WEEEE’VE MADE IT!!!!!

*WARNING: LONG READ*

OUR 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY IS THIS SUNDAY, THE 7TH OF JUNE.

ONE YEAR AGO WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO ST. LUCIA FOR A TRIP OF A LIFETIME AND ONE THAT CANNOT BE MATCHED!

THE WEDDING AS I REMEMBER IT…

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ENGAGED: 2.16.2007

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Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” —Matthew 18:19-20

OUR PRAYERS FOR A SAFE, FUN AND MEMORABLE WEDDING WERE MET.  WE ARE BLESSED.  GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME.

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WEDNESDAY: 6.4.08

AFTER 16 MONTHS OF WISHING AND HOPING AND PLANNING AND DREAMING AND WAITING, WE WERE DOWN TO THE DAY BEFORE THE 6AM FLIGHT!  I HAD SEVERAL ITEMS I STILL DIDN’T HAVE DONE AND WASN’T COMPLETELY PREPARED.  SO ALL EVENING AFTER WORK I WAS FRANTICALLY DRIVING FROM ONE END OF FORT WORTH TO THE OTHER AND BACK A FEW MORE TIMES!  AFTER ALL OF THE STORES SHUT DOWN ON ME I HEADED BACK TO MY HOME TO WAIT FOR HEATHER AND COLE.  THEY WERE STAYING THE NIGHT WITH ME TO AVOID AN AGONIZING DRIVE IN OVER AN HOUR AWAY BEFORE DAWN.  I TUCKED THEM BOTH IN 🙂 AND JASON ARRIVED TO FINISH PACKING.  I TOOK MY TIME GETTING EVERYTHING TOGETHER (LUCKILY I HAD PACKED OUTFITS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS) BECAUSE I DECIDED THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SLEEP AND WAKE UP TO CATCH THE FLIGHT NO MATTER HOW EXCITED I WAS.

THURSDAY: 6.5.08

SO THROUGH THE NIGHT JASON MADE SURE I HAD ENOUGH ENERGY BY MAKING A DRIVE BY BEAN BURRITO PICK UP AT THE BELL AT 2AM AND ENTERTAINED ME WITH THE ONE AND ONLY THING I REALLY WANTED TO DO BEFORE THE TRIP -WATCH JUST MARRIED!  THIS MOVIE IS ONE OF MY VERY FAVORITES BECAUSE AS SOON AS IT CAME OUT I THOUGHT THE MOVIE WAS A SYNOPSIS OF WHAT OUR HONEYMOON WOULD BE LIKE!

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SO THE NIGHT WENT ON, MAKING SURE THERE WAS NOTHING I LEFT AND PUTTING TOGETHER THE WELCOME BOOKS FOR THE WEDDING GUESTS, THE TIME WAS COMING TO SHOWER AND THE NIGHT CAME TO AN END.  I VACUUMED ALL OF THE AIR OUT OF THE SPACE SAVER BAGS AND ZIPPED UP THE SUITCASE, GRABBED BOTH BAGS AND HEADED TO THE VEHICLE AT 4:30AM.  OF COURSE JASON WAS WAITING ON ME AND COLE AND HEATHER MADE IT UP AND WERE TOO.

WE MET MY MOM, DAD, SISTER, CHANDRA, SCOTLYN, AND JADE (THE BOYS WERE AT ANOTHER HOTEL) AT THE HOTEL TO RIDE IN THE SHUTTLE TO THE AIRPORT.  THEY ALL HEADED THAT WAY AND JASON, HEATHER, COLE AND I WAITED FOR BEN AND NATALIE TO MEET US.  THEY ARRIVED AND WE WAITED FOR OUR TURN ON THE SHUTTLE.  JASON AND I WERE COMPLETELY RUNNING ON ADRENALINE AT THIS POINT AND WERE READY TO BE ON THE PLANE!  WHAT SEEMED LIKE FOREVER BUT WAS PROBABLY ONLY 20 MINS LATER THE SHUTTLE SHOWED UP AND WE PILED IN.

WE WALKED THROUGH THE DOORS AND I REMEMBER THINKING “WOW!  EVERYONE IS HERE FOR US!”  IT’S REALLY AMAZING TO HAVE A GROUP OF PEOPLE SHARE YOUR WEDDING VACATION WITH YOU.  I’M VERY THANKFUL TO EVERYONE WHO WAS ABLE TO JOIN US.

