On July 18th, 2009, I married my sweetie, James Robinson. We had a small, charming wedding in my parents’ incredible waterfront yard. The whole thing was a bit of a blur, surreal at the time. I’m awaiting the professional photographer’s (dianarothery.com) pictures almost as intensely as a child awaits Christmas morning. I can’t wait to relive the day. A preview photo that she sent is posted below.
The planning and anticipation stages for the wedding were exciting, but also nerve-racking and stressful. Not surprising considering that we only had a two month engagement period. From the beginning, I thought it would be just enough time to plan a simple garden wedding, and it was. In retrospect, I wish I had stressed less, enjoyed more, and truly trusted my intuition that the day would be perfect. Not necessarily because everything went perfectly, but because I was about to marry the perfect man, at the perfect location, in the perfect weather (thank you to my angels), and before (almost all of) my favorite people. So, these are the words of advice I will give to any bride-to-be. Your big day is all about LOVE. On this day, nothing else really matters, including the flowers, food and any snafus that may arise.
Although it’s only been a few days, I can already see why married life can (and should) be so great. You’ve made the most sacred commitment to this person with whom you share the deepest of connections, and of whom you can’t seem to ever get enough. This person you love so much, you want to sleep next to them every night for the rest of your time on earth. The love and the warmth that surrounds this one promise is enough to light a fire, one that becomes the flame that exists between a happy husband and wife. Where do you think unity candles came from?
I wish you (yes, YOU) the same happiness that James and I have found. A happiness that comes simply by being together. If you have found it, I pray that we can and will hold onto it.
All my sentiments aside, I’d like to share the vows that I wrote and the promises that I made to my husband on our wedding day!
I, Lucy, come freely to this place, before my loved ones to join my life with yours, James. I take you, my best friend, to be my beloved husband, to have and to hold in my arms, through the laughter and the tears, for the rest of our blessed lives. I promise to always kiss you good morning and good night, hello and goodbye. I vow to support every dream you have, and I will always be your biggest fan. I pledge my greatest respect, loyalty, honesty, and my purest love. I readily commit the rest of my life to you; my heart, spirit, and soul forever intertwined with yours. With every year, I will love and cherish you more than the last. On these words, I give my most sincere vow.