Today is James' and my 10 year Wedding Anniversary!
We had been together for 4 years when we decided to marry. On Monday, May 22, 2000 we went to Alexandria (VA) City Hall to get our marriage license. We were given the name of a Justice of the Peace who would perform the ceremony. We contacted her and were informed that she was available the coming Friday... Wedding date set!
On Wednesday the 24th, we sent out an email to friends and family that basically said,
"If you're not busy on Friday morning at 10, we'd love for you to attend our wedding."
I had ordered a cake for the wedding from one of our favorite bakeries and prepared a number of brunch items for the small reception we had at our townhome in Alexandria. We had half a dozen bottles of champagne, coffee and orange juice.
We were instructed to meet the JofP at a small park near our home. I wore a simple cream colored dress, James in a dark suit and Maddie, as my attendant, wore a beautiful cream colored, tea-length dress. Maddie's hair was in a fancy 'up-do' with flowers throughout. She was beautiful... and so happy. We all were!
Our guests met us in the parking lot at the park. My parents, friends from work and our neighbors, The Hagner Family, were in attendance. The Justice of the Peace neglected to inform us that our ceremony was going to have a 'rodeo' theme... she showed up wearing a black and white yoked cowboy shirt, black jeans and boots. At least she was memorable!
Our group walked about 50 paces to a meadow shaded by maple and oak trees and the ceremony began. Lucky for us, young James Hagner, our neighbors's son had just gotten a new watch - he timed the event. He informed us that our wedding ceremony was exactly 2 minutes and 39 seconds long. When I play the lottery, 239 is one of the numbers I always play!
After having the official signatures placed on our license, we were legal! We all returned to our house and my Mom helped me serve the brunch. It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed it on the back deck. My Mom and Dad took Maddie with them when they left - she would spend the Memorial Day weekend at the beach. We continued sipping champagne with our friends until 4 PM when we decided it was time to hit the road.
We booked a 3 night stay at the Chateau at Nemocolin Woodlands in the Laurel Highlands of Southeastern Pennsylvania. One of the highlights of our visit there was when we toured Kentuck Knob, a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
So now, here we are 10 years later... with two exquisite daughters and two insane dogs. We have owned 5 homes in 4 different states and travelled as a family to Europe, Asia and Africa. Our blessings are too many to count.
Our plan for the next 10 years is to (at some point) stop our gypsy ways and settle down! Having lived in so many different places and so many different types of homes, we are going to build our next home ourselves. (With an architect, not with our own hands!!) That will be the place where, hopefully, we will enjoy the many decades to come.
I wish I could offer pictures of our wedding day - but there is only one. There is also only one photo of our guests on that day and it's in a scrapbook packed away in our storage unit... Someday I'll get them scanned and posted.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. We'll be having a cookout with a champagne toast on Saturday to celebrate our anniversary! Cheers!
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