One morning about three weeks ago over a cup of coffee, Brent and I finally decided to get married. We were going on 9 years together, two of which we were officially "engaged", but we were nowhere near actually planning our wedding... it all just seemed too overwhelming. I finally just looked at him and said "I want to be married to you, and I'm happy to go down to the courthouse on our anniversary... just me and you". He promptly and emphatically replied, "ME TOO". So, that was that - later in the day we walked over to the Santa Cruz Courthouse from my office downtown, applied for our marriage license, and made our appointment for December 1st... our 9th anniversary.
It has now been 3 days since our little courthouse wedding, and I'm feeling more with every passing moment that this was the best decision we have ever made together.
Aside from the minor freak-out I had the morning of our wedding (totally in my own head and only about what I was wearing), the day was completely relaxing and fun. The ceremony itself only took about 10 minutes, and that's only because it was interrupted a couple of times by calling Rudy back after he'd run off to pee in various areas of the park. We each only cried for a bit, just when the officiant started the ceremony and we felt the gravity of the moment. After that it's honestly all a blur... I just remember feeling really content.
By the time we were finished taking pictures we were starving and ready for brunch at our usual neighborhood joint, Rocky's Cafe. We read the paper together over our meal just like it was any other day, except this time the staff at Rocky's said they were treating us to our meal since it was such a special occasion. I truly love this sweet, funky little community we live in!
On the way home from lunch we decided to stop at Monty's Log Cabin for our post-wedding cocktail toast and received more warm, generous service to celebrate the day. The bartender paid for our drinks and gave us little cupcakes to feed each other. We shared our first dance while Al Green played on the jukebox, and played a game of billiards before we headed home for an afternoon nap. Later in the evening we went to our usual anniversary spot, the Davenport Roadhouse, and popped a bottle of fancy champagne with dinner.
I cannot imagine a better wedding day for us - I loved spending the day pretty much how we would normally spend any day together. Everything felt like a little celebration of our normal everyday life, which is pretty freaking fabulous exactly how it is.