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Happy Anniversary!

February 5, 2009

On February 5, 2008, I woke up on a ship sailing toward a distant land. I walked out on the balcony and watched as we approached Ocho Rios, and I can still hear the sound of the ship cutting through the ocean. For the most part, it was a very relaxed morning. I made sure to eat breakfast (various fruits, croissants, coffee and juice) and the night before I set everything out so that I wouldn’t be scrambling at the last minute to find things. Stephanie did my hair and makeup and Candi and my Mom (and Stephanie again) helped me get into that ridiculously huge princess ballgown wedding dress of mine! I forget how many layers were finally counted. I’m sure it was more than 10. Layer upon layer upon layer (and so on) of taffeta and tulle with a stiff bodice of beads and lace appliques. Something Old was a ring that belonged to my Grandmother and a necklace that belonged to Matt’s Grandmother. Something New was the bottle of Vera Wang’s Truly Pink that I had decided early on HAD to be worn on my wedding day. Something Borrowed actually turned out to be something that I really did need to borrow… fake eyelashes from Stephanie. I guess technically I didn’t borrow them since I never gave them back! And Something Blue was the garter that I wore.

Waiting ever so nervously on the staircase in the Grand Atrium was my hubby-to-be. Maybe he thought I changed my mind and jumped off the ship? I’m not sure why else he would be so nervous. He looked so amazing in that light beige silk suit (the one that I found because I like to touch fabrics in the store). As we proceeded off the ship, everyone let us go ahead of them. Some people took pictures. I guess it’s pretty exciting to see someone get married on your vacation.

Matt and I went around Ocho Rios to take some photos and spend some time alone before all the madness. I know people like to keep the tradition of not seeing each other until the ceremony, but we cherished those hours before the ceremony. All of the nerves disappeared and we took a ton of photos and saw parts of the island we wouldn’t have otherwise seen. We had a few Red Stripes and some jerk chicken at a small restaurant. We wanted to make sure we got to experience a little of Jamaica before the day got too crazy.

The ceremony took place in a small botanical garden up on the mountain. I watched through the lush green plants as our wedding party processed down the aisle to take their seats. My Dad escorted me in to an instrumental version of Edelweiss, but all I really remember was seeing Matt waiting anxiously. We learned that day that when an officiant says that rain on your wedding day is good luck, you should expect a downpour! Light rain turned to the skies opening up and pouring down on everyone. After that brief downpour… the most beautiful blue skies one could ask for! Looking back, we just have to laugh about it. We chose February because it supposedly had the least amount of rainfall in Jamaica. Ha!

One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was the dove release, which we did in memory of our grandparents. For a moment it looked like Matt’s dove was going to fly away early, but once I had my dove it calmed down. For the recessional, we walked through a sea of bubbles to “All You Need Is Love” (the version from the movie “Love Actually”).

We had a mini reception on the island, but the real reception was back on the ship. We had a few hours of downtime, but I wasn’t ready to change out of my dress. We headed to the main deck, had a few fruity beverages, and danced to the “Cuban Shuffle” on the stage. We must have danced to that song like a hundred times on that cruise! : )

I changed into my second wedding dress and we headed out to the atrium and the casino for some fun shots. Matt really wanted to get some fun pics of the guys in the casino, and I think those are his favorites out of the thousands of photos we took that week.

We met up with everyone for dinner before heading to the Shangri La Lounge for the traditional dances and some of the worst DJ music I have ever heard! Matt surprised me by taking off my garter with his TEETH (thanks for the warning, bebe)! It was a crazy night but a very fun time.

We are hoping to go on a cruise again soon, even if just for a few days. I don’t think we would have changed anything about the way we did things. We had a great time watching the Super Bowl, snorkling and swimming with sting rays in Grand Cayman, getting married in Jamaica, and just hanging out with everyone in the casino, piano bar, and other areas of the ship. Oh, and how could I forget the Newlywed Game we participated in on the ship as the NEWEST newlyweds!

For our anniversary, we are just going to take things easy. Unfortunately, I am really sick (heading to the doctor in a couple hours). So we will be spending a quiet night at home watching our wedding video (and probably the Newlywed Game video) and making dinner together. We have been trying to figure out what we could do to make this a memorable anniversary. We were going to go to a cabin in the Blue Ridge mountains, but that has been postponed until March. Then we were going to go out to dinner at the restaurant where we had our first date (and where Matt proposed) but then I came up with the idea of just staying in and re-living our wedding. Really, this past year has been INSANE and there is nothing better I can think of than a quiet night at home.

Here are a few photos and some video so you can re-live the day with us! Thank you to everyone who was there to celebrate and share this day with us! Hopefully we will get to do an anniversary cruise or something! : )

3 Responses to “Happy Anniversary!”

  1. Corinna Hoffman Photography says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! :)

  2. Steph says:

    It just doesn’t seem like a year ago already! WOW- what a wonderful week… I cried again watching the video. Much love to you both! S.

  3. Carmen says:

    SO sweet! Happy Anniversary!! You both look so happy and you make a very handsome pair!

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