It’s finally happened. 6 years after Dave asked me to marry him, I donned a fluffy white dress and we said vows in front of our families. Yes, we were already married. But it was so wonderful to have our special day.
My friend brought champagne to drink after I got ready. After that, the rest of the day was a blur. It lasted for 6 hours, but it felt so fast. We got a bunch of photos in the white fluffy dress with the photographer. Those photos are not ready yet though, so here’s a picture the mom-razzti took. I love it!
After taking tons of photos, I changed into the other dress and we went to socialize.
I lost track of time after that. My mom had to remind me when it was time to go to the next step. In what felt like minutes, it was time for the ceremony. Several women squeezed and contorted me back into the ballgown. My mom and friends had decorated their golf cart for our grand entrance. Dave drove, I had shotgun, and our officiant, our friend Mark, sat in the back covered with tulle. We drove around the vineyard to the barnyard. We gracefully exited the cart, swept up the aisle and got in position.
Mark is a terrific speaker. I think everyone was quite impressed with his officiating skills. He said some words, we each said words, and then we placed the ring on ourselves. The ring, was a giant hoola hoop, because since something always goes wrong, we completely forgot our rings. I didn’t even bring any jewelry. I ended up borrowing a necklace and earrings from my mom.
It was a fairly short ceremony, which is what we had wanted. I think it was over in less than 10 minutes. We hurried back down the aisle, got in the golf cart and drove into the sunset. Or rather, the garage.
We took family photos, and then I changed back into my other dress. It felt like a lot of costume changes.
Then we all ate and drank until it got dark. I don’t even know where the time went. It just went by so fast. I want to do it all over again! I didn’t get a chance to play croquet or “Chicken toss” (corn hole but chicken themed). My parents had hung tons and tons of lights, but we ended up not even using them. I was a little sad about that. We also had a bonfire, but everyone was ready to go then, so it was just family and a few friends left to sit and roast marshmellows.
My parents were wonderful about everything. It was their property that they graciously allowed us to use, and my mom was the main party planner, and she got things done. It was simple and country, serious when it needed to be, but also kind of silly, just like Dave and I. It was so perfect and I’m so happy we finally did it.
Once I get the professional photos, there will be more on this posted! Now I know why people get so crazy over their weddings… it really is beautiful and perfect. I’m just so thankful for everyone who made this possible, especially my mom who was very obliging with my requests and basically planned and coordinating it.
And of course, thankful to my wonderful husband, Dave. ❤