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Posted by Tim and Jessica on Oct 24, 2009
Happily Ever After

Today we stood together on a windswept sandy beach on the outermost shores of Cape Cod. The rain kissed our noses as tears of joy rolled down our cheeks. And with the sun and the sea and the moon and the stars as our witnesses, we made our promises to one another and exchanged rings forever more.

During our round-the-world trip, we got engaged while we were in a little town by the sea in Turkey. So perhaps it is fitting we'll be stopping in Istanbul for a few days on our way to India.

(All this time we've been talking about India, we may have neglected to mention that India is actually going to be our honeymoon! Hedgehogs like to have a few secrets here and there.)

Although our ceremony was just the two of us – and the most Perfect Justice of the Peace we could have ever wished for – all of our dear friends and beloved families were there in our hearts. And so before we leave on our honeymoon (!), we wanted to share the opening passage from our wedding ceremony with each of you.

We gather here today in the presence of the sun and the sea and the moon and the stars to join together two lives as one.

Nearly seven years ago, a boy named Timothy and a girl named Jessica met for the first time. Perhaps they met by chance or perhaps the world always intended for them to meet. But on that late November evening, that boy named Timothy and that girl named Jessica had no idea what wonder would come into their lives when they began to stand side by side.

Within only a few months of meeting, their dreams would become intertwined and their lives would be woven together. And whether by the spark of chance or the light of fate, they made for themselves a nation of two and discovered in one another a place called home.

And so it is, that in the presence of the sun and the sea and the moon and the stars, Jessica Danielle McHugh and Timothy Charles Brooke McGregor stand side by side and hand in hand today and forever more.

daddy
October 24, 2009 at 10:12pm
best wishes and good health and happiness for ever ever, enjoy your honeymoon in india love aways daddy and mommy and woof [,woof your shadow] and meow you both have made very happy and proud to have such wonderful hedgehogs in our family xxooxxoo
Greg
October 24, 2009 at 10:20pm
Yay! Congrats you crazy kids!
Tarpo
October 24, 2009 at 11:53pm
That made my whole night.. maybe my week.
Sunnie
October 24, 2009 at 11:54pm
Eeeeeeee! Sweet! You guys make me cry. :) Much love, and enjoy your HONEYMOON!
Amy
October 25, 2009 at 1:37am
I have been lurking here for a long time. Your post tonight makes me so happy. Sincere congratulations.
Carrie
October 25, 2009 at 2:34am
Congratulations you two!

I just read the passage allowed to Tess and we agreed, it's perfect! Many wonderful years together!

October 25, 2009 at 4:04am
WONDERFUL NEWS! I am so happy for you both. I've watched your adventures together from the start… and have no plans to stop anytime soon. I love you both – have a wonderful honeymoon!
other jess
October 25, 2009 at 6:02am
congratulations from someone who was there when you met for the first time.

i feel like i should be sending you guys a bottle of ketchup or something.

other jess

Philsie
October 25, 2009 at 6:58am
Oh My…awesome I knew you guys would do something like that..So who took the Photo?…A Seagul, A homeless man?, some strange sea monster from "Puff-and-Stuff, Or did you push the button throw the camera and say cheese?, anyway cool stuff…xxxx
Janet
October 25, 2009 at 7:15am
Here I thought you were going to sneak off to Istanbul to tie the knot!
Tears in my eyes. Congratulations!
missy&derick
October 25, 2009 at 7:38am
wow! october 24th is a great day to be married :) i was actually in a wedding last night, and it is also d's parents anniversary. congratulations!
Kevin K
October 25, 2009 at 8:39am
Tim and Jessica, congratulations! So very happy for you. Have an amazing honeymoon and come back with new stories for your Hedgehog readers. All the best, Kevin
Deb
October 25, 2009 at 8:44am
Felicitaciones! Such a romantic way to get married and celebrate your love – enjoy your honeymoon!
Amie
October 25, 2009 at 12:43pm
Congrats!
Koreen
October 25, 2009 at 4:42pm
I can't think of a more perfect way for the two of you to celebrate your vows, or start off the rest of your lives together. Happy travels and can't wait to hear of your continued adventures!
October 25, 2009 at 4:55pm
Congratulations, and we wish you a happy life together forever :)
Secret agent X sends her best wishes. We hope for lots of cute pictures of the two of you in front of the Taj Mahal :D
October 25, 2009 at 5:58pm
Huge congratulations!

