Married Life

Wow am I way behind on this. Didn’t write a single thing last month! I’m going to blame it on all the things I had to do in order to get MARRIED!

Yeah that’s right, unless you’ve been ignoring me the past couple of weeks, you’re probably aware that I’m a married man now. I don’t have a whole lot of photos yet, I know that’s what you’re all waiting to see those, but our photographer is getting married herself soon, so she’s kinda busy herself! But I want to talk about my thoughts and feelings surrounding the event, the honeymoon (I’ll spare ya the salacious details, heh), and the few days of “regular” life.

I’ll admit, I was uncertain how the wedding would all come together. It just seemed like so many various little threads had to all come together to make a wonderful tapestry, and I wasn’t sure it would actually happen. Boy was I wrong. The Baker Building was just gorgeous. They did an amazing job putting it all together.

We did not follow the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before she walks down the aisle. Caitlyn, the photographer, wanted to get photos done before the ceremony/reception, so we did some “First look” photos. She stood me in the middle of the aisle and had me close my eyes until Karen was right behind me, then let me see her. I can’t wait to see how the photos turned out, because Karen was incredibly beautiful. I was floored. That’s not to say I was any less teary-eyed when she walked down the aisle, because I did. It was still an overwhelming experience, knowing she was coming ever closer to being my wife with each step.

We actually had 2 men officiate the wedding. Dr. Rex Butler, who if ya don’t know is the father of my best man and the man who prayed with me to receive Christ, presided over most of the ceremony while Ryon Price, the pastor of Karen’s church in Lubbock, lead the opening prayer and handled the communion. I loved how that turned out. Rex’s service was very unique in how it approached the traditional ceremony. It felt perfect for our wedding.

If you were at the wedding, you might have been able to see that we took Communion, but I doubt you could see the details. But what we planned on doing was the “dunking” method, as in taking the crackers, and dunking them in the grape juice. However, Ryon forgot, and we ate and drank seperately. I was amused, but I wasn’t about to say anything, because I much preferred the way we did it. If you get a chance to see the DVD of it, you’ll see what I mean.

I love my ring. I’ve put some photos up on Twitter, but I’ll try to get one in here as well. It’s a silver ring with some Hebrew on it that says “My beloved is mine, and I am hers”

Onto the Honeymoon! We went to the Grand Pineapple Resort in Negril, Jamaica, for a total of 4 nights. And while we had an amazing time, I learned a few things about the choice in the process. Don’t get me wrong, we had an amazing time, the scenery was gorgeous, and the food tasty, but a number of things made it less appealing as a future choice.

I ordered our package online through Grand Pineapple’s website. And maybe I should have checked it out a little more thoroughly, but I was under the impression that everything was handled. Well, I was wrong. Apparently transportation between the airport and the resort was not included. So when we got there, we ended up looking a little foolish because we were the only ones who had no idea that we were supposed to have transportation vouchers or something. Yeah, well, at no point was that made clear, so we ended up having to pay seperately for that.

Also, we made a HUGE mistake on our first morning there. When we went to South Padre, one of our favorite things to do was take morning walks  on the beach. It was peaceful, we could enjoy being with each other and enjoy the sound of the water. Do NOT try to do this in Jamaica. We were accosted by several vendors who would not listen to us when we tried to tell them to leave us alone, practically threw their merchandise at us, and got all indignant when we refused to pay for it. We got so sick of dealing with it that we just turned around and headed back. I guess that’s the price you pay being in a foreign country that’s so dependant on tourism, but I couldn’t stand it. Just made me mad.

Still, we had a lot of fun. I think I drank more alcoholic beverages those few days than I ever have in my life. Easy to do when they’re free and an expert is making them right? The food was amazing, especially the one night we had a beach BBQ dinner, complete with a local band for entertainment. I think the best thing we did was going snorkeling. I’ve never done that before, not over a lovely reef like where we went, so it was an awesome new experience. Still, I tried breathing through my nose way too much and ended up tasting seawater. Oops.

I love being married. Having Karen here all the time has been amazing. It just feels…natural having her here, as if we’ve always belonged together. It just works. We’re still making lots of adjustments, but we also understand each other amazingly well. I mean, who else is going to banish me to our room to play the game i’m reviewing for Doghouse Systems? She really is the best wife ever. I can’t wait to see where God takes us. I know it’s going to be awesome.

All righty guys, the next post should have a lot of wedding photos. Our photographer has gotten home from her own honeymoon and we’re incredibly excited to see her work! I’ll talk to you guys later, because I will definitely update more frequently!

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  1. I am so happy for you guys! You were separated by distance for so long, I love knowing you two are together now. 🙂 It makes the world seem right. Congratulations! *HUGS*

    • I only hope this first experience out of country will help you understand that it happens in MOST other countries where tourism is their greatest moneymaker. No matter what, unless you go off the beaten path, you’ll have vendors standing in front of you and attempting to block you from leaving without purchasing their goods. It may not be how you’re accustomed to things, but it’s how they do it. Sometimes they’ll even get a bit touchy-feely, but that’s usually while they’re picking your pocket.

      When booking anywhere, you always have to go through a travel agent if you want full packages. You can’t just expect for a resort to handle transportation if they’ve no desire to insure passengers from the airport to their hotel/motel/hostel/etc. I suppose that many of your friends, myself included, could have warned you about such things while traveling, but I had assumed you already knew. You also have to watch for extra fees and make sure you read fine print…but I’m guessing you’re aware of such now.

      I am happy that your wedding turned out to be all that you wanted and then some. Had family affairs not sprung up out of nowhere, I would have been able to see it first-hand, but I am glad to wait for the pictures, as well. I still have to put your gift in the mail when I have the opportunity to think straight for more than a few moments. =)

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