WE GOT CHECKED IN, AMAZINGLY WITHOUT ANY HOLD UPS!  OH NO WAIT, SCOTLYN BROUGHT EVERY AVAILABLE TRAVEL ITEM IN HER CARRY ON AND THE SECURITY LADY WASN’T HAVING MUCH OF THAT.  SHE (WE) HAD TO ADJUST SOME ITEMS AND STUFF ALL THINGS INTO A GALLON SIZE BAG.  IN THE PROCESS SHE MISPLACED HER BOARDING PASS AND WE DIDN’T REALIZE IT UNTIL WE WERE NEARLY TO OUR GATE.  DON’T PANIC, THEY CAN REISSUE TICKETS AT THE GATE.  SO EVERYONE WAS THROUGH SECURITY WAITING TO BOARD…EXCEPT THE PHOTOGRAPHERS, JENNY AND EDDIE!  AT THAT POINT, I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS.  I DIDN’T WANT THEM TO MISS THE FLIGHT BUT WAS MAINLY CONCERNED THAT THEY MADE IT TO THE AIRPORT SAFELY (TRAFFIC IN DFW)!  FINALLY I LOOK OVER TOWARD THE GROUP IN LINE FOR BREAKFAST (5:30AM) AND SEE JENNY’S SMILING FACE!  TOTALLY RELIEVED – THE GROUP HAD ALL MADE IT!

SO WE BOARD THE PLANE, SOME TICKETS WEREN’T PAIRED CORRECTLY SO A FEW WERE WITHOUT THEIR OTHER HALVES NEXT TO THEM BUT WE WERE ALL NEAR.  THE PICTURES BEGAN (MANY PHOTOS BY JENNY MARTELL PHOTOGRAPHY) AND WE WERE IN FLIGHT FOR MIAMI, FL.

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WE MADE IT SAFELY TO MIAMI AND HEADED TO THE NEXT GATE TO MEET JASON’S MOM, DAD AND ONCE SISTER-IN-LAW.  WE HAD A SHORT LAYOVER IN MIAMI AND WERE FINALLY READY TO BOARD.

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AFTER THE SMOOTH AND FAIRLY QUICK FLIGHT, WE HAD FINALLY MADE IT TO ST. LUCIA.  JENNY AND EDDIE HEADED OUT OF THE PLANE TO CATCH US ALL EXITING…WE HAD JASON’S MOM AND DAD, HEATHER AND COLE, NATALIE AND BEN, MY MOM AND DAD, BRADY AND ALLI, ME, JASON, BRYANT AND CHANDRA, BRAD, BRENT, SCOTLYN, REAGAN AND JADE, RHONDA, ANA AND TODD EXCITEDLY READY TO GET TO THE RESORT!

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WE ALL GOT OUR LUGGAGE AND HEADED TO THE BUSES FOR THE 90 MINUTE, CRAZY FAST, TWISTY TURVY RIDE TO THE SANDAL’S HALCYON RESORT.

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JENNY, EDDIE, MY MOM AND DAD, JADE, REAGAN, JASON AND I RODE TOGETHER.  THE DRIVER LET US STOP ABOUT HALF WAY TROUGH THE VERY SCENIC RIDE AND WE GOT OUT TO TAKE SOME PICTURES AT THE FIRST SIGHT OF WATER!

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I THINK JASON WAS THE MOST EXCITED!

SINCE WE ARRIVED ON A THURSDAY WE SAW THE CHILDREN OF THE ISLAND WALKING HOME FROM SCHOOL.  MY MOM REALLY LOVED THE GIRLS IN THEIR UNIFORMS.  THEY SEEMED TO LIKE US TOO.

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AS WE FLEW BY THE HOMES BUILT ALONG THE RODE WE WERE ABLE TO CATCH A FEW PICS…

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WE ARRIVED AT THE RESORT IN THE MID AFTERNOON AND WERE COOLED DOWN BY WELCOME COCKTAILS.  RUM IS THE SELECT LIQUID ON THIS ISLAND.

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AS EVERYONE WAS ENJOYING THEIR DRINKS, I WAS BUSY UNLOADING THE WELCOME BOOKS I PREPARED FOR EVERYONE AND PASSING THEM OUT.  WHEN I OPENED THE SUITCASE TO BRING THEM OUT, CARLA AND MATT FOUND US.  CARLA IS A LONG TIME FRIEND WHO MOVED TO CALIFORNIA AFTER HIGH SCHOOL AND TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO BE THERE WITH US.  THAT REALLY MEANT A LOT TO ME.

