Golden Tax Relief - February 2019

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A D ay to R emember Looking Back on My Wedding Day

This time last year, in honor of Valentine’s Day, I told the story of how I proposed to my wife (and the shenanigans that entailed). So, with the annual celebration of love rolling around once again, I want to pick up that story where we left off and reflect on the actual wedding day itself. Unlike my April Fool’s Day proposal, our ceremony was prank-free. But that’s not to say it was uneventful. Having met at the University of Alabama, my then-fiancé was finishing up her last semester at the time of our wedding. Fortunately, there was this classic little chapel right near the campus. Unfortunately, it was also right next to Bryant-Denny Stadium, meaning we had to plan around the Crimson Tide unless we wanted to spend the majority of our special day stuck in traffic. Thankfully, we were able to book the church during an away game against LSU. Of course, the question then became which of our friends would show up and which would travel down to Baton Rouge.

However, when the day arrived, the chapel was packed. Between my large extended family and all the friends we’d made in college, we must have had 200– 300 people there. This made it all the more nerve-wracking when I learned the wedding cake was a no-show. Of course, I’m nothing if not practical — I gave one of my friends some cash and sent him out to get sheet cakes before my bride caught wind that we had nothing to serve our guests. Of course, the original cake was eventually delivered while my friend was still out at the store, and we ended up with more than enough dessert to go around. As far as wedding drama goes, this was a piece of cake. The ceremony itself went off without a hitch. In fact, we were married by my childhood pastor, which meant the world to my family. Growing up on a farm in rural Alabama, church had been a big source of community for my family and me. Having the minister who had helped form the bedrock of my early life

be the one to help me start my new life as a husband felt nothing short of poetic. The whole event was short and sweet, with only a brief standing reception afterwards. After all, my wife and I only had a few days for our honeymoon before she had to go back to class. We made the most of it, getting away to Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains of the Tennessee countryside. Fast-forward over 17 years and two kids later, and we still love visiting those mountains. We try to get up to Tennessee every three or four years to take in the mountain air, unplug, and unwind. In fact, at the time of writing, we’ve just gotten back from a winter trip to that valley town. I can confirm that those forests and mountain ranges are — just like my wife — exactly as beautiful as they were the day I was married.

"As far as wedding drama goes, this was a piece of cake."

Happy Valentine’s Day,



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