Friday, July 13, 2007

Our 5th Wedding Anniversary

Welcome to "Show and Tell Friday!" Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!
**FAIR WARNING- This post is image heavy and pic quality is poor because they are pictures of pictures**
It didn't take me long to decided what I was doing for show and tell today. Because.....today is our 5th wedding anniversary! So much has happened in five years, but we have been together for almost 8 years! (In September it will be 8 years since our first date). So, I wanted to take time to share some pictures with you. I have divided them up into groups: our engagement and our wedding.

I will first tell the story of our engagement. We had been together for 8 1/2 months when Hubby asked for my hand. And boy...was the proposal a good one. I had many friends jealous over this. That summer I was babysitting for 3 children and when I returned home from work I came home to an apartment filled (and I do mean FILLED!) with streamers and balloons. I think I had about a hundred balloons in my apartment and streamers were everywhere.

On the table were a dozen yellow roses (one of my utmost favorites) and a box. What was inside that box you say......It was a gorgeous black dress that he picked out for me and instructions to put on the dress and meet him at the place of our first meeting (we met on my college campus at Sonfest which is a Christian Concert type of event).

Anyway...I put on the dress and drove over to the college. Down in the grove there is a crick that has a bridge and on the bridge were more balloons and a note. That note had instructions to put on a blindfold. (Can you see the balloons on the bridge?)

Before I could put the blindfold on, a jogger came running by and said, "Am I interrupting?" So I put on the blindfold and I hear music playing and I hear hubby (well...boyfriend at the time) reading a poem to me that he had written. Then he had me take off the blindfold and asked me to marry him. I think I got my yes in there I was crying so hard. After this we went to his parents home and called my parents. Then it was off to a very nice restaurant called the Granville Inn. It was wonderful. It was a very beautiful place that I had never been to before. So anyway...that is my engagement story and now here are some of our "official" engagement pictures. Note that the black dress I am wearing is the one he gave to me the day he proposed.



Now...onto our wedding. We were married on July 13, 2002 (obvious I guess....) I graduated from college the end of May so I had a busy summer. Besides our wedding I think we had 4 or 5 others to go to. My friend from high school got married one week after us so we actually cut our honeymoon short a couple of days to make it back in time for hers. We got married in the town we live in now. The wedding was at the First Baptist Church and had our wedding reception at the Dan Emmett Conference Center . In this picture we are having a time of prayer after lighting the unity candle. You can see one candle in the lower left hand corner. All of our guests had candles and after we lit our candle we "passed on" the flame to the ushers who then passed the light on to the guests. It was such a beautiful sight. =)
Funny thing is...well maybe not funny...more like depressing....is that neither one of us can wear our rings. Never thought I would have to think about loosing weight in my fingers! ;)


Here is the nifty car we had the privilege of riding away in. Our friend hadn't even had the car for a month!

I just had to show a picture of our cake. This was one of my favorite things. It tasted wonderful too! (even a year later.)

Thanks for looking at my post today. Sorry it was so long but I would have loved to share more pictures. Actually if I can find one I will show a picture of my parent's wedding sometime. Why? Because the dress I wore belonged to my Mother. Blessings to all on this wonderful day!

26 comments:

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

That is one beautiful story! You are truly blessed!

Many blessings to your beautiful family....

ellen b said...

What a romantic you fell in love with. The engagement was fabulous. The fact that he could buy a dress you can wear is about as amazing as the engagement! Blessings on many more years. My husband and I can't wear our original wedding bands because they are too tight, also!

Chrissy said...

Oh what a special day indeed! You look absolutely happy in the photos. Congratulations to you both!

Lori B said...

What a great show and tell.
Happy 5th Anniversary!!!
Thanks for sharing with us. It was fun to look at all of the pictures.
Your husband really made the proposal fun with all the balloons, flowers, and etc.

PEA said...

Omigosh, what an amazing way to get engaged:-) Now that's what I call a really romantic man! hehe I was asked in the car in a mall parking lot! LOL I so enjoyed reading about your engagement and wedding...loved seeing the pictures also...everything was just perfect:-) Happy Anniversary!!! xox

Sonya said...

I remember that! Congrats on 5 years together. You both looked great and don't lose hope. I know you could both fit back into your rings. Love you!! Your sissy, Sonya

Mama Russell said...

Beautiful, beautiful story. Happy Anniversary, too! I just celebrated my 5th anniversary with hubby last month. Thank you for sharing this wonderful memory.

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh that was lovely. I enjoyed it all. How romantic!!!! You had a beautiful wedding and I think it is extra special because you chose to wear your mom's wedding gown.
Susan

Betty said...

What a wonderful love story...and how creative your husband.....what a proposal......your wedding dress was beautiful and hopefully the next generation will wear it.....

Thanks for visiting with me...Betty

Ron and Ginny said...

Wow! Way to go, Brian! :-D I really had to look to see my Melanie in those engagement pictures. I didn't recognize you. ;-) You were pretty then, but you are beautiful now. :-D By the way, I wore my mother's dress, too. And, I will get you some zucchini as soon as I get some more.

Barbara H. said...

Happy anniversary! What a lovely proposal! Your husband was quite creative and romantic! I love that wedding cake -- I've never seen anything like it. I can't get my wedding ring on, either. All the pictures are beautiful!

jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary! I love reading of such a romantic gesture. I am confident that you are treated so well and pampered:)

Autumn said...

Happy Anniversary!

Brian said...

Hun,

Brings back wonderful memories! It has been the best 5 years of my life and 8 since we've met. You make me so happy, and I look foreward to watching our love grow for each other over the(Lord Willing)MANY years to come. You are a rare and beautiful woman. I am so blessed to call you my beloved!

--Your Beloved

Jane said...

Oh Mel I was thinking it was the end of the week ;( Darn I missed it I was going to wish you Happy Anniversary in my blog. Yep you and Sabrina both have 5 yr anniversaries together :) I'm afraid she's going to have her first child on her Anniversary :)

Take care dear girl you are my child in all ways!

Tiany said...

That was surely the best engagement I have ever heard of! How sweet and romantical!:-)

Happy Anniversary to you both!

Sharon said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. Happy Anniversary to you both, and blessings upon you for many more happy years ahead!

Sabrina said...

Congratulations Mel. Happy Anniversary!

Sabrina

**Front Porch News** said...

That was the sweetest thing I ever heard, lol. How sweet is he, you are one lucky lady to have such a romantic husband. And thanks for visiting my blog today.
Kitty

Myrna said...

Great story. You are a beautiful couple with a sweet story. thank you for sharing.

Kelli said...

I love your engagement and wedding story and all the pictures are wonderful!! So romantic!! Happy Anniversary!!!

Kelli

Pam said...

Talk about romantic! What a treasure to keep in your heart and memory! The little black dress is a classic and you looked great in it!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Beautiful story of your sweet marriage! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! Thanks for letting us take a peak at this very special event in your life!
Blessings to You! Claudia O.

Lallee said...

I think I just fell in love with your husband after reading that amazing proposal. LOL Don't worry, I'm old enough to be his mother ;-) You are a beautiful couple. Congratulations and God's blessings on your 5th anniversary. Wonderful show and tell!

Momma Roar said...

What a spectacular show and tell. Happy, happy, happy anniversary!

Marci said...

Wow, I never heard that story, Melanie. Great pictures, great story. I love the pictures of ya'll. I am sure it seems like a different lifetime... =)