Despite the handful of challenges leading up to it, the ceremony was just what we had hoped for.
Honestly, the ceremony itself was a blur.
At this moment I was thinking something along the lines of,
“Stand up straight. Everyone’s looking at you but pretend they’re not looking at you. Don’t look Z in the eyes because then you’ll stop paying attention to what’s being said. He does look pretty dapper in that suit of his though…”
Z’s father, Steve, is a pastor and was the one to perform the ceremony. It was more meaningful coming from someone close to us, who has seen our relationship grow over the years, as opposed to someone we just met.
Vows were said, rings were exchanged. As I said, it was all a blur but somehow we got to this point.
A St. Lucia legal representative was required to be present at the ceremony, bringing along official licensing documents for us to sign immediately after. After that we were officially official!
It was then time for pictures….LOTS of them. It was a race to get as many in as possible while there was still light. After all, sunset these days is mighty early.
Some mid-photo-fuel was needed: honey nut cheerios.
More smiling and posing followed. Shots with each of our families, extended families, some of us solo, some of us together. Siting, standing, leaning, dipping. We did it all.
While pictures happened outside, the ceremony location was being transformed into a reception location.
Everything looked wonderful: simple and elegant.
Z reiterated our gratefulness to everyone for attending and then we were treated to kind words from our Maids of Honor and Best Men.
A local chef came to the house and prepared our very own three-course meal. I worked with him ahead of time to make it low FODMAP. Being able to eat everything was exciting!
Roasted pumpkin and coconut soup
Plantain crusted Mahi Mahi on seasoned rice with fruit salsa
Chocolate basil brulée
Neither Z nor I like cake so opted out of that whole traditional aspect. We DO like chocolate though and the brulée tasted like brownie batter in a cup. Perfection.
I personally don’t have many pictures of the rest of the evening—will have to rely on friends and our photographers for that– but in summary there was a bit of dancing, cocktails and chatting, groomsmen in the pool and NSYNC on the iPod.
After two years of planning our wedding happened and we got married! We did it!
We were able to create something that was so very “us.” Even though there were stressors and challenges along the way in the end it was just the kind of wedding we wanted.
I want to know…
Do you remember the food from your wedding?
When it comes to receptions, are you a dance machine or a wall flower?