We sped to the courthouse, but forgot that it costs $1.00 in quarters to park, so we dug around in my purse and in Josh's car until we found the change. Then we ran across the parking lot, jumped across the street, and into the courthouse. The security guard promptly sent us away because we couldn't bring in cell phones or cameras, so we rented a locker from the building next door (more digging for change) and ran back to the courthouse.
It turned out that we arrived just in time! They were ready to close up shop when we arrived, with another couple trailing slightly behind, but the secretary was kind enough to let us both get our marriage licenses.
After filling out all the necessary paperwork and getting our marriage license (!) we left the courthouse with smiles plastered on our faces and walked a block down the street to the little brick building where we would officially tie the knot. Gerald Williams, the sweet old man that married us, was excited to see us and we got straight down to business.
We said our vows, our friend Jake took a few pictures of us, and Mr. Williams signed and filed our marriage certificate. Before leaving that day, he played a little joke on Joshua.
It was nontraditional and unexpected to most, but it was perfect. Every time I look back at these pictures I can't help but smile. Such fond memories of the beginning of our life together. :)
It's so crazy to think that it's already been one year since we became husband and wife. The novelties have yet to wear off; being called "Mrs. Nix," waking up with my best friend by my side, coming home to a warm smile and a kiss, and my heart still skips a beat each time he calls me his wife.
This past year has taught me so much about him, myself, and marriage. I've realized that I'm more selfish and clueless than I'd thought. But I've also learned that there is no one else on this earth that I would give up all my selfish ambitions for and I've come to know that no matter how clueless I might be at times, Josh will always be there to pick up the pieces and say, "Let's give that another try."
I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by and I can't wait for 50 more years like it. :)