Saturday, June 13, 2015

Mr & Mrs!

Guess what?!

We were married (!!!) on a beautiful sunny afternoon, in front of a friendly couple from Israel. I'd found a $20 dress at the gift shop next to our hotel; D wore his black cargo shorts ; ) Afterwards we toasted each other a hundred stories above the city, in Stratosphere's Level 107 lounge.

The dress.

This is our 10th year together (hooray!) and we'd been talking about marriage for most of them. The topic first came up with the 4th of July fireworks in the tiny town of Skagway, Alaska.

My summer job: at the dock, waiting for passengers to disembark to start their tours.
Downtown Skagway ; )
At lunch with a coworker.
Home sweet home!
It took us so long; the friend that took this picture (Hi P!) went from single shore-ex working in Alaska... to helicopter pilot in Asia... to married homeowner in the Arizona desert... and then back to Alaska again by the time we tied the knot. I guess we're a little behind!

We had always planned on getting married in Ukraine (even though at that point I didn't like the country much). When we got there, though, it was overwhelming- a good overwhelm, but still overwhelm. And obviously I'm not much of a wedding planner ; ) so nothing happened for a long time. We finally got back on track, recommitting our plans at dinner one night in the seaside town of Yevpatoria (Crimea)...

... but again, life got in the way. D's father had passed away, his mother came to visit us in Kharkiv, and just as she was preparing to leave, news of massive protests in Kyiv came barrelling through the internet. Wedding plans were set aside as the entire country went into a tailspin of grief that spring. Okay, promise to not get sad and political here. Anyways, we ended up in Portland (for now) and finally just decided to go for it. Also, American health insurance people may have had something to do with it.

We honeymooned on a cruise (will post on this later) and then came back and shared the news with family and friends. D's family did that thing where everyone shouts "горько! горько!" and you're supposed to kiss for a long time. That custom was one of the things I liked most about Ukrainian weddings. By the way, there's a hilarious comedy by the same name if you're into that.

In Odessa.

D, I hope the picture above is foreshadowing. I hope we'll have many more adventures together, and someday soon become digital nomads, slow-traveling the world with Кит. I hope we'll have a bigger family than just the three of us. I hope we'll renew our vows in a peaceful Ukraine and see everyone there safe, healthy, and happy. I hope to be able to communicate better with your mom. I hope we continue to help each other and understand each other. I hope our marriage is a long conversation that always feels too short.

Thank you.


  1. Congratulations, you two! After all of the difficulties that have happened in the past year or so, it's wonderful to see that you've landed on your feet and are still able to keep smiling and enjoying life together.

    Here's to many more happy years!

    1. Thank you, Cassandra! And a massive felicidades to you and Andres too! A toast to all the newlyweds : )

  2. Awwww - congrats! I think the best weddings are the ones that work best for you - so good on you for not caving to the (massive) US pressure to have a big wedding!

    I hope you guys have many more adventures ahead! Like, say, to Virginia?! ;)

    1. Thanks, Polly! Maybe Virginia : ) The whole east coast of the US is like a foreign planet to us, need to check it out sometime.

      PS: Still remember your Moscow wedding + lock bridge visit. That was cool!

  3. Wow! Congratulations! This is such exciting news and I wish you all the best!!!

    "I hope to be able to communicate better with your mom." Oh man...all the feels! This continues to be a huge challenge for me. I love my German boy's mom and she is so so kind to me, but I sometimes still feel like the awkward foreign girlfriend. It has gotten tons better in the last four years though, so I'm still holding out hope :)

    1. Danke schön, Chelsea! :) I'm glad your relationship with his mom has been getting easier. Have The Moms met yet (his and yours)? Or will it happen this summer?

    2. The moms get to meet in about a week! Funny thing is, they are both named Elizabeth! I'll be sure to include that trip in my upcoming travel tales :)

    3. Looking forward to that tale :) Happy travels!!

  4. This is such great news! We're so happy for you!! Wishing you two many happy years to come! :)