Thursday, May 3, 2007

Our 10th Wedding Anniversary!

I saw this on another blog awhile ago and thought it would be fun to post today on our anniversary. Take a look at the short slide show I put together of just the two of us.

1. Where/How did you meet? We met in our Junior year of high school (we attended different schools) at Campus Life, a non-denominational youth group similar to Campus Crusade.

2. How long have you known each other? About 16 yrs. 

3. How long after you met did you start dating? John was interested in me awhile before I knew about  it. We hung around with the same group of friends from Campus Life and had fun together as friends. 

4. How long did you date before you were engaged? We dated for 5 years all-together, although I would have preferred getting married sooner.  John wanted to concentrate on college and graduate first which in the long run was a good idea.

5. How long was your engagement? Two years. He proposed in November of 1995 (partly because my grandma was dying and we wanted her to know) and got married in May of 1997 right after John graduated.

6. How long have you been married?  10 years

7. What is your anniversary? May 3

8. How many people came to your wedding reception? We had an average size reception but fairly simple held in the church fellowship hall.  

9. What kind of cake did you serve?  We had a wonderful cake that everyone commented on.  Each layer was a different flavor but the only one I really remember is chocolate with apricot crème filling. Yum!

10. Where was your wedding? A beautiful Reformed Church in a quaint town. We did not attend there but selected that location because honestly I didn’t like the look of my own plain church. It also worked well as they had a large fellowship hall to accommodate us where our church was not large enough.

 11. What did you serve for your meal? We had it catered by a lady who made everything so beautiful with baskets for the foods and such. Our wedding was a garden-type theme and I only remember a few things so I know we had orange chicken on skewers, tortellini salad, finger foods and salads. I was too nervous to eat anything and only picked at my food. I was so thankful that my Mom packed a couple of plates full of food to take along that night. I was starving by the time we got to our hotel!

12. How many people were in your wedding party? We had 8 people. My sister was my Maid of Honor and my Aunt and a good friend were bridesmaids. John had two friends and my cousin stand up with him. We had a sweet little flowergirl and my cousin was the ring bearer.

13. Are you still friends with them all? For the most part. One of the groomsmen moved away so we haven’t seen them in a long time.

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony? Yes, but not nearly as much as I did. 

15. Most special moment of your wedding day? The most special moment was my Dad walking me down the aisle. We had the song “Butterfly Kisses” (before it became popular for weddings) sung before I walked down. Dad and I stood in the back and he had a really hard time which didn’t help me any. As we stood in the doorway ready to go both of us had shed quite a few tears but he was all smiles and held me tightly as we walked together arm in arm.

16. Any funny moments? Not that I can recall.     

17. Any big disasters? The only thing that went wrong was that I didn’t get the cake design that I had ordered. I walked in the reception hall that morning and asked whose cake that was because it didn’t look anything like I asked for. Thankfully we had extra flowers to fill in for some color as it was more on the plain side. I had wanted lilac type flowers draping down the sides but it was just plain white basket weave. The flavors of the layers were correct for the most part except that they made one layer poppy seed which we hadn’t wanted since my Dad and Grandma cannot eat them.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?  We spent the first night at a hotel across from the airport as we had to catch a really early flight to Tennessee. We rented a log cabin in the Smokey Mountains in Gatlinburg. It was unseasonably cool that week but the sights were absolutely beautiful!  We did a lot of hiking and got to see two bear cubs and stood beneath a waterfall. We also stopped at Dollywood and one of those fun meals with a show.

19. How long were you gone? A week.

20. If you were to do your wedding over.... I would change the bridesmaids dresses as I didn’t like how they turned out (someone made them after looking at a picture I liked) as they didn’t look much like the picture.  I would have stressed to the florist to have a LOT of color in my bouquet. I love color and the bridesmaids had gorgeous bouquets but mine was quite plain.

21. What is your song? We don’t really have a song. When we started dating the Robin Hood movie with Kevin Costner was new so the love song from that reminds me of that time. The song we had sung at our wedding was by Steve Green, called “Til the End of Time” and that says it all.

22. Describe your wedding dress. It was fairly simple and elegant.  The bottom was a light chiffon that floated beautifully. The top was made of appliqué lace that covered the heart-shaped form of the simple top. My veil was a floral type thick headband.  

23. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding? I had white tulips, lavender freesia, pink stephanotis with pearls in the centers and ivy flowing down. The bridesmaids had dark purple irises, pink daisies, a bright yellow freesia, purple statis, and bright pink kolanchoe. (I loved their flowers!)

Today we look much the same, maybe a bit older. My hairstyle has been in constant change over my lifetime so that we can tell what year it is based on my hairstyle so of course that has changed. My husband had gained a bit of weight over the years but has taken that off in the past year so he looks much the same but he gets more handsome with age to me!


Anonymous said...

A decade, wow, that went by fast. Yet, at the same time, I would have guessed you were married longer than that.

10 years and 6 kids, not bad! We're going on 12 years and we only have 2. :o)

I'm so glad we're still friends after all these years. Congrats on your first decade of many more.

living4Him said...

...what a beautiful bride you were. The whole day was absolutely lovely. Congratulations on celebrating 10 years!


....side note-my hubby's favorite pic of him and I was taken at your wedding : )

KindredHeart said...

I join you in celebration, friend, and thank God for making you one. You have a beautiful family that speaks boldly of your Lord. Thanks for being such a sweet example and testimony.

I enjoyed reading about your special day...made me feel like I was there (at least a little). :)

Happy Weekend!

abidinglove said...

Congratulations! Hope the next 10 years are going to be blessed and wonderful for you. I enjoyed my first visit here today and will drop by again. ~Colleen~

sahmto4orMore said...

Happy Anniversary!

It sounds like a lovely wedding.

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