Six years ago yesterday, Hurricane Floyd threatened the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Up until that date, Floyd was one of the biggest storms ever measured. With winds over 60 miles per hour in a space 600 miles in diameter, bigger than the state of Texas. Hurricane Floyd caused Disney World in Orlando Florida to have its first unscheduled closure ever.
So where were we on that Wednesday? Well in Orlando of course, trying to get ready for our wedding the following day. Eammon's brother & SIL, Tim & Jenny had arrived from England on Tuesday and my parents arrived early Wednesday before the mandatory shut down of all businesses at noon. Eammon and I ran out to the grocery and along with thousands of other tourists and residents we stocked up on all the essentials; ice cream, chips, cookies, brownies, beer & chocolate, just in case we couldn't get out of our condo for a few days. Fortunately Eammon and I were in a lovely condo so Wednesday night while the storm knocked at our windows the six of us enjoyed a fresh cooked dinner. So there it was, the night before our wedding and my parents were meeting not only some of Eammon's family but they were meeting Eammon for the first time! It was a good night though as we celebrated my Mom's birthday with a delicious chocolate cream pie and everyone saw that Eammon and I were very much in love and a good match for one another.
The day of our wedding was glorious with bright sun and a cloud free sky. We received a phone call from England a group of Eammon's friends had planned on flying over to surprise us by showing up at the wedding. Unfortunately all flights into the Orlando area had been cancelled, so they weren't able to come. Eammon and I spent a quiet day at the pool, we met with the notary who would be marrying us and we found the lake side spot where we would hold the ceremony.
On the afternoon of Thursday, September 16, 1999, Eammon and I were married.
Because of the storm we weren't able to get a cake, so after the ceremony we all shared in the cutting of a giant decorated chocolate chip cookie. Later that evening my parents took all of us out for a great dinner.
All in all, it was a really good day. Now it's six years later and we are looking forward to not only many more years together but the arrival of our daughter... How exciting our future together will be!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
I know that the pictures aren't great, as they are pictures of pictures, but you get the idea!)