Ten years, friends. That's how long it has taken for myself and the man I love to be able to finally get ready to say "I do". It's been a crazy journey fill of laughter, tears, pain, sorrow, happiness, and everything in-between. My love and I have worked through every fight, every trial and tribulation, and after a decade of struggles, all we want is to have a beautiful wedding- one that we can look back on with fondness and not have a single regret. It doesn't have to be a spectacular ordeal, but are we not entitled to have a beautiful day of matrimony together? That's actually why we need your help, friends. You see, I was married once to an abusive man that didn't show his truest colors until it was too late. The memories I have of the day we said I do make me cringe- the ceremony wasn't at all what I had hoped for, I gave in to too many other peoples' demands and requests and had a downright miserable experience following all the way through the honeymoon. Not only that, but unfortunately my family, nor my fiancee's, has the money to contribute to our happy occasion. Honestly, I often worry that people simply will not care since my first experience has already come and gone. I can't undo what's been done, but I can swallow my fears, and a bit of pride, and reach our for help to make the dream my love and I share come true. Regardless of what's happened to me in the past, I want my fiancée to have a beautiful wedding just as much as I want it for myself. For all that we've been through, I feel like we deserve this much. Every little bit helps go toward paying the church for the venue, sparse but pretty decoration, and hopefully a small but lovely honeymoon. I want to be able to show our future children photos of our day, filled with smiles and happy tears; I was to recall the moment with a smile, and remember the event fondly every time I I look into Mark's beautiful brown eyes. I don't want to travel the world, or hit the lottery. I just want to have a beautiful start to building our life and partnership together so that even when things get tough, we'll remember the day we said those two binding words and know we can get through anything and everything together. Please help us make that happen.