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America, January 12, 2008

Presenting Mrs. Amy Ross Vota

No hyphens, all happiness

lucky wayan
Kissing the bride
Years ago, I saw a photograph of a joyous bride, a woman in mid-laugh and beamingly happy, being led to the altar through a crowd of wealth and stature, by a father swelled with pride.

In that photograph I saw a dream, a vision of a life I wanted to live, a moment I wanted to see with my own eyes. Yet, I never thought it possible. I did not have that wealth, and I did not know that bride.

Until today, January 12th, 2008, my wedding day. Today, after months of planning, weeks of preparation, and days of stress, I saw that joyous bride. That father filled with pride. That crowd of wealth and stature.

Today I saw that image, I saw that moment in my own life. No. I lived that dream! It is my life now.

It is my bride, Amy, who walked down the isle on the arm of her father, Don. It was our friends and family, a crowd of wealth and stature in our lives, that cheered her passage into matrimony.

And it was to me that Amy wed. It is to me that she is bound. And it is me who now has a whole other vision, dream, image in my mind. I now see Amy Ross Vota, head back, mid-laugh, a moment of pure joy. My new bride, radiating happiness, as she danced through our wedding and reception.

Now, with all the powers vested in me, as the author of this website, Belly Button Window, now 11 years old, I present to you, my loyal readers, the life, the vision of: Mr. and Mrs. Wayan and Amy Vota, husband and wife:

More photos of our wedding can be found here and here.

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Congratulations to you both! A very happy looking couple - Wishing you a lifetime of happiness & success, together, from the Cathey family --- Todd, Oksana, Katya & Sofia

we can spend a life time looking for our life partner, i'm so glad you found yours! cheers to the radiant couple!

Very beautiful and happy you two look! Congratulations and stay happy and glamorous always!

Well, first I was excited to see someone get to get married that is as interesting as yourself. I am still a fan. I feel your stories inspire me, I know that you hate how I mention how old you are in comparison to me, but it TRULY inspires me and gives me hope that crazy outgoing people do settle down at some point. I am freaking out a bit less about going to Africa to do this random volunteer program for WWF (the pandas). 3 months in Madagascar is bound to be amazing, at least more than my last job. Being the romantic that I am, I totally like this guy that is a scientist and lives in s. california.... Hmm, maybe 2008 will prove to have more happy stories than sad ones for me:-D.
Keep the fun blog entries coming..! Congratulations!

congrats again dude!

Congratulations again Wayan! The wedding looks like it was a glorious day filled with love and family. I am so happy for you and Amy. Creating a family of your own will be the best adventure you have ever embarked on. Enjoy every day!

Congratulations-- you two are a fantastic couple, and I wish you all the happiness in the world.

I am sort of curious, however, just how well that crowd of wealth and stature liked the plastic flamework martini glass. That's not the sort of think they do in the Hamptons.

Wayan & Amy,

Congratulations on this wonderful step in your journey! It's now a shared quest. Next step, if you so choose:

Wayan, look forward to catching up, and we look forward to meeting Amy.

Congratulations Again!!

Peace & Love,

Congratulations (again!), Wayan. Hope Mercy Corps is working out for you.

Best to you and your bride,

congrats! amy is a great girl.

What a great set of photos! Congratulations, Wayan. Glad you're so happy. And best wishes for your withdrawl period -one whole week off-line!

Wayan, congratz!!!
However, it is a shock to find you so mushy. Eeeewww. :-)

Congratulations!!!! You both look soooo amazingly happy and Amy is an absolute beautiful bride. All our best to you and Amy!!! May you continue to be as happy and as much in love as you both are in this moment in life.

Enjoy Hawaii and say Aloha for me. What a perfect place to begin baby making!!!!

Congratulations! I had no idea you were even seeing someon. I guess i'm behind the times :-)

Have fun in Hawaii. You deserve an off-line break here and there.

Congrats, Wayan, and thanks for sharing the happy news. Hope you guys have a wonderful time in Hawaii... you just might try staying offline both weeks.

It would probably be good for you... :-)

Congratulations, Wayan! We wish you and Amy the best always!!!

Congratulations Wayan!!! So when are you going to have little Wayan's ;).

Congrats, Dude!

I haven't written in a while and this certainly deserves applause and congratulations. She looks lovely and I'm sure you'll be happy together.

Keep up the good work! I often tell friends that you were the first blogger in the world, doing it 11 years ago, before it was ever a mainstream thing!

Congratulations!!!!! You both look supremely happy! I hope that you have a wonderful honeymoon in Hawaii and I hope to see you in 2008.

All best wishes

Congratulations!!!! To Mr and Mrs Vota!

Wow, married already? in DC? where was my invitation wayan? ok, now i'm a little hurt - sniff sniff.

Wishing you many many years of a happily wedded life.
Enjoy your honeymoon!

Congrats, Wayan - I'm so happy for you!!

I wish you both a terrific honeymoon in Hawaii, and a long and wonderful life together in blissful matrimony :)

Congrats! Your pictures are beautiful :) Hope you had a nice wedding! Enjoy Hawaii! We went to Maui for our honeymoon and had a blast, I miss it everyday.

Congratulations, Wayan & Amy. I look forward to meeting Amy on one of your trips to Florida,ok? How's your Mom doing,Wayan?

hey congrats to you all.. best wishes to both of you.. enjoy Hawaii.. hope you get in some surf while your there!!

Many congrats Wayan and Amy!

This may be a bit late ... But CONGRATUALTIONS
You both make a happy couple and i wish you many happy years together :x) And the pictures paint a thousand words
Lots of love
Megan - one of the people you met along the way

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