That’s right y’all! Today marks 4 years of marriage to my hunny. Today is our elopeiversary!!
A handful of friends & extended family were never informed that this happened (we didn’t necessarily “broadcast” it). A year later during our wedding ceremony, our minister did say a little blurb…but many wedding guests even missed it. This is the first time I’m telling this story in “public”, so stick around. If you’re wondering if our immediate family knew, the answer is definitely! There’s no way we would have done this without their blessing.
It was May 24, 2009 that we were made Husband & Wife on the beach just south of Santa Monica Pier in sunny California! Engaged on March 9, 2009, we decided just a few weeks prior to May 24 to tie the knot down in California. Husband was gearing up for a deployment with the U.S. Marine Corps (his second tour in Iraq) at Camp Pendleton so he had been in Cali since April. We had already made plans for a visit on Memorial Day weekend since it was a long weekend, but only a few weeks prior did we decide that Sunday would be our wedding day! Oooh the excitement!
First up, we had to figure out how the heck we were going to pull it off! We tossed out Vegas. That was veto’d pretty fast as I was not looking for a shotgun wedding, nor would we be in Vegas for any other reason. I figured it would be amazing to get married on the beach, and I’d heard of a “Rent a Rev” in the Chicago area. I looked up the southern California area and found Chris Robinson, aka “The Officiant Guy.” No lie, he was amazing! We didn’t set foot in a courthouse for anything during this whole process (not even people who don’t elope can say that!). He handled 100% of the paperwork. The convenience made hiring him a no brainer! So easy, so much more romantic, and he was willing to meet us anywhere in LA County on the Sunday at sunset of a holiday weekend. Done!
Now, because we decided on the wedding plans with so little time to prepare, we decided not to purchase wedding bands. We already had a “real” wedding date set for July 31, 2010, so we opted to save the “real” bands for that wedding. We ended up going with…wait for it…ring pops! YUP. Chris was totally impressed. I’m pretty sure I remember him laughing his behind off when we pulled them out to use for real. Silly us! Husband got himself a cheapie band to wear eventually, but because he was deploying we didn’t want him to bring a pricy piece to Iraq (since he’d obviously lose or damage it).
I could have gone all out with hiring a photographer (after all, my great love for photography was starting to bud around this time), wearing a pretty white beach dress, gettin’ my hair all done up, but all I wanted was to be barefoot on the beach with my ring pop and new husband! I truly did not care at all what I was wearing, how my hair looked, or how sharp the photos were in the end. I have never regretted this decision, as I made sure all of those pieces were in place for my July wedding the following year. May 24 was the perfect, most relaxing ceremony!
You might be wondering if we had anyone there. We did. We each invited one of our closest friends. Turns out we didn’t need a “witness” per say, but we were so thankful that Brandon & Renee where there to be a part of our day. Brandon captured the ceremony (and his face) on video, and Renee was our wonderful photographer. We had a celebratory Mexican dinner afterwards and spent the next day cruising up the Pacific Coast Highway with a stop at Neptune’s Net in Malibu (my favorite seafood restaurant of all time)! It was so wonderful to have them there with us. I was so sad when my brand new Husband went back to Pendleton since I wouldn’t see him for a few more weeks (July 4 holiday). That deployment was so much more difficult after we got married, but I knew that he would be back soon enough and hopefully in tip top shape (he was)!
Happy Elopeiversary Hunny! I love you! xoxoxoxox
P.S. (did you even remember?! hehe)
Here are a TON of photos from our wedding weekend in southern California – 4 whole years ago!!
Padres vs. Chicago Cubs, even though I’m a White Sox fan…
Next up, Sea World!! We had a great time, but I was really gunnin’ for San Diego Zoo. Oh well!
Wedding Day is here!!
The day after…drive up the Pacific Coast Highway for the best seafood on the west coast!!