Josie and Josh Frank Wedding Story
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Josh and I got married on September 22nd, 2018. The ceremony was held in the beautiful tree groves at Spur Meadows. We knew we wanted a rustic feel for our wedding day. Spur Meadows fit it perfectly. The day started out by getting my hair and makeup done with my sisters and niece. It was so special to spend that quality time together before the big day began. We of course treated ourselves to Dunn Brother's Coffee afterwards. I told myself that the caffeine would help my nerves. For the most part I was very calm though. I had been ready for this day for a long time. I knew I wanted to marry Josh probably around the 6 month mark of dating. But meeting his family for the first time in December of 2015 solidified my feelings totally. Josh was well aware that I was wanting that diamond ring for about a year and a half. I knew I couldn't push him though. Josh is stubborn and the more I brought it up, the longer he was going to wait. Something changed in him though in October of 2017 and we spontaneously decided to go to Kay's and look at rings. We found the perfect one, and I am so thankful that we have the memory of us picking it out together. Fast forward to November of 2017 and we were spending Thanksgiving at my sister's house. My dad had made the trip to town and I knew that it was important to Josh for him to ask his blessing before he proposed. Josh talked with my dad and he of course said yes. Josh told my dad not to tell me though. Well, my family is so close he couldn't keep it to himself. When he told me he smiled and said "I just got asked". My dad was able to tell me how the conversation went and I got to see the happiness in his heart. Now, you may be thinking that this spoiled the suprise for me. Well, it all worked out according to God's plan and timing. My dad suffered a major stroke just 2 weeks later. My dad can no longer remember that special moment he had with Josh. But he was able to tell me before the stroke. I will cherish the way he told the story to me forever. My father's health also made our wedding day a special one. My dad is blind now due to the stroke and I was worried how this was all going to work out. How would he travel to Rapid City? Who is going to help him? And the big question, "Will he be able to walk me down the aisle?". My daddy was able to come to Rapid City from Mitchell. My brother served as his personal attendee and guided him throughout the trip. My dad walked me down the aisle, singing along to the song that was playing, "In The Garden" sung by Alan Jackson. Although I was beyond grateful that my dad was able to be at our wedding,Josh's birth father was only there with us in spirit. He passed away when Josh was just 2 years old. It was important to me that we honor his legacy at our wedding. He was in our hearts the entire day and had a reserved seat for the wedding. For Josh and I our big day was a huge thank you to our loved ones. Having unconditional love and support our whole lives shaped us into who we are today. When Josh and I finally got to see each other for the "First Look" I cried tears of joy, happiness, and relief that this moment was FINALLY here. I stood in front of the most loving, kind, hardworking man and it took my breath away. While we had our pictures taken I felt like we were the only people in the world in those moments. Our love was beaming from us and we were just so thankful to be in that moment. Our best friend, Tyler Larive had once joked that he would marry us. We always talked back and forth about the possibility of him doing it and then realized that there would be no better person to marry us than Tyler. He is kind, giving, and treats us as family. Another special contribution was from my Uncle David. He offered to sing during our ceremony and it was so perfect. We ended the night to a beautiful Black Hills sunset that took everyone's breath away. Our wedding day was so special to us and we will always look back on it as the best day of our life.
How We Met
Josh and I met through our mutual friend, Taylor King. She and I worked together and she had been telling me about Josh for a few months but he seemed too good to be true so I would deny her recommendation to meet him. We finally did meet on January 3rd, 2015. There was something about him that I was drawn to. I'm not sure if it was his beautiful brown eyes, his kind demeanor, or that big diesel truck he drove! But we spent the night curious about each other. He walked me to my car from his house and offered to fix my hubcaps and I was kind of confused by his kindness. No guy had ever been so nice to me. He then gave me a side hug and I swear that had me hooked. He was respectful and chivalrous and looked forward to getting to know me. I had to go back to Mitchell the next day to have my wisdom teeth removed. We texted during my recovery and I found myself eager for his responses! When I returned to Sturgis I made the first move and asked when we could see each other again. We began dating on January 19th and never looked back. Josh saved me in more ways than I could ever begin to describe. He continuously teaches me to love and believe in myself. Although I still struggle, I will never doubt the love he has for me. We built a life together and have grown more in love as time goes on. I fell in love with the way he selflessly helps others and asks for nothing in return. I fell in love with his kind natured heart that healed my broken one. I've learned that a good relationship is not built on being happy all the time, but getting through the hard times and giving love to one another always.
Planning for Our Day
Josh and I started planning our wedding right away. We picked our date early on and began contacting vendors. We went to a Bridal Show that really had everything we needed right there. We booked with our photographer and DJ that day. It was important to me that we found our venue early on as well. We stayed organized and budgeted everything to the exact penny. I spent many hours at Hobby Lobby and on Etsy for wedding decor. I also used the Knot app to stay organized and that was helpful too!
Hint for Brides
Budget. You can have the wedding of your dreams. You just have to budget. We made payments to all our vendors and that helps a lot.
Ask for help. Dont be afraid to ask for advice on planning, and don't feel bad if you can't do it all at once!
Take your time. Take your time to plan and find the right vendors that work well for you. Take time to enjoy the planning process.
Make it fun!
Use your vendors resources. They will help you with so many aspects of your wedding! Pur photographer and DJ were excellent at helping nail down our timing for the wedding!