Hi friends - it's been two weeks, but I'm back!
In the wrap up of our wedding and honeymoon, I've also celebrated by 28th birthday - and a birthday is certainly anti-climactic following two weeks on the heels of your wedding!
Our wedding was perfect (and perfect in its imperfections - as they all are!). I woke up to rain on the morning of our big day, and decided not to freak out about it - that I would believe the superstition that it's good luck to have rain on your day! The rain cleared to blue skies and heat, and by the time of our outdoor ceremony - 5pm - Marina del Rey was covered with a Marine layer (or kind of fog for those of you who do not live near the beach in LA). So my decision to abdicate stress about the weather was a good one given all of the changes.
I was a remarkably low stress bride on the day of - whatever happened would happen, and I was just blessed to be marrying Jason - I knew they couldn't start the wedding until I was ready, and everything other than the ceremony was icing on the cake, because our ceremony was what is was really about.
It got a little chilly, we started the ceremony late, my almost 2-year-old god-daughter/flower girl threw her basket and ran down the aisle, delighting all of our guests and embarassing her mother Solange. My sister/maid of honor tripped on her way down the aisle and laughed it off all the way up to the front. The groom, groomsmen, father of the bride and father of the groom all wore flourescent pink socks to match their boutennieres, and the expected number of people (7) were no-shows.
It was all okay. It was all exactly the way it should have been.
Gary performed a beautiful ceremony. My Aunt Patty (professional flutist) and cousin Elizabeth (soon to be professional harpist) provided the music for our ceremony. Stunning. Everything was so heartfelt and personal, so very us. Including the imperfections.
I married my love - and I have never been happier.
When asked, "do you feel any different?" we both say no. Jason and I are the same people we were before, our relationship is the same, but we have made a lifetime commitment to each other, we both have a new ring on our left hand, and life is more beautiful than it was before.
Right now our home looks like our suitcases and wedding gifts exploded in it. It's okay. It's perfect. I'll work on it this week. But for today - this beautiful, rainy Sunday in Redondo Beach- Jason and I ignored the mess and just relaxed, making stew a la Julia Child (oooh... delicious) and just being married. Just being us.
There will be many photo posts of our wedding and honeymoon in the next few weeks, but for now, I have these few shots for you (and they're all in reverse order) - all from my Uncle Mike's camera, and not yet from our photographer.
Love to you all!
The new Mr. and Mrs. Jason Speer!
My dad reads a passage from Scripture.
My new father-in-law, Bob, reads a passage from Scripture.
About to become Man and Wife. :)
Mom, Dad and I on the way down the aisle - I was caught mid-expression and am not sure what the look on my face is...
My beautiful bridesmaids, al in their individual dresses, waiting for me to come down the aisle. Sadly, Jen is cut out of this photo!
From L to R: Jen's shoulder, Nancy, Karenanna, Akiko, Steph, Solange, Kelli
Caitlin throws her basket and runs down the aisle, making everyone smile and laugh. Her poor Mother,
Solange, is in the back, stooping down to pick up the basket before she walks down the aisle.
The Men, Groomsmen and Pastor wait for the procession.
From L to R: Pastor Gary, Jason, Chad, Rob, Daniel, Jeff, John