Today is our wedding day and things start off with a light head. We skipped our breakfast and had a lazy morning. The wedding is in the afternoon and the make up, hair and photographer are scheduled for around 15:00. We try to stay out of the sun as we don't want to be too burnt or otherwise marked for the big day.
Around lunch time we head out to the beach where we enjoyed a BBQ lunch. It was quite a windy day again, so we hoped for the best. Everybody at the resort (all 18 guests) knows that we are getting married here. So everybody keeps congratulating us and asking me if I am nervous. Not really, I just hope the weather will cooperate. Linda is so easy going, no stress about anything, although the wedding planner here, at least that is how they introduced Cleo, is sometimes driving us nuts with her uninterested and arrogant attitude. But we don't let her spoil our moment and try to ignore her incompetence as much as possible.
At the dock we see that the Crystal Clear has docked. A beautiful 64 foot boat. We will take this boat out on our mini honeymoon within a honeymoon on the 17th. We are both looking forward to that. Unfortunately we cannot find the captain yet to go over our literary, as he was at home resting from his previous trip.
Around 15:00 the people arrived at our suite. First the hair dresser and the make up girls. They are both from Virgin Gorda and came in with a ferry. The hair dresser started to work on Linda's curls which turned out great. A little later, Pierre and Erica, our photographers arrived. They started off making some pre wedding shots of the make up and hair process. Erica was great, she helped out Linda with female opinions on hairstyle and decor. We got some Caribbean good luck as a big rainstorm passed just before we had to head out. It looked a bit scary as it was some serious rain and wind, but soon enough the weather cleared up and the sky was painted with beautiful clouds. The light was perfect for photos as there was no sunshine causing hard shadows.
I dressed up in my white suit, and we headed out in our golf cart with Pierre and Erica, to make some photos. First we headed out to the docks where we made a lot of very nice photos. We climbed up the Crystal Clear to make some 'Titanic' shots, and Pierre and Erica had some very creative ideas on the shooting. For one photo Pierre went into the water as we were standing on the rocks next to the pier. This shot should have our reflection in the water. As we still have to receive the photos, I don't know yet how that turned out, but the idea was great. After the docks we headed out toward a path near the beach. Along the way we picked up a resort bicycle which we used as a 'prop' for a shoot along the road. My suit got dirtied by a big smudge of grease from our transportation golf cart, but we did not really care, we had fun and enjoyed the moments.
We ran out of time as pastor Paul had arrived and we needed to get started with the actual ceremony. We had our gazebo set up at the patio of the main restaurant. It was just a few minutes before sunset when we said our 'I Do' to each other. It was a magical moment, and I would not have wanted it any other way. After the ceremony we cut the cake and drank our champagne. We made some more photos with us and the sunset before heading back to our villa. We had to change into more comfortable (and for me, cleaner) clothes before having our wedding dinner.
The resort set up a table for us covered with flowers. Our bottle of champagne was waiting at the side. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner before retreating to our villa. It was a magical day in paradise, but in a way we are both glad it is done. No more worries about the organization of all of this. All that remains now is the banquet in Macau, but that is November....
Where to start, so much has happened the last few days. Now we are sitting at the Beef Island Airport and finally have some time to catch up on the Blog. We left off at the day before our BIG day, with a bot of a hangover.