Wouldn't It Be Nice...


Photo by Olivia Hagey

3 years ago today to the moment I was sitting in a bed with my best friend in the entire world trying to process the fact that I'd marry the love of my life in just a few short hours. I had waited patiently, impatiently, and for a very long time to be just hours away from it. It all felt so perfect that night sitting in bed with my best friend. My nerves were shot with wedding details, but she reminded me over and over that at the end of the day I'd be Chelsea Francis no matter who sat where or what got done or didn't. 

Three years ago I began walking down a path. I didn't know what was ahead, or where our lives would take us but I knew that we both wanted to see it through together. 

Three years ago I married the best boy I had ever met, who has since turned into the best man I've ever met. In the past three years we've gone through so much. We've lived in two different states, traveled thousands and thousands of miles, we've moved across the country, we've made sacrifices we never thought we'd have to, and we've laughed hysterically for no reason at all. I can honestly say I married the person who I am capable of loving to my full capacity, more and more every day. 

These past three years have grown me, stretched me, molded me, and broken me more than I ever thought they would but all of these things have been made so much less awful because Tuck was going through those things right beside me. Hand in hand. 

I honestly don't know why the stars aligned and I got to find my someone at 16 years old. I knew at 16 too. I swear I did. I knew after dating Tuck for like two months that I'd spend forever with him if he'd be down for that. 

AND HE WAS.

Isn't that the craziest thing? Love is so bizarre like that. Sometimes people just click. I always tell people I don't believe in soulmates. 

And I don't.

But when it comes to me and Tucker I totally do. I can't imagine loving anyone else and getting to do life with anyone else other than him. 

To my #1 boyfriend for life, my forever date, my pizza best friend, and my husband: My life is richer, sweeter, and better because you are in it. You make me sick to my stomach I love you so much. If I think about it for too long I become convinced that either a) the world is conspiring against me and you're going to be jerked away at any second because I love you so much or b) the world is such a beautiful place because you and I get to love each other and live with each other and eat pizza and figure life out together and life is awesome. I choose the latter. You are God's best gift to me. I thank Him every day that I get to wake up next to you and laugh endlessly at how you intentionally mispronounce words because you know that makes me laugh. 

I still can't believe it's been 8 years of being your lady. 

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Bethany Saunders

Photo by Olivia Hagey 

Photo by Olivia Hagey 

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey

Photo by Olivia Hagey 

Photo by Olivia Hagey 

Photos thanks to Laura Olivia Photography & Bethany Saunders!