Twenty-One



Twenty one years ago today I headed down an artificially widened aisle toward a bemused young man. The organist was playing Once in Royal David’s City, I was wearing an enormous dress (the reason for the widened aisle) and I had a death grip on my Daddy’s arm. I wasn’t afraid of the day or my beloved or the promises we were about to make - I was afraid of the dress, and landing in some poor unsuspecting lap. I was aiming for the few steps I needed to navigate and felt huge relief when I made it without incident. The hard part of my wedding day was over!



I loved our wedding and I’m pretty sure I had a goofy grin on my face the whole day. I loved the reception and I really really wish I had let my dad sing Sunrise, Sunset. And I loved our honeymoon in Lake Lure and Maggie Valley, NC. But most of all I loved that all of these things happened with my own heart right there beside me.



Happy Anniversary Sweetie!


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  1. Happy Anniversary!!!!!! Look at you in that dress & hat!!! :) And your wedding cake - awesomeness!!!! Are those wedding rings on top??? Whatever it is, its fantastic!!! :)

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  2. I've just discovered your blog & love it. Gorgeous photos of your wedding love the outfit-twenty one years -WOW!
    Mind you, will be twenty years next year myself!
    Mari

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  3. happy anniversary - you guys looked great then and great now

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  4. Such a great smile in the last photo:)
    I'll be twenty-one years married to my better half next year, how have they stuck us for so long?

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  5. Happy Anniversary!!! I love seeing other people's wedding pictures!

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  6. Thanks everyone - we had a great day. And yes, it's pretty amazing to be married to someone that long :)

    Rebecca - my cousin made the cake topper & yes, it's two golden rings. She's a potter (Hog Hill Pottery in NC). It's one of my favorite things from my wedding :)

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  7. You gave us all a gift with this special post! Twenty one years is a place many don't get to visit ... I have always enjoyed designing clothes and must tell you that your gown is a vision ... my very favorite off the shoulder look. I would wear it today if I walked down that aisle - again.

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  8. I had the big deal wedding the first time around but it was just a thing to get through. I knew even then it would not last, that it was a temporary thing. My real wedding though was at home, no music, lasted about 5 minutes in front of friends and family and then a big party that lasted from 4 PM til about midnight when the last person left. And I was deliriously happy.

    Congratulations. You got the right one first time. Happy anniversary.

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  9. What a beautiful story and wedding. I loved how 21 years later you still remember just hoping to make it down the aisle with your dress. It is beautiful! Do you still have it? I am always curious if ladies save their dresses.
    Happy Anniversary!

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  10. Congratulations on your twenty-one years together. I offer my congratulations knowing that successful marriages like yours begin with two wonderful people but require much work and willingness to compromise, put the other person first. I can see in your pictures, then as well as now, that you both work hard at your marriage and refuse to take each other for granted. Here's to the next twenty-one years!

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  11. Happy anniversary! SWMBO and I will mark FORTY-ONE years together in April!

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  12. Happy, happy day! I think holiday weddings are the best. Your cake was gorgeous, and so were the two of you!

    Enjoy your day!

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  13. looked gorgeous then and looking gorgeous now...oh and so is the lovely man! Congratulations...have a super day remembering it all!

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  14. Happy anniversary! You look so happy and I love that!

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  15. Happy Anniversary! Aw, you didn't let him sing, "Sunrise, Sunset"? That's a shame!

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  16. Happy Anniversary to one of the cutest couples that I feel like I know, but don't, if you know what I mean

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  17. Congratulations....that is awesome....love all your photos.....beautiful!!

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  18. Great story. Love it! Hope you have a great day, and another 21 years...at LEAST 21! :)

    S

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  19. Oh, my! Congratulations! The photos are just beautiful - and your smile says it all. So glad that you shared all this - it's wonderful!

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  20. Happy Anniversary to a Belle and her Beau. It's obvious that your love has only grown over the years.

    What a good match!

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  21. Had to giggle at your concerns about the dress (which was gorgeous by the way). I was most worried about tripping over my own feet (it's been known to happen) and experienced that same sense of relief at making it down the aisle with my dignity intact :)
    Happy belated anniversary!

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  22. I always seem to be a bit late. But my heartfelt congratulations are very strong. The two of you are a perfect pair.

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  23. Happy Belated Anniversary. You were a gorgeous bride.

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  24. I loved this post.
    Happy everafter to you two lovebirds!

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