WE WERE ALL GIVEN KEYS AND WERE SHOWN TO OUR ROOMS.  JASON STAYED IN THE HONEYMOON SUITE FACING THE OCEAN WHERE I WOULD JOIN HIM AFTER THE CEREMONY.

WE ALL GOT SETTLED AND SOME HIT THE POOLS AND OCEAN.  MOST EVERYONE TOOK PART IN SOME OF THE INCLUDED ACTIVITIES.  THE HOBIE CAT WAS A HIT!

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I DIDN’T GET TO DO MANY OF THE ACTIVITIES BECAUSE OF THE DETAIL PLANNING THAT WAS LEFT.

THE AFTERNOON CAME TO AN END AND IT WAS TIME FOR DINNER.  EVERYONE HAPPENED TO MEET AT THE SAME RESTAURANT, BAYSIDE RESTAURANT, FOR SOME YUMMY FOOD.

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AFTER DINNER THE MUSIC STARTED.  THERE WERE STEEL DRUMS AND BRIGHT COLORED COSTUMES.

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A FULL OUT DANCE PARTY WAS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE.

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NATALIE AND HEATHER TALKED THE ISLAND GIRLS INTO LETTING THEM DRESS IN COSTUME AND DANCE FOR ME 🙂  IT WAS GREAT!!

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OUR GROUP OF 26 PEOPLE (TODD, RHONDA, ANA AND DEREK STAYED AT ANOTHER RESORT), WATCHED AND DANCED INTO THE NIGHT.  THERE WAS ISLAND DANCING AND KARAOKE.

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HEATHER AND ALLI PUT ON QUITE A SHOW…YOU CAN FIGURE OUT THE SONG!

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WE CALL IT “THE THURSDAY NIGHT“.

FRIDAY: 6.6.08

REHEARSAL DAY.  I WOKE UP EARLY AFTER LITTLE SLEEP FROM OUR ST. LUCIA MUSIC FEST, GOT SHOWERED AND DRESSED.  JASON AND I WERE TO MEET WITH THE WEDDING COORDINATOR, MAGGIE.

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OUR MOMS WENT WITH US ALSO.  WE SAT DOWN TO GO OVER DETAILS (MIND YOU, NOT MUCH ABOUT THE WEDDING DETAILS HAD BEEN DISCUSSED INCLUDING MUSIC, FLOWERS, CERTAINLY NO WALK THROUGH).  WE MADE OUR WAY DOWN A CHECK LIST AND GOT TO THE BOUQUET.  THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT DETAIL, ESPECIALLY FOR MY MOM.  SHE LOVES FLOWERS AND THE BOUQUET HAD TO BE RIGHT.  WITH THE WEDDING PACKAGE YOU GET A BOUQUET OF ROSES.  ROSES.  ON A TROPICAL ISLAND, ROSES.  NO.  WE WENT BACK AND FORTH AND OVER AGAIN ABOUT WHAT WE WANTED.  MAGGIE CALLED THE LOCAL FLOWER SHOP AND REQUESTED SPECIAL FLOWERS.  WE EVEN WENT SO FAR AS TO HAVING MAGGIE “BORROW” THE STAR GAZER LILLY FROM THE CENTER ARRANGEMENT IN THE LOBBY.  THIS WAS IMPORTANT, AS I SAID.

WE SETTLED THE DETAILS AND MADE SURE WE WOULD BE MARRIED AS A CHRISTIAN COUPLE.

WE HEADED TO THE CEREMONY SITE TO SEE WHERE WE WOULD BE MARRIED.  MAGGIE TOLD US WE WOULD STAND IN THE GAZEBO WITH THE OFFICIANT, THE WEDDING PARTY AND THE GUESTS.  30 PEOPLE IN A GAZEBO THE SIZE OF MY BATHROOM.

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I TOOK A BREATH.

