After seven years together Mike and I decided to take the plunge and get married. We both agreed on a very small, intimate wedding. My idea of intimate being immediate family, and Mike’s idea of intimate being just him and me. We decided to include our families. We are both blessed to have wonderful, close-knit families. The Eastman’s and the Boisvert’s all know and love each other on a level that not many “in-law” families are lucky enough to experience.
And so the planning began. We wanted to keep everything as simple as possible. Simple to us was…yes, you guessed it…a city hall wedding. Methuen City Hall is actually located in the Searles Castle, a wonderful, old and beautiful building with lovely gardens. Even picking the date was simple. We went out for a liquid lunch, took out my date book, opened it to May, closed our eyes and pointed. Thursday, May 15th!! We decided to have a justice of the peace perform our ceremony. We found a great guy named John Cena, who was more than happy to marry us. His fee, however, surprised us. His only request for his services was a Rueben sandwich!! Talk about keeping it simple.
The days leading up to the wedding contained no stress, no bickering over favors or tuxedo’s or invitations. Nope, no bridezilla here. I think our days contained more discussions about chicken practice than anything wedding related.
The day finally arrived. I must admit, I thought it would be just another day. But it wasn’t. It was a festive and joyous day filled with excitement and happiness. The love by those surrounding us was palpable. The ceremony lasted all of three minutes, but our vows were meaningful and there wasn’t a dry eye in the small crowd. The groom kissed his bride, and then led the procession of guests back to our house for a wonderful feast catered by one of our favorite restaurants, Joseph’s Trattoria. We toasted with champagne, fed each other vanilla cake layered with chocolate mousse, drank good beer, and danced and sang the night away. It was the perfect wedding and everything we had hoped for!