This being Part 2, and the biggest part by far, of my and
Though that said, it was also actually one of the simplest days of the entire weekend. Here’s the thing, O Internets: if you’ve read Elfquest, you’ll know what I mean when I say that Dara and I got as close as you can get in real life to Recognition, and we went from 0 to lifemates in pretty much no time flat. For us, there’s no particular difference between that and being legally married. This entire affair therefore was a lot more about just reinforcing the legal status as far as Canada (and hopefully soon by extension, the state of Washington) was concerned, as opposed to any real change in status between us as far as we are concerned.
So I hope I won’t disappoint any of you all when I say that this was the most relaxed and groovy wedding ceremony ever! We didn’t dress up, and we didn’t exchange rings–though we probably would have done the latter if Dara didn’t have an issue with rings that keeps her from wearing them (she gets a mild claustrophobia reaction off of them).
Here’s how the whole thing went!
On Thursday the 1st, pretty much as soon as we arrived in Vancouver, Dara and I picked up a marriage license. Since we’re not Canadian citizens, we had to bring our passports and birth certificates, but that wasn’t any trouble, and neither was the fee to pay or the small amount of paperwork we had to fill out. The lady that issued us the license was very kind and warmly congratulated us. <3
So we hung onto that license for the rest of the day, dropping it off safely at
And the actual wedding day couldn’t have been simpler. Geri came with us to meet
Then Dara and I went, and our vow was a lot briefer. It went like this:
“I, [name], state before the province of British Columbia and the nation of Canada that [name] is my beloved lifemate. We have stood at one another’s sides in sickness and in health, in want and in plenty. The bonds between us know no shape and no borders, only the truth of the commitment between us. In this, the twenty-fifth year of our lives together, I now reaffirm the pledge of this commitment.”
And aside from the brief legal statement and a few words said about marriage in general by Ms. Hickey, that was really the entirety of the ceremony! Very simple, very straightforward, but still really rather sweet. <3 Dara and I witnessed for
Some pictures were taken, but I’m not going to post most of them because
I mooched off the cafe’s wifi and saw a mail come in from Susan while we were there, who informed me that she and several others had raised a toast to us at dinner that night (she was a few time zones ahead of us, so the timing worked out). See all my previous commentary in the concert post re: Susan’s general awesomeness; this was more of same!
We couldn’t drink the champagne in a public place, though, so we had to hang onto that for a bit. And by ‘a bit’, I mean, ‘while we then went to kill time at Chapters’ (because, y’know, bookstore, duh) and then ‘while we all went out to tasty sushi dinner’. Geri found us a nice little place in downtown Vancouver, and while we were all a bit crowded at the small tables they put us at, the dinner was nonetheless very tasty!
Then, at last, most of us decamped back to