Catherine was stunning - she hadn't time to make a new dress, so instead she wore her debutante dress.
But she was still so stunning.
Her mother had left her a vale that fell, covering her face. But underneath that a small tiara glistened in the light - a wedding gift from her father.
When she reached me and I was finally able to stare into her eyes my heart stopped.
I was wrong before, this; this was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life.
The minister asked me to share the vows I had written, but I almost did not hear him. My head was awash with clashing waves and the world spun.
I almost convinced myself I was dreaming, but even if I was, I did not want it to end.
And so, I somehow found my voice, and spoke the words I had only shared with my friends the night before.
"On this day, I, Calvin David Thompson ask you Catherine Anne Burton to stay with me, love me, and keep me from this day forward.
I ask that you allow me to love you for the rest of our lives. I promise you I will do everything in my power to make you happy and to give you the best life I can.
My Catherine, if all else, I ask that you love me, and I ask you, here and now before our family and friends, to be my wife forever more"
And she looked at me, with those big violet eyes and said "I will."