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Our Love Story - Part 2


I think you can consider yourself very fortunate if you have a close friend. I think you're incredibly lucky if you have a few - and if you have a few close friends that have been with you through thick and thin, seen all your ups and downs and still love you and support you, you've really won the golden ticket. If you and the one you love are able to blend your life-long friend groups together you've hit the life-jackpot. We hit the jackpot.

We actually signed our marriage certificate and got "officially" married just before the ceremony which was more natural for timing and made us so relaxed the rest of the day. John, Rich's step-dad was Rich's witness and my best friend Sarah, was mine. While we did the official business all of our friends and family members gathered downstairs, and started celebrating the day before the ceremony even began. The whole day an exciting and refreshing feeling of, "We're finally here - we're really getting married!" and that carried from the minute I saw Rich to the minute Adam said, " 'Poof' you're married, you may kiss the bride!"

On our wedding day those who stood around us as we said our vows were only those who have supported us through our entire relationship, and know and love both of us as family. It was so important to us to not just invite people "just because". When I walked into the room holding my dad's arm, I was so relaxed seeing Rich up by our officiant, Adam. I had an aisle made up of our friends, with our family up front and beside us, with NeedToBreathe's song "Banks" playing overhead.

"I wanna be there when the voices in your head

Are loud enough to make you lose your mind

Just the same when you're dominating the day

I wanna be the one who's by your side

You know my love is not the jealous type

It doesn't matter if we win or lose

Oh, I could stay or I could come no matter where you're coming from

I can be the one to let you choose"

"I wanna hold you close but never hold you back

Just like the banks to the river

And if you ever feel like you are not enough

I'm gonna break all your mirrors

I wanna be there when the darkness closes in

To make the truth a little clearer

I wanna hold you close but never hold you back

I'll be the banks for your river."

"You are beautiful and wild at every turn Who am I to take control of that But everybody needs a voice they can follow When the water and the winds get bad

You know my love is not the jealous type And it don't matter if we win or lose Oh, I could push or I could pull No matter what you're trying to do As long as I can flow along with you."

"Baby, I ain't saying that you need my help But you don't have to do it all by yourself So baby when the current gets strong And you need somewhere to rest your bones I wanna be there for you I wanna be strong for you

I wanna hold you close but never hold you back Just like the banks to the river And if you ever feel like you are not enough I'm gonna break all your mirrors I wanna be there when the darkness closes in To make the truth a little clearer I wanna hold you close but never hold you back I'll be the banks for your river."


Our wedding could not have been better and I'm so grateful to all of our closest friends and family for surrounding us as we committed our forever's and celebrating with us. I'm so glad I remembered to take big breathes to stay present, look around the room and soak it all in because I don't want to forget a single second.


Next up: COSTA RICA!