|Mr. & Mrs. Wagner!!!!!! I know that's kind of a lame way to start out our second post of our adventures but it's now true. We were married on November 8th at 5:00pm on the beautiful sandy beach of the Ritz Carlton in Bali. The wedding preparations a few days prior went well and we weren't nervous at all until just before the ceremony. At 3 o'clock Dean and I were seperated into our own rooms to get ready and that is when the butterflys started. For the most part getting ready went smoothly and I remained calm with some balinese music and the help of Yurie from the hotel. The only major malfunction was that my curling iron blew up just before I was getting ready to curl my beautiful locks. No worries though because Yurie helped me with a hairdo that worked out just fine. I mean I wasn't going to fret over something so silly in the end. From what I hear Dean paced a little just before they escorted him down to the beach.
The location was absolutely amazing and was more then either of us could have hoped for. The small secluded beach surrounded by gigantic rocks was covered in flower petals and traditional balinese flags. The traditional instrument of Rindik was played as I walked out to meet Dean. When we saw each other it was so perfect and we were both so happy with the way things had turned out. The minister was short and sweet and to the point but she was eloquent in her words that meant so much to us (although there were a few occasions where we chuckled to ourselves over pronunciations). We exchanged rings which we bought in Bali for each other and signed our lives away on a variety of documents. Dean made a beautiful toast with "Ritz Fizz" (of which is still unknown to either of us) and we were finally married! We even had a small gathering of random onlookers who cheered when we kissed, so no one should worry that we were alone :).
After 2+ hours of photographs around the resort in very HOT conditions (I mean we were both sweating to death) we were finally able to relax in our room for a few minutes. Then were shuttled off to our private, romantic dinner surrounded by candles and waterfalls under what is called a Bale (traditional Balinese thatched structure). The view from the Bale which overlooked the ocean was breathtaking.
Now as husband and wife we start the REAL adventures ;)
We will write again soon and pictures should follow at that time.
-Ash & Dean
"What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road." -William Least Heat Moon