Our Not So Perfect (But Special) Wedding Day

The day has finally come. I got married to the man of my dreams!

After delaying the wedding until 2019 and changing the date around multiple times, we finally decided to have a courthouse wedding on November 30th, 2018. We invited only our closest family members and had an intimate dinner reception after the ceremony.

Our wedding day was overwhelming to say the least. My now husband and I spent the morning picking up my cousin from her house so she could spend the day with us and attend the wedding that night. I underestimated how quickly the day would go by. The wedding ceremony was supposed to be around 3:30 p.m., and we spent the beginning of that day running around doing last minute errands such as picking up the wedding cake and going to the venue to make sure it was set up for the dinner that night. When we finally got back to the house to get ready, it was around 1:45 p.m. I still had to take a shower, attempt to do my hair and makeup, and get last minute things together for the wedding. Around 2 p.m. that afternoon, we received a call from the courthouse saying that there was a "chemical smell" in the room where we were supposed to be having the wedding ceremony and that we would have to drive to a different courthouse either 30 minutes or an hour away. I was ready to have a mental breakdown at this point trying to figure out the situation while still trying to get ready. The lady from the courthouse was not sympathetic at all and told us that she was giving us "options" when in reality she called us only an hour before we were supposed to be at the original courthouse. We planned to have an open bar for a couple hours at our reception venue (which was only about 10 minutes from the courthouse) starting at 4 p.m., so going to a different courthouse over 30 minutes away would mean we would have missed our reception plans.

After spending quite a bit of time on the phone with the lady from the courthouse while trying not to ball my eyes out, she agreed that we could have the wedding ceremony outside of the courthouse instead of in the room with the "chemical smell." We agreed even though it was cold and overcast outside just so we wouldn't have to drive to the other courthouse and miss out on our wedding reception. When we got to the courthouse, they let us into the wedding ceremony room. There was no "chemical smell." I can't help but think that we were lied to, especially because it was on a Friday, and it seemed as though the workers just wanted an excuse to leave work early and head home.

The ceremony only lasted about 10 minutes, and then we were off to our wedding reception. We booked a beautiful room with a big wooden table and a fireplace. We had a burlap table runner going down the table with a fresh cedar garland over the top of it. Small mason jars with tea lights lined the garland. It was as beautiful and intimate as we had imagined it would be.

Although we didn't plan as well as we probably should have and had issues with the wedding ceremony, it was still very special. We definitely have a great story to tell now even though it was one of the most stressful days. I'm so thankful to my family and my husband's family for being so supportive throughout every step of the way.

I'm finally married, and I couldn't be happier!



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