Every Great Love Story Deserves to be Told


Well, today is our wedding anniversary. Yep. It's been 14 years since I walked down the aisle with my sweetheart. Today you will get to hear the story of how this union came to be. I know, you're probably rolling your eyes about now. Trust me, I'm not really the sappy type...neither is my husband, by the way. But every great love story deserves to be told, right?
We met on Father's Day, in 1998 on a semi-blind date. He had seen a picture of me, but I was at the mercy of my friends who set us up. We had pot roast and watched Fletch at our "matchmaker's" house. Can you just feel the passion welling up? At the end of the evening, he asked if he could call me to go out sometime and I said yes. I gave him my number and waited. There was no texting...only waiting. He called me on Wednesday to ask me out for Friday that week. We went out to dinner at Olive Garden and to see The Truman Show for our first real date. He owned a Mastercraft ski boat, so we spent our second date out on the lake. We had many dates on the lake...just gliding along in the moonlight. One evening after a couple of weeks, we were floating along on the lake, listening to Sting on the stereo, and I heard church bells. I knew from that moment on we would be married. We were engaged in mid-August by way of a very elaborate, terribly romantic plan that involved multiple people helping, a boat ride to a secluded beach on the lake with tiki torches and dinner waiting and a prayer for no monsoon storms. There was no Plan B. We married on 1-9-99.
 
My advice to a Bride-to-Be will always be the same..."No matter what little details get overlooked, no matter what pranks get pulled, no matter what goes wrong on the big day...at the end of ceremony, you are married to your love." That, and "Make sure your groom and groomsmen go for their tux fitting before the ceremony."
 
Our day was filled with shenanigans and unexpected funnies. I was running late, as usual. So, a lot of what happened pre-ceremony was a blur. We took most of our pictures before the ceremony. That's when we discovered that my husband-to-be's tux was way too short in the arms. One brother-in-law had a jacket with the worst BO you can imagine. The other BIL's jacket was about 5 sizes too big. You've got to love a rental tux. When I came out of a balcony door with my father to do the grand entrance, the trumpeter hit the most horrendous note. What should have sounded like a royal entrance, sounded more like an elephant signaling his herd. Our groomsmen pretended to not have my ring, opened up a Crackerjacks box and gave my husband someone else's ring. Yes, I did get my ring after all.
Let's see...what else? Oh yes, we were supposed to supply our own elements for the Lord's Supper that my husband and I took during the ceremony(we didn't know this), but had to make due with tortilla chips and some juice from the refreshment room where the men got ready. In our serious moment, hubby looked up at the pastor and asked him, "Do you have any salsa?" There were many more guffaws from our big day, but suffice it to say, we survived and have lots of funny stories to tell. Oh, and at the end of the day, I was married to my love.
I'll leave our post-wedding ceremony stories for another time. They involve the groomsmen, mistaken identities, and driving through the Mexican desert at night. Life has slowed down a bit since those days, but it is still an adventure that I can't imagine being on with anyone else.
Here we are today, having had lots of ups and downs, still holding on to each other...just like the sign at the top of the post says.  Happy Anniversary to my Beloved. You are my treasure and I am blessed beyond measure.
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12 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary Nici! What a sweet story, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing it with us. These days, staying married for 14 years is quite an accomplishment. Wishing you many, many more. Have a great day!

    Debbie

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  2. Happy Anniversary ! Have a fun day and keep holding on to each other!!
    xo

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  3. Wishing you many blessings for this year of your 14th anniversary!!

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  4. Such a sweet post...I loved the photos...Happy Anniversary to you both!

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  5. CONGRATULATIONS! And here's to many more! My hubby and I just celebrated 25 years, and man, I am one lucky gal! HAPPY 14TH ANNIVERSARY!

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  6. Congratulations for 14 years. Thanks for sharing this since I love to hear every couple's love story. We are inching up to no. 42 in February. After the pastor asked, Do you take this woman as your wife, to love and cherish till death do you part?" my groom said, "Could you please repeat the question?"

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  7. Happy Anniversary :) May God continue to bless you both!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! I hope that you have a wonderful celebration.

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  9. Ohhhhh what a beautiful love story. Blessings on your special day.
    Kay

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  10. So glad you told the story. Congratulations! I loved seeing the pictures of your early days to now. So sweet. Happy Anniversary!
    Liz

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  11. Congratulations, and wishes for many more joyful years together, may you always love each other as deeply as on your wedding day.
    I told each of my daughters something similar as they planned their weddings "The wedding is not the important thing, the important thing is the marriage!"

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  12. What a sweet post and you are such an adorable couple!! :) Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful life it is!!

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