On May 23, 2015 I officially married the love of my life and best friend of 11 years.
We chose to have a very small ceremony that we hosted in our home. We made this decison, as our intention was to expedite our marriage to better support our adoption process. Even though we were having a small living room wedding, I wanted to make sure that it felt special and looked like a wedding.
Things came together nicely and our day couldn’t have been more special for us.
In the end, I think a small ceremony was the way to go. It allowed us to focus on the true intent behind our marriage and not get caught up in the need to put on a ceremony for everyone else, or keep up with all the lavish weddings. It was perfect!
May in Winnipeg can be often unpredictable, and we were very fortunate to have nothing but sunshine and warmth our entire day. Thank goodness, because our photos were scheduled to be outside. We chose to have photos in the morning to beat the heat and use the morning light. The pictures turned out beautifully thanks to Patricia Lynne Photography. I really think she captured us and the love and joy we felt that day.
Following our ceremony, everyone in attendance were picked up and taken to a local restaurant where we had a private room. This continued the intimacy of the day and capped off what has to be the most important day of my life so far.
Now that we are back to reality, I have been busy getting together all of the name change information. I have decided to take R’s last name, except for professional reasons where I’ll be continuing to use my previous last name. We made this decision so that when we have our child, they will have the same last name as both of their parents. It will make things easier. Especially for travel!
Name changing itself, however, is not an easy task! I have had to spend a lot of time explaining there is not a “wife” or “bride”. Once I get through bringing the people into the current decade, everything else is simply administrative.
Next up.. we have our next step in the adoption process tomorrow, which is our two-day parenting education session. This is a legal requirement when adopting in Manitoba. I’m excited to take another step in our journey. 2015 has brought us an engagement, a wedding, starting the adoption process.. and eventually a baby. We couldn’t be happier.