This past weekend, my parents sat around a fire with my aunt and uncle reminiscing about our wedding. My Uncle Ted said, “You can tell people all about the wedding. You can describe all the details. But you have no idea how special it was unless you were there. It was so spiritual and you can’t express that in words.” How true that statement is.
I woke up before my alarm went off. I wondered what time Chris would be getting up or what he was doing. It was weird to think the next time I would see him would be standing at the end of the aisle. The night before I had texted my friend Molly to see if she would want to paint the sign we were putting out front of the venue. I had forgotten about it and everyone knows that my handwriting is so bad that we’d be better off without the sign. First thing in the AM (I think she texted me back at like 6:30am)Molly shows up at the door ready to paint. Whew! I sipped on my coffee and thought about the full morning, busy afternoon and the unforgettable evening ahead of me. Once I ate some breakfast I realized I actually didn’t have much time before heading to get my nails done. About this time Jen Seitz walks up our stairs and sees me frantically trying to throw a bag together. I said hi and already had one foot in the shower. When I came out, Jen had my room completely clean, my bags packed and waved goodbye as she pushed me out the front door. In the meantime, my friend Lauren was on her way to pick up the sub sandwiches that Emma had ordered the day before and she promptly delivered them to my mom. (Wow, do I have some amazing friends or what??) Jaime, Emma, Donna and I paraded into the Turtle Bay Resort Spa and relaxed while we got our nails done. Now you should be proud of me. Two months before the wedding I pledged that I would stop biting my nails and would have them french manicured for our wedding. Guess who actually delivered?? I DID! (Sorry, I just needed to toot my own horn for that one).
Once we had our nails looking beautiful and Emma and Jaime had placed a latte in my hand, we packed up the cars and headed to Loulu Palm Estate. And the rest…well… is hard to put in words.
While we got our photos taken, our guests were enjoying cocktails, Hawaiian music and the ocean breeze. And then…
Call Me Irresponsible by Frank Sinatra
Call me irresponsible – call me unreliable
Throw in undependable too
Do my foolish alibis bore you
Well I’m not too clever – I just adore you
Call me unpredictable – tell me I’m impractical
Rainbows I’m inclined to pursue
Call me irresponsible – yes I’m unreliable
But it’s undeniably true – I’m irresponsibly mad for you
Our life isn’t predictable and some choices maybe impractical. Rainbows, well, we pursed them here. And we are irresponsibly mad for each other. I’d say Chris picked the most perfect song.
Sunshine on My Shoulders by John Denver
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high
If I had a day that I could give you
I’d give to you a day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I’d sing a song to make you feel this way
There are so many thank yous to give. For the people who flew 4 thousand miles to be here and for the little things they did for me. They did not go unnoticed. Thank you to Amanda and AZ who coordinated everything so wonderfully. To Chris’s parents for a beautiful rehearsal and delicious wine. To my mom for planning this so smoothly and making it so beautiful. To my parents for putting it on. To the Reverend who made it such a spiritual and meaningful ceremony. *Deep breath* The love everyone showed was overwhelming.
But I really want to thank Christopher. He is the most amazing man I have ever met. He loves me more than anyone could ever love another. He is such a special person. He is the type of man that can walk into a room and talk to anyone. The kind of man who grabs me around the waist and takes me to the dance floor even when no one is dancing. He is the type of man who takes care of everyone around him without them even noticing. He cares about my friends. He opens doors for strangers, he brings me flowers just because, he makes me laugh until I cry and he makes me feel safe. He is my soul mate. I got to marry my soul mate. How lucky am I? To me, it was just us during the ceremony. Just me, my husband, the ocean and God. To my one true love, I will love you forever. Thank you for asking me to dinner.