It was something I had anticipated for months and months, and pictured how wonderful it would be, what we would do, and then, finally the time came. Rick picked me up at the airport and we were reunited, it was so intense but so wonderful, a huge weight lifted from my shoulders, but it wasn’t until we finally got to our motel Dunes Inn in Hollywood, checked in, dragged all the luggage up to the room IMGP8107                        and put our bodies to rest, I could finally, relax. Ive been sleeping like a baby since. I have had on and off insomnia for over five years, and never been able to sleep without my audiobooks, but now something that Ive wanted for so long, and feared would end in a train wreckage, had come together perfectly. We had a lot of fun just together in the room, ordering take out, talking, tickling each other, just incredulous seeing each other not on a screen and being able to touch each other. Laughing and continuously shouting WE DID IT!IMG_0101 I showed Rick around my hood, the old Junehouse where I used to live, IMGP8097Hollywood boulevard, IMGP8103checked out the Hard Rock there, where Rick might work when we move over in a years time, met some friends of mine,IMGP8089 went for foodIMGP8094 and messed around. IMGP8093Then we finally got to travel together for the first time. It felt like we had been on our first trip, and were now going home, to Hawaii. Where my friends from Norway were already waiting!IMGP8161 I needed a few days to recuperate before we met up and embraced each other in happiness. It was great having familiar faces around me in this hugely transitional period of my life. The girls stayed at a motel in Waikiki IMGP8153and we spent most of our days together there in the sun trying to catch a tan before the big day. The girls hired a car IMGP8156to drive around the aina, and I went along with them to Kailua to check out my prospected wedding location, Kailua being my favourite place here IMGP8168and the beach being attached to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Lanikai. IMGP8186Then the maid of honor flew in pale as a china doll, IMG_0243from London and we went to pick her up at the airport. The wedding preparations started for real, IMG_0288Rick was very serious about getting his shoes polished, IMGP8208and Gwen helped him out shopping for his outfit. IMG_0186We all spent some time together on the beach trying to get some more color for the big day IMGP8190and getting to know each other better.IMGP8199

When the day came Grams-13the weather was sunny and rainy and the gentle breeze tickled us all as we walked onto the beach Grams-37where my friend Sophia’s dad Michael performed our beautiful sermon. 1888456_10152148588239877_1931694227_n  Grams-84 When we were officially husband and wife we all retreated to the beach park for a BBQ,Grams-132 Grams-142IMGP8369and moved our camp out of the drops, IMGP8373sheltering under a roof shared with homeless and hippies. It felt like a happy group eating, IMGP8398talking and chilling together IMGP8401under the umbrella of our new love. Grams-158
Thanks to our friends and Ricks family for helping out, coming all the way for our happy day, to Michael who gave us a great day great advice and facilitated the day, to Kailua beach park for the permit and to Selador Images for some of the pretty photos I put on here.

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