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 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! I showed Rick around my hood, the old Junehouse where I used to live, Hollywood boulevard, checked out the Hard Rock there, where Rick might work when we move over in a years time, met some friends of mine, went for food and messed around. Then 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! 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 and 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 to 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 and the beach being attached to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Lanikai. Then the maid of honor flew in pale as a china doll, from London and we went to pick her up at the airport. The wedding preparations started for real, Rick was very serious about getting his shoes polished, and Gwen helped him out shopping for his outfit. We all spent some time together on the beach trying to get some more color for the big day and getting to know each other better.
When the day came the weather was sunny and rainy and the gentle breeze tickled us all as we walked onto the beach where my friend Sophia’s dad Michael performed our beautiful sermon. When we were officially husband and wife we all retreated to the beach park for a BBQ, and moved our camp out of the drops, sheltering under a roof shared with homeless and hippies. It felt like a happy group eating, talking and chilling together under the umbrella of our new love.
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.