July 23, 2005
What a day! Our ceremony was conducted by a lifelong family friend David Lee. Our ceremony was brief to give us more time with our family and friends. You were dressed beautifully. I remember one of my close friends saying "Listen Chris, I don't have the hots for your soon-to-be wife but dang she's hot."
We played Chris Botti as our wedding music. I watched you come down the isle and I remember trying desperately not to cry as your grandpa led you down the isle to me.
Bro. Lee gave a wonderful ceremony where he taught us his 3 B's to a successful marriage. Do you remember them?
- Be Faithful
- Be Loyal
- Be Righteous
What a great reminder to have to take the time to refocus our efforts on each other.
After the wedding, we saw a ton of people. A few names that stick out are my Times Record coworkers who could make it like John, Terry, Leanna, and several more (I remember you all, I promise) as well as my old neighbor and your coworker, Carmella, whom we both talked about and never realized we were talking about the same person! The Hamiltons came up and I got to see Bob and Barbara. The Stovals, who were part of my childhood ward family. I remember the Christensen's sitting us down and giving us advice. I'd empty my bank account over and over again to have audio of that sweet exchange. I remember the gist. Support your spouse, always and forever. Make them your #1. Their long lives together always reflected that. "There is sunshine in my soul today".
The potluck was amazing. Ricky gave a brief, albeit funny speech where he basically said you better watch out for my friends. Tons of food. I remember several people saying it was the best wedding they ever attended because it was so communal and not a hour long ceremony and bride/groom out the door.
We opened our gifts. I can remember 2 gifts specifically. One from John, the weedeater. Lasted 5 years! And the engraved frame from Amy that still sits in our living room to this day.
And then, we left. Let me rephrase...we tried to leave. Jon and Mike drove back to Fort Smith with my car keys in their pocket. My car alarm was definitely working though. The shoe polish on the paint was baked on by this point. That car still had specks of shoe polish on it when I sold it before we moved to Tulsa.
Then, the honeymoon. I'll leave out the fun stuff but finally I'd like to give a voice to our ridiculous adventures. Our room wasn't ready by noon like they said. It wasn't ready by 1pm or 2pm. If I remember right, it was nearly 4pm before we checked in. Still in our wedding attire in 100 degree+ weather in downtown Fort Smith in my little black car. I never was good with confrontation until I needed to be. I was good and our room magically appeared with an upgrade. We decided to eat in the resturant before we went up to our room and that's when it happened. That freak thunderstorm! A bright, hot, miserably humid summer day turned violent and knocked out power all down Garrison Ave and surrounding areas, like our hotel. We couldn't leave because we hadn't paid and the registers were out. They decided to trust me that I'd come back to pay later.
So, we go to the elevators to go to our 9th floor room when they tell us they're keeping the elevators off until they're sure the power isn't going to go out and trap more people in them. Do you remember those 9 flights of stairs? Only the emergency lighting was on. We could hear kids playing and running up and down the dark staircase. That's about all I remembered because I was carrying all of our luggage so you could concentrate on not falling in your dress. When we finally got to the top, I didn't even carry you over the threshold. It never even crossed my mind. I was lucky to get in the room myself!
This was when we discovered the next worse thing that could happen. All A/C units were dead. That day we learned firsthand that heat rises.
We'll fast-forward a bit in the evening when we still had no A/C and no TV. So, we decide to shower and go out to dinner. We go to Walmart and buy a fan. I also bought a season of Home Improvement and King of Queens so we could watch something as we drifted off to sleep. About 4am, I awoke. The A/C was working. I had set it to the lowest possible temperature it would go and it had clearly been on and working for several hours because the icicles hanging from the curtains were growing quite large (slightly exaturated).
The next day we spent our time in Tulsa after declining another night at the hotel.
But seriously, what a day!