Monday, July 20, 2009


Today is our 13th Anniversary.  So, to celebrate I thought I'd share 13 little known facts about my wedding.

I'd include a picture but I do not have a scanner so, believe me when I tell you, I was a smokin' hot bride.  I had never looked that good before and never will again. It required the services of a professional make-up artist and about 60 bobby-pins, but it was worth it.

1.  I got the idea for all our bouquets from Martha Stewart's big blue book of weddings.  While I find the woman unbelievably pretentious now I was rather smitten with her then.  A family friend made the bouquets, mainly from flowers from her garden as well as my parent's.  They were amazing.

2.  I wore white leather Keds sneakers.  My dress hid them, but there was no way I was going to suffer in bad shoes all day long.  So, I stole an idea from Father of the Bride and wore runners.  Best.Decision.Ever.

3.  Way Cooler is 5'5".  His best man was 6'4".  Our photographer nearly had a heart attack.  We took a lot of pictures on a hillside with us at the top and the rest of the party a little below us.

4.  My grandpa married us.

5.  Because I had read waaay too many Brock and Bodie Thoene novels I incorporated the breaking of the glass ceremony into our wedding.  I was quite thrilled with it.  Way Cooler was a little less enthusiastic, especially after nearly breaking his foot on the tumbler I had chosen during the rehearsal.  One of my aunts was then dispatched to Wal-mart to get a wine glass.  It worked much better.

6.  Our wedding pictures were taken at one of the oldest public gardens in our city.  It is right next to a cemetery.  My F-I-L was fond of telling people that our pictures were taken in a cemetery.   He had a rather weird sense of humour.

7.  My make-up lady was a wizard.  The week before the wedding I had an unfortunate mishap involving a self-propelled lawn mower and a very large evergreen.  My arms were a mess of scratches.  They looked like the legs of a three year old boy.  I was wearing a short-sleeved dress.  It didn't look promising but she managed to cover it all up and it looked incredibly natural.

8.  The morning after our wedding I wrote out our vows and put it in my Bible.  Still there.

9.  My sister and brother were both in the wedding party.  At one point my sister was starting to get a bit teary so my brother gave her the finger when no one was looking.  This became a family tradition during weddings.  I promise, we only do obscene gestures during weddings.  And the occasional funeral.  Other than that, we are a very respectable obscenity-free family.

10. I had wanted my bridesmaids bouquets to be all sweet-peas tied together with ribbon. They are my favorite flower. My dad and our friend planted sweet-peas for that very purpose.  We had an unusually rainy spring and there were no sweet-peas to be found.  Anywhere.  My bridesmaids carried Sweet William instead with one lone sweet-pea in each bouquet.  It was pretty much the only year ever that the sweet peas were that late in blooming.

11.   I usually have very short hair.  The day I told my hairdresser I was getting married she told me that I only had ten months to grow it out, but I had better grow it out if I wanted her to do my hair for my wedding.  She scared me a little bit at the best of times so I obeyed.  Never mess with a woman with a curling iron.

12.  I had registered for forest green, navy and cream bath towels.  I got 12 sets of towels, mostly pink with a few emerald green thrown in for good measure.   

13.  It was truly one of the best days of my life.  There were no mishaps at all, it was just fun from start to finish.  

Happy Anniversary Sweetie!


Char said...

Aw, Happy Anniversary! Loved this post, but I must say, if I'd been flipped the bird I may have gotten the giggles which is far less acceptable in a bridal party member than tearing up!! Lol!! Awesome!

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Dawn and Dale said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE #8!! Soooo cool!

Tez said...

VERY happy anniversary!

Knittinchick said...

I was just telling someone the other day that if they were needing wildflowers to go to the place where your wedding photos were... truly gorgeous!

I also remember that you chose quite flattering bridesmaids dresses... something that always will bring you Bridesmaids Rising Up and Calling You Blessed!

Laughing Stars said...

Happy Anniversary! I LOVE the Keds and the middle finger tradition.

Lady Why said...

I love it!! And, I have to ask, what in the world were you doing mowing grass and getting scratched up a week before your wedding??

Pam D said...

I just can't pick a favorite, although the finger is in the lead right now. The Keds is a close second. And the towels? Isn't that the way it goes.. it's like--"WHY even bother doing a gift registry, people????" hee.. LOVED it... and Happy Anniversary! May you have 13 more times infinity....

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! I get a bit teary eyed just remembering the Wedding Day - you know how emotional I can be at times like that. I was watching the wedding video recently and enjoyed the expressions of pure joy and love on your faces and the lightheartedness of the whole day. Wonderful day! The site for pictures was the BEST!!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Mom D

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! (And I totally wore Ked Sneakers, too. But you got all fancy on me. Cuz mine were canvas. Heh.)

momofthecrazies said...

I remember the photographer muttering under his breath the entire time about the 6'4" groomsman. The pictures turned out well though! (Even the ones with me flinging your veil up in the air and running!)