Five years ago, I married the love of my life in the most amazing way possible:
We woke up early and got all of our dive equipment organized and loaded onto the boat. We had to coordinate with the guy (who works for National Geographic) that we hired to videotape the event and the guy who would be marrying us officially. The videographer started filming while we were waiting for the boat, while we were on the boat going to the dive site, the entire dive/ceremony, and the signing of our license afterwards. He did an incredible job!
On the boat with us was a Master Dive class consisting of about 5-6 people, their instructor, the captain of the ship, and the Dive Master for the trip. We didn’t know if we were going to be able to even have the ceremony due to the weather. The water was so choppy and rough, and the dives the day before had been cancelled. We had a modification to our dive trip, but it wasn’t cancelled (Thank God!). We were supposed to get married at the Christ of the Deep statue in Key Largo; however, that is a very shallow dive and the roughness of the conditions made visibility next to nothing, so we didn’t get to go there. Instead, we were married at the City of Washington, which is a wreck dive site.
The ceremony itself consisted of us signing our vows that were written on tablets, exchanging rings, and yes the final kiss. After the ceremony, we had our first dive as husband and wife. We saw a LOT of ocean life including lobsters, shark, coral, barracuda, and of course lots of other fish. It was an amazing dive with my heart pounding just from being a newlywed and seeing my first wreck.
Our second dive that day was way more relaxed, and I’m not even sure I remember a whole lot about it except for the feel of my husband’s hand in mine as we began this new journey together. When we got back to shore, we signed the marriage license and it was official! By the way, Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort is the BEST!!!!!!
Looking back over the past 5 years, we have had more than our fair share of challenges and we’ve grown so much. The best part is that we’ve truly grown together. I truly loved my husband the day I married him, but the depth of my love now is virtually uncomparable to what it was then. Brad Paisley sings a song called “Then” that is so absolutely true of how I feel. It’s even a soundtrack to our wedding video. I can’t imagine loving him more than I do now, but I’ve said that before…
Today, I get to celebrate with my husband in my arms; truly a blessing I never want to take for granted. Baby, the past five years have been filled with joy, sorrow, peace, challenges, pride, disappointment, accomplishments and dreams. I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives brings to us. As long as I have you, I know I can do anything. Thank you for loving me the way you do, encouraging me to be better than I was, being my best friend and soulmate, and always reminding me of how important our family and I are to you. I love you more than I could ever say my love.