July 12 2013 – Best day of my life

I woke up on the morning of the wedding surprised that I managed to sleep so well that night. I don’t know whether it was because all the family were together or just because it felt like the start of a perfect day. My attention quickly turned to my wife to be Meagan, wondering what emotions she was going through at the moment. I quickly got ready and vacated the room I was sharing with Meagan’s parents, before she had the chance to sneak in. I still had things to do in the morning so I started off with finding a razor to shave. Meagan wasn’t very particular about how I looked except she wanted me to be clean shaven. I found the local supermarket to have a small selection of razors, but enough for me to meet Meagan’s requirements. I still had some time up my sleeve so I decided to walk along the promenade of Cavtat, the town we were staying in as I reflected on what was the biggest day of my life thus far. As I made my way closer to the villa, I could hear the laughter and excitement coming from the living room where Meagan was getting ready. I was happy that she was enjoying herself.

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I began to work on my speeches for the night, quickly realising that the Croatian version was much more difficult to put together. There were a lot of things I wanted to say but knew I would have difficulty with sharing this and I wanted to make sure these were written down so I would not forget. After that, everything is such a blur as things went so quickly. Too quick in fact, that the photographer had arrived and I still had to shower and shave.  I managed to fit this in but then had problems locating my suit. Somehow it had been moved and after some frantic searching by my sister, the moment of panic subsided. The photographer was quick to take a few photographs and then I managed to finish getting ready.

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By now the bus taking us to the church was here so we began moving up the street. I remember that it was really hot and I was hoping for a cool bus. Unfortunately the weather was so hot that the air conditioning did very little. We drove off from the villa and I wanted some entertainment so a few of us began singing some Croatian songs. It was an unbelievable experience to be driving towards the wonderful city of Dubrovnik singing these songs with close family and friends. I am unsure of what Meagan’s family were thinking as we were nothing like the Rat Pack even though we think we have great voices. I am sure if provided for some amusement to many of our guests.

We made our way to the church which was beautifully decorated for our day. It was how Meagan wanted it so I was happy that she would get a lovely surprise when she comes in. I stood out the front and can remember how hot it was, particularly as churches are cold. I had to get a tissue to wipe the sweat from my brow, but was comforted that many other people in the church were doing the same thing and it wasn’t from nerves. I was looking around and noticed that there were people missing so I was hoping that they would make it before Meagan arrived. The violin and cello began playing and it was such a beautiful sound which made me much more comfortable. I could see some commotion outside and realised that Meagan had arrived. I quickly turned around as I didn’t want to see her until she was walking down the aisle. When the time came, it was an absolutely amazing moment which words cannot describe. I became emotional, watching Meagan and her father walking down the aisle in tears. She looked absolutely stunning, her gown which she kept a secret from me during the whole trip fitting her perfectly. Her hair and makeup did wonders to show off her amazing features. I couldn’t have asked for a better bride on this amazing day. I was truly the luckiest man on Earth.

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The ceremony began and we were not completely sure how things would go. We had a rehearsal the day before but were still uncertain on certain parts of the ceremony. It happened to go very well until the signing of the marriage certificate. Meagan went first to sign and then I followed her. I put my signature down on the paper and the priest looked at me and said in a firm tone, sign legibly. I was surprised by his comment but I couldn’t do anything about. I sign my name so it cannot be forged but father wasn’t a happy man. I wondered why this happened to me when Meagan had to go first and had to sign with a different surname. We then walked out of the church to Beyonce’s song, Halo which holds many special memories for us.

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What I felt was the hardest part of the wedding was over and I was now happy to celebrate this special day with Meagan and our guests. We took some photos with all our family and friends and it was a moment when you reflect on how lucky you are to have such a wonderful group of family and friends to share this moment with. The next part of the wedding was a surprise for our guests as we were heading out for a cruise on a boat around Dubrovnik. We wanted to thank our guests for coming by taking them for a ride along the coast. It was such a great experience except that it ended too quickly. We enjoyed the beautiful views, cool breezes in the hot summer and the drinks of course. It was fun to have all our guests on the 1 boat.

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We left our guests again to take some photos around the old town of Dubrovnik before we went to the hotel room to freshen up. We didn’t stay long in the room as we could see and hear our guests and wanted to head straight out to be with them. We made our way down and walked in to our entrance song of “happiness”, a dance song which we heard when we first began dating. We felt it was an appropriate song to have playing at on our wedding day.

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We walked in and grabbed a drink, no drink for over 1 hour in the heat wasn’t good. We walked to our table and the music continued to play a bit longer, with all eyes on us. It was a bit uncomfortable but awesome at the same time as we had come to the best part of the wedding, the celebration.

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Sitting at the table and looking at all our guests gave me goose bumps. I thought all these people had travelled to be here for this occasion. It was a surreal experience. Our 1st dance as a married couple was next and I was excited to twirl my wife around a bit. We played a Hawaiian song which I didn’t know before today but it meant a lot to Meagan and her family, enough to make them cry.

After our dance, we asked everyone else to come up to the dance floor and that’s what happened. Everyone did come up. It was an amazing site to see all the wedding guests on the dance floor bopping away. The evening was spectacular, with beautiful weather, tasty food and great company. All good things come to an end and unfortunately so did the party. I could have stayed for many more hours celebrating with family and friends but we had a curfew at the reception and had to continue the party at a nightclub not far from the reception.

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After saying bye to some guests, I headed down to the nightclub to join Meagan and some of our other guests. We had a few shots (drinks), danced and chatted for a few hours before we went back to our amazing honeymoon suite. I don’t think I will ever stay in such a room again and I was so happy to be here sharing it with the girl I fell in love with 2.5 years earlier in Sydney. It was a day that people only dream about and for me, that dream came true today, July 12, 2013.

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