Eloped! @ 09:32 am
On Monday at 4:30 pm, Shawn and I snuck down to the courthouse and eloped!
Okay, we didn't exactly sneak.... and this isn't all we plan to do, either. There will be a wedding celebration to follow with cake and dancing, and I will invite as many of you as I possibly can. But, we wanted to get this done, because: health insurance.
At any rate, my folks came up and we picked our friends Sean M. Murphy (who also served as our amazing photographer) and naomikritzer — as our witnesses. It was a short ceremony, though much longer than I expected, as the Hon. Gail Chang-Bohr had a whole rite written up which she read to us about the responsibilities of marriage. She only once accidentally started to say "husband," at which we all laughed. I was initially irritated to be lectured on love and honesty, but, as Shawn pointed out, it's all good advice, even if we did already know how to stay together. The judge actually couldn't believe we were old enough to have been together for nearly 30 years, until I explained that I've been living with Shawn since I was seventeen.
I was surprised by how excited and nervous I was. After the ceremony, we all went out to eat at Scuzzi's and had a tiny 'marriage' cake that just said "yay!" on it. After everyone left, I crashed. I fell asleep hard. Apparently, I was a lot more invested in the whole thing than I realized. Perhaps, you can see it on my face: