Early on in the wedding planning process we decided to have a Canadian civil marriage in advance of our destination wedding.
This has been the source of much controversy and confusion. I assure you, our choice had nothing to do with a pregnancy or an immigration issue. Rather, it was our way of avoiding the blood tests, high costs, and translation difficulties caused by a Mexican wedding.
I must confess I had been so busy prepping for my half marathon and planning our destination wedding that our civil marriage completely snuck up on me. Which was a good thing because it allowed me to completely relaxed and enjoy the moment.
At 4pm on October 29th, 2010 the Fiancé and I made it legal. We shared the occasion with a small group of friends and colleagues.
It was small. Understated. Joyful. And full of meaning.
There have been few moments in my life that have been so purely joyful.
I honestly didn’t feel nervous at all. As the Fiancé and I held hands, looked into each others eyes, and recited our vows, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace. Like all was right with the world.
And it was.
Did you have a civil wedding or did you opt instead for a large traditional wedding? How about both?