By Kirk Knight

Here we are, days before the wedding, and Laura and I can feel the stress levels rising. From the beginning, we wanted to be extremely hands-on in planning our big day. We chose not to hire a wedding planner and only hired a day-of coordinator instead. We wanted to go through every detail and make it completely ours as we told the story of our relationship and love. Laura and I work well as a team and share very similar tastes; however, we are still in disagreement about whether we keep the “Knight” or not… This is one of our first battles, and I really don’t think I’m giving in on this one!

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It meant so much to me for my two teenage sons to be a part of our wedding. My boys were the first two people I told, and I was so proud to ask them to be a part of it. The boys have always loved Laura and knew she was The One for me. Over dinner, I told them I was proposing, and Trevor said, “Dad, this is the best decision you have ever made.” Aidan said, “I am really proud of you.” Yes, I cried at dinner in front of the entire restaurant — and fairly uncontrollably at that (they wouldn’t be the last tears I shed.)

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As I mentioned in last week’s blog, Laura tragically lost her brother shortly before we met. This was the darkest time of her life, and I could see the pain in her eyes everyday. She battled to come to terms with his death, and as most people can attest, it takes a long time. I felt very helpless but tried to comfort her and be a good friend. The friendship we formed from us sharing so many intimate details of our lives is the foundation and basis of our beautiful relationship and love.

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On the big day, I was nervous and excited, and I hadn’t seen Laura yet. As we had planned, I would first see her when she was walking down the aisle. Everything was in place, and it was time for the ceremony to start. The strings were playing, and everyone stood as Laura entered the room. When I saw her walking towards me, I thought two things: First, my boys were right; this is the best decision I have ever made. Second, hold back the tears and keep it together! As we began to say our vows, I tried as much as possible not to cry, but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. What can I say? I’m an emotional guy.

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This week, we are off to our honeymoon! But when we come back, the daily decisions that are a part of being a married couple start testing us.

Don’t forget to tune in to Newlyweds: The First Year tonight at 10/9c on Bravo!