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January 04, 2007

We Did It!

David and I have now been married for twenty-four hours. I have to admit, it doesn't feel any different yet, except that I have a ring on my left hand (I had been wearing my engagement ring on my right hand). It was, however, the absolute perfect wedding. My parents drove us to the Chelsea courthouse, with the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" playing in the car. I got us checked in and paid for the ceremony ($10), while our parents affixed their flowers. After that, we had about fifteen minutes before the ceremony, so we took photographs with just about every permutation of relatives we could think of: David and his brother, me and my cousins, David and me with his parents, with my parents, with my aunt and uncle, etc. Between all the relatives there were five cameras: two film and three digital. I'm working on getting the pictures up on the internet so that our friends can see them.

The ceremony itself only took about two minutes. The judge warned us that marriage is a solemn commitment not to be entered into lightly (he was a very serious older-looking man in judical robes -- I certainly wasn't taking him lightly!), and asked us if we took each other as husband and wife and if we promised to care for each other for the rest of our lives. I had imagined being married to David so many times over the past 5+ years, but I had no idea what it would feel like to actually say "'till death do us part." It was pretty magical. The best part, of course, was what happened after the judge said "you may kiss the bride."

After the ceremony, David stepped on a light bulb that we had brought per my grandfather's instructions. The judge jumped, startled, and admonished David for breaking glass in his courtroom. But it didn't matter -- we were married!

Posted by eklanche at January 4, 2007 12:06 PM


I think that if we had warned the Judge it would have been okay, but the stomp and crash, just as he had turned his back, kind of caught him off guard. Live and learn, I suppose.

I'm happy that we could honor your grandfather's request, but I hope he would have been willing to come bail us out if the judge had decided to detain us as terrorists.

Posted by: dmerch at January 4, 2007 01:03 PM


Posted by: khgarner at January 4, 2007 09:48 PM

congrats, emily! sounds like a great beginning to the new year. xo isa.

Posted by: isaq at January 7, 2007 11:31 PM

Emily and David, I'm so happy for you! Mazel tov and many, many wishes for many, many long and happy years.


Posted by: esik at January 30, 2007 10:38 AM

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