Monday, July 02, 2007
Going to the chapel.....
Time for some time travel. This week Annie is taking us back to our wedding day! My wedding day was almost 25 years ago so the memories rattling around in my poor old brain. are a little foggy.... :)
We got married on September 17, 1982. It was supposed to be a cool fall day. Notice the word, "supposed"! In reality, it was 89 degrees!! Yikes! Wait till you see my dress--very big with long lace sleeves.
I got to the church to get dressed (which is a blurr) and the scene that greeted me was the lady who made our cake trying to stabilize it, as it was melting from the heat. Oh, did I mention that the church had no air conditioning? Looking back, I hate how my veil looks in most of my pictures--it is too far forward and because of the unexpected heat, my bangs didn't stay put and fell forward by the end of the evening.
Walking down the aisle--oh man! I cried the whole walk down with my dad. He handed me off to Kerry and I was still stifling sobs--the service commenced and I was still sniffling and all I could think was, "I have got to pull it together here so I can get my vows out in a minute"!
The heat ---well, I was hot!! When we knelt for the prayer, all I could think about was the sweat running down my back in all that lace and Kerry told me later all he was thinking about was how much his knee was aching as we knelt there--(he had had knee surgery 9 months earlier)
The music was beautiful.
The receiving line was ridiculous--we had almost 300 people there (Kerry was youth director and we had to invite the whole church) and we stood in that line FOREVER! By the time we were done, many people had left and we hardly had time to mingle--oh, forgot to add that dummy that I was, planned an 8:00 p.m. wedding because I wanted it dark enough for candle light in September! The service was an hour long, so it was after 9 before we got in that line and it was 11:00 when we were done. And there was no punch left for us.
We found out that the programs Kerry had spent hours on (using a typewriter because there was no such thing as a personal computer then) had not been handed out by the ushers....he was so proud of those programs...sigh..
The car....our delightful dad's joined in the fun of decorating the car--Limburger cheese on the muffler and fresh (dead trout) somewhere else--(can't remember). We were starving when we left so we drove through a McDonald's drive through at midnight for a snack. Then we had to stop by my mom & dad's house to pick up a bag I had forgotten there. We got to our hotel at about 1:00 a.m.--thoroughly exhausted and both of us with major headaches.
There were many lovely moments--and we were so loved by so many people. It just happened so fast and here I am 25 years later, still married to that wonderful man and the mother of four children!
Me, age 20, Kerry age 26. Oh my, we were young, optimistic and full of such dreams and hopes for our future life together.
Twenty-Five Years Later: Battered by life a bit, but still in love and still best friends.
And...almost 1 year ago, I had the privilege of being the mother of the bride!