I DO!

Getting to marry the love of my life and best friend was the most incredible feeling in the world. It felt so right and everything was put together so effortlessly. It was a beautiful experience getting to share such a close intimate moment together with only our mothers there and my nephew. It was simple and perfect and while others might like to share their romantic day in front of hundreds of people to witness— it was plenty enough to just have each other there.

When we first arrived at our 4 o’clock appointment we met in a room full of people. I was sort of confused of what was happening and I thought we were going to have to marry right then and there. (haha!) After a few minutes a man helped us out and asked us if we were going to exchange rings and if we wanted it outside or inside. Being such a beautiful November day, we decided to marry outside. He told us to wait in the waiting hall and our officiant would call us soon to take us outside.

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Waiting to be Married
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Caidyns worried face because I told him there was zombies in here. He obviously didn’t find it funny.

Our officiant was the nicest most patient woman ever as she guided us all outside with crazy Caidyn running around everywhere. She took us through an atrium and then lead us outside to pick a spot!

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We finally found ourselves in the perfect area. It was green all around, the golden hour, and an enchanted forest setting soon filled the back drop of our marriage ceremony.

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Before the I Do’s

We brought along my nephew to be the ring boy and his 4-year-old eccentric personality appreciated the outside where he got to run around and be himself until his important part came. He thankfully didn’t lose the rings but did drop them a few times. He was having the time of his life, while Erik and I were promising each other our lives together, forever.

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Caidyn with the rings and Caidyn dropping the rings

Even though Erik and I have been established since 2009, the vows we exchanged on our wedding day resonated with me to my core. I was overflowing with happiness, love and tears as we stood there hand in hand sharing such a special moment of devotion together.

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Having been together for such a long time already, we really have mastered accepting each other for who we are. Getting married to Erik felt so right because I feel like everything we have been doing is what marriage is all about— a deep understanding and knowledge of each others feelings which is developed though patience, genuine caring and respect. We have created a life together where we can both feel safe to be ourselves and share all the happiness and joy with one another but also the reality of  lifes disappointments and sorrows. Marriage symbolizes such a powerful force of two people promising an everlasting love together. I’m extremely grateful to have him by my side as my husband.

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Husband and Wife
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The Wedding Crew

After our ceremony we drove down to a restaurant right on the beach to celebrate. We happen to arrive right in time for a beautiful sunset.

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Sunset lovin’
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Erik actually hates cake and since he is such a great husband… I got to eat it all.

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I’m beyond excited and grateful to have such a kind-hearted, loving and hard-working man by my side. We couldn’t have been happier sharing this moment together. Becoming husband and wife is such a sacred bond that no other person will ever have. It’s about sharing all of ourselves and our life together. The memory of this day will forever be cherished in our hearts as the day Erik and I chose each other to spend the rest of our lives together.

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November 9th, 2016

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

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