On September 15th, I woke up an hour earlier than I should have. In my excitement to marry my soulmate I couldn’t fall back asleep. It was a beautiful morning, cool and crisp. When my alarm went off I got up and got dressed to meet my friends for a ride.
When I arrived to the start of the ride I discovered that I was the only one there. I got ready and did CCP loops. Only one of my friends showed up. I knew my girl wouldn’t be there because she had a really bad cold. We had a nice ride the day before just her and I. My friend and I had a very nice ride at a social pace. That was all we could muster with the blinding sun in our eyes. We bumped into another friend on the path, Scuba Cyclist. She asked me what I was doing there and I informed her I had a little less than five hours to go. We counted down over the course of the ride and made it back to my car with plenty of time to spare. I did my post ride ritual and then we parted ways. We would see each other again in about four hours.
In my excitement I forgot to tell my groom that I was on my way back. I let him know I was outside when I saw his car. I forgot that he was getting dressed at home. He hid in the other room and I darted into the bathroom. Luckily, I didn’t see him. We said goodbye through the bathroom door. I took a shower, put on a casual outfit, and headed over to the makeup artist.
The makeup artist greeted me with a smile and immediately sat me down. I let her know I was into a more natural look with bold eyes. She assured me that, being that I have good skin, I wouldn’t need much makeup. She put a flattering amount of makeup on me. I looked pretty but something was missing. I didn’t need to say anything, she knew what I was thinking. She offered me some shimmer for my eyes. It wouldn’t be visible unless I was looking down. I would be looking down while reading my vows so it was perfect. I was complete. My makeup didn’t take much time. I was going to do my own hair in the bridal suite but, at the last moment, I decided to get my hair done while I was there. They were able to squeeze me in. I enjoyed being pampered and I watched in awe as my hair came to life. I forgot all about the phone in my purse. I didn’t hear it over the hair dryer. My hair stylist took great care of me and thought of all the things I didn’t. I didn’t think to dye my hair in advance so she sprayed some color to hide my grays. She put on my jeweled headband and I was amazed at the princess looking back at me in the mirror. Now I was truly ready for the day ahead of me.
I rushed out to my car. I was running way late! I read all the texts I got. One of them informed me of a street fair that caused a lot of traffic. I was able to bypass it and made it to The Stewart Manor Country Club with only 15 minutes to get dressed before the ceremony. I pulled up and abandoned my car outside with the door wide open and the keys inside. I ran in and went straight to the bridal suite. My girl was there with our photographer and she told me how beautiful I looked. I forgot that I was pretty and I was happy to receive the compliment. I thought she looked very pretty too. She had very little makeup on and looked stunning. I loved the shimmer of her eye makeup. I told her how silly I was to have such a beautiful maid of honor. Then the photographer took pics of me before getting dressed and then excused himself so my girl and I could get into our gowns.
My right hand man, the guy who runs everything, came up to the suite and we let him in. He informed me that there was no reason to rush as the ceremony couldn’t start without me. He also informed me that the ceremony itself wouldn’t be more than 20 minutes. He told us when he would come back for us and gave us pointers. He took the framed pictures that I brought in to display in the entryway where the place cards were. Our photographer came back and took more pics of my girl and I in our gowns. Then we were beckoned to come downstairs for the start of the ceremony. My father was at the base of the stairs waiting for me. We were very happy to see each other. I have five older brothers so he was excited to finally give someone away.
We were escorted to the door that led to the gazebo. My right hand man opened the door and I saw my groom in the gazebo as well as all of our guests. It was a perfect day for a wedding, warm and slightly overcast. I got choked up for a second and tears welled up in my eyes but then I caught myself. My father and I made our way to the gazebo and he gave me a kiss before giving me to my groom. I told him how handsome he looked and he told me I was gorgeous. My dad was invited to stand in the gazebo for a few words. He was then asked who gives me away and he answered, with pride, that he does. He then left the gazebo and we continued with the ceremony. I originally wanted a general, non religious ceremony but then our parents got involved. God was mentioned so many times, even after I gave a three God limit. We exchanged our rings. We decided to say our own vows as well as the regular vows. My groom almost made me cry but I held it together somehow without tearing up. His vows to me were wonderful. I read him my vows, a poem that I had written. Afterwards I handed him the card that I had read from. We went on with the regular vows and before I knew it we were wed and kissing.
I was glowing as we made our way down the aisle. We were stopped and we greeted our guests as they went in to the cocktail hour. I was so happy that it was a small ceremony with only a few guests because I couldn’t imagine kissing any more cheeks. Then our photographer turned to us to take pics and we informed him that we ourselves were heading to the cocktail hour. I cut the line and made myself a plate. I sat down and ate until I was satisfied while talking to my new family members. We then informed our photographer that we were ready. We went back outside for more pics.
When we came back inside everyone was being escorted to the main dining room. We lined up at the door ready for the introductions. We made our way in and then danced to the first and second dances, we each picked a song. My song was first and then his. We mingled around and did a bit of dancing. Our fathers spoke, then the best man and maid of honor made their speeches. They were all very touching speeches. I was very touched by all the things my girl had to say. I love her and I couldn’t have picked a better woman to stand by my side. Some of the best family members are the ones that you choose.
We had an awards ceremony where we gave out awards for various talents among our family and friends. It was so much fun. We said a few words, announced the recipients, and then took pics with them. It was very important to us to do this ceremony. It’s important to spread cheer and let the people that you love know what you love most about them. We did the cake cutting ceremony and then it was time for the bouquet and garter toss. My right hand man made me a small bouquet to throw so I wouldn’t ruin my beautiful flowers. Some of the single women had already left so we were very short on single women, I even had my elderly aunt ready to catch. One of my male friends offered to fill in. We thought it was very funny so, at the last moment, we made it coed. My oldest stepson caught it and then shared it with my special brother which was the sweetest thing ever. Then everyone dispersed before the garter toss. Being that both of our families are conservative, we made the last minute decision not to do the garter toss.
We did the Cha Cha Slide and a bit more dancing and then that was it. The reception was over. I was a bit down, it was all over so fast. This day that took year to plan was over in a flash. We went home and my groom left to take the kids back to their place. That’s when it started. My friends posted pics on Facebook and the feeling of being on cloud nine went on into the evening. I am very fortunate to have made so many wonderful friends. They’re all very special in their own way and I’m so happy to call them my family. My groom came home and we shared this joy together before we finished packing for our honeymoon in Aruba.
Will the next post be about the honeymoon in Aruba? There’s only one way to find out 😉