Two Years Ago

Last week, on August 21st, my husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We had our wedding just 3 weeks after we got engaged.

If this is the first post you read in my blog, I’m originally from Costa Rica.  I was visiting my then “boyfriend” Brian here in the Outer Banks of NC for the summer, and he proposed just a couple of weeks before I was supposed to fly back to Costa Rica.  Since we did not want to be apart while going through the immigration process that was ahead of us, in order for me to legally reside in the U.S, the easiest thing to do was to get married here and get the paperwork started right away.

We had already done the back and forth thing for about 10 months while dating (plus 4 moths of daily emails, chats, phone calls and video chats, before we met in person the first time. Yes, we met on the internet! :) ); Brian had come to visit me twice, the second time for a whole 3 months, and this was my first time coming to visit, for 3 months. When the time for me to go back home came close, I could have not been more sure that I just wanted to be with him forever. …and so was he! And so, on August 21st, 2011, after mere 3 weeks of planning, we had put together what is still, in my eyes (I’m biassed of course), the most beautiful wedding…ever! (again, I’m biassed!) and on a super budget, which I am, to this day, super proud of as well. We wanted it to be a budget wedding because we wanted to have another wedding in Costa Rica for my family -three weeks was just very short notice for them to arrange a trip to the U.S- My dad and grandparents got to see the wedding through Skype though!


We did a sand ceremony, my husband collects sand, so he had sand from CR from one of the trips when he came to visit and we mixed it with Outer Banks’ sand: “The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate
lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent all that you are and all that you’ll ever be as an
individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third
container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains
of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.”


We had the ceremony on the beach, a few streets from our house.  I modified a super simple beach dress and made it into my wedding dress and made some flower crowns for my hair and our “ring girls”. I bought different things from the dollar store and turned them into our center pieces. The cake? a bunch of brownies on a cake tower. The cake tower? I made it, dollar store stuff and super glue. The cake figurines? I made them: a photo of each of our faces, a sketch book, photoshop and some humor did the trick. Guest book? A 16 x 20 collage of some of our photos, printed on thick glossy paper, mounted on board, placed on my painting easel and a sharpie for people to sign it. DJ? No such thing, just my husband’s iPod, placed on speakers and a few hours of music from a playlist that I had carefully put together over several days (I think that was one of the things that took me longer to prepare!). Decoration? Christmas lights, Chinese lamps and the center pieces that I mentioned above on our backyard. We rented tables, chairs, and a small pedestal for the ceremony. Hair? my sister in law :) make up? Moi. No hair test, no wedding rehearsal. The food for the reception was from some delicious local place.

Brian setting up the Christmas lights a few days before the wedding.

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Our cake figurines :). I have a painting palette in my hand and Brian has a surfboard in his.


The cake tower made with dollar store plates and glasses (and super glue!)


The guestbook.

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The day of the wedding I got up early to hang the Chinese lamps and get the tables ready and decorated. I had it all done in about 2 hours, went in the house to work on some details and then I heard the rain pouring. It was sunny and beautiful just a few minutes before and I did not take the 30% chance of rain forecast seriously. Well, it poured for about 5 minutes. We rescued the table cloths and center pieces but the lamps were soaked, they were already hanged, I could not really take them down easily. The sun started shinning again soon after and everything got dried pretty easy. I guess the only “damage” was that the rain washed a little bit of the lamps color off. I don’t think anybody noticed.

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The rain got us again by the end of the night, but we continued dancing under the food tent. It was a fantastic wedding. The wedding of my dreams I would say :) and the start of what has been a pretty “idyllic” life…I guess when you really want something, do ask the “universe” , cause it does seem to listen :)

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Dancing in the tent after the rain got us.

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2 thoughts on “Two Years Ago

  1. Nicole says:

    Caro, I loved reading about your sand ceremony, it is a very touching and beautiful idea. Our weddings have such similarities: budget, DIY, beach and rain. That’s all you really need :)

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