Surprise... We Got Married!! | April 14, 2010

On Sunday March 28 at 2pm, our guests, believing they were about to attend an engagement party, began arriving at our beautiful backyard picnic.  One hour into the proceedings we shocked them with a surprise wedding ceremony!

The looks of astonishment and delight on the faces of our guests were pure gold.

After 10 years of friendship, in which the last 4 years we were an inseparable couple, Mark and I finally got married! 

This series of photos by Jonathan Ong depict our first kiss as husband and wife.

Stay tuned for more details and photos from the event. This is only part one in a series of posts!

posted under: Engagement Party, Photography, storytelling, Weddings


  1. Congratulations!! These photos are amazing, can't wait to see more!
  2. OMG!!! Congratulations!! I´m so loving the new look and the amazing news!!!! :)
  3. Wow!! Congratulations!! Can't wait to hear more about your celebration.
  4. Congratulations! What a fabulous surprise... can't wait to see more!

    P.S. - your love story sounds like me & my husband... 10 year of friendship, some dating & finally married. LOVE IT!

  5. OH MY GOSH CONGRATULATIONS! What a fun surprise! Can't wait for the pics!
  6. How charming and so lovely. I would love to be attending an engagement party only to find out it was the wedding! Congratulations!
  7. Congratulations! The pictures are beautiful!
  8. Oh my goodness, congratulations! Did anyone else know, or was it a complete surprise? Love the photos - can't wait to see more!
  9. Congratulations! How fun!
  10. That just makes me smile from ear to ear. What a delightful surprise for your guests and a fantastic story that even your grandchildren won’t tire of. Congratulations!
  11. angela | Apr 15, 2010
    AHHH! I would LOVE to do this!!!!! Details!!! Those pics have me drooling for more
  12. Congratulations! How fun and awesome! You look beautiful.
  13. Wow! congratulations! What a way to do it, it had to be a lot less stressful that the long, drawn out planning and such that is usually done. If i ever get married, I'm thinking that's the way to do it!
  14. Anika | Apr 15, 2010
    Congratulations! I just recently discovered your blog and am completely in love with it, your eye for style is amazing. I couldn't wait to see your engagement photos but now they're wedding photos, an even happier occasion. Looking forward to more beautiful things from your blog!
  15. White Oleander | Apr 15, 2010
  16. Yay!! Congratulations! I'm so excited when I hear of someone doing this. We were going to do it, but with our families living 1000+ miles away, we just couldn't make it happen. LOVE IT!
  17. wow, congrats! beautiful photos :)
  18. This seriously made me tear up a bit. So excited for you and what a sweet surprise for your guests! I was wondering why you were putting so much effort into the engagement party ;) Congratulations to you both!!!
  19. congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I couldn't be happier for you two. What a fun idea to do a surprise wedding :) You two are too cute.
  20. Shannel | Apr 15, 2010
    what a lovely surprise for your guests and blog followers alike!! congrats! <3
  21. Congratulations! The photos are beautiful. Your "engagement party" invitations were out of this world and I was wondering what you would do for your wedding invites. I guess I have my answer! xoxoxo and best wishes for a life together that's as full of love as the pictures say.
  22. This is wonderful news! A huge congratulations to you and your new husband. You both look gorgeous in those photos. Can't wait to see more!
  23. congratulations!
  24. Congratulations!
    What a beautiful story! and what a nice idea to make this union a surprise!
    Photos are very beautiful ... Deeply next post
    and all my wishes...
  25. Oh wow, how exciting! Many congrats to you both.
  26. CONGRATULATIONS to your wedding bliss!!! these are GORGEOUS! i love kisses where his hands are cupping your face- the ones with your arms around him is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
  27. Congrats! Excellent idea, I'd love to be at a surprise wedding. More please, more!
  28. WOW! This isn't a late April's Fools Joke is it?? That is sooo amazing, what a FUN surprise! And CONGRATS TO YOU TWO! May you have a lifetime of happiness together! =)
  29. Aw, what a beautiful and fun idea! THe two of you look gorgeous, congratulations!
  30. Congratulations,

    Great pics.
  31. Wow! What a wonderful surprise- I hope everyone attended that you hoped for!
  32. Jena D | Apr 15, 2010
    Congratulations - you look absolutely lovely xx
  33. Ohhh yay! Congratulations! Can't wait for more.
  34. congratulations! what fun! :)
  35. congratulations!!
  36. Congratulations! What a great surprise to give and receive. Wishing you many years of wedded bliss. :)
  37. OMG! How exciting! I couldn't believe it when I read the news and saw the amazing pictures, so I can only imagine how surprised and excited your guests were! Can't wait to see more photos and hear more about the day! Congratulations and best wishes! :)
  38. Congratulations! You are in for the best ride of your life :)
    (just had my first year anniversary with my hubby, we started dating 8 years ago)
  39. Congrats! What an exciting and amazing day this must have been! Married life is so wonderful. Many you have many years of bliss!
  40. Congratulations! I too wondered with Kathleen at Twig and Thistle about the party preparations. The photo in the "first kiss" series that you posted earlier and in this post is so wonderful.
  41. congratulations! love the photos! {aren't surprise weddings fun? we did the same except friends + family came over for a "cookout" it was fantastic!}
  42. OMG that's insane!!! i hope your photog captured their expressions! so excited to read more about the details & the planning process (it must have been so hard to keep everything a secret!).
  43. what a fun surprise! amazing. congrats!
  44. Oh gosh, congratulations! The photos are lovely.
  45. love it!! big congratulations to you both. congratulations to on completing your new site - looks great. :)
  46. HOORAY@ Congratulations Amy!!!
  47. Congratulations, this pics show happiness. The first thing that comes to mind.

  48. What a wonderfull surprise! Congratulations.
  49. Charmaine L | Apr 15, 2010
    Congrats amy!!! What a lovely surprise. Beautiful photos too. Love your hair piece, where did you get it? Have been following your blog and i love it! Well done!
  50. Aww! I've only recently started following your blog but congratulations!
  51. omg you guys rock. the best. much love and congratulations to you both xx
  52. Congratulations! I love this blog! And I follow this blog every week! Love it. Wish you all the best. Please show more great pics!

    Greetings from Germany.
  53. This is the best Wedding idea EVER!! I wish I would've thought of it!

    Congratulations on your marriage!!!
  54. congrats Amy! Your wedding was so cute - I had to feature you on my blog!
  55. Congrats on your surprise marriage! This is so wonderful. I think I'd like to do this -- that way, I can keep it small and people can focus on having fun rather than fussing.
  56. congratulations!!!this is amazing!
  57. Congratulations!! I love the way you did it! How fun!!! The marriage to my husband has been the best thing happened to my life. I hope it'll be the same to you. Looking forward to more of your photos.
  58. How romantic! Congratulations!!!
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  60. That's inspiring! So lovely!

    xo Tiffo
  61. Oh my God.
    You got the cutiest wedding I ever saw in my entire life!
    Really beautifull. I'm really surprised with the styling of the wedding.
    It gave to me a lot of cool and pretty ideas.

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