One Year Anniversary

  • 10.10.10

year since I was stuffing moss and peacock feathers into vintage birdcages… one year since my family completely made-over the exterior of our house so that the 6,000sq ft tent could make it’s way onto our backyard. It’s been a year since literally DOZENS of people helped bring food for the bridal party, made invitations, set up centerpieces, moved antique furniture up a flight of steps, hung strand upon strand of patio lights, set up parking in the front yard, laid down sod in the backyard, posted “Wedding” signs 6 miles away to help out of town guests, set up the sound for the full band at the ceremony, hung lemon leaf garland all over the sanctuary,  lit votives, finalized timelines and the list could

literally go on and on for about 6 or 7 more paragraphs. Michael and I had so many AMAZING people help make our wedding day possible and we are so incredibly thankful for every single one of them. Our family, friends and our wedding vendors get all the credit for 10.10.10. Michael and I just want to thank all of you once last time for ALL that you did for us….not just for 10.10.10 but throughout our whole lives. We love you all!


This morning, as I think back to that beautiful October Sunday… I get a little teared up…..well maybe not a little… a lot. You see, girls dream of this day. They dream of the dress and the bouquet and the centerpieces but I really never had a vision for all of that. The only thing I remember thinking about as a little girl was WHO I was going to marry. I thought about that a lot. My parents have modeled such an incredible marriage for me, Emy and Corey. I wanted that. I wanted someone to be my best friend. I wanted someone to love me with makeup off and sweatpants on. I wanted someone who would take care of me and fight for me. I watched my parents and I knew I wanted to marry a man that loved Christ more than anything else in this world because that would mean that he would never leave me. I wanted a man of integrity, who respected me and loved me like Daddy loves Momma.  The amazing thing is… I was given all of that and more. Not only does Michael do all of those things… he also clears my CF cards when I’m behind on wedding prep, he comes home from work to eat lunch with me whenever he can, he cleans the house when I’m shooting weddings so that I’m not stressed when I get home… he doesn’t get frustrated that I’m not an amazing cook and he loves me unconditionally… even when I’m a horrible person to be around.  It’s so easy for me to say that besides salvation, Michael is the GREATEST gift God has ever given me. I couldn’t do life without him.


Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” …..and Michael I don’t know what our future holds. I don’t know what the Lord has in store for us and our marriage but I’m pretty sure we’re going to have seasons that are hard and phases of life that are trying. We’re going to walk through so much in our life together and I’m ready. I’m ready and I’m excited because we’re doing this together.  This past year has probably been the greatest year of my life. Nothing feels more natural than sharing life with you everyday and I love it. I love being your cheerleader, your best friend and most of all, I just love being your WIFE. Thank you for the most amazing first year!!! Happy Anniversary!!!


So this past week I have been staying up until the crack of dawn almost every night. I’ve been telling Michael that I’m editing and that is partially true… but I’ve also been making the 10.10.10 wedding video that is LONG overdue. The biggest regret of our wedding was that I didn’t hire a videographer. I went all out with our photog but video, at the time, wasn’t a priority. I’m kicking myself now!!! However! I asked a dear dear family friend to use my 5D and just shoot random clips throughout the day just so that we would have something to remember it by besides our images. Katie blew me away. Instead of enjoying 10.10.10, she was running around with a shootsac and my camera trying to capture our day for us the best she could. We’re so thankful. There are clips of moments that I will literally TREASURE for a lifetime! So I took these little clips and compiled them to make a little wedding video. It’s not perfect. My editing skills aren’t anything to brag about (Josh Gooden don’t judge!!). There are a few rough transitions and bumpy clips but if I’m honest… I don’t care… not at all. I’m just so thankful to be able to relive our day over and over again! It was perfect from beginning to end and I was reminded of that as I watched these clips.  So enjoy this video and then some of my favorite images from 10.10.10!!!!





Random facts about our wedding:
– There were over 400 guests… YIKES.

– The band played the same song that was used in the video as I walked down the aisle. The bridge of the song is when the doors opened and I walked in! I was SO excited!!! It was PERFECT!

– Michael read his vows off his ipad… typical.
– We picked our date because Michael asked me out in high school on the 10th! So we were married on our 8th anniversary, EXACTLY! 101010! woopwoop!
– We saved thousands by not having alcohol at our reception. Obviously that didn’t hinder the dancing!! Crazy kids.
– Our Ceremony was held at the church where Michael and I grew up and where my dad has been the pastor for the last 21 years! Michael proposed there too!
– Our reception was in my parent’s backyard and we had to demolish our POOL in preparation for the wedding! Talk about dedication!! (It wasn’t an in-ground pool… that would have just been ridiculous!:)
– There were 93 glowing lanterns under our tent…. Party Perfect said that 20-30 was about average. It took a whole DAY for them to hang them!
– All the vintage furniture belonged to my great aunt Margie who was like a grandmother to me!

– Daddy married us, My sister was my maid of honor and my little brother was Michael’s best man…. so the WHOLE family was on the altar….poor momma had to sit by herself! I don’t think she minded:)

– Our “Signature Drink” was Peacock Lemonade…. it didn’t taste spectacular but it was TEAL!!! haha One of my many crazy ideas…. enjoy the post!


