Sunday, July 1, 2012
My husband and I had a very unconventional wedding and reception. Today is not our wedding anniversary, but it IS the anniversary of our wedding reception. We got to celebrate our marriage for an entire week!
Daniel and I got married at The Grand Canyon Deer Farm on June 24, 2000. It was a small wedding with my brother as the best man, his sister as my maid of honor, and his parents and grandparents as guests. Our foster son was included in the wedding as well. My parents were planning to attend, but their car broke down on the way and they couldn't make it on time. Daniel and I said our vows under a beautiful pine tree with the deer eating my bouquet. It was awesome! After the ceremony, which lasted all of about 15 minutes, we fed the deer, walked around the park for a bit, then had lunch at a little place in Flagstaff called "Granny's Closet." They had the BEST salad bar with shrimp cocktail at no extra charge.
A week later, on July 1, we had a wedding reception in the back yard of Daniel's parents' house. There were a good 60-75 people there. We danced, visited with friends and family, and ate a buffet dinner and cake.
What did we do during the week between the two? Well, that was our "honeymoon." We did a stay-cation long before that was even a word, and we had a blast! For my bridal shower I had asked for gift certificates for all sorts of entertainment we usually wouldn't pay for. Each day of the week we did something different. One day we had lunch out, one day we caught a movie, and one day we went to Out of Africa Wildlife park. It was the most enjoyable week, and we got to sleep in our own beds each night.
The Monday following our reception Daniel headed back to work. I think we were both ready for life to get back to a normal routine by then, but the memories lived on. I wouldn't change a thing about our wedding and reception, except for my parents joining us. The great news is that my parents are a part of our marriage, which is more important than attending the actual event. They are a source of support as well as being a role model to Daniel and I when the going gets tough.
I feel lucky to have two special days to celebrate and a fantastic week in between to remember. We could have taken a grand vacation, but that just wasn't our style. When I was young I always said I was going to get married in jeans and a t-shirt, in a park, and have a picnic lunch. I guess we came pretty close!