Wedding Bells

That’s right folks, we’ve tied the knot. After seven years of traveling around the globe together we finally took the real, ultimate plunge into an unknown and scary realm.

Screen shot 2013-09-05 at 4.11.19 PMAfter so many trials and journeys the wedding itself didn’t seem to propose too many problems, at least in the planning phase. Lauren did the planning. Mike did the booze runs to keep her fueled. Thus it was that a wedding for 90 was planned that included 17 wedding party members. We had guests that came from China, the U.K, Italy, and the far corners of these lovely United States including Oregon, California, Washington, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Michigan and many, many more. Needless to say the spreadsheet for incoming flights was long.

The wedding itself was beautiful. We rented a vineyard in North Carolina but were rained out of our lovely site. It was more than rain, it was a monsoon! The rivers spewed over their banks and into the ceremony site. Lovely guests and family members grabbed chairs and bibles and ran for the hills. We moved the ceremony to the reception hall, which was a covered barn atop a hill. A wiser wedding planner would have always had the ceremony up hill. Alas, live and learn!  The improvised ceremony went smoothly with many readings, and a lovely song by a good friend. There were speeches following, and dancing, cake cutting and bouquet tosses. There was much wine consumed and quite a few bottles of whiskey. By the end of the evening my sister and her husband had decorated our cabin for us, and our car (as evidenced by the photo!). The wedding was over!

Today we leave on our honeymoon. Five days in the Bahamas. This isn’t our normal style of travel so we thought it would be appropriate for a special occasion. Lauren’s first idea was a backpacking trip through Norway, which she scaled back to a backpacking trip in the Andes. Which Mike scaled back to a 5-day cruise to the Bahamas. First couple’s spat? Unlikely as they are both happy to just be going somewhere new and exciting. Here we come, Freeport!

With the wedding over, do we feel different? Nope! We’re glad we got to see all our lovely friends and family, but when it comes down to it we’ve been together so long that the next day was just that– a next day! That’s the thing about relationships. They grow and morph, but there really isn’t one big thing that will change another person completely. Mike still sleeps in and is always late. Lauren still over-plans and is always impatient. Vo

Our lovely and talented photographer compiled a video photo compilation of the wedding which we’re happy to share with you now. Wedding Video. And now, our ship awaits. Adieu!

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