Yesterday was our wedding anniversary (two years!!). To celebrate we escaped this past weekend (which is hard to do these days!) to Virginia wine country. It was lovely. The wine, the views, the company…it was all just perfect. I know this is a home renovation blog, but due to our constant working we never get the chance to go down memory lane so I thought I’d spend a little time doing that today…
Even two years later, I’m not certain how our guests viewed our wedding. Everyone says that they had a lovely time, but you never know. I mean, what are they going to say, “it was a total disaster!”? I suppose they could say that because, in a way, it kind of was.
We decided to have a destination wedding in Key West. “Oh, how fun!” we thought. So for eleven months we planned an all-out affair on Sunset Key, a private island just off of Key West. It was going to be beautiful. That was until Tropical Storm Debby showed up the day before and we had no real plan B to speak of. Many ideas were tossed around, but the only one that made any sense (and it made very little) was dreamt up at 6am the morning of.
The Coast Guard forbade us getting married on the beach like originally planned, but we were still able to pull off a reception at the indoor-outdoor location. All other ceremony venues were in use that day except for one, at midnight. So that is exactly what we did. Cocktail hour on the beach moved into dinner time. Dinner under a beautiful tent then turned into dancing and festivities under the stars until around 11:00 when we boarded a catamaran and sailed to Key West. Once on land again, we paraded down Duval Street to the church where we were happily married at nine minutes to midnight, as to only have one anniversary date, not two.
And that is the story of our wedding day. There is, of course, much more to it than that. Like how the rain mostly (amazingly?!) held off, and how our guests were so flexible and wonderful. This past weekend Ian asked me if I would change anything about our wedding and to be completely honest, I think I’d keep it the way it was.
I unexpectedly learned an important lesson on my wedding day – to let things go and chose to be happy. No matter how much planning or effort you put into something – many times the final product is out of your control. But it’s ok to leave things up to chance. Even big, important, life-changing things — sometimes you just have to let them be. It can be freeing to make the conscious decision to be happy with something even if it’s not what you wanted or planned.
I’m going to tell you – after our wedding craziness and then a year of out-of-control renovation – it’s worth choosing to let go and be happy. I am pretty sure that’s how I make it through most challenges I face, and through every day living on a jobsite.
Happy Anniversary, Ian. I hope year 3 is as much of a wonderful adventure as years 1 and 2. I love you.