Friday, June 18, 2010

Sixteen years ago today...

Brett and I got married in a simple ceremony in the Smithfield church building. I've blogged about our special wedding days before (see 2008 and 2007 for accounts of the traditional and the Vegas ceremonies), and as I've said previously, I'm blessed beyond measure to have married my best friend twice.

But for our anniversary today, I just want to recall some of the loved ones who shared our wedding day with us. Sometimes when I'm really missing my Daddy, I can't help but regret that he wasn't there for our big day. We picked June 18 for our wedding date because it was the day before Father's Day, and we thought that was a nice way to acknowledge him. But oh, how I wish he could've been there! Unfortunately, I've let that regret mar my memories of all the loving family and friends who were able to be there on that spectacular day.

with my mom

with Brett's family
(This photo really bugs me! Shouldn't Ryan, Katie, Emily and Adam be in there? I know, I know. But it just feels so incomplete!)

with our nephew and niece, Chris and Cara
(Ryan and Katie were candlelighters at Cara's wedding almost a year ago!)

with Aunt Berniece, Granny, Aunt Lois and Uncle Don

my girls with their Diet Cokes before the ceremony

and with their bouquets

our house party (mostly my cousins and their daughters plus a couple of dear family friends)

All of the kids below are now young adults:

I just love these photos of my family!In a way, it feels like Brett and I just got married, but when I see these photos, I can't help but think about how much has changed since 1994.

I could end with some line about how the one thing that hasn't changed is my love for my husband, but that really isn't true. After all the crises and celebrations, through the highs and lows we've faced together, my love for Brett has deepened in a way I never could've anticipated on our wedding day 16 years ago.

Happy anniversary, B. To borrow a wise man's words, if I had it to do all over again, I'd do it all over again.

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