Surprise! Bet You Didn't See That Coming....
“I was just coastin'
Never really goin anywhere
Caught up in a web I was gettin kinda used to stayin' there
And out of the blue
I fell for you”
- Kacey Musgraves
I have struggled to find the words for this post because I think no words can truly do justice to the amount of love and happiness from this day. Nonetheless, I will do my best to tell you the story of our anything-but-perfect wedding day that was everything we had hoped for and then some. (minus a few loved ones, of course)
Combining a family, a business, and bridging nearly 5,000 miles physically between us, Charlie and I’s relationship has not come without it’s trials; we’ve overcome many hurdles in the short span of 1 1/2 years, but I can say with certainty that it has made our bond as a family stronger every single time.
Our wedding was no different.
We’d spent 20 months writing emails, exchanging Marco Polos, Instagram DM’s, endless WhatsApp messages, traveling back and forth between the UK & the US…. the time had come for us to decide if we would continue our relationship in 90-day , jet-lagged intervals, praying each time that immigration would be on our side….
I’ve known I would marry Charlie since before we even met in person. I fought it because the idea of marriage again for me seemed something highly unlikely. I was in no rush to be married; I was focused on building a female entrepreneurial empire and making plans to follow out my dreams of traveling the world once Nixon was grown.
But I knew.
I think The Universe often likes to conspire against you in your plans because it knows what’s truly best for you. I am so grateful for that.
The Universe knew that Charlie and I needed each other, and it forced us together.
Our original plan was to keep our elopement simple and quiet because we plan to celebrate a year later with an actual wedding that friends and family will be able to attend. We wanted to be respectful of our loved ones who have been so supportive of our relationship and we hated the idea of anyone feeling excluded.
As the day drew closer and closer, our no-plan, no-big-deal, care-free way of thinking had me on the verge of an anxiety attack. (I am in a constant battle with my free-spirited hippie/gypsy soul and my trained reflexes of a determined mom and entrepreneur.) Needless to say, as we got closer to the date, I could not simply do nothing to prepare for this special day.
Aside from some flowers and a beautiful destination, I am happy to say we stuck to our guns and kept the day simple & low stress, but celebrated in a way that suited us perfectly.
My best friend of 10 years married us in the stillness of The Little Sahara Desert at sunset on June 12, 2019.
Our dear friend, Trevor, was there to stand next to Charlie and captured the day beautifully (of course).
And most importantly, Nixon and Echo stood by our side as we promised to love each other to the end of our days.
The ceremony was beautiful and intimate; it truly felt like we were able to speak directly to each other’s hearts and all you could hear in the background was the sand blowing in the wind as we watched the sun glow while it lowered itself behind the sage-filled hills. (that and the occasional question from Nixon, “do i give them the rings now??” *bless his heart).
There’s no doubt in my mind that everything went as exactly as it was meant to. In our journey and on that day. I will forever remember this as one of the happiest days of my life.
Love you, Charlie ❤️