Someone told me that since now I’m a married man I need to change the title of my blog from simplefollower to complicatedfollower. He especially noted there was nothing simple about two weddings. I agree.
All festivities are now over. May has passed, June is here. The past month was full of both highs and stress.
Since Anachemy is not from Kansas, our relationship involves travel. This comes with stresses, but overall makes for great memories.
The travels began last month with a trip from Haiti to Kansas where all of our immediate families came together for the marriage in my home church. I thought it was a beautiful wedding and so many people pulled together to make it possible. Afterwards, the two of us drove to Colorado for a fun week of honeymooning in the mountains. Then it was on to New Jersey, where we spent several days connecting with her friends and family. Finally, back to Haiti, where we had a week to pull off another wedding.
As I look back over the last ten years of my life, I see so many changes in who I am as a person. I’ve been molded by so many experiences, people, and situations. I think one way I’ve changed is a greater willingness to spend money on experiences versus things. A lot of money has gone through my fingers in the last few years, but when I look around there is not too many physical things to show for it (I’m still in a studio apartment!). However, my memory is full of unforgettable experiences.
This past weekend was one such unforgettable experience.
It’s one thing to visit Haiti for a week long missions trip. It’s another to have your wedding in Haiti! Yet that is what happened for Anachemy and I. Guess what? About 250 people showed up! Even the president of the country witnessed our wedding. (I don’t know why, but president Martelly came by the beach that day and watched a bit of our wedding)
Like any wedding (including ours in Wichita), making it happen was a team effort. For one thing, we couldn’t afford the beach rental from Wahoo Bay Resort, but a generous donor (Mitch Albom) footed that. Heartline stepped up to provide food and help with transportation. John McHoul officiated. A team of ladies came early to decorate. Our friend Hope did the official pictures, and two other ladies (Beth & Tara) came with their super duper cameras for more pictures. Wahoo Bay reserved about ten staff for helping with the reception. Another friend (Yonel) loaned us his car and then it got creamed by a motorcycle while we were driving it. My friend Troy wore many hats, from musician to Best Man to general-run-around-getting-stuff-done-guy. My security guard even donated time to help us make cupcakes the day before. Of course Patty helped deliver decorations from our Wichita wedding back to Haiti. Did I mention two cooks volunteered about a week of their lives to food preparation?!
Yes, our wedding in Haiti was an act of love by so many people.
Now for the pictures. I know Haiti is known for poverty more than Caribbean paradise. However, the beach we were married on was stunning:
Here are my guys. John McHoul officiated. Troy Livesay was the Best Man and Enochson was my other groomsmen. I met Enochson in Ravine Seche and he’s become like a little brother to me.
And the stunningly gorgeous and classy bride….
Anachemy’s uncle walked her down the aisle. Her Dad couldn’t make it to the wedding in Haiti, but her Mom, sister, and brother were there.
The children’s choir from Have Faith Haiti Mission led us in the song, Bless the Lord oh My Soul. Anachemy’s sister Chrisline and friend Andrema were the bridesmaids.
We said our vows. Pierre (on the left) was a translator for John and he is really good. Sometimes, for the fun of it, John spoke in Creole and let Pierre translate him back to English.
After the wedding we were happy!
And they lived Happily Ever After?
Well, it would be presumptuous for me to predict everything will be happily ever after. Nonetheless, we have committed our lives to each other and I feel incredibly blessed to have Anachemy by my side, regardless of what life throws our way.
We are enjoying married life so far!