But I have a surprise for you all. It's actually a surprise to everyone except our parents, our wedding party, and everyone both Josh and I know from our jobs, so I hope you don't feel left out because I put off telling you for so long.
I'm not exactly sure how to start this...so...I'll just say it. While I was in D.C. this past weekend (February 25th - 28th) Josh and I got...wait for it...wait for it...MARRIED!!!
I know, I know. It's completely untraditional, but it needed to be done, so let me explain.
When we first started planning our wedding we knew exactly who we wanted to perform our ceremony. What we didn't know is that our friend Frank was in the middle of his ordination course in seminary, but wouldn't complete it until a few months AFTER our wedding. That situation, along with many complicated details involving military paperwork and our honeymoon, led us to decide that getting legally married before our April wedding (which is already planned and paid for) was the easiest option for us.
Because we are now legally married, we're changing our wedding into a vow renewal of sorts, although it'll be treated more like a wedding. I know that many people disagree with our way of doing things, but this is what works for us and we are at peace and very happy with our decision.
Just to summarize it, here's a picture of the note we mailed to all our guests so that they're not in the dark about the situation. We wanted to be as open and honest as possible, so we decided to let everyone know beforehand.
And here are a few pictures of the civil ceremony. =) We were wed by Gerald Williams, this adorable older gentleman who's been married to his bride for 48 amazing years! He was very welcoming and charming. We had such a great experience with our "courthouse wedding" (although it wasn't in a courthouse) that it didn't even feel like some quickie ceremony. It was special because I was marrying my best friend and because Mr. Williams knew exactly how to treat us as a couple in love. Perfect. =)
|Joshua saying his vows. Me attempting to hold back tears.|
|Our first kiss as husband and wife!|
|Joshua getting a lecture on the importance of remembering special dates in our relationship.|
|Josh, myself, and Gerald Williams.|
|Josh, myself, and Josh's roommate, Jake.|
After we said our vows, Joshua was paying Mr. Williams for being such a wonderful officiant. When he was giving Josh the $10 in change, he said he could only have the money on one condition: that he catch it before it hits the ground. Sounds easy, right? Ha! No. Mr. Williams had Josh hold out his pointer finger and thumb, held the $10 in between Josh's fingers, then started talking to Jake. While Mr. Williams was talking to Jake he dropped the money and it hit the floor before Josh could catch it. So who got the money in the end? Moi! But I gave it back to my hubby...so he could buy me dessert. =) Here's a short video (I missed the beginning) of the end result.
After that, the three of us went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant and got FREE dessert! Delicious! Then Josh surprised me with a room at The Hyatt Arlington, where I stayed on my first trip to D.C. with my mom. The room was beautiful and we had a great view of the city. Needless to say, it was a perfect surprise. =)
As for the rest of the weekend, we spent it leasing our first apartment, filling out mountains of paperwork for the military, and hanging out with friends.
|Yes, we really ARE that pale. And the sunlight in the background doesn't help all that much.|
How's THAT for a surprising post? =)