- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
We were always amused at the name of this bookstore because it was similar to ours. When we decided to elope, I asked the owner if we could have the ceremony there and he said yes. I’m very close with my 2 sisters so we had them as our witnesses. The youngest one is 13 years my junior, and only 8 when I started dating my husband so we pretty much raised her. She was his best man and the ring bearer. My husband made my ring at a jewellery-making workshop, and he wrote the instrumental song I walked down the aisle to, and our friend wrote the song on our video. I had a ring plate made which said “no one’s ever been as much as you” – which is something my husband said to me once and really touched me. We use it to keep our rings on when we’re home. We rode away to our dinner reception at our favourite French restaurant on his motorcycle.
To be honest, I was always puzzled when people would describe their wedding day as the happiest day of their life. That may be, but all the days that lead up to it are excruciating. Maybe other couples are capable of planning big weddings that don’t stress them out but I felt really defeated, so we had an elopement. And it WAS the happiest day of my life. From start to finish, it was a very enjoyable experience. And I think we owe it to ourselves to do something selfish and be happy on our own wedding day!
The only thing that went wrong is when we picked up the bouquets we discovered they gave us bouquets for a vase! I was pissed off but there was nothing we could do at the time, so I just took the peonies out and tied them together. This flower shop was really, really awful which is weird because everyone gives it such great reviews. I haven’t decided yet if I want to write them a bad review on Yelp.