THIS IS THE MOMENT ALL OF THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, LAST SEVERAL YEARS, JUST BECAME REAL TO ME.  IT ALL STARTED TO SINK IN THAT I WAS GETTING MARRIED, I WAS STANDING AND LOOKING AT THE SPOT I WOULD SAY “I DO“, THINKING ALL OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WERE GOING TO WITNESS A MARRIAGE AND THEY WOULD BE CRAMMED IN A GAZEBO IN THE ISLAND HEAT AND HUMIDITY, IN TUXES OR DRESSES, NOT TO MENTION SIDESTEPPING THE TRAIN OF MY DRESS.  THE GUESTS FLEW HERE TO BE WITH US, I COULDN’T HAVE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE AND FEEL LIKE THEY WERE NOT ACCOMMODATED.  DURING ALL THE PLANNING FOR OUR WEDDING, I HAD BEEN SO LAID BACK (NOT ME) AND LEFT DECISIONS INCLUDING THE WEDDING DESTINATION UP MY PARENTS SO I WOULDN’T GO BRIDEZILLA.  IF WE CAN CONTROL ANY PART OF THIS, THIS WAS IT.  THE LOCATION THEY DESIGNATE AS THE CEREMONY SPOT OVER LOOKING THE OCEAN (GRANTED WONDERFUL FOR A SMALL COUPLE), WAS GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE.  AFTER A SLIGHT BREAKDOWN.  AND I DO MEAN SLIGHT, DAD!  YOU WEREN’T THERE FOR ALL OF IT.  I DID WELL.  THE COORDINATOR HELPED US FIGURE OUT A NEW LOCATION.  SHE WAS SO WONDERFUL AND ONLY WANTED ME TO BE HAPPY.  “NO WORRIES, NO PROBLEMS” SHE WOULD SAY WITH A SMILE.  WE WORKED IT OUT AND PLANNED FOR US TO STAND IN FRONT OF AN ARCH WITH THE WEDDING PARTY ALONG SIDE US.

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THE SITE WOULD REQUIRE A SLIGHT MODIFICATION TO THE BUSHES AS THEY WERE NOT A PRETTY SIGHT.  SO THAT WAS DONE AND WE NEEDED TO RUN THROUGH THE WEDDING BECAUSE I DID HAVE A SPECIAL REQUEST FOR HOW EVERYONE WOULD WALK DOWN THE AISLE.  THEY HAD NOT PLANNED FOR A WALK THROUGH, BUT LUCKILY, THE COORDINATOR CAME THROUGH AGAIN AND IN A WHIRLWIND WE SCHEDULED THE REHEARSAL AND AS WE SAW A FEW PEOPLE IN THE WEDDING PARTY WALK BY, TOLD THEM TO SPREAD THE WORD, “REHEARSAL AT 4PM”.  I HAD A PRACTICE HAIR AND MAKEUP APPOINTMENT AT 2PM SO I HAD TO BOLT TO THE SALON.  AS I WAS SITTING IN THE SALON RUNNING OUT OF TIME, MY MOM CAME BY AND BROUGHT ME A COCKTAIL.  I WAS HAVING A GOOD DAY!  I ACTUALLY DID RUN OUT OF TIME SO I WAS ONLY ABLE TO DO MY HAIR AND WOULD HAVE TO BELIEVE THE MAKEUP WOULD GO WELL ON THE DAY, I KNEW I COULD FIX IT IF IT WENT BAD ANYWAY.

I LEFT THE SALON AND WALKED TO MEET FOR THE REHEARSAL.  EVERYONE WAS LOOKING AT ME FOR DIRECTIONS TO HOW THE WEDDING WAS TO GO.  THIS WAS WHEN I REALIZED I WOULDN’T GET TO SEE ANYONE WALKING DOWN THE AISLE.  I HAD TO TRUST IT WOULD JUST ALL COME TOGETHER.  I WAS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT SEEING EVERYONE AND THEIR EXPRESSIONS AND WAS A LITTLE BUMMED WHEN I CAME TO THAT REALIZATION.

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HEATHER WAS GREAT IN DIRECTING EVERYONE IN THEIR PLACES BECAUSE WE HAD DISCUSSED WHAT I WAS WANTING IN THE PREVIOUS DAYS.

I WANTED JASON AND HIS BROTHER TO WALK THEIR MOM DOWN THE AISLE TO SIT WITH THEIR DAD AND THE GUYS WOULD TAKE THEIR PLACE AT THE FRONT WITH THE OFFICIANT.

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MY BROTHERS WOULD WALK MY MOM DOWN THE AISLE AND WOULD RETURN TO THE BACK WITH THE WEDDING PARTY.

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SCOTTY WOULD WALK HEATHER AND SCOTLYN DOWN THE AISLE.

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REAGAN WOULD WALK NATALIE AND ALLI AND THEY WOULD ALL BE IN THEIR PLACES.

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MY BROTHERS WOULD WALK BRADY DOWN THE AISLE AND TAKE HER PLACE AS MAID OF HONOR.

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MY DAD WOULD WALK ME DOWN THE AISLE, KISS MY CHEEK AND HAND ME OVER.