And I hope your time in India is amazing, and that you come home with lots of stories for the blog :)

marisa
October 25, 2009 at 6:34pm
yay! '-) <3 <3 <3
Shana
October 25, 2009 at 6:58pm
*beaming*
Congratulations, to two of the best people I know <3 <3 Enjoy your honeymoon!
Noah
October 25, 2009 at 8:13pm
Congratulations, you crazy kids! Connie and I couldn't be more delighted for you, and we hope you enjoy your honeymoon immensely.

Woo hoo!

Tracy
October 25, 2009 at 8:57pm
A lifetime of happiness to you both. Congratulations.
Sandy N
October 25, 2009 at 11:10pm
What great news, congrats!
Team Budgé
October 26, 2009 at 8:50am
Oh you crazy kids! I see that you have learned nothing from the fine examples set by Team Budgé! ;)
Being the sailorly types that we are, we wish you Fair winds and following seas through your journey of life together. Always remember that you can never change the wind, but you can always adjust the sails.
Cheers!
Emerald Flame
October 26, 2009 at 12:00pm
YEA! Emily and I are so happy for you! I love the opening passage to your wedding as it sounds so wonderfully Pagan and something tells me that Emily and I might be Pagans at heart.

May you two have a wonderfully safe and happy honeymoon. I can't wait to see the pics! See you two whenever our paths cross again!

~~~~ Maggie and Emily <3

October 26, 2009 at 12:16pm
Aww how sweet! Congrats! Have fun! :)

I'm pretty either I said, or you read on my blog, that my husband and I went off and got married just us in Italy, I am always glad to see other folks who do the "just us" thing! It's so much more personal and special that way, I think. :) Have an awesome honeymoon!

the mccleerys
October 26, 2009 at 6:22pm
I just wanted to say again how happy we are for you guys. Tim you have always been uncle tim to the kids anyways we all loved you from the start. Hope you all are having fun. Talk to you when you get back. love seana,joe, and the kids.
Rebecca Eakins
November 2, 2009 at 3:55am
And after all that stuff about how you don't need to be married etc etc!

Anyway, very happy for you both, congrats and what a great beach to do it on!

XXX

Barnaby Rowley
November 6, 2009 at 10:27am
Well thats just Dandy news! Spiffing marvelous, and such a lovely beach – I know it well! Have a fab time in India, and of course a marvelous married life together! -x-
Cath
November 7, 2009 at 7:35pm
Congratulations, Tim and Jessica! We couldn't be happier for you! Love to you both.

Cath

Phillida (Brooke) & Richard Simons
November 9, 2009 at 2:23pm
The Lord bless you and keep you and may you continue to bring each other joy and happiness throughout a long life together.
Uncle and Uncle-in-law Peter
November 11, 2009 at 2:30am
Great news! The best witnesses too! Best wishes of extended happiness from Geneva and Prague McGregors. Now making an opportunity to meet lovely Jessica becomes obligatory. :)
Jen Fuchs
November 12, 2009 at 8:53am
Contratulations :)

Sounds like a beautiful way to start your life together!

Missy Sowers (Williams)
November 13, 2009 at 1:53pm
Congratulations! How special and romantic!
Much love and happiness to you both :)
Rachel D.
June 1, 2010 at 12:59pm
Oh! I've been out of commission for the past – um – several months (for the obvious reasons). And you got married!

[Very Seriously] Belated Congratulations to you both!

Jessica Kraft
March 2, 2012 at 5:27pm
Jessica McHugh! My middle school running partner, fellow mischief-maker and tri-college classmate-– hello! And congrats on what looks like a spectacular life and union. I'm amazed and delighted to find you here. Hope to host you next time you are in San Francisco-– give me a shout out.
--JK

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