In front of an assembled throng of family and friends, we finally went from "shacking up" to "husband-and-wife" after a courtship of over 13 years.
I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude to all who helped pull this off. Every time I think about how much everyone did to make our wedding a success, I actually get choked up.
Below are pictures from the wedding and from the events surrounding it. I'll post more as I get them. If you have any pictures, videos, or comments, please send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|These are the hooligans who attended my bachelor dinner|
at the Flame Steakhouse at the El Cortez.
Because of our boisterous (& completely wholesome)
storytelling, we got kicked out of the place.
|This is where we got married.|
Elvis & my Mother also got married there
(but not to each other!).
|This is the chapel where the ceremony took place.|
I managed NOT to pass out during the ceremony.
|Here is the lovely Princess just outside the chapel.|
|The Princess's brother graciously consented|
to walk her down the aisle and give her away.
|I read my marriage vows to the Princess.|
Judging from her reaction, she thinks they're
pathetic or hilarious (or both).
|These are the words I used to pledge myself to my Princess.|
|I still can't believe she said, "I do."|
I mean, look at me! Would you marry that?
|The entire wedding party: Jack, Bibi, Merci, The Princess, me,|
John, Dad, and Chris.
|The official wedding portrait.|
|At the Reception, Best Man "Grouchy John" Ynigues|
gives his speech while Harris the Steel-Drummer looks on.
|The Princess's brother Jack gives a heartfelt & poignant|
speech that made us both misty-eyed.
|The Princess chose Santa Monica, California,|
as the destination for our honeymoon.
Is it because she's such a fan of antique artillery?
|Seriously, someone married this guy?!|
|Believe it or not, riding bikes on the beach is the Princess's|
favorite thing to do in the whole world.
UPDATE: Well, it appears that the Little Church of the West did NOT record any video of our marriage ceremony. We are still working out why this happened, but, in any case, we can only hope that one of our wedding guests has some video and will send it to us soon. It wouldn't be the end of the world if such video doesn't exist. There are more important issues in the world.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Someone has just informed us that we may in fact have some video of the ceremony, which makes the Princess very happy. As soon as we get it, we will post it. I know you're all waiting with bated breath.