This. I don’t know where to begin with this. I wanted to post our whole wedding film, vows and all, because from the second it begins… I cry. There are very few things I own that mean as much to me as this little film.
I will be forever grateful to The Cana Family (you should really check out their gorgeous new website, by the way) who not only made this happen, but introduced us to the best band ever — we were almost ready to give up our search and I swear they read our minds… they found just the band for us — and truly made our whole day that much more amazing just by being there. This is the icing, you guys… I couldn’t have asked for more.
In addition to being one of the happiest days of our lives, our wedding was also kind of an amazing party.
After Mark and I kicked things off with our first dance, everyone was quick to join in (it was hard not to with such an amazing band!). The dancing went on all night, and even escalated to a point — I still have no idea how this started, but it was incredible — where everyone at the party co-opted an instrument and played along…
In true California form, the week leading up to our wedding was gorgeous. Sunny, low 80s, just right for an outdoor wedding.
Then we arrived, and immediately things went south. Rain, fog, cold, you name it… the weather was bad. My biggest fear was that we’d come to this gorgeous place high up in the mountains to get married, and on the day of the wedding the fog would be so thick that we wouldn’t be able to see each other, let alone the view. By the time Saturday came, I didn’t even mind if we had to move things inside, but I was done with that fog.
I didn’t think it was possible, but our ceremony was even better than I could have imagined.
Even though we went back and forth over what it should include, all we really needed were our vows. Staring into Mark’s eyes through my tears, saying the words I’d pored over for months… I’ve never meant anything more.
And in honor of my finally being able to show you every little detail (I can’t tell you how hard it’s been to wait!) I thought I’d step away from our regularly scheduled programming this week to bring you four straight days of wedding goodness, starting tomorrow. From our barbeque and brunch to the details of our ceremony and reception, there’s so much more that I can’t wait to share!
This weekend I’m off about town to finally tackle my name change. In practice, the whole thing was done long ago… I’ve even started to get used to introducing myself. But when I pull out my license or write a check, I still have to revert back, and it’s all really kind of a mess.
I’ve waited so long because little did I know, getting ahold of our marriage certificate would take two months on its own, since I had to have it mailed from California. Naturally, I also had to send my *request* for the darn thing by mail (to be carried on horseback across the plains, I assume… possibly by Kevin Costner).
So at this point I’m sure you can imagine my excitement to finally have the chance to get this done… even if it does mean that I have to go to each place – social security, DMV, etc – individually and hand them my certificate so they can send it by carrier pigeon into the abyss.
I’m hoping to have it all done by the time I have to travel in May, but I’m not holding my breath. Have you all had experience with this process? It’s so much crazier than I would have ever imagined!
Here are a few of my favorites this week… I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Keep your fingers crossed for me that all goes smoothly.
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