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JASON AND I LEFT THE GROUP WITH JENNY AND EDDIE FOR SOME PICTURES.  WE WERE SO USED TO POSING AND CHEEZIN IT FOR THE CAMERA BY THIS TIME.

AARON THE BARTENDER WAS SO GOOD TO US!

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WE LOVE US SOME ACCESSORIES…NOTICE THE OU ON THE RING??

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SOME LOCAL FLARE~

SIMEON THE LOCAL HAD LOTS OF “HAND MADE” GOODS…

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THERE WERE SO PICTURE WORTHY FLOWERS…

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HUNDREDS OF THESE HUGE CATI PILLARS WERE TAKING OVER THESE TREES…

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WE HEADED BACK TO THE HONEYMOON SUITE WHERE I WAS KEEPING MY BAGS.  I CHANGED INTO MY DRESS AND JASON GOT READY.  JASON AND I, HAND IN HAND, HEADED TO THE REHEARSAL DINNER THAT TOOK PLACE ON A ROOF TOP OVER LOOKING THE POOL.

IT WAS ALL FOR US AND THIS WAS REALLY NEAT AND ALSO OVERWHELMING.  I LOOKED AROUND AT ALL THE HORS D’œUVRES, POINSETTIAS AND MIMOSAS.

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THE COLORS WERE SWIRLING AND THE CHEERS WERE TOASTED.

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JENNY AND EDDIE TOOK SEVERAL PICTURES AND WE ALL SAT DOWN FOR DINNER.

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THE MEALS WERE DELICIOUS AND THE DESSERTS, WELL, SOME OF THE BEST I’VE EVER HAD!

OUR PARENTS TOASTED US AND I GAVE THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR COMING AND JENNY AND EDDIE FOR CAPTURING ALL THE MEMORIES I’D GET TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE THAT WASN’T ABLE TO CELEBRATE WITH US.

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JASON’S MOM HAD SOME REALLY THOUGHTFUL GIFTS FOR US.

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WE FINISHED OUR PLATES AND AS A GROUP, WENT DOWN TO THE POOL FOR A GROUP PIC..

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AND TO THE BEACH FOR SOME NIGHT SHOTS.

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THE GROUP DISPERSED, SOME HEADED TO THE OTHER RESORTS AND OTHERS WENT SWIMMING.

THIS NIGHT STARTED THE SHORT LIVED TRADITION OF THE LATE NIGHT HOT DOGS WITH ANDY.  WE’D GATHER AROUND THE BAR AND FIX SOME NACHOS AND ORDER UP A SPECIAL MADE HOT DOG.  THE BREAD WAS WHAT MADE THE SNACK!

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I HAD HAD A LONG COUPLE OF DAYS, SCRATCH THAT, WEEKS AND I WAS TIRED SO I DIDN’T DO MUCH.  EVERYONE PRETTY MUCH DID THEIR OWN THINGS AND SCOTLYN AND I WENT TO THE HOT TUB BEFORE HEADING TO BED AT A DECENT TIME.

SATURDAY: 6.7.08

“I’M GONNA BE A BRIDE!”

AFTER NO SLEEP ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND A FEW HOURS ON THURSDAY NIGHT, I GOT MY SLEEP ON FRIDAY NIGHT.  I HAD A MASSAGE SCHEDULED FOR 10AM AND WHEN I OPENED MY EYES TO SEE THE CLOCK IT SAID 10:15AM.  SURPRISINGLY I DIDN’T PANIC.  I THOUGHT OH WELL, MISSED THAT OPPORTUNITY.  I GOT UP AND MADE MY WAY ACROSS THE RESORT TO THE HONEYMOON SUITE.  THE GROUND WAS WET AND THE SKY WAS CLOUDY.  THE DAY OF THE CEREMONY, AND IT MIGHT RAIN.  I CALLED MY MOM TO SEE WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT MISSING THE SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT.  SHE TOLD ME TO CALL AND SEE IF THERE WAS ANYWAY THEY COULD STILL SCHEDULE ME IN.  SO I DID AND THE LADY WAS SO WONDERFUL ABOUT ME MISSING MY APPOINTMENT AND SAID TO COME ON DOWN.  SO I STROLLED BACK TO THE AREA THAT I HAD JUST COME FROM AND THE MASSEUSE WAS READY FOR ME.

