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A photo we snapped on our honeymoon to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! We brought our wands and robes along.

(ROCKWALL, TX — November 2, 2017) I’ve been married for a little over a month now, and I’ve gotta say it’s the best thing ever!

I can still vividly recall the feelings of excitement and nervousness I felt as I sat in the Groom’s Room in the Chestnut Square Wedding Chapel in McKinney. I found it very hard to sit still, knowing in a matter of minutes I’d be reciting my vows to the woman of my dreams in front of friends and family. I kept thinking how in just a 30-minute time span – the time we allotted for the ceremony – my life would completely change for the better.

When it came time for the ceremony to begin, and I walked into the chapel to stand in my place beside the front row pew on the left, that was when the nervousness left me. As I watched the wedding party walk down the aisle to take their places, a sense of pride completely overwhelmed me. Here were some of my favorite people in the entire world, dressed to the nines and taking part in the most special day of my life. I was so overwhelmed by the moment, it was all I could do to keep from bursting out crying with joy. And when that beautiful rendition of Moon River signaling the coming of the bride rang out, and I saw her in her dress for the first time, walking arm in arm with her dad and looking absolutely stunning, all that emotion welling up in me burst out into a quick, very audible sob that turned many heads in my direction.

Very embarrassing, yes, but there was no way I could stop it. Nor could I stop the tears running down my face. I don’t know that I’ve ever cried true tears of joy in my life, but if there ever was a time that I did, that was it.

When it came time to exchange our written vows, I had to grip that piece of paper tight because my hands were shaking so bad. This was the moment I had been most looking forward to at our wedding. In that moment, despite all the eyes on us, it was just Julie and I, and all my love for her written out on that piece of paper. After I had written those vows and read them over and over again in preparation for the wedding, I cried every single time. And I knew it would be no different during the real thing.

As I read out my vows to her, I poured every single bit of happiness and love I had in me into each word. And as she read her vows to me, I could feel all of her happiness and love in each of her words, too. There may never be a moment in my life more precious than that one, and I can easily say it is one of the fondest memories I have of the whole ceremony.

It’s a funny thing, really. Here I sit having been married for over a month and it doesn’t feel all that different. I feel like I have been married to Julie for much longer, because being with her just feels so natural and easy. I often find myself gazing down at my ring and getting lost in the memories of our wedding and our honeymoon, and it all feels like it happened so long ago. Now that all the craziness and excitement of the wedding has come and gone, I’ve immensely enjoyed getting to spend day after day with my love, doing ordinary, everyday things like catching our favorite TV show after work or relishing in one of my wife’s delicious homemade recipes (she makes one heck of a quesadilla, let me tell you).

Life with her is simply more fun, and I will love every single day I get on this earth with her.

Austin Wells


I have been the editor of Blue Ribbon News since April 2016. I was born and raised in Heath, TX and I’m the author of Images of America: Heath, a chronicle of historic photographs of my town’s roots.
I’m married to Blue Ribbon News Reporter and Layout Designer Julie Anne Wells. When I’m not around town covering events, you can usually find me enjoying a good book and a hot cup of coffee.


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