Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Big News Part 2. (Pic Heavy)

We weren't sure when we should have our civil ceremony since as far as i'm concerned, our wedding date will always be August 7th. So we went to the court house to get our marriage license and just chose a random date - last Tuesday. Most people were at work so we asked Mr. M's sister and my cousin/best friend to be witnesses. The four of us and my son jumped in the car and drove down to Manhattan. 
Once we got our license, I scoured the net for a dress and found this pretty ivory dress from David's Bridal for only $99. And most of you may remember my $14 aqua shoes.

I really didn't want to be too over the top because I didn't want anyone staring at me and wondering where I was going so I wore jeans and changed into my dress when we got there.  I was so surprised to see people there in full wedding attire, veil and all and full entourage. Flower girl and bridal party.

Anyway Mr. Muscle wore a nice suit (although not the one we bought for the "real" wedding) and I think we looked pretty decent. The process was pretty clinical and if I didn't know that we would be having a celebration after, i'd be very disappointed and unhappy. You get there and present your info, license, ID and the form you're supposed to fill out; pay $35  and you're given a number.

We were then asked to wait till our number was called. We were called  to another window where we  presented all our info again and  this time we were asked to sign the certificate. Our witnesses were also asked to sign. We were given another number and asked to wait again.

When we were called this time, we were told to wait in this little waiting area and my cousin turned to us and said "this is it guys, you are about to be married". I honestly didn't feel like I was getting married and crossing a threshold. As a matter of fact, I felt a little sad because it didn't feel very romantic. Most of our loved ones weren't there to see us getting married. Mr. Muscle saw how down I looked so he pulled me aside and told me he loved me (awwww) and said that we didn't have to do it if I didn't want to and we could do it after the celebration in August. I realized then that I was really marrying my darling and nothing else should matter.

I was still a little serious when we came back to sit. My cousin said she wanted the day documented, so she took as many pictures as possible although she didn't take us when we had our little chat because she said that was private.

Mr. M decided to cheer me up by doing some silly faces and then got up and started dancing. It really made me laugh and further cemented how much I love this guy. My son also joined in the dancing but those pictures got messed up. Don't ask me how.

Finally a lady came into the little waiting area yelling over her shoulder "left or right?" to which someone shouted out "right". I had no idea what that meant until she marched past us and went opened a door on the right which was our chapel.

She started rattling off the beginning of our "ceremony" before we even realized we had started. We then scrambled to get our rings out of my son's Thomas the Train bag and she didn't stop for a second. By the time we got the rings and were properly ready, it was time to place them on our fingers.

It was really awkward and our "officiant" really didn't help the matter. She just recited everything like it was her hundredth time (i'm sure that it was). 

Then it was time to kiss. My cousin made some silly remark like careful this woman doesn't hit you or something like that and we started laughing, hence our faces looking like we were about to explode during our kiss.

Our son was running around the room the whole time and playing with his trains.
These are just some pictures we took while waiting to be called:




UNfortunately we didn't take any pictures outside because 1. my SIL got a call from her son's school and she had to go asap and 2. it was hot as a mother trucker last Tuesday.

The night after, we had a little get together for just family at our apartment and that was really fun. we had cake, beer, and of course chicken. We danced and sang and we really had a great time.

So there you have it, that's our story.


  1. WOW~~ congrats!!! you two look very happy! :)

  2. You look beautiful. :)

    It sounds like your new H is pretty awesome too, so you're a lucky lady.

  3. Ya see that first picture right after you guys kissed - the one of you both smiling so big while your son runs around in front of you? THAT is what it's all about, doesn't matter how you got there - you're married. I'm so happy for you!!

    P.S. - I think we have the same wedding band. ;)

  4. Wow...what an experience! Congratulations and love the gown. How funny that people were in full garb with wedding parties...never would have guessed.

  5. congratulations! you look gorgeous in your impromptu gown!

    i'm sorry the officiant detracted from the experience, boo to her! But I still think you both look pretty happy, and excited! how awesome!

  6. You look beautiful, and I’m so happy for you! Congratulations! :) I love all the pictures.

  7. love love love. it gave me goosebumps. so special. i feel almost sad though because does this mean the end of your blogging? congratulations - you looked stunning :)

  8. Congratulations, how intimate an special is that!! Good for you!!! You looked beautiful!

  9. You guys look FABULOUS!!! I love this! Especially the last few pics, back at home!!! Isn't that where we are all the happiest! Thanks for sharing these girls, you were a beautiful bride!!

  10. Congratulations!!! You looked beautiful!

  11. Yay, you're married! You looked wonderful in your dress and it looked like a really special and sweet moment, even if you didn't think it was romantic at the time. Congratulations!

  12. Congrats. You looked really beautiful and Aug 7 will be a blast!

  13. oh and PS - i just nominated you for "best DIY blog" on :)

  14. Thanks for the "welcome back"! Can't wait until after August 7th when we can see all your wonderful pics! =)

  15. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! You looked gorgeous and so very happy!

  16. Wooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Congratulations Sweetheart! I have been out of the blogging realm for a minute, but am so excited to be back here to see all of this! I am so happy & excited for you guys. The dress is gorgeous!


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  18. I loooooooooove Manhattan Court House. It is so beautiful !!!
    Congratulations. You look so stunning.



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