AN HOUR LATER AND COMPLETELY RELAXED, I HEADED BACK TO THE HONEYMOON SUITE TO TAKE A SHOWER.  BUT BEFORE I COULD GET THERE, EVERYONE THAT HAD GONE SAILING THAT MORNING WERE MEETING FOR BRUNCH.  THOUGHT, WHY NOT, I’VE GOT LOTS OF TIME.  THE NICE THING ABOUT HAVING THE WEDDING AWAY WAS NOT WORRYING ABOUT THE SMALL THINGS.  I HAD THE MOST RELAXED DAY EVER.

WHILE I WAS GETTING MY HAIR DONE, JENNY TOOK SOME PHOTOS OF THE DETAILS…

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I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO SHOWER AND I GOT READY TO MEET ONE MORE TIME WITH MAGGIE.  SHE INFORMED ME THAT IF THE RAIN CAME, WE’D BE MOVING THE CEREMONY INSIDE.  I COULD HAVE FREAKED!  BUT I THOUGHT IT’S IN GOD’S HANDS, WE’LL BE WHERE HE WANTS US TO BE.

MY HAIR AND MAKEUP APPOINTMENT CAME SHORTLY AFTER AND I TOOK MY VEIL WITH ME TO THE SALON.  I SAT FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS AND LISTENED TO THE ISLAND GOSSIP!  LOVED IT!  I WAS COMFORTABLE, RELAXED AND REALLY GETTING EXCITED.  THE HAIRSTYLIST TOLD ME, “YOU’RE THE MOST RELAXED BRIDE I’VE EVER SEEN!”  AT THE TIME I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, HOW CAN I NOT BE RELAXED?  EVERYTHING HAD BEEN GOING SO WELL.  LOOKING BACK AND KNOWING MYSELF, I THOUGHT HOW COULD I HAVE BEEN SO RELAXED.  I WAS BLESSED.

CHANDRA WAS SO GREAT TO HELP THE GIRLS WITH THEIR HAIR…

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RHONDA IRONED SOME OF THE BRIDESMAID DRESSES…

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IT’S A GROUP EFFORT!

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I RETURNED TO THE ROOM TO PUT ON MY DRESS, BUT I HELPED BRADY WITH MAKEUP FIRST.

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STILL CALM AND NOT REALLY REALIZING THIS WAS A BRIDAL MOMENT.  JUST WENT WITH THE FLOW AND THANKFULLY THE GIRLS SEEMED TO HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER…

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TIGHTEN UP!!  HEATHER HAD JUST GONE THROUGH THIS AND WAS A PRO AT CORSET BACKS!

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SOMETHINGS BORROWED…

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THE VIDEOGRAPHER BROUGHT ME THE BOUQUET.  AND TO MY SURPRISE IT WAS BRIGHT, HUGE AND HAD THE EXACT FLOWERS WE REQUESTED.

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THE TIME WENT FAST AND WE HAD JUST A LITTLE BIT TO TAKE A FEW PICS TOGETHER.

JENNY HAD THE GIRLS LOOK AT ME AND SAY SOMETHING NICE…

NATALIE SAID IT, WE LAUGHED.

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MY SISTER SAID, “YOU’RE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!” I DON’T CARE IF IT WAS TRUE OR NOT, WHEN NERVES AND EMOTIONS ARE A LITTLE ON EDGE, ANYTHING CAN SET YOU OFF AND APPARENTLY I WAS GETTING THEM BECAUSE MY EYES FILLED WITH TEARS AND THAT WAS ENOUGH OF THAT.

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MEANWHILE, THE GUYS WERE READY AND WAITING…

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ACTUALLY THERE EVENTS WENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS, SINCE I WASN’T THERE, I ONLY KNOW FROM THE PICTURES…

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JADE RAN TO CATCH JASON AND GIVE HIM MY FAKE RING.  WE DON’T TRAVEL WITH OUT REAL RINGS, JUST IN CASE.

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IT’S B-U-T-FUL!

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MY DAD, JASON AND HIS BROTHER, BRAD THE BEST MAN WALKED TO THE WEDDING OFFICE TO SIGN THE WITNESS PAPERS.

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“THE GOOD GUYS DRESS IN BLACK REMEMBER THAT”…

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“THE BLACK SUITS WITH THE RAY BANS ON”…

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AS I WAS WAITING IN MY ROOM, THE VIDEOGRAPHER TOOK A FEW SHOTS OF ME FOR THE VIDEO AND WHILE BY MYSELF, STARTED TO REALIZE HOW AMAZING THE EVENTS HAD BEEN SO FAR AND THAT I WAS ABOUT TO MARRY MY BEST FRIEND OF 10 1/2 YEARS, AND THAT I REALLY DIDN’T WANT TO TRIP ON MY DRESS WALKING DOWN THE AISLE.

