Let's be honest for a moment, shall we? The groom gets no respect. Nobody wants to talk to the groom. Nobody wants to see pictures of the groom. Weddings are all about the bride. And you know what? I'm alright with that.
After being given away by June and serenaded by the Kaipat Family Singers (ladies and gentlemen, the Kaipat Family Singers!), it was time for Edz and me to get this wedding ceremony thing out of the way.
After flying across the planet, chartering a boat, ordering enough cupcakes to feed an army (pictures of the cupcake wedding cake in an upcoming post, I promise), oh, and three and a half years of dating, it was time to actually get married. Whoa.
The ceremony was a lot of fun and there were a lot of smiles. True, one person who shall go unnamed was bawling her eyes out, but for the most part people were laughing and smiling and enjoying our special moment.
Most of all, Edz was having a good time. We picked the windiest day of the week to get married on the ocean, so the ceremony was performed at the dock before we launched. Even then, the boat was rocking side to side and back and forth.
This made several people, including Edz' mom, seasick, but it added to the fun. It's a good thing Edz was wearing those shoes to keep her steady.
More than one person joked that we still had time to get out of the wedding because the boat was still at the dock. Ha, ha ha. Honestly, I was so into the moment (and focused on NOT dropping the rings into the ocean), that I didn't realize Edz was laughing this much.
And then things got serious when it was time to take our vows. We didn't write our vows or anything, and just opted for the usual (although somebody took out 'honor and obey!' WTF!) We also didn't have bridesmaids or groomsmen. CNMI law requires that weddings have two witnesses, so we had Mom and Brad do it. Judge Alex Castro asked them to stand behind us during the ceremony.
This is the obligatory holding hands shot, before the rings were on our fingers.
I kind of like how Jim is taking a picture in the background. Yes, this is a beautiful moment, wait let me take a picture!
And then I place my ring onto Edz' finger.
Then Edz places her ring onto mine.
And makes double sure that it is on there and won't come off.