Wow, is the only way I can describe the last week. First of all, The Runner and I got married. And it was perfect. The wedding, the reception, the MOB- all perfect and better than I could have imagined.
Not only that but the pre-wedding festivities were fantastic! We had a reception the night before and it was great to actually see and talk to so many of our guests. It was really a treat! I think because I had already had the “OMG, all of these people are here” moment on Friday, miraculously I didn’t cry hysterically at the altar on Saturday. I did have a laughing fit though and actually giggled hysterically through most of the ceremony. But, I was having so much fun and it was quite funny to me that The Runner and I were actually getting married right then. Totally surreal! Even looking at the photos now, it’s hard to believe it’s us– he looked super hot and I looked better than the best version of me!
The highlight of the ceremony for me was definitely hearing the audience applaud rapturously as the MOB came down the aisle. Unfortunately I did not get a cheer that was half as loud as The MOB’s- I guess some things in life you have to earn! The other ceremony highlight was the hand fasting because I laughed so hard I nearly repeated that scene from bridesmaids (you know the one) when the minister said he was binding our loins!
After the ceremony, we had pictures at the Lincoln memorial- and random tourists were snapping us as well- which is funny to think that when they get home they’ll have our wedding photos randomly on their camera!
The reception was fun but it flew by way too quickly! The best part was seeing the MOB dance up a storm doing the wobble and the Cupid shuffle and all sorts of other dances. For a woman who initially said that none of her friends would dance she had a lot of moves (A LOT) on the dance floor!
We ended the night with our first dance ironic I know, and a glow stick tunnel- which I enjoyed so much I kept running through it!
And the speeches… I have actually never heard The Runner say such nice things about me in my life- especially not to my face! The bridesmaids had a lovely toast, the father of the groom and the best man both told a couple of funny stories– and of course the MOB nearly made both of us cry!
And then we kicked on… And on! And on!
We stayed at the Old Ebbitt Grill with more than a handful of guests until 3 and then partied in our hotel room with a few of them until 5!!! Thank you to my Sister in Law for not letting me run to the White House for a wedding selfie at 3am! But it was awesome and I am so glad we get to spend so much time with our family and friends.
It did make the next day’s recovery brunch a bit of a challenge at first! The MOB woke us up about 15 minutes before we were supposed to be there and we arrived late to our own party! And it was great to have a third day to see our guests, and again we got a little carried away and stayed at Irish Whiskey until 9 that night drinking $1 bottles of J Roget “champagne”, and celebrating with friends new and old.
I can honestly say that our wedding weekend was hands down the best weekend of my entire life. It was filled with friends and family and most of all- joy, laughter and love. 72 hours was not long enough and I was so sad to see it come to an end. It reminded me of how much I love my family and The Runner’s family too and how wonderful our siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins really are. We don’t get to see nearly enough of them living so far away- and that is something that needs to change! It was also such a joy to see so many of our friends too! It was amazing to have friends from sydney, uni, and high school all in the same party— and totally weird and wonderful at the same time! I can’t speak for my husband- well, I can, but I have been told that I shouldn’t- but we totally felt the love that weekend. I can truly say that our marriage got off to a beautiful and joyful start! I’m writing this from our honeymoon in Belize, so Belize you me this is far from a comprehensive account of our wedding!
Thank you for everyone who came and made the weekend so special! I know there was one reader who was quite disappointed to find out that The Runner isn’t actually named The Runner- but for everyone else, I won’t blow his cover!