THE GUESTS GATHERED, APPARENTLY, BECAUSE REMEMBER I WASN’T ABLE TO SEE ANY OF THIS PART SO I’M PUTTING IT TOGETHER FROM PICS 🙂

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I REALLY NEVER GOT NERVOUS WHILE WAITING.  I JUST KEPT HOPING EVERYTHING WAS MOVING SMOOTHLY.  I LISTENED TO THE MUSIC, MICHAEL BUBLE’S WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD WAS THE SONG I CHOSE FOR THE BOYS TO WALK OUR MOM’S DOWN THE AISLE TO.

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THE THEME TUNE FROM THE MOVIE JUST MARRIED PLAYED WHILE REAGAN AND SCOTTY WALKED THE BRIDESMAIDS DOWN THE AISLE AND MY BROTHERS WALKED BRADY.

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I WAS WATCHING OUT THE WINDOW AND COULD ONLY SEE MY DAD WAITING FOR THE QUE TO COME GET ME.  I REALIZED I WAS IN THE HONEYMOON SUITE WITH THE MINI BAR AVAILABLE.  I RAN OVER TO THE MINI FRIDGE AND GRABBED A PITON BEER.  I TOOK A SMALL DRINK AND HELD THE BOTTLE.  I SAW MY DAD NOD HIS HEAD, HE HAD RECEIVED THE QUE.  HE BEGAN WALKING TOWARD THE ROOM AND I STARTED TO GET REALLY EXCITED AND REALLY WAS HOLDING BACK THOSE ANNOYING EMOTIONAL HAPPY TEARS.  HE WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR AND I HANDED THE BOTTLE TO MY DAD.  HE TIPPED THAT BOTTLE AND FINISHED IT WITHIN SECONDS.  “YOU’RE THE BEST!” HE TOLD ME.  I KNEW THAT WOULD BREAK THE NERVES AND REALLY GIVE US NO TIME TO TALK – THIS WAS BEST FOR ME!!

WE GOT CLOSER TO “THE AISLE” AND THEN STOPPED FOR THE QUE.  CANON D BEGAIN PLAYING

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AND WE BEGAN WALKING.

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MY DAD SHOOK JASON’S HAND AND PUT MINE INTO HIS. (FORGETTING TO KISS MY CHEEK :))

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THE EXCHANGING OF THE RINGS…

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YOU MAY KISS YOUR BRIDE…

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NOW IT’S GETTING REAL…WE SIGNED THE LICENSE AFTER WE SAID I DO TO SEAL THE DEAL.  IT WAS A LEGAL, BINDING EVENT IN ST. LUCIA SO NO NEED FOR A SEPARATE COURT HOUSE MARRIAGE.

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OUR MOM’S SIGNED THE MARRIAGE LICENSE AS OUR WITNESSES.

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BRENT APPROVED.

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THE PRESENTATION OF THE LICENSE…

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AS WE TURNED AROUND AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE, SILVER STREAMERS SOARED INTO THE AIR FROM THE WEDDING PARTY.  JASON’S MON HAD PLANNED THAT SURPRISE.  LOVED IT!!

BARRY WHITE’S “MY FIRST, MY LAST, MY EVERYTHING” FILLED THE AIR AND CLAPS, WOO HOOS AND SMILES EVERYWHERE!

MR. & MRS. JONES…

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MORE STREAMERS AS WE WALKED DOWN THE AISLE TOGETHER…

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THERE’S THE KISS ON THE CHEEK!  THANKS DAD!!

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WE HEADED OVER TO THE RECEIVING LINE TO THANK THE GUESTS.  I THOUGHT THAT WAS A LITTLE STRANGE BECUASE WE’D BEEN WITH THE WEDDING CREW SINCE WE ALL ARRIVED.  BUT I’M GLAD WE DID AFTER ALL.

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THE WEDDING COORDINATORS SET UP THE “RECEPTION” WITH CAKE AND CHAMPAGNE. THE GUESTS WAITED FOR JASON AND I TO TAKE A FEW PICS AND GET SETTLED.

CAUSE EVERY WEDDING NEEDS THE WAVE…

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“THROUGH ALL THINGS, DEPEND ON CHRIST!”

