Today my friends Nate and Therese are in Costa Rica getting married. What an exciting day! My thoughts are with them and the amazing time they are going to have. It’s wedding season and Lance and I are going to several in the upcoming months. It takes me back to our wedding not too long ago, almost two years ago.
We already had Max and I was 5 months pregnant with the twins. We didn’t have a lot of money and we didn’t want a big wedding. We wanted it to be very stress free and low maintenance because I was still not feeling that great (I am sick when I am pregnant). We decided on a very intimate wedding with just us and our son, our favorite babysitter Jadie, our favorite photography crew, Zhenia and Christian and our best friend Tony who would marry us. Tony suggested we get married at the state park because Sandy Point has a beach, woods, beautiful grasslands and wonderful scenery. It’s a hop, skip and a jump away from the Bay Bridge and the layout was ideal. Tony, Max and I went there one day while Lance was at work to scope it out and we decided it was perfect. It even had a playground to keep Max busy while the ceremony was in process because I knew he probably wouldn’t stay still for it. My mother made my dress, Lance’s tie/hanky, and Max’s bow tie/hanky. My obi was made from the same material as the boys’ ties (and pocket hankys), so we were all matchy matchy. It really pays to know how to sew well when you have a specific idea in your head.
On June 5, 2010 we were married. It was a humid, muggy day and we were so hot and full of sweat. We all met at 5 o’clock and then I became a Mrs. Tony did an amazing job, speaking from his heart and including a beautiful poem by Walt Whitman. It was so nice to have someone who was a close friend to both of us, marry us. He is officially ordained!
After our ceremony, we took some pictures. We did some beach shots but I really wanted some pictures of us at dusk time in the woods. I had a beautiful vision in my head. I was barefoot, walking through the woods, trying to find a good spot. Zhenia would stop us when there was some good light and would snap away. It was fun and quiet and very peaceful. I was able to really be in the moment because Jadie was taking care of Max and there was no schedule to follow. We finished up with the pictures and headed back to get Max. He was drenched with sweat and his outfit had made its way off of his body. We left and headed back home.
Once we got home, I put Max to bed and then it was wedding night time. Woo hoo! Right? NO. We discovered that we had brought some of the park back with us. I had a tick on my leg. I checked Lance and he had ticks too. We counted 9 ticks between the both of us. We called Zhenia and Christian to warn them, but they didn’t end up having any.
It’s a funny story now, but at the time we were kind of freaked out because I was pregnant and we didn’t know what kind of ticks they were. So, on our wedding night, we were researching ticks and searching everywhere for them. Real romantic! By the way, we believe the ticks were dog ticks. Ewwww.
We ended up having a brunch the next morning at a restaurant in the city with all of our friends and family to celebrate. It was so much fun and I’m really glad my friend Sarah talked me into it because I was thinking it was going to be too much trouble, but it was great. We had a terrific honeymoon down at the beach and Max was with us the whole time. We wouldn’t have changed that for the world. It was a special bonding experience full of beloved memories of our little family before we turned into a bigger family. Our family made from love.