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Sunday, July 27th, 2003 · 9 Comments

Jen and I are now married. Husband and wife. Mr. and Mrs. Gabe. It’s quite an overwhelmingly exciting feeling and one I’m not quite sure I’m ready to put in words just yet. But I wanted to write something.

Yesterday was one of the best, happiest, and most nerve-racking days of my life. Everything was just perfect. My bride was stunningly beautiful. The flowers were bright and gorgeous. The weather was just right. The friends and the family came in force with smiles I’ll never forget. It’s all a bit too much even to digest. It will probably take some time.

We just saw the official photos that cousin Cyd took for us. They’re incredible. I can’t wait to order larger prints. Our favorite one is one that Cyd took just moments after we had left the Chapel. It wasn’t planned. We’re standing against the stone of the Chapel. That photo isn’t yet in digital form, but it will be.

To see so many people come from far and wide and to be celebrity for a day (and night) is a pretty unreal feeling. It really made us feel special knowing that so many people care enough about us to have come to celebrate the Big Day.

I was so nervous the morning of the wedding that I felt queasy up until the service began. I was a nervous wreck. But standing there with my beautiful bride was amazing, a feeling I’ll never forget. It didn’t really cross my mind that there were 150 people in the pews behind us. My reading went really well. And once the service was over, I felt great. On top of the world. After the receiving line we headed down to the Jaguar limo with the red carpet and bottle of champagne on ice that sat waiting for us. That was such a great feeling.

More than a year’s worth of hard work and planning paid off. Everything went off without a hitch. Jen did an excellent job.

The one thing that’s been bothering me today that I’m sure I’ll get over is that I discovered this morning that the end of the service was accidentally recorded over at the reception. We have a lot of footage of the reception and the first part of the service itself (including Jen coming down the aisle), but we don’t have our exchanging of rings and vows on tape. I’m disappointed that something went wrong, but we’ll always have the memories (and tons of great photos), and that’s what counts. We’re not really video people anyway and probably wouldn’t watch the video too often. We didn’t want a professional videographer, so that’s the risk we took.

If that’s the worst thing to go wrong — and something inevitably does at just about every wedding — then I’d say we did just fine. The service and reception were incredible and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

I really like the new ring on my finger and that Jen and I are now married. It’s going to take some getting used to.

Tomorrow it’s back home to San Francisco for a night, then off to Hawaii (the Big Island) through Sunday. I’m looking forward to the lava flows and mai tais on the beach.

Tags: wedding

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 vis10n // Jul 27, 2003 at 5:03 pm


    : D

  • 2 Jordan // Jul 27, 2003 at 6:02 pm


  • 3 ben // Jul 28, 2003 at 10:35 am

    Congratulations, Gabe. I’m sorry you lost the recording of the wedding. I guess everyone was having too much fun at the reception. It was a great party. You and Jen should be very proud. I hope Hawaii goes swimmingly.

    Oh and if you want we could do a little story board of the wedding…

  • 4 ADS // Jul 28, 2003 at 12:25 pm

    Sorry we missed the big day; it looks and sounds like it had that surreal magical quality one only experiences at one’s wedding!
    As far as your wedding video, sorry to hear that it got erased, but trust me (an old pro almost 2 years into hitchdom), you’ll remember the moments not captured on film. We also opted not to have a professional, and missed capturing several moments on tape. What you DO have on tape will surely jog your memories of the day’s every aspect. All will be cool.
    We wish you nothing but happiness on your honeymoon (we just got back from Ka’aui…HI is so awesome!).
    Hold onto every second during this surreal time period. It will feel good to return to the normalcy of your regular lives, once you’ve adjusted to officially being married, but if our experiences are any sort of an example, few things in life will ever compare to the amazing feelings you’ll experience during the next couple of weeks.
    Enjoy. We love you guys!

  • 5 Dan // Jul 28, 2003 at 2:33 pm

    Stop blogging and go give Mrs. Jennifer A_nderson a big smooch!!

  • 6 Jose Luis // Jul 29, 2003 at 9:05 am


  • 7 mbi // Jul 29, 2003 at 1:06 pm


  • 8 åsk // Aug 2, 2003 at 10:54 am

    congratulations mr and missus Gabe A_nderson! It looks fantastic, suns and smiles all around. 🙂

  • 9 Ricky Thakrar // Aug 5, 2003 at 5:33 am

    Made me smile reading your wedding blogs – how romantic! Wish I could have been there, but a.) I dont know you and b.) I live thousands of miles away :p

    Anyway, wishing the two of you all the best for the future.