Tuesday, April 1, 2008

No Foolin'


Today Sam and I have been married 8 years. Yes, I know it is April Fools Day, but it really was the day we were married - no foolin'. The thing was, we had known each other a long time (I was 17 when we first met) and we didn't want to wait any longer to get married, so he proposed December 24, 1999 and we were married April 1, 2000. April 1st was one of the few dates the church was available (can't imagine why) and it worked with every one's schedule, so that was the date. The crazy date aside, oh, and the air horn used to summon volunteer firefighters that sounded during our church ceremony, we had a great celebration. It was a small wedding by today's standards, about 90 people, and, with the exception of the ugliest wedding cake ever, I wouldn't have changed a thing. I remember while heading off to our honeymoon, Sam and I tried to figure out how we could recreate the day because it was so wonderful. Little did we know the days would only get better. I don't think it ever would have occurred to us that 8 years later, at 32, we would have 3 children, 1 on the way, and be living in Michigan in our little old house. But, here we are and today the only joke is the number of wrinkles we have accumulated in the last 8 years.

I always enjoy seeing other people's wedding photos, so I thought I would share a few of ours.

The pretty old Episcopal church in St. Helena, Ca.


This is Father Mac and we are literally tying the knot. I think the air horn sounded sometime just after this. I look at this picture and all I can think about is having a waist again!


Here is a decent picture of the dress that my mom, grandmother, mother-in-law and I found at the end of a long day of shopping in down town San Francisco.


The reception was held outside on a patio in a rose garden at my mom's house (a.k.a. Greenie) in Calistoga.

My mom/Greenie.


Her house.

The view.

The patio (Laney now looks at that nude statue and says "she needs a diaper").

A few glasses of champagne later.


Finally, a picture of the ugliest wedding cake ever. I gave the woman a picture of a gorgeous fondant covered cake with butter cream roses I had saved for years from Victoria magazine. Imagine my surprise when this was sitting on the cake table. I told you it was ugly!


Our April Fools was really a great day with no jokes (other than the cake), but lots of great memories - no foolin'.


restyled home said...

Congratulations Heather, to you and Sam! You make a gorgeous couple and I love your dress!

I think your life turned out pretty sweet from all respects! Looks like the years have been good to you all...and I don't see any wrinkles!!


Kathryn said...

Happy Anniversary!
You were an absolutely gorgeous bride. Wow! Love the dress, love the tulips, love the hair, love it all! Just gorgeous. And a beautiful couple.
It sounds like a heavenly day. And I love that you were married on April Fool's Day. That makes it so fun!
Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing. :)

Janet said...

Simply gorgeous: you, the dress, the tulips, Sam, every little thing (except the cake)!

Congratulations on 8 "productive" and sweet years.


MKHKK said...

Glad you guys got a night out. I know how I treasure those. It was such a great wedding. I still think of you guys every time I hear 'At last'!

Thimbleanna said...

Happy Belated Anniversary! And what's so ugly about that cake? Maybe I'm not up to the new cake standards -- it looks pretty good to me LOL! And your pics are lovely -- I especially love that first one -- you two look like you're in Hollywood!

Mrs Furious said...

Congratulations! (a few days late)

pve design said...

happy anniversary to a lovely couple.
wonderful dress, love your hair and you both look so in love. warm wishes for good health, happiness and joy!

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! You were a gorgeous bride, and the cake is nice to my untrained eyes, although a bit saggy around the layer junctions. Is that what you find ugly?

Anyway, what I really want to know is: how did you end up getting married 8 months before he proposed? (so he proposed December 24, 2000 and we were married April 1, 2000.) Most people do it the other way around! :^)

(Just found your blog through the GW flickr group)


Splaneyo said...

Well, it could have been mommy brain, or it could be that it took him so long I forgot when it actually happened. =) Anyway, it's all fixed.


Aimee said...

What beautiful pictures! Love the red hair and your mom's garden is gorgeous!

And the cake, yeah, that's pretty darn ugly. So sorry.

Happy Anniversary! :)