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August 11, 2009

6730_930655921050_13900132_55316432_3108200_nEveryone tells you it goes by so quickly. You wait for it and it seems like the days are dragging until it comes. Then you’re married and you celebrate. And you look back on it and wonder how time flew by.

The day was perfect. Our rehearsal was rainy. My salon appointment was rainy. But ten minutes before pre-ceremony pictures, the sun came out and the sky cleared. It was a warm, sunny, breezy August day. Perfect weather for an outdoor wedding.

We took too many pictures. We got blisters the size of nickels. We drove to the park. We frolicked through the dahlia garden and watched the Amish tour the mill. We mingled, we snuck last minute kisses, and we shared jitters. Then, the harpist began to play and we got into our places. We listened to our friends read James Joyce, Shakespeare, George Eliot, and Pam Ayres. We hung on the Congressman’s every word as he spoke of timeless love and honest commitment. I beamed at my Joe. My cheeks hurt from smiling. I cried as I handed my mom a sunflower. I shared tissues with my Joe. Then we exchanged vows. I didn’t recognize my voice. I wasn’t concerned with it. We exchanged rings and I held his hand tightly. Then out of nowhere, the Congressman told us to seal our vows with a kiss. And that was it. We were married.

We strolled down the aisle that we didn’t walk down at the beginning. The harpist played “What a Wonderful World” but I doubt I heard it. We hugged and sighed huge sighs of relief. We did it! Now let’s eat!

We signed our marriage certificate, took some pictures, and tried desperately to see and hug and thank everyone. We piled into Kelly’s car; me in the front seat, Joe and Becky in the back seat. My skirt was too big to fit in the back. We giggled through the toll booths, we relished in the relief, we thanked the powers that be for the nice weather, we made sure Kelly and Becky knew they were lifesavers.

Uncle Pat announced our arrival at the reception hall. We kissed to clinked glasses. We drank glasses of Chardonnay. We listened to the dinner music we picked out and watched our slideshow and listened to the chuckles at some of our drunken photos. We watched friend after friend after friend stand up to tell the crowd how much we mean to them and we hugged them knowing it’s truly the other way around. We started the buffet line and barely tasted our dinner. We looked at each other and exclaimed quietly, “We’re married!” We cut the delicious cake and dabbed a bit of icing on the end of each other’s noses. We got to save the top layer. We coordinated the first dance with our friends… and when “Everytime We Touch” began, we all stormed the dance floor, arms up, jumping, and laughing with all of our closest friends. We stayed on that dance floor nearly all night. We had a couple of Coronas and rocked out in flip flops. Joe’s aunts showered us in bubbles and we laughed for six straight hours.

We said goodbye to everyone and hugged my dad for sticking around to make sure everyone got home safely. We piled into the backseat of Michael’s car and drove back to our bed and breakfast. We hobbled up the stairs to our king size suite to find chilled champagne, two glasses, and a plate of chocolate chip cookies from the inn keepers. We drew a hot bubble bath in the claw foot tub and finally curled up next to one another in bed.

Goodnight, husband.
Goodnight, wife.

36 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2009 4:08 pm

    Congratulations! Sounds like it was a beautiful day.

  2. August 11, 2009 4:14 pm

    Ummm…Your hair…So good….Can’t handle it…

  3. August 11, 2009 4:14 pm

    I knew it! You look fabulous! Your post (as the last few have) gave me goosebumps. So happy for you. Honestly sounds like a perfect, perfect day.

  4. August 11, 2009 4:20 pm

    This sounds like the perfect day. You look gorgeous. Congrats again!

  5. August 11, 2009 4:24 pm

    Ahh. I love this. The day sounds so delightful, and you look absolutely radiant. Am so happy for you both, as husband & wife.

    Congratulations, again & again. ❤

  6. August 11, 2009 4:25 pm

    It sounds absolutely perfect! You looked gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see all of the other pictures. I’m so happy for you both!

  7. August 11, 2009 4:25 pm

    Congrats! Isn’t it such a great feeling after all the planning…to just be married?!

  8. August 11, 2009 4:56 pm

    this is so lovely! congratulations!

  9. August 11, 2009 5:06 pm

    Sounds absolutely lovely, & you look so beautiful. :]

    Congratulations! You’re married!!!

  10. August 11, 2009 5:06 pm

    Sounds like it was such a perfect day! Congratulations again.

  11. August 11, 2009 5:10 pm

    I am tearing at my desk, and you look BEAUTIFUL. Congrats!! It sounds like everything you wanted it to be. I can’t wait to see more pictures!

  12. August 11, 2009 12:15 pm

    Congratulations!! It sounds like it was truly wonderful:)

  13. August 11, 2009 12:23 pm

    Oh I loved this!!! You look STUNNING in that photo, and I’m so glad it was a perfect day for you!!

  14. August 11, 2009 12:57 pm

    Congrats! I am so happy for you and this gives me goosebumps 🙂 xoxo

  15. August 11, 2009 12:58 pm

    you look amazing! sounds like you had a great day!

  16. August 11, 2009 1:16 pm

    Damn you renee. I’m crying on my fifteen minute break. Gorgeous picture (I want more!)
    Gorgeous story.
    I am soooooo happy for you both

  17. August 11, 2009 1:48 pm

    this was beautiful, what a perfect day. 🙂 i’m so happy for you both!!!

  18. August 11, 2009 2:16 pm

    Definitely upload more pictures. You look stunning, and I hope everything was as wonderful as you described.

  19. Steph permalink
    August 11, 2009 2:23 pm

    So, So, SO Beautiful. Magical really. I cried reading it. I am sure it was as divine as you made it sound. I always cry at weddings, but reading this was so inspiring to see that such love still exists. I wish you JOY!

  20. August 11, 2009 4:38 pm


    So happy for you, my gazelle. 😀

  21. August 11, 2009 5:26 pm

    Congrats again! I’m so glad I could be there to witness this huge moment in your life!

  22. August 11, 2009 5:43 pm

    aw renee congrats. this post just makes my heart melt a little a bit. sounds like the perfect wedding and i’m glad it was everything you wanted it to be 🙂

  23. August 11, 2009 6:02 pm

    I’m still so excited for y’all. Congratulations, again! It was truly an amazing day and incredible to witness!

  24. August 11, 2009 7:32 pm

    You look stunning and so very, very happy!

  25. August 11, 2009 9:27 pm


    congratulations to the MR and MRS!!!!

  26. August 11, 2009 9:33 pm

    You look so beautiful. I’m so glad you had a great day! Um, did you get a new blog design?

  27. August 12, 2009 2:59 am


    I absolutely adored every. single. word here. It sounds like the perfect day- the day you deserved.

  28. August 12, 2009 7:42 am

    Oh my goodness, this made me all teary- congratulations, lady. I’m SO happy for you guys!

  29. August 12, 2009 8:20 am

    You look gorgeous!!! Love your recap! Congrats Mrs.!

  30. jmjwedding permalink
    August 12, 2009 1:33 pm


  31. August 12, 2009 1:35 pm

    yay! congrats! again!

  32. August 12, 2009 4:40 pm

    Congratulations!!! Sounds like a wonderful day you both had!

  33. August 13, 2009 4:45 pm

    Seriously, beautiful! What a perfect day and what a great way to start the next chapter of life. Congrats! (And, because I’m gay and can’t resist and despite the fact that Ben beat me to the punch, love your hair!)

  34. August 16, 2009 6:35 pm


  35. December 29, 2009 4:25 am

    found your blog through 20sb.

    you’re wonderful.

    thank you for sharing with us 🙂


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