A San Diego Gaslamp wedding // Meaghann and Darren

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 When Meaghann came around the corner and glided past the pool towards us…Darren and I both nearly lost it.  Nothing can really prepare you for that moment, when you see each other for the first time on your wedding day.  It’s not like you’re seeing each other for the very first time, but in some ways, it can feel that way…at least it did for me.  There’s such a buzz;  friends and family are all around, just bursting with love for you, everyone in and out of the swimming pool has eyes on you, you both look incredible, and that abstract date in your calendar that has been getting closer every day… your San Diego Gaslamp wedding day is finally here.  Meaghann and Darren were in no hurry to let go of each other,  and who could blame them;  moments like these beg for you to cling tightly and never let go.

In just a few days, Darren will deploy with the U.S. Navy and head to the Middle East for the next 18 months.  As a fitting send-off, the two walked out as husband and wife beneath an intimidating sword-arch, at which time I came closer than I’d like to ever come again to being impaled.  Whew.  Commitment stacked on top of commitment – and not the most traditional way to begin a marriage – if we’ve ever met two people up  to the task of a bit of time apart from each other, it’s Meaghann and Darren;  they are the best of friends, bring such light to any room they step in to together, and truly complete each other.  Be safe Darren, we’ll all miss you, and remember…at the end of your service, your honeymoon to Southeast Asia will be waiting!