Apr. 10th, 2011

Married!

Apr. 10th, 2011 10:57 pm
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We got married on the 2nd :) It was a nice event; the ceremony itself was short. I know the reception and dinner and all were 4 hours long, but it just felt really really short. That aside, lots of awesome.

The first words spoken after the ceremony were by the flower girl, "That was the WORST. WEDDING. EVER." *dead pause as everyone stared* I don't know who, but someone asked "And why is that?" to which she replied, "Because THAT BOY OVER THERE WOULDN'T STAY AT THE ALTER WITH ME!" (she pointed at our ring bearer, who is all of 3 years old). Cutest thing ever, I thought! They were the only kids present; later that evening, the ring bearer was playing with little toy excavators and bulldozers in the restaurant and she collected rocks for him to play with. And she hugged him. He didn't seem to mind her much either, so I jokingly told both their parents, "They're next!".

The bridesmaid is concerned a little boyish by Texas standards; we call it normal back in Alaska though. Long story short, her picture of herself in the dress the bride picked out has so far accumulated 38 "omg HAWT!" responses from her friends on facebook, so I think I can state entirely objectively without making any brides jealous that she looked amazing.

The bride of course, was even more amazing ;)

We had a slide show with a bunch of different pictures from both our families.. A lot of the ones with me in them also had my dad. I miss him still and wish he were here.

My aunt was crying at rehearsal. She also started quilting us an entire bed set, which is awesome :)

My best man rented a Dodge Charger. We played around with it a bit the day before the wedding.

I think a lot of people have a severe misconception of what exactly marriage is and means, so I thought I'd toss my two cents out there. Marriage is a state of mind. Sure, there is some paperwork, but that's all optional and only effects the legal condition of things. Marriage is a state of mind where over time, you come to realize that all of your goals are synonymous with all (or at least most) of your significant others goals. It's also a realization that every time you go do something, you instinctively grab that other person and they go with you. And when they go do something, they instinctively grab you and go to it. There are no questions. So that's when you're really married. What is the wedding then? A wedding is nothing more than a ceremony to announce to the world that you _realize_ you're married. It is not the start of the marriage, it is not a pivotal point in a marriage, it's just a ceremony to announce, and possibly congratulate the discovery of, an already existing marriage. Nothing changes afterwards. Anyone who thinks it does is not ready for it.

I love my wife, we were wed on April 2nd of 2011, and nothing changed :)

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