When my husband asked
me to marry him it was going to be his second marriage. Because
he had already had a large wedding ceremony I assumed our
wedding ceremony would be small and intimate and made plans
accordingly. The wedding I planned was very simple. I would not
wear a traditional bridal gown, our witnesses and only
guests were to be my future husband’s children. We would marry
in our home town of Destin, Florida and for a
wedding reception I envisioned having a small party for close family
several weeks after the ceremony.
My husband had other
plans entirely. He did not feel it was fair to take away the
traditional wedding from me simply because he had already had
one. He decided to plan a traditional wedding himself in order
to surprise me.
He claims he had no
help from a professional wedding planner, yet the wedding he
created for me was simply perfect from start to finish. He
somehow managed to think of everything from the bride’s dress
right down to specially selected reception music.
We had planned to marry
on a Saturday. That day, I woke up to find my future
step-daughter in my kitchen, with a silly grin on her face. She
handed me a letter from my fiancé. The letter explained that
today of all days should be special and memorable and that he
would not take no for an answer. I was to listen to my
step-daughter – she had all the details.
We started out by going
to a beauty salon, where my hair and make-up was professionally
done. My beautiful veil, designed to match my bridal gown
was artfully blended into my hairstyle. After all the pampering
and getting ready, my step-daughter took me to the beach, where
my fiancé, family and friends were waiting. A minister married
us at sunset – I cried.
After the beautiful
ceremony, we headed off to the
wedding reception. Once
there I had time to take in all of the hard work my husband had
put in. My wedding flowers were gorgeous, the menu tasty
and well thought out. The
did an excellent job catching all of the special moments. I got
to cram wedding cake in his mouth and toss my bouquet.
Even my step-daughter had on one of the most beautiful
bridesmaid’s dresses I had ever seen. A
played some of my favorite music and the decorations were just
what I would have selected myself.
I simply cannot believe
that my husband went through all of the work to create the
perfect wedding for me. It was one of the most thoughtful gifts
I have ever received. I now have a day full of wedding memories
that I will cherish forever. From
wedding flowers to our
beautiful wedding cake, everything was simply perfect.
I knew well before our
wedding that I was marrying a very special man, but the
thoughtfulness and care he showed me that day were a genuine
surprise. I am so very happy that I married him in Destin,
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