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THIS WAS GREAT: “I LOVE ‘EM BOTH WITH ABOUT EVERY OUNCE OF MY HEART, …WHAT’S HAPPENING TO ME? … SALUTE!”

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“STAY TRUE TO YOU AND ALWAYS PUT EACH OTHER FIRST”

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“YOU TWO ARE MEANT TO BE, YOU’RE AWESOME PEOPLE…LOOK TO YOUR PARENTS AND SEE HOW WELL THEY DO TOGETHER AND DO THE SAME…” *WINK*

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“TO MY BEAUTIFUL, NEW WIFE…”  THAT’S ALL I NEED TO KNOW!

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OH THE CAKE!  IT WAS DELICIOUS, HARDLY.  JASON AND I HAD JUST THE SMALL BITE DURING THE CAKE CUTTING.  EVERYONE ELSE GOT A SLICE AND APPARENTLY I WASN’T GOOD.  AT. ALL.  I REMEMBER TELLING THE SERVER IT WAS SO GOOD AND WE WOULD WANT A SLICE LATER.  WHEN WE TRIED THE CAKE THE NEXT DAY, EVERYONE WAS RIGHT.  IT WAS B-A-D!

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AFTER THE RECEPTION, WE HEADED DOWN TO THE BEACH FOR SOME WEDDING PICS.

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NEXT WAS THE DINNER RECEPTION.

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BRADY LIKES TO PLAY WITH HER FOOD,

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BRENT LIKES TO SLURP HIS,

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AND I LIKE TO EAT IT!  I HAD FOUR (4) OF THESE DESSERTS.  BAKED ALASKAN.  MY FAVORITE!!

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AFTER THE REHERSAL DINNER, WE HEADED BACK TO THE HONEYMOON SUITE TO CHANGE OUTFITS.  WE ALL TALKED ABOUT GOING INTO THE “CITY” BUT MOST OF US STUCK AROUND BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS LEAVING IN THE MORNING.  WE TOOK A FEW PICTURES AND THIS ONE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES.  I LOVE THAT THE CHAMPAGNE IS NO WHERE NEAR HEATHER ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE SHE’S GETTING DRENCHED.  NATALIE HAS THE REACTION THAT SHES GETTING SOME AFTER SPRAY AND LITTLE LINDSAY IS PROTECTING SCOTTY AND SCOTLYN.

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WE DECIDED IT WAS TOO EARLY FOR BED SO WE ALL WENT TO THE POOL AREA, TOOK MORE PICTURES

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AND PLAYED SOME CHARADES.

I JUST KNOW IT WAS “4 WORDS”…

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I BET YOU CAN GUESS!

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AFTER CHARADES, WE ALL MET AT THE BEACH BISTRO FOR LATE NIGHT SNACKS.

ANDY PROMISED A COCONUT AND DELIVERED ON THE LAST GROUP NIGHT…

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DO YOU LIKE THE ST. LUCIA HOT SAUCE?

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YYYUUUMMMM!

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THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOTS OF THE WEDDING VACATION.

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“I’m done, I’m spent…I’m out! GOODNIGHT!”

SUNDAY: 6.8.08

THE MORNING AFTER, I WOKE UP AND REALIZED I HAD THE TITLE OF A WIFE.  I WAS JUST MARRIED AND MY HONEYMOON WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN.  ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT IT WAS THAT THE GROUP WAS STILL THERE, FOR A LITTLE BIT ANYWAY.

WE HAD BREAKFAST AND CHAMPAGNE DELIVERED TO OUR ROOM AWAITING US WHEN WE WOKE UP.

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EVERYONE WAS PACKING UP AND HEADED FOR A QUICK BITE BEFORE THE BUSES CAME.

SCOTTY AND LINDSAY WERE PACKED AND READY, TO EAT!  BEFORE LEAVING.

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JASON’S MOM WAS ALL SMILES THE DAY AFTER.  HEADING TO THE AIRPORT WAS ANOTHER STORY.  WE ALL HAD A GREAT TIME AND IT ENDED TOO SOON.

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BRENT SPENT MOST OF HIS TIME IN THE SUN.

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BUT IT DIDN’T GET HIM DOWN!

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THE GIRLS TOOK A FINAL SHOT.

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AND JENNY AND EDDIE WERE SAD TO GO.

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THEY LOADED UP AND WE WATCHED THE BUSES DRIVE AWAY.  I WAS SAD.

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE OUR WEDDING EXPERIENCE THE BEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE.

MARRIED: 6.7.08

“Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” ~MARK 10:9


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