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Making it Legal–the civil wedding

Posted Nov 02 2010 10:13pm

Early on in the wedding planning process we decided to have a Canadian civil marriage in advance of our destination wedding.

This has been the source of much controversy and confusion. I assure you, our choice had nothing to do with a pregnancy or an immigration issue. Rather, it was our way of avoiding the blood tests, high costs, and translation difficulties caused by a Mexican wedding.

I must confess I had been so busy prepping for my half marathon and planning our destination wedding that our civil marriage completely snuck up on me. Which was a good thing because it allowed me to completely relaxed and enjoy the moment.

At 4pm on October 29th, 2010 the Fiancé and I made it legal. We shared the occasion with a small group of friends and colleagues.

It was small. Understated. Joyful. And full of meaning.

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There have been few moments in my life that have been so purely joyful.

I honestly didn’t feel nervous at all. As the Fiancé and I held hands, looked into each others eyes, and recited our vows, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of peace. Like all was right with the world.

And it was.

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Did you have a civil wedding or did you opt instead for a large traditional wedding? How about both?

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