Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday ~ Wedding Edition

Ahhh, it's summer and love is in the air! And Annie is taking us back to our wedding day. She asks, What are your memories from your wedding day? Were you nervous? Do you remember walking down the aisle? What about the rehearsal dinner, anything special happen that night? This will be fun!

Brian and I are coming up on our fourteenth anniversary. We were married on August 7, 1993 and I can hardly believe it's been that long. At the same time I can remember our wedding like it was just yesterday.
Unfortunately our digital camera is broken right now so I'm not going to be able to include pictures for you. Boo hoo. Trust me when I say, we were adorable!
Brian and I paid for most of the wedding ourselves, so I didn't get in on much of the pampering that some lucky brides enjoy. I did my own nails, hair, and makeup, but somehow I still felt like a princess on that day. Probably had something to do with the beautiful white gown and the fact that everyone stood up when I entered the room!
We got a couple of good laughs during the ceremony - and no, I wasn't nervous at all! The pastor almost forgot to have us exchange rings and I had to remind him about it...which brought about a chuckle. The best one, though, was during his message to Brian and I. He said, "During our counseling we talked about many things. Brian and Karen seemed to know the answers to all the questions before I even asked them. Oh, they know there will be times when they will be irritable." Right when he made that statement - as if it were scripted and rehearsed - Brian and I looked at each other in "shock." The entire congregation erupted in laughter and Pastor Al said, "Maybe we didn't talk about that part." It still makes me smile to remember that moment.
Brian and I wrote and memorized our vows and at the end of the ceremony we talked to the congregation about God's love and faithfulness and how we wanted to mirror it to one another in our marriage.
At our reception - and this was Brian's idea - we "performed" our bridal dance. I choreographed the steps, we rehearsed for months, and then danced for everyone to Harry Connick Jr.'s song We Are in Love. I wish there was a way to, check that, I wish I knew how to format the video so I could post it here. I'm sure you would love it. Once again, you'll have to trust me - we were adorable!

The thing I can't get over is how young we were. Brian was 22 and I was almost 22. I thought I was so grown up and knew so much about life and love...Now I realize I knew almost nothing. One thing I did know was how to pick a wonderful man. I am such a blessed woman to have Brian as my husband. Thanks again, Annie, for a wonderful trip down memory lane.
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Jenileigh said...

Karen this was precious! I can really relate to what you are saying about being so young then and thinking I knew it all! And the strangest thing is that I was married to my dear hubby 14 years ago too, only on the 4th of July. Our wedding was done on no budget, I borrowed a dress, my sister done my hair and make-up, dh's mom done the wedding, his dad paid for the refreshments and cake. But it was still just as special as if we had been able to do it formally. I was turning 22 in September!

I wish I could see the dance that you created how much fun it sounds like! Thanks for sharing Karen. And thank-you for your kind encouraging words that keep me going! {{{Big Hugs}}}

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story. I bet the dance was perfect!

Oldqueen44 said...

Wow, I just went to a young couples wedding and I think they must have read your wedding story. They did all the same things. It was one of my favorite wedding. Romantic and simple. Oozing with lots of love.

annie said...

As soon as you get your digital camera fixed/replaced... I want to see your picture! Sounds perfect.

KC said...

I wish you could have shared pictures and your video that would have been so fun to see, but the trip down memory lane with you at your wedding was wonderful, Thanks for sharing it.
Happy TTT

Anonymous said...

Aww....what a wonderful post! I almost got teary eyed!

Marcia said...

Oh Karen I know exactly what you mean! I was 20 and Dion was 24. We thought we knew everything but we picked well, didn't we. 12 years later and we're still going strong.

Coach J said...

You were young?? I was 19, and dh was 22. :) How neat that you guys danced together and it was his idea!! My dh would never, never, ever do that! And you need to get that camera fixed, girl! I need pictures!!!