Friday morning I awoke in a beautiful hotel room listening to the sounds of the ocean. I rolled over to see the sun coming up and instantly smiled as I realized it was the day I had been waiting for forever: the day Ryan and I would finally get married. The best day ever. As the rest of the bridesmaids got up, we made ourselves breakfast and enjoyed some juice on the balcony in our fancy hotel robes.
"Ashley, this man whom you hold by the hand is to be your husband. It is upon your life, your love and your devotion that he will lean upon for strength and inspiration. He will look to you for encouragement, cheerfulness, and confidence. Do you vow here, as you have promised Ryan, That you will be loyal in adversity, Ministering to him in affliction, Comforting in sorrow, And forsaking all others, Keeping yourself only into him as long as you both shall live?" And I did too
Wear it with love and joy.
As this ring has no end, neither shall my love for you.
I choose you to be my wife/husband this day and every day.
More details on the reception to come tomorrow...I'm so glad that I have this blog so that I can look back and cherish these memories for years to come and so that I can share them with our friends and family who were unable to make it.