Mar 28, 2016
Nine years ago today I was standing in a bathroom at the Hyatt in downtown Seattle. Curling my hair, putting on makeup, and a ball of emotions. Good emotions. Excited emotions. And a little scared for what lied ahead.
See, when you decided to elope at 19 you don't get the fancy wedding photographer capturing the moments before you say I do. You get a very large flash from your point and shoot in a poorly lit bathroom. To me that is the best part! Next to Chris's best friend who was in the other room questioning our sanity.
"Are you sure this is what you want to do? I mean I support you....but...."
"Kelsey you know we are deploying in three weeks right?"
"No one wants to call their families? Not even a distant cousin?"
Nope. This was perfect. Every minute of it was stress free. Wait, that's not true. We did begin to stress out when our second witness did not show up in time and we had to call in a backup. A guy in Chris' unit who I had never met, but I would totally send him a thank you card today saying "thank you for not being too hung over to drive into Seattle for my wedding".
People ask me all the time, if you could go back and do it again would you want a wedding? Nope. I would not have changed a single thing. Even though our families were incredibly disappointed with how we went about it, that day still feels so special because it was all about us.
So here's to nine years of marriage, ten years of saying I love you, and eleven years of peeing my pants laughing with this guy.