Tuesday, July 21, 2009

14 years ago tonight...

DH & I at ages 23 & 25 with our MARRIAGE LICENSE just 2 days before our wedding! We couldn't wait to be Mr. & Mrs.!

14 years ago tonight, I sat at a dinner surrounded by all of the people I loved most in the world. It's hard to believe that 2 of those precious people, D's Daddy and my grandmother, are no longer here. 14 years ago tonight was our Rehearsal Dinner. DH's mother outdid herself!!! D's first gift to me was a bear. She had miniature bears dressed in outfits to represent each stage of our lives and they sat on the states in which those events took place!! For example, newborn bears sat on the states of NC & Virginia, where we were born. Then, 2 bears sat on the state of NC in gear for camp. It was so precious. In the middle was a huge state of Texas, where we spent our first 3 years of marriage. A teacher and a preacher were there. It was too cute!

We were toasted by D's hilarious father and all of our friends and family. The toasts evoked laughter and tears. I'll never forget how nervous DH was when he stood up to toast me. You can hear D's father on our video saying, "D's a little nervous," and the crowd laughed. At the end of the meal, the pianist played, "When the Saints Go Marching In", a Louisiana favorite. Everyone got out of their chairs and we danced around the room. It was so much fun!!

Following the wonderful dinner, friends of my parents gave a dance by the pool. One of the hostesses owned a party design business, and she decorated in a full Texas theme with longhorns and everything!! We all danced and laughed and had a great time. Just before midnight, I told my handsome groom goodnight. I could not wait to see him on OUR WEDDING DAY, July 22nd!!! What a night THAT would be! It's off to bed for tomorrow is my wedding day... 14 years later!

Our last dance before our wedding day!! I love that you can see the clock and that it shows it was 11:30pm. I left right after this dance!


Imjustagirl said...

Oh my goodness that is so sweet! Congrats to you guys for staying together and working together for 14 years!!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love how your mother-in-law decorated with the bears. What a lot of time and thought.

Happy 14th Anniversary!

Blessings & Aloha!