Vows on Vilano Beach

My Hunter is no longer hunting - he caught me.

Reading the Introductory Prayer

Allow me to introduce my husband, whom until now I have called Hunter on the blog.  His name is Byron, and we got married on Friday.

Vilano Beach is a mixture of sand and coquina shells.
So pretty.

We've actually been engaged for a few months, and were planning a wedding at our home in May.  I planned to announce it here on the blog very soon.

But then Byron's Dad passed away, and my dad had a heart attack, and between that, wedding plans, trying to get our property in shape for a wedding, work, and life in general....we became overwhelmed.

I came home from work one morning last week and suggested we cancel all of our plans and elope on the beach.
Byron was TOTALLY on board.

Listening to the prayer.

So, that's exactly what we did!
And it's one of the best decisions either of us has ever made.

The weather was perfect.  We couldn't have chosen a better weekend.
Warm, breezy, and not a cloud in the sky.

I rounded up an officiant, rearranged my work schedule, booked a room, asked my best friend Danielle to join us, and we bought our outfits.
Once we got here to Vilano Beach, I grabbed a bouquet of fresh tulips (purple, of course), and we were on our way to our wedding!

Saying our Vows.

There were a few more details than that, but truly, not many.  We kept it as uncomplicated as possible.

Our Song was playing here -
 God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton

It was absolutely perfect.  Incredible, amazing, and beautiful.  I was able to hand-select every word that the officiant said.  We had two friends join us for the ceremony.  One videotaped the service, the other took pictures.

Pure happiness.

I mostly cried. LOL  It was just so beautiful, moving and romantic and perfect and did I mention BEAUTIFUL??

Danielle cried maybe even more than I did.  Byron and I are just so in love, and the sweet simplicity of it all was so emotional and moving.

I won't bore you with the entire ceremony but I am going to print the poem here, and bombard you with pictures.

I am a happy, happy girl!

From this day forward

I make a promise:

Whatever happens, 

You shall not walk alone.

I’ll stand by your side, 

And sleep in your arms.

I’ll be the joy in your heart,

And the food for your soul,

May you feel deeply loved,

For indeed you are.

Through our brightest days

And our darkest nights,

I take you into my heart. 

May God bless us

With a great light, 

Around our hearts

And around our home.

I see your beauty, 

Your innocence and light.

May it shine.

May the world see how beautiful you are

As I see how beautiful you are.

But may there be a special light

That only I can see.

I give you my heart.

May we feel this joy forever.

Unknown Mami

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Unknown said...

<3 Love This <3


Dorothy said...

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on your wedding! Simple is often better. Also, my condolences.

Tara R. said...

Your photos are so incredibly sweet and filled with love. Congrats to you both. Best wishes for many long, loving years together.

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retired not tired said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful ceremony. I love the poem.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Nothing better than love! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness. God Bless.

Kelly L said...

This made me cry - so beautiful and perfect! We need to grab on to those we love and make it count!

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nancygrayce said...

What a sweet ceremony! Congratulations and may you always be as happy as on your wedding day!

Anonymous said...

im so happy for you. ive thought about these pictures all weekend. much love to you and byron.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I'm so thrilled for you! Many, many congratulations!!!

Diane said...

So very happy for you! Congratulations!!! :)

Amy said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you :)

Rebecca Jo said...


Furry Bottoms said...

Happy Trails!!!

Michelle said...

Congratulations! It looks and sounds like a very heartfelt wedding, the best kind. Wishing you all the best!

Kat said...

Shedding tears of joy for you. I am so happy for you! Congratulations to you and your wonderful husband! Just beautiful! :)

Tami said...

I'm so happy for you! You deserve to be loved and loved well! Take good care of her Byron! Many congratulations to the both of you!!!!!!

Claudya Martinez said...

Many blessings my friend. You look beautiful and happy. I wish you both love, happiness, and patience.

Kimberly said...

I am in tears.
My heart just exploded on the screen.
I love you and I hope that you both enjoy this ride together.
Gorgeous. I'm so happy for the both of you. xoxo

Stacy Uncorked said...

You got me all teary eyed! CONGRATULATIONS!! I love that you guys just decided to get married now on the beach - it looks so perfect!! So happy for both of you!! :)

Aleta said...

How did I miss this blog post!! Sooooooo happy for you! Congratulations. Love your pictures. Pure joy is in your smiles.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! I'm so behind on the blogs I follow but I had to find your wedding post and it looks so peaceful and beautiful. Hope you two have many happy years together. :)