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Announcement: I Am Married!!!!

Hello my lovely readers!

You may have noticed things have been kind of quiet around here the last month or two.  That’s because I GOT MARRIED!!!

On September 26th I married my best friend, and our wedding was amaaaaazing!!!  It was more than I ever dared to hope for.

weddingshot1We had a small wedding at a girl’s summer camp in Massachusetts.  What mattered the most to us was that our wedding matched our personalities. Every time we had a choice, we just basically did what suited our personalities the best.  Phil’s shoes he found while we were thrift shopping one day the year before the wedding.  For me, I knew I wanted go-go boots, and I think yoga pants are the most comfortable thing, so going with that plus a mini-dress was practically a no-brainer.  Where our personalities really shined through though was our ceremony.

ceremonyshotWe each had one person stand up with us.  We walked to the fire ring at the camp (rather than “down the aisle”) together.  We each came around the corner of the dining hall, which had a beautiful wrap-around porch, and saw each other for the first time then walked down the steps to the fire ring holding hands while “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes played.  Our good friend officiated for us (this is legal in Massachusetts), and the ceremony opened with our maid of honor and best man playing drums and digeridoo.  We had a handfasting (since we are both of Irish descent) and a san san kudo ceremony (since my husband is baptized Shinto).  We wrote our own wedding vows and didn’t know each other’s ahead of time, and yet they matched up incredibly well.

I will write a few more posts about the wedding.  I’ll write one with more details about exactly how it went and how we planned it.  I also plan to write a post on wedding planning tips with all of the many things I learned about the horror that is wedding planning (on a budget–we threw our wedding for under $5,000).  I also plan to write a post about some of my favorite parts of the wedding, and the things that were the biggest hit the day of.

I will also write up a post about our incredible 2 week honeymoon we just got back from! We went to Mexico, Nashville, and the Smokey Mountains (where we motorcycled the Tail of the Dragon).

For right now, though, just know that I got to marry my best friend, and while wedding planning was terrible, the wedding itself was incredible, the honeymoon was awesome, and being married is amazing.  Also, my married name is Amanda Nevius, but I will still be publishing under my maiden name, which I now dub my pen name, Amanda McNeil.

  1. Sharleen
    October 11, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Congratulations on on your marriage! And that is so awesome that you had an amazing wedding the way your now husband like. 🙂

  2. October 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Sounds like a great wedding. Congrats!

  3. Amanda McNeill
    October 12, 2015 at 8:58 am

    “Congratulations” is so trite but “congratulations” anyway.

    I was just thinking about e-mailing you this morning as last week I mailed a package to you. The clerk said it should arrive on Wednesday, but this is the USPS; who knows? thought you should have a little warning.

    You were married on the same day as our chiropractor, Dr. Teresa. I made a similar item for her, albeit different colors.

    I am so glad that weddings aren’t as stuffy and formal and phony as they used to be. Like the couple express themselves and shine!

    Best Wishes to you both! (Yes, that’s trite too.)

    • October 12, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you, Amanda! We appreciate every single congrats 🙂 never get tired of hearing them.

      Will shoot you an email when the package arrives, many thanks!

  4. October 12, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations Amanda 🙂

  5. October 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Congratulations! Your wedding sounds very unique and meaningful and I’m excited to hear more about the planning and your honeymoon 🙂

    • October 15, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Thank you! That is a wonderful way to describe it 🙂 And I am looking forward to sharing what I learned in the planning process.

  1. November 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

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