|photo by Liz Denfeld|
"Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life..."-Jerome k. Jerome
(quote sent to us in a card from one of Stephen's good friends)
Before I get into the details of the actual wedding day
(ie: getting ready, ceremony, reception)
I wanted to share a little bit about what transpired in the weeks leading up to March 2nd,
since very few people knew we were getting married on that day.
(I know...you all are probably like, who cares Megan, show me the dang photos...)
After we cancelled our wedding,
that we had been planning for 7 months,
we were left reeling.
Moments after making the decision,
I made phone calls, and sent e mails to every American guest making sure they didn't book flights.
(sorry Ahn and Ali...it was too late for you...)
Stephen and I spent the next two days canceling venues and vendors,
and resigning to the fact that we would not get the majority of our deposits back...
(we only managed to get one deposit back..which was a huge blessing)
Despite the money lost,
we felt a huge sense of relief,
and knew our decision was the right one.
We both knew what we wanted to do next,
move up the date,
and go to a courthouse.
Originally we thought it would be just Stephen and I,
but during the first 48 hours of canceling our big wedding,
we received tons of e mails from our sweet friends asking us when our new date was,
and telling us how they wanted to be there to be our witnesses.
Liz and Corey had flights already pulled up online,
ready to pull the trigger on any date Stephen and I decided upon.
During those moments,
we felt so loved...
and knew we wanted those people,
who wanted to be there,
come and celebrate with us...
and we wanted to do something that showed them how thankful we were.
We spent the next couple of weeks planning something that would reflect us as a couple.
We made every decision together,
went shopping for outfits together,
went to the registrar office to book the date together,
bought flowers for my bouquet together,
and had meetings with The Cameron House to plan our intimate reception.
We enjoyed every single moment of planning this wedding,
something I can honestly say was not happening during the process of planning our original wedding.
During one of our darkest hours,
people stepped up.
Even those that could not physically be here,
showed up in their own way.
though it came together so quickly,
and as a result of some unfortunate circumstances,
ended up being so beautiful and filled with so much love.
Sometimes life will throw you unexpected curve balls,
it is in those moments,
where emotions are high,
and sorrow runs deep,
that you discover the true strength of your relationships,
and find your soft landing.