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A few wedding pictures. I don't think the contract with the photographer allows us to post these, but I wanted to put a couple up just to give everyone who couldn't be there an idea. Oh yeah, click on the images to see them full size. (Sorry, I'd put a cut in, but it'd mess up how it looks on the webpage).

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The bit wot comes after

Ah, the honeymoon... a time to get away from it all and enjoy each other's company for a few days of peace...

Heidi's parents part own a cabin about an hour's drive north of Seattle, near La Conner, with five other families. It's currently being redeveloped by them all, but we were given the opportunity to stay there for a couple of days, and it's really quite nice. You drive down a road called Pull And Be Damned Road, then turn off down a one-way return track and the cabin is just above the beach on the coast of the Sound (well, it's north of the sound really). It's utterly peaceful, with the only real sound being the water lapping on the pebbles and the view out over the water... we were there on the Friday and Saturday, and spent the time mostly playing Yahtzee and walking around La Conner, which was cold. It was also quiet, for some reason, and it's a very small touristy place anyway, so there wasn't a great deal to do there. Suited us ;)

On Sunday we took the ferry from Anacortes out to San Juan Island, and we spent the next two days at a B&B. This doesn't do justice at all to what this place was like - there's a webpage here which might give you an idea of what the rooms were like (we stayed in the Whalewatch Suite). With a king bed, a gorgeous steam shower and double bath, a real log fire and a verandah with views over Haro Strait to Victoria (*so* close to Canadia, to freedom *sob*), it was very relaxing and just what we needed after the hectic wedding stuff. San Juan is a very beautiful island, if somewhat quiet, and I think we'll try and move there some day... if we can afford the $4 million for land purchase ;p (properties are actually in the $250k-600k region, mostly).

Back in Austin, now, we're busy getting things back on track as far as organisational stuff is concerned. We'll probably be submitting the AOS documentation in the next week or so (it would've been done already except it wasn't, for hopefully obvious reasons), and then if all goes well I'll be able to work within 30-60 days. That'll definitely be a relief for both of us...
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So, the wedding. Firstly, the non-official pictures (disposable cameras were left on each of the tables at the reception for anyone to take whatever pictures they wanted) have been processed and are online, but I'm going to grab them from the supplying webpage and do some editing of them before I post them. Rest assured that they will be up shortly. I don't believe we can post any of the official ones, which means there will be little to no pictures of the actual ceremony, but at least you'll get an idea of what everyone looked like and how the reception was ;)

The time preceeding the wedding was pretty hectic, though I found that I had little direct involvement in things that were being done - usually when I asked "What do I need to do?" the answer was "Nothing, you can do what you want", which was quite an easy set of instructions to follow. I spent a bit of time with my family and Heidi's family, and both, which is/was great in its own way but I find being around people to be very tiring and get grumpy rather quickly, so after a couple of days I'd quite had my fill of people and wanted some alone time. Still, I survived without strangling anyone for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and come the day of the wedding was at the church by 2pm to help a little with the decorating - because the ceremony was on a Sunday, the church was busy until around 1pm, which meant that it was ultimately a good idea to have an evening ceremony as it gave enough time to get all the preparations done! Many, many people chipped in with that part of the work and they did a great deal to transform the room and give it the ambience that it had, for which I'm very grateful. If I can get a picture of how it looked I will.

We were ready by 5.30 for the portrait photos to start, and they took *ages* - poor Heidi was in nearly every one of them, and she was aching by the time they finished nearly 2 hours later (yes, we saw each other before the ceremony; no, it wasn't really avoidable and in the end we were more bothered about getting things done than adhering to tradition). Then it was nearly straight into the ceremony, with myself and my two sidekicks (my brother, Chris, and Heidi's brother, Jon) coming into the room from the back and through the floral arch from which the service was conducted by Heidi's parents, who are both pastors. Her mum and mine then lit separate candles, before the maid of honour (Susannah, Heidi's sister), matron of honour (Vicki, Heidi's best friend) and the flower girl (Ashley, one of her cousins) preceeded Heidi, escorted by her dad, to the arch, all to the sound of some gorgeous lute music.

