Let Me Introduce Myself: I Am Mrs. Tina Collier

The day came and went, and it was the best day of my life! I am officially Mrs. Tina G. Collier. I am now married to the most amazing man I have ever met and I couldn’t be happier.

I look back to the days leading up the the wedding: the planning, the stress, the overwhelming feeling that I was going to forget something incredibly important. Planning the event was made easier by the great venue we chose, Island Time Cruises, because they did most of the set-up for us. They also found a caterer and provided alcohol. Coordinating guests was the difficult part, but everyone made it on board and we sailed on time.

I mentioned that there was stress leading up the wedding. Juggling the baby, catching up with family, and entertaining the guests was not the easiest task. With Richard’s help, and the assistance of various friends and family, everyone was taken care of. Rylan seemed to bask in the attention and the only hang-up we encounter was during the night. He roomed with us and none of us slept well. I guess I was spoiled at home, I was getting approximately 6 hours of continuous sleep. That was not the case in our rental house, as I was waking up every 2 hours to feed or change the baby. This made for a very exhausted bride.

Now, to get to the part that I forgot, The Vows. Yes, ladies and gentleman, I forgot to write my vows. This realization stole upon me during the drive to the boat the day of the wedding. I’m not sure I can stress the extreme nervousness I felt during the minutes leading up to that moment. The irony is that I told Richard to write his down and proceeded to hound him over it. Luckily, I’m an experienced bullshitter and, according to the attendees, my vows came out well. I am looking forward to watching videos of the ceremony to be reminded of exactly what I said, because that entire part of the evening is a blur.

To sum up my wedding, it went splendidly. I felt like a princess! I was the star of the show and it was a hit! I can’t begin to describe the happiness I felt on that boat or the continued enchantment I’ve experienced since then. I finally feel complete. All the issues and stress before the wedding are overshadowed by my special day and I’m excited to see what comes next.


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