we gave our thanks and love to Arlene.. she will forever be a part of our lives. Posed for a few more shots with Perry and thanked him for being so awesome. He had fallen ill and was still there taking care to make the best of our day. His friendship is unmatched and I owe him a lot! Henry and I got a bite to eat at the fabulous Strand House over looking the pier. All by ourselves in a little dark corner of the resturant. Everything was about us. Just the two of us and it was perfect. No one to please or entertain, just savouring our new commitment. We walked back to our flat hand in hand as we did every night. It was magical beyond words. Best holiday of my life.
On bondfire night, 5th of November, 2013; Henry and I decided to celebrate our own way. It was a a beautiful day in Manhattan Beach. Henry and I were so nervous and so very excited. He got dressed first and left to wait for me. Perry showed up along with Rev. Arlene Goldman. They helped me get ready and drove me down to the pier to meet Henry. I was so nervous and happy and going nuts in my head. This was it! I walked down the pier with Perry getting shots of me before I got to see Henry. At one point, Perry had me walk away and back towards the end of the pier to get me out of the shadow for a shot..(later found out, H was paniced for a split second when he saw me walk away... thought I had changed my mind!) haha The sun was getting ready to set as I joined Henry. Both of us grinning like fools when we saw each other for the first time all dressed up. It was like something out of a movie. People were all around us but all I could see was him. Arlenes words were so special and right on the money... like she knew us for much longer than she actually did. She talked about fears we both had had, insecurities, forgiveness, strength, and friendship. It was beyond perfect. I really can't describe how it all felt. In some ways time stood still... in others it was over in a moment. I cried and probably squeezed the life out of Henry's hand during the ceremony. The sun setting behind us and strangers looking on and clapping. Some of it is all a blur.