The actual ceremony was quite concise: Heidi's mum performed the introductions, and then her dad gave a short sermon, before her Aunt Denise sang "Con te partirai" (I'm not sure what the actual name is, but it's the one that was badly translated into "Time to say goodbye" and sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli) beautifully. We then read our identical vows simultaneously, and our rings were exchanged. Finally, a unity candle was lit by both of us using the candles lit by our respective mothers earlier.

Okay, so I've vastly oversimplified that, but that's about it. There's a couple of video recordings of it available and I'll do what I can to get them online asap, but at the moment it's not easy for lack of hardware. Anyhow, I'm sure Heidi will post a description from her viewpoint at some time.

There followed the reception, which was held at the back of the church in a raised area seemingly designed for just this purpose, involving much in the way of sugary goodness as prepared by innostrantsa and her cohorts, whose LJ names I momentarily forget. The cake - a light blue multilayered cake, pictures of which will assuredly follow - was also cut, of course, and we stuffed a piece into each others' mouths as tradition demands ;) There was NO DANCING. We don't do dancing. But everyone seemed to enjoy it and it was good to see everyone in one place, even those people who I didn't entirely know (Heidi has a much bigger family than I). By the end of the night though, both of us were very knackered.

The honeymoon was on hold for a couple of days, whilst people were still in town, but I'll post a description of this in a separate entry. I'd like to take the opportunity, though, to thank everyone who was there, everyone who helped to put it together, everyone who wanted to be there but couldn't and everyone who sent us best wishes in all forms - you all made it very special for us. Cheers :)
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Flowers...

I've been browsing, and came across some images of flowers that I really fell in love with:

For me, I like this one . I know that cascades are "out" right now stylistically. Everyone's into the Martha Stewartesque nosegay bouquets, but with a BIG dress, I just think it doesn't quite fit, and besides, as a little girl I always dreamed of a cascade...so a cascade it is! This one has almost the perfect balance between greenery and flowers, and it reflects the shades of cream and ivory look I want.

For the bridesmaids, this pretty, yet smaller number but in slightly less purple/pink, and more blue/cream to go with my colors. Susanna liked this one the best...I'd also like to have little wired silver bead shapes (maybe snowflakes?) in my bouquet and the bridesmaids', and/or maybe some silver ribbon woven in to integrate that accent color as well.
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We finally managed to get the invitations made up today. Well, most of them: a good quarter of the 100 sheets we had printed up on the vellum weren't acceptable - either smudged or badly printed - so we're going to take them back and ask to have them reprinted. Still, we're only 4 short of what we need (as opposed to what we want) as it is, so with any luck we'll be able to get the vast majority of them out within the next couple of days. If you're curious, the text is very similar to what's written on the entrance page of the targoneva.com webpage; hopefully we'll be able to get a colour picture of a made-up invitation posted there soon, too.
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Everything's hunky-dory with the passports; my application got processed in just over a week, so it's nice to see some part of the system is working, and I now have a hologramified picture of me without long hair to use for the next decade or so. I've also put Heidi as my first next of kin, which is odd in a first-official-document-with-this-sort-of-thing-in kind of way ;) My old one's now come back, too - having paid the extra £4 to have it sent in a recorded delivery bag, it actually took longer than the (free) second class post method would've done because I couldn't go in and pick it up...
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Well, I suppose I should put in my two cents worth too! I promise to come back and fill in everything I've figured out so far, but I thought I'd test this out first.
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Okay, a first post :) I think most of the layout bugs are fixed now, with a little help from my friends, and everyone should be seeing the same thing. There's not a great deal here yet, but some real wedding content and related stuff will arrive soon. In the meantime any updates will be posted by either myself or Heidi using this, courtesy of Livejournal. You'll be able to look forward to finding out why your comments are tolling a bell, and why there's a tulip in the top corner. Heady stuff!
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