we got hitched!!!
The conversation of December 13th went something like this:
Him: “I have some great news, I got a bonus at work!”
Me: “Well done, you! Woop! Woop!”
Him: “And I thought I could use it to come visit you this Christmas!”
Me: “Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” (Sound barrier broken)
Him: “And I was thinking that maybe we should get married while I’m there!”
Me: Silence. Tears. The word “Yes!” wanted to come out a thousand times but I was too choked up to say it. He knew it was yes, though. It was always yes.
The days leading up to Christmas this year were filled with last-minute phone calls and short notice invites and emails to a thousand people — searching for venues, finding an officiant, buying a dress, booking hotel rooms, renting a car, making dinner reservations, writing vows on Christmas morning and shopping for wedding bands on boxing day. I essentially had 10 days to plan a wedding between Christmas and New Years and the result of that planning was nothing short of perfect — an intimate wedding in front of a fireplace at the Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid on a stormy winter Wednesday. Somehow cupcakes and champagne featured. And there was a giant moose head overlooking the ceremony. And my friend Jess played our song and our friend Sean took these amazing photos and Joe’s brother flew in from England with his partner. And everything just magically fell into place.
It’s all a blur now. It happened so quickly. But I do remember the love in that room. Our legs were shaking like leaves and I was nervous as hell but nothing mattered. All the things I thought might matter… didn’t. I forgot about everything the moment I stood in front of him. It felt like the most “right” thing I’ve ever done in my life.
And now I am his wife. Mrs. Stewart. And I love calling him my husband. I love knowing that I get to be by this man’s side for the rest of my life, through thick and through thin. He really is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I dropped him off at the airport yesterday for the last time. This is the last tearful goodbye. Next time I fly to London (fingers crossed for Spring – visa depending), I’ll be going home. To my husband. And we can finally start our life together. And we can think about what colors to paint the walls and what to do with that old couch of his and I can fix the faucet while he cooks me eggs for breakfast (he makes the best eggs and that faucet won’t fix itself) and we can plan our second wedding (yes. there will be a wedding in England. mental!) and where we want to honeymoon and what we want to call our babies, if ever we go down that road. You know. That kind of stuff. It’s been nearly 3 years since the day we met and we are only just beginning. The best is yet to come.
Us Two by A. A. Milne
Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.
“Let’s go together,” says Pooh.
“What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh.
(“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.)
“I think it ought to be twenty-two.”
“Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
“It wasn’t an easy sum to do,
But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what it is,” said Pooh.
“Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
“Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
“As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That’s what they are,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what they are,” said Pooh.
“Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.
“I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!
Silly old dragons!”- and off they flew.
“I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,
“I’m never afraid with you.”
So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. “That’s how it is,” says Pooh.