Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This Life on a Loop

At 3:30 a.m. the morning of our wedding, I woke up to the sound of falling rain. I laid in bed caught somewhere between slight panic that it might continue until 2:30 p.m. when we were supposed to do pictures at the park, and relief that it was happening now and might be over within the next few hours.

If it had rained, everyone would have survived. We would have called it good luck and tried to stay dry as we dashed from cars to buildings.

But it didn't rain. Fortune and the forecast smiled on us and we got to enjoy a nice mud-free couple hours of picture taking. And then jubilation ensued...

The day after the wedding, we drove to Santa Ynez, one of our favorite wine-tasting spots, for a mini-honeymoon. It was pouring so hard on the drive up, the windshield went completely white a couple times.

"We are SO lucky this weather is happening today," I said more than once.

We were so lucky that everything we'd worked so hard to plan went off without a hitch.

We were so lucky that our guests crowded the dance floor and filled the air with laughter—even when I had the DJ play Xanadu. We were lucky they loved our food and our cake and our speedy ceremony.

Before we hit Santa Barbara, Mr. Wonderful grabbed my hand and sheepishly told me he already had something planned for our one-year anniversary.

"I booked us the Caveman Room at the Madonna Inn," he told me.

The Madonna Inn is where we got engaged. The Caveman Room is one of their most popular suites and has to be booked months in advance. I am so lucky to have a man in my life who possesses the forethought—and thoughtfulness—to plan an anniversary trip for us an entire year in advance. Ooga Booga Mr. Caveman Wonderful. I'll find myself something leopard print to wear that weekend.

When we returned from our mini-escape and I (finally!) had some time to read my favorite blogs, I came across a beautiful post from Mandy at You've Got to Be Kidding Me. It's about how much she loves THIS life. This one right now. And how she doesn't want to say goodbye. How she wants to live it on a continuous loop.

Me, too, Mandy.

All this luck. All this love. I want to pass through it a million times and a million times again after that.


Dingo said...

Holy moley! I can't believe I've been out of the loop for so long I've missed all the pre-wedding stuff! Time just flew by.

Congrats, my friend. Congrats! I can't wait to see more pics.

Sizzle said...

Love that sentiment. What a great place to be in!

And way to go to Mr. W with that pre-planning. Can he please email Mr. Darcy and share his tips? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Your dress is beautiful!!

Jane Moneypenny said...

I'm so ridiculously happy for you! I swear that just yesterday, y'all had just started dating...

laura said...

WOW...way to go Mr. W booking your one year anniversary already! :)

Janice MacLeod said...

Gotta love it when weather arranges itself in your honor. Love the photo of you and Mr. W dancing.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Mr. W has already planned your one-year anniversary? Soooooooo awesome! For our first anniversary ... I bought us U2 tickets. I don't remember what Sweets did. Our 2nd anniversary ... I planned a trip to NYC. I don't remember what Sweets did.

This makes him sound like an oaf and he's soooooo not ... but, presents aren't his strong suit. Enjoy what you've got, girl!!!!

LesleyG said...

Way to go, Mr. W!

There was a day a couple months ago, I think (it was still football season, that I know) wherein between a morning run, brunch at my house, and then family over for chili and to pretend watching football I felt like it was one of my best days, ever. I remember saying "this is the day I'd pick for my Groundhog Day, if we got to pick." It's a good feeling.