Friday, October 10, 2008

The Day Before

Here's a rundown of how the two days before the wedding went!

We flew out to St. Louis two days prior. This picture shows how you transport a wedding dress through an airport! The flight there with the dress was not bad at all luckily... people were so nice and gave me a whole overhead compartment for it! The ride home was a much different story...

We got to St. Louis and got our rental car. The guy at Enterprise was AWESOME. Not only did he give us a free size upgrade, but he didn't charge us for the underage drivers "as our wedding gift"! It was a Kia Rondo.
We drove the fourish hours up to Nauvoo. It was a gorgeous and very fun drive. So many cornfields! We loved being able to see the temple. It is so beautiful.
On Thursday we had one thing on our to-do list: get a marriage license! We drove to Carthage to get it. Carthage is about 20 minutes away. On the way is... HAMILTON!! We wanted to stay there on our wedding night but the only hotel there closed down. :( I really wanted to get a picture of us in front of the Hamilton Water Tower in our wedding garb, but didn't think it would happen so we made sure to get one as we drove through.
When we received our papers from the temple they told us we "had to get a marriage license in the Carthage Courthouse. There is no street address. It is the largest building in Carthage." And it was!
It was a really beautiful building and celebrated its 99th birthday this year!
Here we are signing the papers! Notice the fake nails. This is the ONLY time in my life I have ever gotten them and I'm pretty sure it will be the last. It was the worst 2.5 hours of my life.
After our task was completed we stopped for a tour of the Carthage Jail where the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred.
As we were leaving we ran into one of the families from my ward who had come out for the wedding!
On our way back to Nauvoo we stopped at a couple of places. David's Chamber...
Along the Mississippi...
And then we hung out down on the 'flats'...
We then were able to do a session in the temple. It was so beautiful and it was so wonderful to enter. I did hundreds of baptisms there, but now I was able to enter into the rest!
On the way back I had to catch a picture of this clinic. The "Eternal Family Healthcare Clinic". I thought that was pretty funny!
That night we went to 'Rendezvous'. One of the old ladies made us stand up and announced that we were getting married and everyone cheered for us. It was a lot of fun. A lot of memories came back listening to the songs. "Taught to pray, taught to pray..." "Because we want to... because we have to!" "And so Nauvoo I bid farewell to you..." Good times.

8 comments:

Jessica Judd Williamosn said...

That sounds like so much fun. I'm glad you had such a good experience.

Matthew and Hillary said...

Wow this makes me want to go back sooooo bad!! I totally hear you about the nails. My wedding was the only time I'll ever have mine done. Getting them off when they were ready to come off was the worst part.

Angie said...

Man... all that sure brings back memories of St Louis and all the good times we had there! I totally hear you about the nails- I've only ever had them twice, and both times I peeled them off shortly thereafter. I can't stand the dang things!

Colby and Meredith said...

Not a big fan of fake nails either...they just get in the way! Glad you had such a great time in Nauvoo!

Julie Lewis said...

I am glad you posted all that. It was fun to read! Am I never going to see you again because you aren't in your ward? Maybe you should come knock on our door once in a while!

M said...

wow, you had such an eventful time even before the wedding! how wonderful that you were able to go back and see all of the sights...especially with your love by your side!

DaNae said...

Nau-vooooo! I love it!

Mike and Lisa said...

I was the same way about my fake nails! I hated them (although they did look pretty) my wedding is the only time I've ever had them, and hopefully the last!