I can hardly believe a year has gone by. Time flies when you’re having fun.
The wedding is a wonderful memory now. I often relive that day in my mind’s eye and crave to go back and experience it again. Standing next to Jen, looking into her glowing eyes, holding her hand, feeling like the luckiest guy alive. The biggest smile on my face. Feeling so nervous before the ceremony began. Hot that day in Poughkeepsie. Seeing so many friends and family coming together to help us celebrate our love. Feeling honored and like a celebrity that so many people cared. Feeling so happy to be committing my whole self to the woman I love, the woman with whom I want to spend the rest of my life. Jen is my best friend, the best thing that’s ever happened to me, my wife now and always. I am lucky to have her in my life and am better for it.
The reception… people are still talking about it. Went by so fast as we made the rounds from table to table. That delicious food. The dancing. The songs. The laughs. Enoch jamming with the band. Johnny singing the Kopa Cabana. Peter telling me, “This is the most fun I’ve had in my life.” The touching speeches from friends and family. The cake.
I love you, my bride! You mean the world to me.
The begnning of what I wrote the day after getting married: “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.”
So much has happened in the past year… honeymoon to Hawaii, leaving our old jobs behind, move across the country, new apartment, three new jobs between us, new house, new friends, new town…
Here’s to a new year of many more memories and great times with friends and family! I love you all.
Gabe & Jen cake high-five (yes, the same cake), July 26, 2004 (yes, we’re cheesy like that):
An excerpt from an email to a friend tonight: “A big thank you from me and Jen here in Saratoga Springs tonight! We’ve been saving for a special occasion that bottle of Rochioli 1994 Pinot Noir that you brought to Thanksgiving in San Francisco last year. We decided that our 1st anniversary was the occasion to enjoy it. We’re savoring it now. And it’s simply incredible. What a great wine. The bouquet is amazing, the taste alive with flavors of cherry and berry. We thank you. A 10-year-old wine is, indeed, a special treat.”