Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Remembering our wedding. . .

Annie has a wonderful Time Travel Tuesday. . . remembering our weddings. Unfortunately, I can't seem to scan any photos, so until I work out the bugs, here's the story:)
Dan and I were married on June 2, 1984. It was a beautiful day, after having poured rain on the rehearsal dinner the night before. It's funny, but when I think back to 'the wedding' I almost always think of the near-catastrophe that occured because I neglected to confirm that the band was coming! My roomate/best-friend/maid of honor realized this the night before and, first thing, in the morning told my mother. She immediately called the band, and sure enough, they didn't have us on the calendar!! God bless this man, he pulled together his band members and enough musicians, that we had our band, and it was the best party ever! I felt so bad, because it was one of the few things that my dad really wanted for my wedding -- the rest was all Mom's and my planning. I just plum forgot to call and confirm -- ditsy young thing that I was.
I'm glad I got a chance to look through our album this morning. Most of the day has remained a blur in my memory, but looking at the photos, we sure had a great time! I hadn't looked through those photos in years, although we do drag out the "bride and groom" champagne glasses most anniversaries to toast one another.
I think back to all the planning that was involved in this 'big day'. The dress, the bridesmaid's gowns, the tuxes, the rings, the flowers, the gorgeous cake with the topper that was made using the vintage bride and groom topper from my parents' wedding -- all done with fresh flowers. The dancing! Dan and I took dance lessons before the wedding -- his idea -- and it was the best thing we ever did. When I think about it, the dancing and the music were the best parts of the whole wedding -- my dad and Dan's ideas, and the only one's my mom and I went with from them! Of course, Dan wanted our first dance to be to the song, To All the Girls I've Loved Before, sung by Willie Nelson. I don't even remember the first dance song, but it sure wasn't that one!
We had a dinner buffet and dancing for about 250 guests. We spent our first night at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel in downtown Denver, which is no longer there:(, and the next morning left for our honeymoon in Hawaii. I knew where we were going, but that was it, as Dan planned the whole thing as a surprise from the first night to where we stayed on the islands -- first Oahu and then Maui. Ahhh, as much as I loved being there 23 years ago, I think I would really appreciate a tropical vacation with just my husband a hundred times moreso, now! Maybe for our 25th?? (hint, hint)
If I can get the pictures up, I'll update this later. Thanks, Annie, for hosting this! (And thanks, sweetie, for 23 wonderful years.)


KC said...

what a wonderful time travel, I hope you can get the pictures up that would be fun to see.
Happy TTT

gail@more than a song said...

Oh that was so sweet! I enjoyed reading about it....hope you can scan pics later.
I love that y'all took dance lessons.
And a trip back to Hawaii does sound good.

annie said...

Sounds like such a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you. It was a beautiful day. I'm honored to have been part of it.

Judi said...

Wonderful memory! I had to laugh about the song "To All The Girls I've Loved Before." Your hubby must be a hoot!

Lynne said...

I'll bet you had a beautiful wedding and a lot of fun. Happy 23 years and 1 month!

kim said...

What great memories you shared. I hope you can get pictures up later-I would love to see the cake topper.

Thanks for the G&T recipe. Maybe after I get my husband and two of my three sons over the stomach flu we seem to be inflicted with right now I will go get the stuff and try making some. Three down, two (me included) to go....sigh...and holding my breath...and spraying the lysol...and trying not to cry.....What family gets the stomach flu at 4th of July????

Hope you have a great 4th--

Joyful Days said...

What a wonderful story. Neat that your dad and your husband got to contribute the "best" ideas.

Hoping to see pictures!

Anne Bradshaw said...

I did so enjoy reading this blog. Found you while wandering around on my friend, Tristi's blog. Glad I ventured into blog wilderness because reading this brought back happy memories of my own.

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last year with a trip to Hawaii. What a great vacation. Worth waiting for. I have some Hawaiian sunset photos (my favorite) on my blog if you're feeling nostalgic.

kris said...

Thanks for sharing those sweet memories - can't wait to see photos!
When our son was married almost two years ago, he and I had a dance at the wedding to "Your Song" by Elton John - I can't hear that song now without tearing up a little!