5 years

5 years ago today, I was on a cruise ship docked in Key West, marrying my husband.

A cruise ship isn’t the most glamorous backdrop for a wedding, let me tell you. In fact, it was pretty ugly. Truthfully, though, I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s not the details that are important. The most important thing was the commitment we were making to each other.

Immediately after the ceremony the ship departed for Mexico. I really should have been wearing sunglasses for the outdoor shots. It was so sunny! But you know what? That doesn’t matter either. I was married to Paul, and nothing was more important than that.

We were already out to sea when it came time to cut the cake. The frozen cake. The frozen, flavorless, awful cake. It’s okay, I didn’t mind. I still don’t. Everything that wasn’t “perfect” just became a funny detail to reminisce about later. I love this shot. It truly sums up the wretchedness that was that cake. Neither of us is a big fan of cake anyway.

Next to marrying my best friend, the second best part of our wedding was afterward. We got to spend 4 days vacationing with the

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