She wiped tears away as he recounted so many memories they shared together. He explained that he didn’t know it at the time, but that he has loved her all along. From the first day they met when he climbed over a backyard wall, to the time she slapped him when he drunkenly kissed her. He didn’t know it. But he loved her. The times she ducked out of things to be there for him. Her incredible positive energy. He loved her self confidence and her glass-half full outlook on life. He loved every minute of her from the moment they met. And it’s easy to see why. You can’t be in Monica’s presence and not feel loved or not share in her excitement for life and adventure. She is kind and real and that person that once you meet you hope will want to make you her friend. As soon as Monica and Rory’s life paths physically parted, it taking him to Texas and her to San Diego, the absence of Monica hit him with an emptiness that only Monica could fill. He knew it then. He loved her.

Through laughter and tears they became husband and wife on a gorgeous June day at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. They promised to stand by each other through good times and bad. To adventure together, and create a safe haven for each other in their togetherness. (And through laughter, Monica promised to watch sports and pretend to be interested. Even though they both know she isn’t. And Rory promised to ward off those invisible bugs that only Monica can see.) They get each other. They balance and compliment each other so well.

I wish you so many amazing years of marriage (and netflix binge watching!) and amazing adventures around the world. My heart sails out with you guys. Cheers, to you, with all of our glasses half-full.

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The Vendor Team:

Photography: Laura Christin Photography

Venue: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe

Florals: Organic Elements

Coordination: Hayley, Celebrations by Di

Live Music + Entertainment: Encore Event Entertainment

Custom Dance Floor: Encore Event Entertainment

Cake: VG Bakery

Officiant: Kathy Robbins

Photo Booth: Just a Memory Photo Booth

Rentals: Lounge Appeal

Late Night Desserts: The Baked Bear

Transportation: Top Dog Limo