"Minister" Randy presides over the ceremony
we are gathered together here to join together this man and this woman in matrimony.
If any person can show just cause why they may not be joined together, forever hold your peace because they don't care...
Shannon and I got married last week. The ceremony had a running "theme", so I guess it qualifies for a post on the running-down blog.
When we got engaged, we decided to have the ceremony on the beach in Emerald Isle, NC. We reserved a few houses for the week and invited friends and family to come join us.
Since neither of us are very religious, we asked our friend Randy to be the "officiant".
The ceremony was on Friday, at the end of the week. So before that we had six days of fun in the sun, relaxing with friends and family.
|Hardly anyone broke their finger playing volley ball|
|Calyx does a cartwheel|
|We even brought the trampoline|
|Living large... the hot tub overflowed|
|The Atlantic tries to drown me|
...Do you, Anthony, take Shannon to be your wife, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, in dogs and cats, as long as you both shall live?"I do!"
...Do you Shannon take Anthony to be your husband, in sickness and in health, for richer, for poorer, in 5Ks and marathons as long as you both shall live?"I do!"
We then exchanged vows and rings.
...And so, by the power vested in me by the North Carolina Board of Architecture, I now pronounce you husband and wifeWe kissed, Champagne corks popped and the two Dads made toasts.
You may now kiss each other.
I thanked everyone, and then Shannon and I took off down the beach on our first run together as a married couple, with our wedding party in tow.
|Lula was "Dog of Honor"|
|Jorge was "Best Dog"|
|We made our escape.|
|She stopped to take a picture, so I left her.|
|Bubbles brought Piñatas for the party|
|This one was filled with mini bottles of gin and rum|
Wedding 2 - The Prequel
It turns out that Randy's particular profession is not legally qualified to be an official officiant.
So before we headed out to the beach, we stopped at the court house in Raleigh, and took care of that pesky technical "legal" part of the marriage.
The guys on Wall Street are getting millions in bonuses for scamming people out of their life savings, and this guy is in jail for bouncing a check to get some food.
I almost pulled out my wallet to pay the $190 to set him free, but didn't. We might go back and do that.
Anyway, that was our wedding week.
More pictures are here. Big thanks to Bubbles for taking the great pictures of the ceremony, and afterwards.