Yesterday my husband and I had our wedding here in Costa Rica. It was amazing. We never had a wedding before, we went to Las Vegas and got married. We took turns driving from Cincinnati and drove straight through; it was 2,000 miles and took 30 hours. We drove there and back. I figure if we can spend a total of 60 hours in a vehicle together and not want to kill each other, then we were made for one another. I tried planning a wedding back then, but it wasn’t going very well. I had called up my father to ask him to walk me down the aisle and he said, “Why don’t you just go to the justice of the peace and get married?” Needless to say I was pretty heartbroken. So, we ended up in Las Vegas. That was 11 years ago.
Now, with the new law here in Costa Rica you have to produce a new, notarized, apostiled, and translated marriage certificate that is not more than 30 days old when you go to renew your carnet. My husband and I live in a pretty small town of around 8,000 people. We got our new residency cards last month, it took us a full 30 days for them to come in. Then we went to renew our carnets, we did not have the marriage certificate, but they didn’t even ask for it. I am not sure if it just because they know us or what. But it never came up and we weren’t going to bring it up. But we still had our wedding and got remarried.
It was a beautiful day yesterday, even though it was really hot and humid; at least it didn’t rain! We only had about 20 people there, which was perfect for us. We had traditional Costa Rican food that was all homemade by our friends. I did buy a beautiful three tier cake though, which was quit difficult to get it to the wedding. We held the wedding at one of our friends houses, they live on a big property not far from our house. (We actually used to rent one of the houses on the property.) My friend asked me a few days before the wedding about decorations. I told her that it wasn’t important to me, just having our friends there is what really mattered. I did buy some balloons though to have put out so people could find the place. When we got there they had the place looking so beautiful for us. They got a tent for outside, put fresh flowers up everywhere, got tables with really nice tablecloths, and had flowers on those too. I was so overwhelmed. I just wasn’t expecting all of that, I got teary eyed.
I got to finally toss the bouquet, I always wanted to. My husband and I had our dance, Phil Collins-Groovy kind of love. There wasn’t any rum left over. These people here have become my family. It was a beautiful day with beautiful people and I don’t think I could have been happier. I was so nervous beforehand. But it was very relaxing and really stress free. Everyone was smiling, laughing, and having a great time. I’m glad we had a wedding here with close friends. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Until mañana, Pura vida!