigs are for! I still wear mine all the time. I call it my “baseball cap” :) Carol, thank you so much for your kind and very generous words. I am humbled. Have a great weekend and keep me posted on how you’re doing. Chin up my friend!

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