Obviously, some of you have already heard this story or lived through it with me. And some of you don't know because I don't talk about it a lot. Because I don't want to.
I have to say my wedding day was not fun for me. Not at all.
So a quick recap of everything leading up to it.
Cort & I dated off & on for 3 years. He was usually the one to break up with me because he just couldn't commit to someone who wasn't Mormon. For those of you not familiar with the rituals in the Mormon religion...there's a lot of them. And especially if you're going to get married. Both of you have to be of the faith to partake in all of the rigmarole.
So this went on...for 3 years.
Until. I got pregnant.
Then shit changed. All of the sudden he wanted to get married. And all of the sudden. I was paralyzed. I didn't know what to do. I knew I loved him. I knew he would be a great partner. But I had spent 3 years hanging in the balance...and THIS is what changed it?
And then there came the "we're pregnant/breaking of the news to the families".
I come from a very liberal family that- yes- they were disappointed it had happened this way but it was no reason for us to get married and life would go on.
Cort comes from a very religious, conservative family. They wanted us to get married....and immediately. Every time we went to a family gathering that's the first thing I heard, "When are you getting married, when are you getting married."
It got to be too much. I had them on one side saying "YOU HAVE TO GET MARRIED" and my parents on the other side saying "YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET MARRIED".
And I was dealing with my first pregnancy all to boot.
I was torn. And I had too many people in my ear. Don't get me wrong- I was a 27 year old adult. I DO make my own decisions. But at that point I just didn't know what I wanted.
So I sat on it. And sat and sat. I got so tired of everyone barking at me that I finally said to Cort "fine, I'll get a judge and we'll get married."
So that's exactly what I did.
We went down to the courthouse.
They gave us a list of judges.
I picked one at random and called her. We made an appointment for the following week, invited our parents down and my bro & sis-in-law.
And we got married.
In the judge's condo.
6 months pregnant.
It was the most unromantic thing I have done in my entire life.
I regret it.
I wish I would have just told everyone to kiss my ass and plan my own romantic whatever-the-hell i wanted type wedding.
I hold a lot of regret.
I feel like I shorted myself and Cort.
This wasn't the wedding I had dreamed of since I was little. This was a get-everyone-off-my-back-sign-the-goddamn-paperwork-and-be-done-with-it-wedding.
It wasn't fun, it wasn't memorable.
I guess my lesson is that if my children end up in this situation I would tell them to do whatever they want. Plan the biggest fucking wedding of your dreams. And get married 9 months pregnant. Who gives a shit? You will be happy you did it!
You only regret the things you don't do. Unfortunately for me, that was the wedding I never had.
I want to end this on a positive note which is: Cort & I have been married for over 5 years. We have 2 great little girls and a wonderful life together. He is a spectacular father and our parents are wonderful grandparents. Our life couldn't be better, I just wish we could have started it together a little differently! That's all!