I remember the day clearly. That morning I woke up at 5:00 am to go get my hair done. I yelled at my brother that morning, not because I was upset but because I was nervous. I don't remember the ride over but I remember walking in. I met Heath there. We sat together to get some needed paperwork filled out and then we parted. We headed to the dressing rooms to change our clothes. Next we met with the sealer. This sealer happened to be the father-in-law of a teacher I had at Salt Lake Community College. I had met him before. He made sure that we knew the answer was yes. We headed into the room holding hands. Friends and family were there with smiles on their faces and some with tears in their eyes. We knelt across the alter and it started. We were promised sweet blessings. We both said yes.
Then it was time to change clothes again. Heath headed to the dressing room and I headed to the bridal room. It was a neat room with different sections all with mirrors and little tables (in case there was more then one bride). My mother and mother-in-law were there with me. They brought my dress which had been mended by some of the workers there. There were a few little loops in the back that had broken on one side. My mom and Lorie helped me put it on. The top was like a corset. For a second I thought that I couldn't breath and that I might hyperventilate. I took a few deep breaths and was fine. I was all dressed from veil to white tennis shoes and met up with Heath again. We walked out of the Temple and were greeted by the people we loved most. It rained that day. It was fine.
We had a reception that day. The center pieces on the tables were ceramic pieces Heath had made. The flowers were gerber daisies (in kind of an earthy tone). We rented a little building called the Relief Society hall. It was little. Some might even say tiny. Heath and his dad made the back drop that was wrapped in white tulle . My Friend Lindsay sang a song. We had a wedding cake but the cake we served was from Costco. We had a wedding video playing with pictures of us and songs that we had called "ours". We didn't spend much money because we didn't have much money. I don't regret a thing about it.
We stood at the front of the room almost the entire time. I wish so badly that we would have danced. Lots of family members came and good friends. Even an old friend of mine came from far away. Also, a man that was in his 90's that was a patient of mine (for physical therapy) was there in his wheel chair. Then it was time to leave. We were saying our good byes and then a moment I was dreading, saying good-bye to my parents. My mother and I hugged and shed a few tears (ok, it was more like sobbing). This would be the last I would see of her on this trip to Utah. My dad isn't much of a cryer but he had tears in his eyes too. We went back to Heath's parents house to change and I can remember telling him we had to hurry and leave before everyone else started coming back. I couldn't say bye to my mother again. I couldn't take it. At the end of the day I was so glad to get that dress off. My back hurt :) Definitely a day to remember.
I love that guy I married 7 years ago. More today than that day.