In October 2007, Chris and I went on the Caribbean Princess on our first vacation alone. Chris got down on one knee and asked me to marry him on a excursion to Honeymoon Beach in St Johns. Of course I said yes!
So how more appropriate to get married at sea on a cruise ship!
Chris and I were married upon the Ruby Princess Cruise ship in Dec 2008. We were married by Captain Yeomans on deck 16 aft. Everything about our wedding was perfect including the 40 friends and family that came along for the ride. Princess made our dream wedding happen.
We have been together for over 6 years and have been talking about starting a family for quite some time now.
We hoped and prayed for a honeymoon baby and we were so blessed on Dec 30th that we found out we were expecting. A true honeymoon baby, aka Ruby Baby. He was our nautical baby, we even decorated his nursery in boats and anchors. And had the official nautical chart from our wedding cruise, won at the art auction framed to put in his room. It was just meant to be.
On May 7th 2009 4 months after our wedding cruise, our world was turned upside down with some very scary news of our baby boy. We prayed and fought so hard for him. I ignored all the Doctors that said he wouldn't make it, I knew in my heart he was a fighter.
Nolan Michael had to make his appearance on 6/8/09 at 14 weeks too early because I was coming down with Pre-E & HELLP syndrome. Little Nolan was only 13oz and 10.5 inches, he wasn't even a pound. He put up one good fight for 3 days, until the fight got too much for him and he had to go to heaven to be an angel on 6/11/09.
How is this romantic? Its romantic because, our family truly started on the with Princess. A proposal, a dream wedding & our first born all at sea. Our son was nicknamed the "Ruby Baby" for the entire pregnancy. Our son through his trials and hard fight brought me and my husband closer than I ever thought possible. My husband is romantic and I fell in love with him all over again when I saw him look at Nolan for the first time. Our love takes on a whole new meaning now after we went through this. The Ruby Princess to me is the most romantic ship, because of that ship...I have a family.
In November we are taking a Princess cruise, once again on the Ruby in honor of our precious Ruby Baby, Nolan. Princess is our real life Love Boat, our life began on Princess and look forward to making new memories sailing the sea.
(Our wedding video)
Nolan's Story Video
Golden Princess 2004
Caribbean Princess 2005
Star Princess 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007
Ruby Princess 2008
Ruby Princess 2009
Carnival Destiny 2011
RUBY Princess 2011
Allure of the Seas 2012
Grand Princess 2012
Independence of the Seas 2013
Royal Princess 2013