We went diving again, twice. (Oh, and we also got married! )

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The blushing bride in her wedding garb, which conveniently converts to swimwear...
Ok, the Big Day. I wake up ever determined to have a simple, non-eventful wedding. Typical of me, I can't stop worrying that it won't be stress-free enough :-)

Breakfast as usual upstairs with the birds, then a 10:30 dive at Superman's Flight, where all I notice is a really strong current. Back to the room for a quick shower. Really, just a rinse off. (Steve said, You're  not going to do your hair and stuff are you?!!?  Of course not, I reassured him.)  Then, lunch as usual. I was starting to feel a little queasy and nervous to tell you the truth. I am not big on ceremonies, and I really hope I don't have much of a speaking part in this one.

Just before 1:00, we met our minister. I was quite pleased to see she was in jeans. This is looking good.
Fisherman off Anse Chastenet.
Then we asked Andy and another guy from the dive boat who I will call Luke (since that is what his bracelet said), to be our witnesses. It was a little late in the game to be gathering our witnesses -- luckily they were available. So far so good! Peter wasn't there, and his cohort Monica had sneakily be-flowered a table for the document signing (flowers! foiled! But we didn't make a fuss about it. Now of course people were looking over at us wondering what was up.) The ceremony was near the dive shop, under the shade of a palm tree, and took exactly 11 minutes (Steve timed it).  It was perfect: simple, sweet, secular. And Monica used my camera to take pictures, so we do have my messy hair recorded for posterity after all!

Afterward, everyone insisted Steve lift me up on the beach for that special "just married!" shot.
Witnesses to a wedding.
I was paranoid that my bum was showing, and of course I felt sorry for Steve having to hoist me up like that. The dive shop manager took some shots, and later delivered an enlarged copy to our room, signed by the dive staff. Such a nice touch! (And my bum wasn't showing after all).

OK, back to diving! We hopped on the boat for our second dive, at Pinnacles -- big underwater mountains. Strong current again. Not great.

Back on dry land, we bought postcards and made out our "wedding annoucements" while slamming banana daiquiris. I called mom and dad (surprised but pleased!), but we couldn't reach Steve's parents.

We had a small nap (the staff had prettily festooned our bed with more flowers -- I give up!), then we decided to eat upstairs at the Tree House, although we originally told them we would eat at Andsara.
Let's get this show on the road!
As a result, they couldn't find our champagne (included in the $800 wedding package ... of course we weren't going to turn THAT down!). We waited for quite some time, then we waited some more.

When we finally got to the restaurant, they had a very nice special table set up for us. There was a nice breeze, and everything was so lovely, so romantic.  First was a goat cheese appetizer (good), then a salad (fine), then sorbet (quite tasty). Then a very, very long wait (annoying) and I nearly had a nap!  Finally, we were served our main course. For me, ravioli in "tequila tomato cream" (spectacular). Steve reported his duck was good, but oversauced. Also included in the package was a cake (dry). It was shaped like a heart and said "two hearts beat as one" (cheesy ...but funny).

Speaking of cheesy, back in the bar we were entertained by a Kenny G wanna-be wailing out smooth jazz. We stopped in to silently mock him. But everyone was really enjoying him, bobbing their heads. I got the giggles and we had to leave. Such a Bridezilla!

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The blushing bride in her wedding …
The blushing bride in her wedding…
Fisherman off Anse Chastenet.
Fisherman off Anse Chastenet.
Witnesses to a wedding.
Witnesses to a wedding.
Lets get this show on the road!
Let's get this show on the road!
The wedding party.
The wedding party.
Steve seals the deal.
Steve seals the deal.
Wedding paperwork.
Wedding paperwork.
The government stills records each…
The government stills records eac…
Our cheesey sweet wedding cake.
Our cheesey sweet wedding cake.
Kenny G lives.
Kenny G lives.
Anse Chastanet
photo by: cmgervais