Ok, I'm just going to come right out and say it.  My wife and I, we have two wedding anniversaries. That's correct.  I have been lucky enough that my wife said "I do" to marrying me on more than one occasion, but it's not what you think.

I have never been divorced, and neither has my wife.  Well she better not have been.  Our wedding was on July 19th, 2003 and we were legally married on July 10th, 2003.  We had our wedding in Mexico, but we didn't want to deal with having our marriage in a foreign country.  We lived 2 hours from Vegas, so we did the only thing that two logical adults could do.

A drive-through Vegas wedding.


It was even cooler than it sounds.  I'm going to say this and mean it.  Everyone should get married in Vegas at least once.  Just getting your marriage license is an experience.  We drove to Vegas on a Thursday afternoon, went to get our license, and there was a line.  Now this wasn't the typical line at the DMV, but on a random Thursday in the middle of the day there is a line to get your marriage license.  The line actually got longer after we arrived.  Unlike the local DMV, this line moved efficiently.  A very nice clerk completed our paperwork and in less than 15 minutes we had a license to get legally hitched.

We took our license down the road to the closest chapel.  We chose the romantic drive through option as easily as I could order a Big Mac at McDonald's.  Got back in the car drove around to the window and turned off the vehicle.  The "minister" came to the window.  He politely asked me to turn the vehicle back on (It was Vegas in July after all).  Being my polite self he did not have to ask me to turn off the radio, I had that covered.  A few minutes later I was kissing my beautiful bride.  It was a nice little ceremony, just me, my wife, and the "minister". 

So 10 years ago today, I married my wife for the first time.  Less than 10 days later, I married her again.  I will happily go on marrying her as many times as makes her happy.  Maybe someday I will be able to write the beautiful words that her love deserves to inspire, but for now maybe, the story of our first wedding will do. 

The Typical Dad