Apologies! Your web browser lacks required capabilities. Please consider upgrading it or switching to a more modern web browser.
Initializing. Please wait…
<p> The night before "Christmas" refers to the night before my wedding day. Little kids around the world get so excited because they know something amazing and special is waiting for them in the morning. That is how I felt the night of my wedding. I knew that my excitement would get the best of [[me]]. </p><p>I tend to be a very anxious person the day before big events. My brain starts thinking about what is going to happen and it keeps me from going to sleep.
Normally I do not [[drink]] at all, unless I am at home with a bottle of wine.
This night would be incredibly different because I was [[playing]] out what would happen, whom I would see, and how I would feel...
I had to drink to be able to sleep. </p>
<p>The [[guys]] and I sat at the bar of our hotel and drank beer until I had a buzz. I remember feeling like my heart wanted to come out of my chest. I was not scared, nervous, or afraid of the moment...
I was [[EXCITED]]!!!</p>
<p>I get excited a lot. In this moment, that excitement was amplified by a thousand. This was the day before I was going to be married to my best friend. I needed something that would help me decrease my excitement or drown it out enough to get me asleep..
Alcohol was my [[solution]].</p>
<p>The [[bar]] was located down stairs on the first floor and our room was on the third floor. I felt like a [[celebrity]] because any where I went in the [[hotel]], I ran into a family member that came from another state or a few hours away to be here for me and my soon to be wife. I would say hello any time I passed someone. I think we had almost every room in the hotel booked just for My Big Day.</p>
<p>I do know the hotel was sold out the night before and the night of the wedding. I walked around the hotel and ran into friends and [[family]]. I never once saw a person I did not know. I even greeted every person as they checked into the hotel and never saw a person that I didn’t know. </p>
<p>My [[friends]] and family came from all over the country. I had people from Hawaii, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Virginia, and New York on my side. All of my aunts, uncles, and family were there. I felt happily [[surrounded]] by all the people that were close to me. </p>
<p>My friends [[surrounded]] me at the bar and were there to support me. I could not wait until the greatest gift I would ever receive was standing right next to me. The alcohol was there to prevent me from staying up all night thinking about the next day.</p>
<p>The hotel we were staying at was the [[Hilton]] garden Inn in [[Riverhead]], NY. At the time of my wedding, I worked for Hilton and I got a great discount considering that the price was normally $400 a night. I got it down to $100 for my guests because I was an employee, so each person’s room was only $100 a day. Of course my room was $40 a night.</p>
<p>When I worked for Hilton, I traveled to many hotels across the country at a great price, sometime even free. The hotel we stayed at was the [[second]] time I had been there. </p><p>Me and my girlfriend (now wife) went to the Hilton Garden Inn in Riverhead earlier in our relationship. I wanted to visit her on Long Island to meet her family and do fun things. The hotel was a great place to stay the last time so we used it this time for all of our [[friends]] and family to stay. They even gave us a free shuttle service for the wedding because I was an employee.</p>
<p>The guys and I were made up of myself, John, Kyle, Mike, and [[Matt]]. My brother, dad, uncles, and friends also were there with me. I had so many people around me that I could not keep up with every conversation. Each person was telling [[stories]] of me and my soon to be wife.
<img src="http://project.irishironman.com/theday1.jpg"/> </p><p>My best man.
He is the only one that has seen me and my wife from day 1.
He knows everything that we went through to make this moment happen.
<p>How we met, where we have gone and how we got to this point. I remember thinking how [[lucky]] I was to know all of these people and that they came a long way just to celebrate the biggest day of my life. </p><p>The guys were of course making wise cracks about me, as always. Having my four best friends and family [[surrounded]] me is something that I do not know how to describe. I felt like I was on top of the world and nothing could bring me down. </p><p>This feeling is edged into my brain any time I think about the [[night]] before my wedding day. It was nice to have all the attention on me. Being there at the bar gave me a sense of comfort knowing I could rely on any of these people at a moments notice.</p><p>The bartender was a nice lady that worked at the hotel we were staying at. She was given specific instructions to not get me drunk. She gave me enough [[beer]] to make sure my body would get heavy, so I would fall asleep as soon as I hit...
<p>The [[night]] before the wedding, I had to sleep alone. Sleeping together is bad luck, so I had the room to myself and made sure that I got to sleep by force.</p><p>In my daily life it is hard for me to drink [[alcohol]] when I am out in public. I always feel like I have to be ready for anything. One drink seriously affects me. I am the definition of a lightweight. Plus, I do not like to drink unless I am comfortable.</p><p>The night of my wedding, I was up tight about alcohol because my dad use to be an alcoholic and I know others that are the same way. I was always afraid that I would become just like my dad if I drank more than two beers in the same night. In reality, I become a goof that is very talkative any time I drink. The only purpose it had was to get me to [[bed]]. </p><p>I only remember hitting the bed and feeling like my body was very heavy.
[[My Big Day]] was upon me. </p><p>I used the alcohol to get me [[asleep]] because of my excitement. Luckily the boys and some friends escorted me to bed.
Everyone wanted to make sure I got to bed safely. </p><p><img src="http://project.irishironman.com/guys1.jpg"/>
When I woke up the next day...
I [[felt]] very refreshed as if I had the best sleep of my life. I am usually up all night thinking about the next day for these big moments. This time I felt very relaxed and I was ready for anything that was about to happen or could happen. </p>
<p>I knew myself well enough that I could predict that I might have been restless, so I am glad that I got ahead of the problem and not behind it. I did not want to wake up tired and feel like I had no [[energy]].</p>
<p>For once alcohol helped out and made sure that I woke up refreshed. On any normal day, I had energy in the morning, but not when I get anxious. This was a big moment. A moment that I will remember till the day I die. I will only do this one time. The day I married the [[love of my life]].</p>
<p>I could not imagine being up at the altar with anyone else but Kaitlyn. She has helped me in many ways. She is my best friend.
[[The Night Before "Christmas"]] </p><p>The hotel was a great place for our friends and [[family]] because it was beautiful, if you can call a building beautiful. It was very bright to say the least and there was a lot of colors reflected off the floors and the walls. When I walked into the hotel, I almost became blind. There were a lot of colors everywhere, such as green, red,and blue in the hallways and in the floor.</p>
<p>In my own head I imagined the most beautiful day possible. I felt I could part the sea of any body of water. The rush of being married to my best friend and growing old together was getting me so pumped up that I could not relax my mind at all. I could not stop thinking about the people I would be talking to, the smile on my wife’s face as she comes down the aisle. It was all too much for me and I had to come up with a [[solution]] to fix it. </p>