May 23, 2009
It began with a love for music.... since the beginning of time--or at least from the beginning of each of our lives. I played random household items with my siblings as a kid annoying my family with abnoxious singing and pecking songs on pianos. He picked up a guitar and I think knew right away what to do with it--other than how to hold it since he does that backwards, being a lefty.
It was our love for music that brought us together. He played trombone in highschool band and I played flute in highschool band. These schools of course were 2 hours away, but paths met when we both were auditioning for all-region band. I was 15 at the time and had only had one significant boyfriend in my life. Some friends I was with (all boys) met me outside my audition room when I finished and told me they had met someone I would think was "hott". They said he looked like "Omar" from the Mars Volta (a band we all liked a lot at the time). I went to grab some dinner in the cafeteria and heard someone singing and PLAYING (not just holding or playing terribly, but really playing) guitar. I had to go listen. I requested a song by the same band and sang along while he played and sang. I went back to my friends and asked if that was him and it was. He in fact, did not look like "Omar", but like the singer, Cedric (because of his hair), but it didn't matter because I DID find him attractive just as they predicted. Well, of course I didn't make all-region band; I got my music 3 days before tryouts, but one of my friends and my new crush did make all-region where they roomed together and went on to room together for all-state also. About 6 months later I got a call from someone. It was my friend, Jameson who asked if I wanted to talk to his friend or something like that and was like, "who is this?" I kept hearing "Alias" and was like "who the heck would name someone Alias, what's your real name?" After a while, I finally understood he was saying "Elliott" and told me he was with my friend, Jameson. He told me he would be in town for the weekend. Jameson told him there was a girl who had the "hotts" for him and so the next day they came to my house because of course Elliott had to meet again the girl who he now knew had the "hotts" for him. He looked totally different than before with long straight hair, but still good-lookin'. And so we began to "talk" from that day on. I was 16 years old (but starting my senior year at high school) at this point, he was 18. We began dating at the end of that summer in 2006.
After 3 days in England, we hopped on a plane and flew to Budapest, Hungary where we stayed for 4 nights. Surprisingly, we loved it even more than Windsor. We stayed in a perfect location right in the middle of a pedestrian square with St. Stephen's Basilica the main view when we walked out our hotel door. We did some sight seeing, but never toured parliament since we were having so much fun just relaxing and enjoying the city. We ate out and ate well. We will never regret our visit to this amazingly beautiful city.
This was our street and the view of the Basilica from the door to our hotel.
Heroes Square The Opera House
The Bridge from the "Buda" side
View from the top
Eating out in Budapest...
In Pizza Hut
St. Stephens Basilica - we went to a concert here one night
So we got married on May 23 and 3 weeks later on the 13 of June we left for London. We stayed in a cute historic hotel in Slough, England, which is an industrial suburb of London. Slough in itself is not the prettiest place, but was only a short walk to the train station and 5 minutes on the train to Windsor--and our hotel was a very nice and quaint place to stay. Slough is also where the British "The Office" was created. We loved Windsor so much. It was small, walkable, dainty, and everything was a sight to see! We toured the castle too.. so neat, but no pictures allowed inside the building.
Starting time: 2:00pm on May 23, 2009
Wedding Party walked in to "Now my feet won't touch the Ground" - a folky sounding tune by Coldplay.
The ringbearer began his walk down the aisle during "Only Hope" - by Switchfoot ... the flower girl followed, carrying her teapot shaped basket.. and then THE BRIDE... me.
As far as music goes I wanted a live musician, but I didn't know any cello players and the thought of "Only Hope" without a cello was crushing me so we just played tracks.
My Grandpa, who married my parents also, led the ceremony as the officiant.