My veil is hanging on Momma and Daddy’s wedding invitation…pictures mean more when you know the details!

Sweet sweet friends

Michael and his best man:)

My husband is HANDSOME!!!!

Loved the framing of the tree… Jas you’re good:)

One of my FAVORITES! This is hanging at my parents house and it’s gorgeous!

I was a little excited…

Daddy married us! ….. Lots of tears.

Love this…. Caroline is so happy for us and she’s been my cheerleader since we were able to talk! Best friends are such a gift!!!

YESS!!!!!!! Hard work pays off!!!!

A special thanks to:

My amazing parents who made this dream day happen!

Jasmine and Jd! They captured memories for us to remember forever and we love them for it!!

Mosaic Catering... they rocked our world!! Seriously, they DESIGNED our food display and brought props just because they enjoy making things look gorgeous!

Party Perfect… thanks for hanging all 93 of my lanterns in perfect clusters! You are wonderful!!

Our lighting Crew from Big Top Entertainment

 Janie for my florals!! Love you!

Richard Green Entertainment for keeping the party going! … If you need a DJ… He’s the best one around… and I’ve seen A LOT of DJ’s!

K. Rose Cakes

xoxo, Katelyn
69 Comments Personal
  1. molly buckley reply

    katelyn i just read your blog and watched the video and cried like a baby. totally not ashamed to admit that. you are so blessed and i love seeing you and michael set such an amazing example of what a strong God honoring marriage is. it makes me so excited for my wedding day and i just hope that john and i are able to do the same. you are wonderful!

  2. jennifer mitchell reply

    kudos to you for a great video! i too cried like a baby during the video! ya’ll are awesome! Happy Anniversary! :)

  3. Rachel Archer reply

    Best wedding video EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ashley reply

    The wedding video was…..AMAZING!!!!! ;)

  5. Christina reply

    You made me tear up and I don’t even know you. The video is beautiful and full of emotion.

  6. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    LOVE this post! So sweet, Mrs. Alsop! I could look at pictures of your wedding (and you and Mr. Alsop) all day!! Congrats on 1 year!

  7. kurt baier reply

    Happy Anniversary you two.

  8. Erika Lenzi reply

    Can’t believe it’s been a year already! Your wedding was so gorgeous (Jasmine’s pictures definitely seemed to do it justice) and so glad you got so many of those moments on video! Congrats and here’s to the next year :)

  9. cati reply

    I just BAWLED MY EYES out watching the first half of that video. My FIRST anniversary is coming up on November 13th, and I now I am thinking about something special like this too….. congrats and may God bless year number TWO for you! :)

  10. Lexi reply

    Ok, so my mom and I just sat here bawling our eyes out watching your wedding video. Thanks for the warning about the tissues…. ;o)

    This post is so beautiful and you both are such an amazing couple. Watching your wedding vid and seeing the pictures just makes me that much more excited about my special day in the future.

    Hope you have a wonderful anniversary Katelyn!!!!! God Bless!

  11. Shefali Lindsey reply

    Happy Anniversary Katelyn and Michael!!! You two are beautiful souls together!!!

  12. Deborah Zoe reply

    YAY for marriage:) Congrats on your first anniversary as a married couple:) Here’s to many more years of fun together:)

  13. j gar reply

    haven’t commented in a while, so boom. done. this was one of the best days of my life, and i can’t believe it’s already been a year. the video was amazing, of course you wanted it in better quality, but it was still incredible. tearing up was an understatement. happy anniversary again!

  14. Abby Grace reply

    Katelyn, you do such a good job of showcasing your personality through your blog that I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels like I already know you. Your wedding looks like it was such a blast and such a testament to Christ’s love. Happy one year anniversary!

  15. Amanda McGruder reply

    Wow, looks like you had a beautiful beautiful wedding. I don’t even know you and I teared up watching your video! I hope to one day experience as much joy in my marriage as you obviously do. Happy 1st Anniversary!

  16. Ashley reply

    Happy Anniversary! I loved watching your video – it was great! :-D

  17. daddy reply

    Absolutely wonderful. Great remembering that awesome day. Love you both. God bless you with many, many more terrific years serving Him together.

  18. Kari Jeanne reply

    Happy Anniversary!! Love this post – the words, the video, the photo’s. All so wonderful!

  19. elizabeth r reply

    awesome video katelyn, you guys are great! happy anniversary!

  20. Momma reply

    Oh I wish we could do that day again! It was so much fun!!!!! How awesome that you have so many wonderful memories from that day on video. Daddy and I love you both and thank God for bringing the two of you together. Happy anniversary!!!!!

  21. Elizabeth reply

    congrats on the one year anniversary!!! hoping for many more years it such a blessing in life to find Mr. Right!!!

  22. emily reply

    happy anniversary, katelyn! your video was beautiful. it felt like i knew you, and that i was actually there with you on your wedding day. here’s to many more happy anniversaries for you and michael :)

  23. Meredith Sledge reply

    Katelyn, I LOVE your video!! It made me cry happy tears. Happy anniversary!!

