If you're not interested in my recent wedding and honeymoon, feel free to ignore this post and come back in a couple of days when I talk more about making money online. I just wanted to take a moment to share this special moment in my life with you, since it's the reason why I've been gone the last half-month (hence all the guest posts.
I was recently married on 2/21/09 in San Diego. I make a joke about this date with my wife all of the time, and she always gives me a funny look as a result. The date, February 21st, also known as 2/21, or as I like to say, “two to one”, like two families becoming one…hah. Anyways…it had been raining the two previous weekends, so we were really blessed to have a nice, clear sunny day in San Diego for our wedding.
Our ceremony started at 11:00am at the Immaculata Chapel on the USD (University of San Diego) campus. The church is BEAUTIFUL and we paid a little extra to make sure we got it because we loved it so much. Here's a picture of the chapel below:
I have to admit, I knew I was going to cry, but when Canon in D played on the organ when April was walking down the aisle, I was balling! Tears of Joy.
Anyways, the ceremony went smoothly, and by 12:00pm on 2/21, I was a teary-eyed happily married man. Here is a picture of our wedding party below. 4 Bridesmaids, 4 Groomsman, 1 Matron of Honor and 1 Best Man:
Yep, that's me sporting the white tux. The green thing around my neck (and the groomsman's necks too) is a lei made of maile leaves. Mine was the only one that had white orchids on it. We had a hawaiian/tropical theme for our reception, so we had to do something to connect the ceremony to that theme too.
Our reception was at Paradise Point in Mission Bay, San Diego. You may recognize that name from an episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8, where they stayed when they went to San Diego on their way to Hawaii to get married (this is kind of ironic because that's where we went for our honeymoon). The resort is VERY tropical feeling and it fit perfectly with our theme. Here's a shot of me and April from the windows of the ballroom (courtesy of one of my best friends and awesome photographer, Ryan Acain at radcaptures):
The reception was awesome. All of our friends and family were there, and since basically had the same set of friends since high school (we met in high school, but did not start going out until after College), it was like a giant reunion for everyone.
Our first dance was a hit too. We danced to Peter Cetera's “Glory of Love”, which was seemed to be interrupted by a DJ mishap. Everyone booed the DJ for ruining our dance, but then Akon's “Beautiful” came on and we performed a hip hop dance routine. April is a hip hop dancer, so she choreographed this awesome dance to surprise everyone. It was sweet. I'm hoping there will be a youtube video up soon which I'll definitely share with you.
Here's a picture of us during our first “dance”, hehe:
Here's a picture of us at our “sweetheart table”:
Dinner was perfect, and the champagne toasts were even better. My best man made the funniest, most thoughtful speech that I've ever heard. It was definitely a tear-jerker, but it bought back some good memories about our past. Good times.
Well, the night ended with open dancing and it was fun to see family and friends all together again having fun. Honestly, the whole day went by so fast. Our other friends who were married said they don't even remember their wedding day happening because it flew by so fast, and now we know exactly what they meant.
I'm glad there are pictures and a DVD to capture these memories of the best day of my life, my first day as a husband to the most beautiful woman in the world.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this, your kind words and wishes, and for being a part of my life, even if you're just on the other end of a computer – it means a lot to me. All the best to you!
Here's to health and happiness for the rest of our lives.