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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wedding Details Link up with Holly an Melanie

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Hey all!  I am linking up today with Holly and Mel!  At first I was like, ummm...I have been married THREE times, shall I share all of them.  HELL NO!  I will share the happily ever after one, with you.  The one that many thought wouldn't last.  The one that I have fought so hard to make work.  The one, I seriously thought could end.  The one that I know in my heart will always last.  The one where I married the true love of my life, the best daddy in the world and my best friend...




I met Ray YEARS ago, like in the early 90's.  We had mutual friends.  I had a HUGE crush on Ray.  He was just dreamy and so mysterious.  One night when we were at a bar, some dork wouldn't stop hitting on me, so I looked to Ray, to rescue me.  So he starts holding my hand, to let this dork know, I was taken.  I was in serious HEAVEN!  So as the night came to an end....Ray kissed me in the parking lot and we held hands on the drive home.  I was so excited.  UNTIL HE NEVER CALLED ME!!!!!!!  Yep, he was just too cool for me, I guess.  Fast forward 10 years later and me going through a divorce. I was home for the holiday's from NYC and I saw him, at a friends house.  He told me I looked like a super model and could get any man I wanted.  I looked him dead in the eye and said, "we'll see about that".   This was 02.  So I move home for good, in April of 03 and Ray and I start dating. We were together every day.  I instantly fell in love with him.  It was something I had never had before.  I was 100% content and confident.  We moved in together that fall (yes, this was fast considering I was divorced) .  People were skeptical but my previous relationship was over 2 years, before it was truly over.  Any who, Ray proposed to me on July 30th, 2004.  He did this in the kitchen as I was standing there in my jammies.  See he tried to do the whole romantic proposal, but I was a BITCH, the day he tried so hard.  He took me for a drive to find the perfect romantic spot and I was not having it.  He even tried later that night with champagne and Thai food.  After he proposed I called my sisters, because I was SO excited.  My older sister took us to dinner and we all got pretty tanked!  Fast forward exactly one week later, I AM PREGNANT!  It took 5 or 6 tests for it all to sink in.  SO my already semi-planned beach wedding in Florida, just got nixed!  Yep, time for plan B. 






Location:  My older sister's backyard with 50 of our family members and a few very close friends.  It was the most beautiful day.  Not a cloud in the sky and 80 degrees.  We were married on September 18th.  We had a bbq in the backyard, that was catered by Corky's BBQ. 




Bridal Party:  Both of my beautiful sisters were Matron of Honor's and Ray's brother was the best man.




Color:  My dress was a strapless eyelet number I got from Banana Republic for $40 on clearance.  Original dress was from the J Crew collection. Yeah, not happening with my pregnant boobs. They grew at an unheard of pace!  My sisters both wore pretty lavender shirts with black skirts.  My flowers were hot pink Gerber Daisy's.

Dance:  Ummm...there was no dance or DJ.  We did play some music though. :)

Honeymoon:  Non existent.  I was SO tired and we were SO poor, this just wasn't in the cards.  Ray got drunk and passed out the moment we got home.  I guess he figured I was already knocked up! :) We will get our dream honeymoon next fall.  We are getting that beach wedding in St. Pete, after all.  We will renew our vows for our ten year anniversary and then fly off to Cabo, without the kiddos!  Perks of having my parents live in Florida!




What would I change: Absolutely nothing.  We made the best of what we had.  It was the perfect day.  The day I truly got my happily ever after....
Wait I would change the fact that my dad went on a "I am going to preach to all of you about what drinking does to your brain" thingy and he started to empty booze bottles.  I think dear dad, had one too many, himself!  Just sayin... ;)

19 comments:

  1. This is so sweet! I think the simple weddings always seem the most memorable instead of stressing over every tiny detail. You looked beautiful on your wedding day, too!

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  2. Awesome story! As much as it is nice to have the glitz and glamour, it's most important to just have each other!

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  3. Love your story! So glad you got your happily ever after :)

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  4. I love simple weddings! You were gorgeous! The most important thing is if you are happy and you seem to have it!!

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  5. Aww, I love the story behind you two! Congratulations!

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  6. SO SWEET, Lori! Great story! Cheers to your happily ever after!

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  7. So sweet!!! love it! My hubs and I got married on Sept. 18, 2004!! maybe I should mention renewing our vows for 10 years also!

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  8. Isn't it funny how even if its not the most extravagant wedding it can still be perfect? Honestly it's the person you are marrying not the wedding and it it's sounds like you married the perfect man. You look so completely happy in every picture you post... And those beautiful kids of yours are something else. So glad you finally you found your happy. Sometimes it takes a few mistakes and time to get you were you are suppose to be, believe me I know! I can't wait to see the pics and hear the story of your upcoming vow renewal. Xoxo

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  9. I am so happy for you and your hubby! Third time is a charm, right?

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  10. Sounds like a perfect day!! I love small weddings, ours was small too! And if we had a yard to do it in, I would have chose that!! I'm happy you got your happily ever after!

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  11. Love your story! You can tell that you two have so much love for each other and that's all that matters. PS: Gerber daisies are my favorite flower :)

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  12. I can see that you just are putting a tons of efforts into your blog page. Hold posting the good function.Some really helpful information in there. Bookmarked. Nice to see your website. Thanks!

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  13. Still blonde and gorgeous now~!

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  14. Awesome story! Ours was pretty small too. I'm glad you got your Happily Ever After. You deserve it!

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  15. What a great story!! I love you found your soulmate! I too had pregnant boobs-and a hot mess shotgun wedding. Yours sounds lovely and drama free!! I wouldn't change a thing though!!!

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  16. I love to hear about a happy ending (& not the kind you're thinking about now... LOL!)
    Beautiful!
    Jules

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  17. Totally missed this! I love you! What a sweet story and how amazing is it that for your 10 year you get to do what you are going to do! AMAZING!

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