  24. Tiffany reply

    Beautiful video and images! You are both totally blessed! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Sindy reply

    I don’t even know you but this almost made me cry. So so beautiful. Happy Anniversary :)

  26. Becca reply

    Totally cried. So so sweet. You two are wonderful together. Loved seeing more pics than what J* posted!!! You went ALL out with the crafts girl. Impressive!! Happy Anniversary to you and Michael!

  27. Mom reply

    Happy One Year Anniversary!!! I love watching the video, looking at all the beautiful pictures and remembering what a wonderful day 10-10-10 was!!!! Dad and I love you both very much & wish you many more happy memories and anniversaries!

  28. Josh Gooden reply

    Happy Anniversary!! :] Your editing skills were pretty lie. Those dance we missed out!

  29. Jessica Beale reply

    Katie and I literally ran through our house squealing when we saw you posted this earlier today! It’s so good, and I cry EVERY TIME I watch it…which has been quite a few times now! I’m so so happy for you and Michael and am excited to see where God takes you both from here! I love you, KK! Happy Anniversary!!!

  30. Ciiku reply

    We really enjoyed watching that video. Happy anniversary and God Bless!!

  31. LeolaK reply

    Happy One Year Anniversary…and many many more!!!

  32. Resi reply

    Happy Anniversary! I wanna dance now – lovely video editing! I totally started crying when you entered the curch and your dance with your dad?! Awwww, gets me so emotional. I’m glad you had such a lovely wedding, I still remember last year and how curious I was to hear all about the wedding that was finally there! Haha :) Happy anniversary wishes from Germany!

  33. Emy reply

    14. thats my count of how many times ive watched it.
    KK, you did an incredible job putting this together!!! Katie Beale, you’re awesome for capturing all of these memories so well!!! I feel like 101010 was just yesterday… this is cra-cra!! You and Michael should come to Blacksburg to celebrate your anniversary. Hit the road NOW, okay ill see you soon. :)

  34. Erin reply

    Happy Anniversary! I loved your video and got teared up when you walked down the aisle. Congrats on your first year and I wish you many many more wonderful ones together!

  35. Jasmine* reply

    LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!

  36. Lydia reply

    Happy Anniversary!! May God bless you both with many, many more years together!!

  37. katie s reply

    awesome awesome! Great job on the video! Happy one year!!!! Here is to many many more!!!!!!!

  38. Sandra reply

    Girl, I just want to say congratulations and holy cow, how are you doing all that you’re doing and creating such incredible images! Wishing you the best, and thanks for the inspiration:)

  39. Cassady reply

    Happy 1 year and 2 days! Your video is awesome and as always Jasmine’s pictures are ah-mazing! I don’t know how you pulled all those details together but your wedding was beautiful!

  40. Katie Beale reply

    LOVE THIS POST!!! I’m so glad that my shaky little clips mean so much :) It was a joy to run around with your awesome camera and a really heavy shoot sac! Love you KK and Michael!!

  41. Allison reply

    Umm I love you, I love your wedding day, and I cried watching this!!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} reply

    I recently came across your blog, and Katelyn James, you have completely stolen my heart away! Your talent is immeasurable, your smile contagious, and your hair amazing! I love every bit of your wedding and wedding video! Jasmine and JD did a beautiful job capturing the love you and Michael share together and all the details of the day that you put obvious thought and heart into. Bravo to you, hats off to you, and the biggest of congratulations to you both! xo

  43. Kristina W. reply

    I loved 10.10.10 posts so much and couldn’t wait to see what you’d put together for your one year anniversary! Seeing your wedding video and some more Jasmine Star and JD photos was beautiful, you had such a wonderful day and now wonderful life with Michael! Congratulations, and may you continue to have a lifetime of love and happiness!

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  46. Melissa reply

    Katelyn, you are gorgeous ans these photos and video are amazing! Your wedding seemed to just be perfect! Also, did you sing at your wedding??!?!!?!?!?!? I WANNA KNOW ALL ABOUT IT IF YOU DID!

  47. Justine Russo reply

    Katelyn! Your wedding looked AMAZING! The colours, the decor, YOU! WOWZA! You were one stunning bride! I was in tears the entire day….you could see how full of love it was! :) Congrats on one year! Happy Anniversary! :)

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    i can’t get enough of your wedding!! the blog feature inspired me to look through it again, and of course the video made me cry like a baby! doesn’t matter how many times i watch it haha! i loveee your colors and theme, i want birdcages in my wedding :)

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    Ohhhhh I just love you guys!!!!!!

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  68. Alyssa Lewis reply

    Aww, Katelyn, what a precious video. I started crying when I saw Michael crying as you came down the aisle. <3 My husband cried when I walked down, so seeing Michael just made me remember all over again. :') I love following your story and your life.

    Thank you for being an inspiration. :)

  69. Ashlie Muller reply

    This looks like a fun, fun wedding!! Katelyn, you are so, so pretty!!!

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