From Jane: Laurie and I met over ten years ago, when we were both in college in Washington, DC. I fell head-over-heels at first sight, but it took me a little longer to convince Laurie. After a wonderful road trip through California, she was finally convinced! Even though we come from completely opposite backgrounds in many ways (I was raised by hippies in Northern California, and she was raised by fundamental Christians in Oklahoma), we share similar passions for the outdoors, animals of all kinds, and art/photography. We are also Deaf, and all of our friends are too, while our families are hearing.
We started to plan our wedding around two years ago, picking a date when many of our friends and family would be able to join us, since we decided on a destination wedding in the Virgin Islands. We have gone there many times and have many happy memories there, and we wanted to share those memories with our family and friends. Our event was unforgettable from start to finish. We kicked off the week with a sunset sail on Tuesday, and then had a joint family dinner on Wednesday, since our families had never met before the wedding week (thankfully it went extremely well), and finally, rehearsal on Thursday.
The BIG day on Friday started with mimosas and a delicious breakfast, made by my friend who is a professional chef, in our villa kitchen. Afterwards, Laurie went to start getting dressed, while I lingered, talking with friends. Suddenly one of our friends ran in to tell us about the Supreme Court decision! We had resigned ourselves to the fact that the decision wasn’t going to happen on our day, but the court surprised us all! I ran to tell Laurie. She later said she couldn’t imagine what the emergency was, because the expression on my face was joyful yet I was running towards her… then I told her the news. We both burst into tears. It was a very emotional morning. After that, we got ready.
Before we knew it, our families started to arrive to witness us signing our wedding ketubah (Jewish marriage document). We signed the ketubah, and had photos with our families on the deck of our villa. Afterwards it was time to head down for the ceremony, on the beautiful Trunk Bay beach, which is one of the best beaches in the world. The ceremony went by quickly, with beautiful readings (Neruda, Corinthians, and ee cummings) from Laurie’s brother and my sister, accompanied by two close friends. We wrote our own vows, and said them simultaneously, and then jumped into the water for our first kiss as a married couple after over ten years of being together!
The reception was beautiful, with wonderful catering and a huge open bar on the deck of our villa. The party finished pretty early, because the next morning, we met bright and early on the dock to take a chartered boat with most of our wedding guests to the British Virgin Islands. We spent the day snorkeling, sailing, hiking the Baths National Park, and eating at a country club on one of the BVIs (Cooper Island).
This concluded our unforgettable wedding in the Virgin Islands! We couldn’t have asked for a better day, or for better memories. We have a lot more pictures – picking just a few was hard! Much love and best wishes to future brides… we hope our wedding inspires you!
Photos courtesy of Savanah Loftus.