This has been an enormous period of transition for me. Since my last post, I’ve been working hard and adjusting to being married. Today’s post will feature a recap of my wedding.
The introductory details
I try to keep the details about my private life short and sweet on my blog. So, I met an amazing, wonderful, intelligent, guy who swept me off my feet. At the risk of being reductive, we have similar spiritual values, intellectual and professional interests, and add a lot of happiness to each other’s lives. We knew early on that we had been searching for each other all along. We were married in January of 2016.
Why I chose a small wedding
While I am blessed with a large family and strong network of friends, it was my dream to have a small wedding.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you may recall how fatigue has made it difficult to celebrate several special occasions. I have opted not to plan celebrations with friends for my past two birthdays because my energy was anything but dependable. On both occasions, I was wiped out by dinner. While my health is stronger now, I did not want that to be the case on my wedding day.
I thank my family and friends for being understanding and supportive of my vision.
I had long dreamed of a small wedding at a bed and breakfast, where our family members could have a memorable weekend. In reality, I knew a cruise wedding would be ideal for family who would not have to sail, or even leave town, in order to attend. In fact, we only visited one land based venue, and booked the cruise wedding before even stepping foot on board for a tour.
I’ve never dreamed of picking out all of the details for my wedding. I have dreamed, however, of showing up and having all of the details taken care of. Carnival provided wedding coordinators, the cake (based on designs I provided), the DJ, and the hosted bar and hors d’oeuvres. While we took care of our flowers and officiant, they provide those, too!
I found my dress at Strut Bridal Salon, a plus-sized bridal salon that caters to women up to size 32. It was a wonderful experience, and they recently featured my dress and story on their site. I started out not wanting a wedding dress at all. After describing the dress I wanted to my Mom, and her sending me a link of my description, I reconsidered. I am ever so grateful, because the dress we selected in the end was perfect.
We took rumba lessons with Arthur Murray of Long Beach. It was the perfect way to bond as a couple and relax during the final weeks preceding the wedding.
The rest of our wedding planning was a mix of endless spreadsheets, internet research, and travel coordination which seemed fun at the time. Now, I’m glad it is behind me!
A few photos getting ready for the special day:
We had the small wedding of our dreams onboard the Carnival Inspiration in Long Beach. It was held in the main theater, where the main aisles were beautifully decorated by my mother.
I entered by walking down the central staircase of the main theater to “No One Else” by Amel Larrieux. I was joined at the base of the stairs by my father, and met my mother at the front of the aisle. We were married by our pastor, Dan Burchett, of Open Door Ministries. The ceremony was short and sweet, and we exchanged vows that were sentimental and memorable.
Our reception was held in the ship’s nightclub. It lasted just over an hour, but we fit a lot in. Although I heard the food was great, and the drinks were enjoyable, my memories are all about the dancing.
Our first dance was a rumba to “Everything” by Michael Buble. I danced with my father to “Your Joy” by Chrisette Michelle. Somewhere in there was a lot of Michael Jackson and songs I don’t remember, which gave us time to greet guests and eat a little.
Of course, our wedding would not be complete without hitting the floor to do the Cupid Shuffle and the Wobble. I give all the credit in the world to my husband for nailing every single move. We ended the reception with a slow dance to “Make Me Whole” by Amel Darrieux, followed by dancing with everyone to “Turn Down for What” to Lil Jon (soooooo glad everyone got on the floor and got crunk and I wasn’t the only one).
We said farewell to our non-sailing guests, and departed to take wedding pictures all over the ship.
We enjoyed a laid-back weekend with our sailing guests as we visited Ensenada, Mexico. From wine tasting in Guadalupe Valley, partying at karaoke, enjoying dinner as a group, to hearing how people made new friends as they partied without us, the fun seemed to never end. We heard a lot of people got colds the following week because they tried to keep the party going once they got home. YOLO.
We cruised from Friday through Monday, and then got back into the swing of life. On Tuesday, we resumed our normal lives, while in our minds, we reflected on all the special moments we shared.
We are so thankful for such a memorable, special day. Thanks for sharing in our joy!