When I first met you all those years ago, I honestly thought you were frustrating. You seemed to be more about work than anything else, but that was only because I was only seeing you for the surface. Once I got to know you, once we stayed after work one night and ended up having a Buffy marathon, I got to know the real August. After that one night, I knew that not only had I gained a lifelong friend in you, but I had met someone I wanted to know more. Through out the years, you let me into your life piece by piece just as I let you into mine, and I found myself taking everything you gave me and devoured it, and immediately wished for more. The first time I made you laugh, I immediately knew I wanted to make you laugh again. The first time I really saw you smile, to see that joy behind your eyes, I knew I wanted to see it again. You’re a caring and loving man, someone who is dedicated to those that you love, and I am so thankful that I was able to be one of those treasured few, one of the ones that you love, and know that I love you too, more than I have ever loved any man in my life.
We’ve had a lot of missteps along the way, we’ve had things get in the way, elevators to get stuck in, snow to keep us off the roads and huddled by the fire. We’ve had all these times where we could have fallen into each other’s arms earlier, but we happened at just the right time. I fully believe that everything happens for a reason, and I fully believe that the universe finally cleared my path so it could lead me straight to you. With you, I’m who I am supposed to be. And with you, I’m free. I’m free to love, I’m free to mess up and fall and know that you’re there to catch me. In a way, you’ve given me a second chance at life, and love. You’ve heard me say it over the years, that I never thought that I deserved happiness, and I had truly believed that -- until I finally opened my eyes to see what was right in front of me: you. You, with your charm and your laughter, and your completely stubborn and sexy ways, you with your love of your daughter and your love of family, you with your complete and full love of me. It’s you, August. In a way, since I met you, it’s always been you. I’m so glad I get to spend the rest of my life married to you, and only you.
I love you, August. Completely and fully, and without doubt or fear, I love you. I always have and I always will.
August's Wedding Vows
My first impression of you was that you were stubborn and bullheaded. You refused to bow down to anyone, let alone your boss - which was me, by the way - and I admired that. I still do. It's one of the many reasons I was attracted to you to begin with. Over the past six years, I have gotten to know you as so much more. You are caring, you are funny, and you are a beautiful soul. Behind that stubborn exterior was a woman who didn't believe she deserved the world. She was willing to sacrifice her own happiness for that of others, and it broke my heart. It broke my heart because I saw a lot of myself in you. For years, I refused to let myself love, or open up to the idea, for fear of getting my heart broken yet again. Somehow, you wove your way in, you broke down the walls that I had put up, and I fell for you.
You have a tendency to call me a cheeseball, and, today, I promise to continue to be one, as it is my duty to make sure you are aware of just how wonderful you truly are. I would do anything to make you smile. No one can bring me joy quite like you do, and I want to spend my life returning the favor. You are my equal, my soul mate, and my treasure. I am lucky to have met you and even luckier to be standing in this very spot with you right now. After the series of almosts we have had, the stars finally aligned and allowed us to be together. Not only do you love me, but you love my daughter. Nothing on this earth makes me happier than that.
I intend on spending the rest of my days in this world loving you, making you happy, and giving you everything you never thought you deserved. I am so very glad that you opened my eyes and my heart again. So, Micheli - one last time - it would be the greatest honor to call myself your husband from this day forward. You are stuck with me just as I am with you, and there is nothing else that I could ever want. I love you with my whole heart, and I always will.
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