- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
You’re going to laugh…
So last night, FI brings up the Orcas Island wedding idea. His family owns an old house on the water and it’s just a simply magical woodland place to us.
This was the VERY FIRST IDEA we ever had for getting married. We thought of this over 14 months ago after we got engaged. We thought just immediate family and some friends. However, it is a LONG haul for anyone who is not driving from the Pacific Northwest. Long haul as in 4 hour flight, 2 hour car drive, 1 hour ferry, another 1 hour drive just to get to the island for my family. It was too much to handle, so we nixed it – but of course not after uber planning on my part!
But now we just have FI’s parents, and maybe my mom. My one sister is too broke to afford tickets for her and her kids this year, the other sister doesn’t think she can get vacation time with her new job and had no interest in a wedding – so why even try to make it accessible to them now? My mom wanted to see Orcas at some point, she can fly out then (if she wants to), then pick her up in Seattle because we will drive there from Utah. FI’s sister could drive there but it is an 8 hour drive for her.
I cannot believe it. We’re back to the original idea, and the original wedding dress. Since then we have had FOUR different wedding idea/locations (one of which was fully booked/paid for), and I have purchased THREE OTHER wedding gowns to boot (because the venues kept changing).
Also, I lost my father to cancer on June 1, 2012. Let’s just say this has been a long, emotional journey – but FI and I are stronger than ever and went through this with grace and love – without any breakdowns!
I am laughing at us so hard. It’s all looking like the original idea now. What kind of fools are we?
It fits our three priorities we set out for ourselves in the very beginning: intimate (which size can vary), meaningful (a special place to us – I love this place, but FI vacationed here every year of his life), and beautiful views (not the Grand Teton mountains I was aiming for, but it still has mountains and ocean!).