Today marks 12 years since I got married, at 4pm on a warm afternoon in a park overlooking the ocean. I remember it well as was the last day of the Sydney Olympics and I had a secret (and, thankfully unfounded) fear that people would abandon the reception so they could sneak away to watch the closing ceremony!
It was a wonderful day, even if we did forget to bring along the carefully embroidered ring cushion lovingly made by my grandmother. The ceremony was intimate, light-hearted and not too formal. All our close friends and family came along, amplifying our joy and making it a perfect day.
At the reception I remember the scrumptious rocky road mountains that adorned each table, an amazing present from one of our friends – they did not last the night! I still have the crazy photos taken by guests on the disposable cameras we left on each table. Let’s just say some tables found out more about each other than they were perhaps expecting during the course of the evening…
We danced to Jewel’s Foolish Games for our wedding dance. A strange choice you may think, but it holds some special memories for us and was the right song for the night. I still think of “us” whenever I hear that song – it is still very much “our” song.
I look back on our photos and marvel at the talent of the photographers. I still wonder how they were able to capture the joy, the camaraderie, the love, the perfectness of that day in every shot they took. Because every picture takes me back to that moment and floods me with the same feelings of elation and excitement that I felt when they were taken.
12 years on and I still cherish every moment of that day. Specific memories may be getting a little hazy but I will never forget the very perfectness of that day. I could not have asked for anything better.
So, to my husband, know that I love you now probably even more than I did back then. We have indeed shared the good times and the bad, we have laughed and cried and laughed some more, we have congratulated and commiserated with each other in turn. But through it all, we have remained together and strong. I honestly cannot imagine sharing this crazy ride with anyone else.
Thanks for choosing to ride this roller-coaster with me and for not asking to get out of the car just yet!