"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
Today J and I are celebrating 6 months of wedded bliss. I realized that I never told you guys much about the wedding since it was such a busy time. So if you’re not into the mushy stuff I totally understand skipping out on this post. Otherwise, here we go!
On a tight budget and having just purchased a new home, J and I realized we would rather have a simple ceremony and road trip honeymoon than go the traditional wedding route. So on November 13th last year we hopped a plane to Las Vegas. We spent a few days and nights on The Strip with family and friends, managed to pick up J’s suit, grab the marriage license, and hammer out the last few wedding details.
The morning of Friday the 15th hit with a flurry of activity. Despite the busyness I’m so glad I was able to pause and raise a champagne toast with my mom, mom-in-law, and closest friend, as we celebrated the new chapter ahead.
Downstairs I found my handsome groom waiting patiently in his tux. We all piled into a limo. The short drive to downtown Las Vegas was a blur and before long we stood in the parking lot of the tiny wedding chapel. The chapel coordinator rushed me off to a little room to get the last of my makeup in place, snap a few photos, and pull up my dad on Skype. Even from all the way in Mississippi he had dressed in his best suit for the occasion.
And before I knew it, I was waiting at the door of the chapel for the music to start. That walk down the short little aisle was the slowest of my life – as though time stood still. In those few moments I remember praying to God that I wouldn’t trip over my own feet. I’m so thankful that my mama walked beside me and my dad was watching from my iPhone to give me away.
Then we were at the altar, J hugged my mom, I hugged her, and it was just my groom and I standing before our minister, hands clasped together. The ceremony was short and sweet, just what we wanted. Filled with the solemnity of the moment but without all the pomp that makes us both uncomfortable. I felt my eyes welling with tears as I watched the man before me slip a simple band on my third finger. He is everything that I could have asked for – a man of integrity, courage, determination, a serious and quick mind, who makes me laugh daily, and protects my sensitive heart from a cruel world as best he can. His voice choked with the heaviness of the moment as he repeated our simple vows. My own words came in low tones, thick with emotion, as I promised him my future, my love, my all. He leaned in to seal the covenant with a kiss. And I forget the rest.
I felt pure ecstasy as we joined hands, turned to our smiling family and friends who filled the few chapel pews, and were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Myers. We marched down the aisle and they followed us into the foyer and beautiful garden outside so we could hug each of them.
A few more photos in the garden and it was time to make our way to the restaurant for a lunch reception. Vegas practically threw our wedding reception for us. The dazzling lights, the entertainment, the food – it was all so much more than we could have put together at home. We missed the family and friends who couldn’t join us but were so thankful to the ones who came out to celebrate with us for the weekend. J’s 30th birthday was the next day so we celebrated by shooting automatic rifles at a range. After that we left the Strip to honeymoon in west Vegas near Red Rock Canyon and begin our road trip through Utah and Arizona.
I can still hardly believe that all of this happened six months ago. Honestly it feels like a lot longer. It’s as though J has always been part of my life – and I can’t imagine living without him. But I have to keep reminding myself that we’re just getting started on this marriage adventure of ours. There is so much more ahead of us and this journey has only just begun.