Estimated reading time: 5 minutes (unless you look at the pictures!)
I often preach the importance of balance. It’s something I struggle to keep in my own life, so I am constantly thinking about it and trying to figure out ways to better balance out myself. Well…one of the major things in my life that balances out my high strung, crazy anxious personality is my very patient and mellow partner, Miles.
Though Miles and I will be having our “wedding ceremony” with a small group of close family and friends in Mexico this November (and we needed to legally get married stateside), we decided to stop wasting time and just do it already!
What made this so special was that NO ONE knew about our secret plan except one of my dear Instagram friends who I had bonded with online, but never met in person, @TheHikingMermaid. You see, Miles and I had made this plan before we knew we were going to be moving. In fact, it was the very next day that we got the news that our lives were about to change! That sped everything up significantly. Since Mermaid and I had been talking about getting together for several months, I decided this was our last chance so I reached out. When I contacted her asking if she would join us and photograph the event, she was ecstatic (which got me even more excited!) SO, I hopped on Amazon and ordered a few different dress styles!
We were exactly a week from moving when we went to the DMV to get all our paperwork ready. You see, in Colorado (or at least Grand County) you can actually marry yourselves! You don’t even need witnesses (though we were going to have our photographer duo). That day at the DMV the system went down about 30 minutes before closing and stayed down for a very long time. I started to worry that we weren’t going to be able to get it all done and maybe we were going about all this the wrong way. It was about that time that the system came back on and we got everything processed within a matter of minutes!
The rest of the week we spent packing, seeing friends for the last time, and skiing as much as we could. Finally Saturday rolled around and Mermaid (along with her fiance, Trey, and their dog, Red) arrived. Miles and I were insanely exhausted from packing, but still we were excited. After introductions and lots of hugs (because Mermaid and I FINALLY got to meet) we got down to business. If you haven’t seen Mermaid’s instagram, stop what you are doing and go take a look. She is known for her epic sunrise/sunset/night scenes. With that being said, we got dressed and headed out to find a spot for some night shots. It was hard to stay still for them because I was so excited about the upcoming day and getting to have the amazing photos that I knew were going to produced.
It was the most amazing and magical day EVER! I had on no make up, was wearing a 2 piece dress that was less than $40, and my hair was a jumbled mess…and I felt completely at ease and comfortable as soon as I looked at my handsome groom. I would not change a single thing about the day!