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Mr. and Mrs. Sparling.

Photo courtesy of Erick Browne Photography.  All rights reserved.The night before my wedding, NBF and Batman holed up in a hotel room with me, keeping me company and aiming to keep me sort of sane. 

"What if I fall on my face while walking down the aisle?  You guys know me - this is sort of likely."

"You won't fall on your face, Kerri."  Batman stuck her tongue between her teeth as she helped to touch up my nail polish.

"I could.  This is me we're talking about here.  I know I'm marrying the right guy and I know I love him, but I'm scared to death I'm going to take a digger in the middle of the church."

"You.  Will.  Be.  Fine."

I fell asleep with a racing, panicked mind and my nerves all bundled up. 

But the next morning, I woke up to bright spring sunshine streaming in through the window and a feeling of serenity.

"I'm getting married.  Today!"

NBF was throwing her clothes into her bag.  "You ready, future Mrs. Sparling?"

I grinned at her.  No more nerves.  I was a tumble of excitement and unexpected calm.  "Let's roll."

The morning cruised by on fast forward.  We stopped for iced coffee.  We filled NBF's car with sequined shoes, hair curling irons, make up bags, and bridesmaid dresses.  And since it was nine o'clock on the morning of my wedding, of course we blared "Baby Got Back" and sang along as loudly as we could.

We met up with my mother, my cousins, and the fine ladies in my bridal party at my aunt's house, where we spent the morning drinking coffee, doing our make up, and having our hair coifed by The Fabulous Liz.  Even though everyone was twittering about and fussing over different details, the world still had this warm, calm center to it.  The whole morning was a whirlwind, ending with my mother helping me into my beautiful , ivory-colored wedding gown and all of us scurrying into the white stretch limo outside of the house.

In a blink, we were at the church.  My bridesmaids guided me down a long basement stairway so I could enter the doorway at the bottom floor of the church, keeping me from being spied by my handsome groom.  Everything was moving so quickly - suddenly I found myself at my father's arm.

"It's time.  Are you ready?"

I nodded.  And the music swelled.

Every moment of our wedding is a crisp and fine-edged memory in my mind.  I remember seeing my college roommates in the church pews.  I remember my mother's face smiling at me as I walked by.  I remember seeing Chris as he stood by the altar and how my whole heart ached with happiness.  I remember our flower girl and ring bearer, nervously grinning as they walked down the aisle.  I remember my MOH's face as she adjusted the train of my wedding dress.  I remember taking his hand and promising to love him and cherish him for the rest of my life.  I remember him taking mine, vowing to love me in sickness and in health, just as he does now. 

And I remember how "I do" melted like cotton candy in my mouth.

"I now pronounce you husband and wife.  Go ahead and kiss your bride."

We kissed.  "We're married!"  We laughed.  We posed for pictures.  We rode in the limo by ourselves and drank champagne and fell in love once more.  We walked in to the reception hall as Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Sparling.  We danced our first dance to "The Luckiest."  We listened as his best man and my maid of honor toasted to our love.  We ate delicious food and cut red velvet cake with butter cream frosting.  We watched as my nephew did his seven-year-old version of break dancing by himself on the dance floor.  We took more pictures, only plenty of these were damn silly. 

With my insulin pump tucked safely and quietly in a pocket at my hip, we celebrated the biggest day of our lives surrounded by our families, friends, and loved ones.  I am so, so blessed to be the bride of this man who keeps me safe and makes me feel loved and takes care of me in a way that keeps my mother from worrying. 

My wedding day was the proudest moment of my life.  I am so happy to be his wife.

(And I did not fall on my face walking down the aisle.  That, my friends, is certainly saying something.)

Comments

You both look gorgeous. Sounds like your perfect day came true. :)

Kerri

Thanks for sharing it all in such detail. It sounds like it was a day to remember for years to come. God bless both of you in your marriage.

I am so happy for you both.

God Bless your life together.

congratulations! I am so happy for you both.
-Anne

Oh Congrats Kerri. Beautiful picture. Beautiful couple. Beautiful day. Beautiful life.

Congrats again, I am so happy for you two!

Congratulations!
What a beautiful depiction of what sounds to be an entirely beautiful day!

Sounds like a great way to start a wonderful life together as husband and wife. You both look so happy! I hope you plan to share a few more pictures with us, as it seems it was quite a the day.

Congratulations Kerri - we are all so happy for both of you!

What a fabulous pair you two make! :-)

Oh, how lovely...you're both glowing :) Congratulations!

Awww - you both look wonderful! It all sounds wonderful!

***Happy Tears***!!

Here's to a lifetime of happiness!!

I'm so happy for you...but I love it even more that you played Baby Got Back, possibly the best song of all time :) Congrats!!!

I'm bawling,that is just soo wonderful.

Congrats!

Congrats!!
Your post gave me goose bumps as I remembered my own wedding!


Ah, Isn’t love grand? :)

So happy for you, Kerri!

You both look wonderful and HAPPY!! I'm so glad for you both. You are blessed. And congrats on not falling down the aisle. (That's something I would do!)

You made me weep! What a day! Thank you for sharing your most special day.

I thought there was something wrong with my monitor, but it's just the glow from that photo. Welcome to your new, better-than-ever life!

Ahhhh!!! Congrats and happiness always!!

*sniffle* I keep doing this - awwwwwww - every time I see a picture of you guys. You're both glowing. Sparkling, even.

My heart bursts with love for you both. Thank you for sharing yourselves with us all. I am proud to share wonky bloodsugars with such amazing people, you being tops on my list. :)

Congratulations! You are both just beaming!

Truly a fairy tale event!

I just teared up reading that. I'm so happy for both of you! God bless!

Kerri,

Congratulations! You look beautiful! I'd love to hear how your diabetes acted during the big day...

Best,
Alex

What a beautiful picture, and a beautiful couple! It sounds like your special day was, indeed, sparkling. :) Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

I am so happy for you both! You are absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations!!!

Oh where's the kleenex box ?!
Thank you for posting such a wonderful picture and allowing us to share this time with you
: )

it sounds so perfect! i'm so happy for you. congratulations!

Aww, I was reading so intently that I didn't realise I had little tears of joy for you in my eyes ... till the screen got blurry.

Wishing you both a lifetime of happiness.

Hugs,
Gaelyne

I'm thrilled for you both. Happy Ever After!

What a beautiful post. I have tears in my eyes too. Kerri, I am so very happy for you and Chris.

I'm late, but still wanted to say you looked gorgeous (no surprise there)! Congratulations!

love is so much stronger than illness. always.

great post. congrats! :)

Oh Kerri, that's exactly how I felt on the day I got married almost 23 years ago! Thanks for putting it into words - your post made me relive every moment.

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