Two years ago I married my best friend.
We didn’t plan to get hitched in December but through a turn of events we made the choice to move forward and get married! We talked to our pastor [who had been doing some pre-marital counseling with us] and he confirmed that we were ready to take the plunge. We shared the news with our families and friends and…we planned our wedding in two weeks. We realize that is craziness & no it wasn’t a shotgun wedding. Don’t worry, I already picked out my dress immediately after we got engaged so I didn’t have to make any fashion sacrifices.
Over the summer we decided to move to Syracuse to help start a church plant. Ian moved out after the summer was over [since my migraines became more manageable] and landed a job in cuse. He signed the lease on our apartment the first week of December. Everything was falling into place and we couldn’t handle the distance again.
We set the date: December 19, 2010.
We found a local restaurant [Phoebe's] that also had a gorgeous atrium. I made the move to Syracuse December 18th and that day we picked up our marriage license. My family arrived and we began the prep. The day finally came and I was super excited. I still never even stepped foot into the restaurant, and I had no idea how all the details would come together.
My best friend [also a hairdresser] and my sister helped me get ready. We had a blast at the hotel that we stayed at and we still couldn’t believe I was getting married. It didn’t hit me until I was walking into the restaurant. I was quickly moved to the other side so there would be no chance that Ian could catch a glimpse of me. I kept asking how he was, if he was nervous and everyone said he was playing it cool. Ian is super laid back so that didn’t surprise me. We finally were told that everyone was ready for us and my dad and I linked arms. We immediately started crying like babies and exchanged a few “keep it together” back and forth.
I walked down the “aisle” to Glance by Misty Edwards [song used in Pride and Prejudice]. I never felt so beautiful and so reassured when I saw the look on Ian’s face. We wrote our own vows and Ian “accidentally” said he promised to put himself before me. Don’t worry I made a big scene, threw my hand up in the air and said “hold on!” everyone laughed.
We laughed our head’s off while we danced to Michelle Featherstone’s We are Man and Wife. We enjoyed the rest of the day with a small gathering [between 30-40] of our friends and family.
If you are doing the math: 3 months to engagement, 6 months to getting married.
Don’t worry – the partying didn’t end here…we also had a separate reception on Long Island in April  but that’s for tomorrow.
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