Friday, July 13, 2007

The Story of Us

I met Rich my senior year in high school. We started dating a couple of months after we met and our first "official" date was to my senior prom.

Aren't we cute?

After 5 short years of dating, Rich finally proposed to me in December of 1999. (Actually, Rich waited, very wisely, until I was done with college before he proposed.) Since I wasn't in a big hurry or anything I immediately started planning a July 2000 wedding. Rich wanted to wait until the summer of 2001, but I explained to him that it would be easier for him to remember how many years we had been married if we were married in the year 2000. Finally Rich my mom and I decided that July 15th 2000 would be the wedding date.

We (my mom and I) planned a wonderful outdoor ceremony that would take place in the midst of some very beautiful gardens at the Owego Treadway Inn. We only had 7 months to get everything planned so we were two very busy ladies trying to get everything done. Each Saturday during the months of May, June, and July the weather was spectacular- sunny and beautiful. Then the week of our wedding it started pouring on Tuesday and did not stop. We were sure that it would stop in time for the wedding, but alas it did not. The morning of the wedding several people scurried around to move the ceremony to an outdoor covered patio. Everything turned out perfectly and the ceremony was beautiful even with the rain. And, as the pastor told us that, "A wet knot is harder to untie."

Exchanging rings

Lighting the Unity Candle

The kiss


Our cake

First dance


Later that day the rain stopped, so we
were able to get a few pictures outside.

Me, Rich & Brooke

Us with the ring bearer and flower girl

The wedding party

7 wonderful years later.

Happy 7th Anniversary Hun! I love you!


Jodie said...

Great photos! I love hearing other people's meet and marry stories. It's amazing how we may forget what we wore just yesterday, but that every single little detail of our wedding day sticks with us forever. It rained on my wedding day also - we got married in Hawaii - I put my dress on in the car - but man the rainbows were beautiful!

Lazy Daisy said...

Happy Anniversary. Mr. wonderful and I have been married 34 years on July 14th! What lovely pictures and wonderful memories.

I probably wouldn't have even liked Mr. Wonderful in high school! the Anne Murray song too!

Sharon said...

Sweet pictures.
Happy Anniversary!

JennieBoo said...

Oh, what a beautiful tribute!

The pictures are so sweet. You guys made and do make, such a sweet couple!

Congratulations on 7 wonderful years and many, many more!

God bless you both!

Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Happy 7 year anniversary! That is so sweet! May God bless you will many many more!

blackpurl said...

Happy Anniversary!

I love the words the pastor said about the "wet knot being harder to untie" our wedding day was also rainy and 25 years later we are still going strong!

my4kids said...

I love your wedding pictures and the train on your dress is beautiful, I love long trains.

Congratulations on your anniversary! Ours will be 13 years on August 27th.

JenLo said...

I remember that day! It was a really fun wedding. I met John in my senior year too! It's good that Rich waited to propose, because I ended up dropping out of college and going to just didn't seem all that important at that point. It worked out for the best though!

Angie said...

Happy Anniversary! What great pictures!!!
May God bless you with many happy more! said...

Happy Anniversary! You were a beautiful bride! and your Mr. Wonderful was very good looking,too! Enjoyed seeing your pictures and thanks for sharing with us!

Laura said...

Congratulations to you both! What a wonderful anniversary posting!

Mom said...

I love your anniversary post and Anne Murray's song," Can I Have this Dance" always brings a tear to my eye. In spite of the rain -that was a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding.
Happy Anniversary
Melanie and Rich!!!

eph2810 said...

What a beautiful wedding you had -- despite the rain :)

Thank you so much for sharing the day with us.

Happy Anniversary, Melanie & Rich.
Many, many more happy years!

la bellina mammina said...

What a beautiful post and the pictures are gorgeous!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Happy Anniversary! What wonderful photos and story to share with us, thank you :)

Training Hearts said...

Happy Anniversary!

Thank you for stopping by my blog for a visit!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Beka & Bill said...

Happy Anniversary!! Nice to see the pics of that day many years ago!!! Hehehe!!!

Becky said...

OH, my! I am singing along with your music. I love it! I think I got Anne Murry, right???? Gotta love it! I can harmonize with her!

Congratulations on your anniversary. Seven years is wonderful. You are building a wonderful life together. Day by day it becomes a legacy.

Hey, I'm home and happy to be back. I even got a post on for today!

The Freelance Cynic said...

God, makes me wish my wedding was tomorrow :) So cute!

Toni said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary Melanie and Rich!!! I remember that day so well....and I think I've finally stopped crying!! HaHa!!! Patti

Shionge said...

Oh gosh what a wonderful love story Melanie :D

Happy Anniversary and many many more years to come pal :D

Shelly said...

Happy Anniversary Melanie and Rich!! I also remember that day...and your first "official" date also!!! Who knew all those years ago how blessed you two would be today!?!?! Here's to many, many more years to come!!!!

Rochelle said...

Happy Aniversary Melanie & Rich! I enjoyed seeing the photos!!!

Carrie said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
God bless :)

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Dear Melanie,
Happy 7th Anniversary ! What a beautiful post of love . The pictures of you both are so beautiful . May the Lord continue to bless your marriage.

In his endless love,

Angel ():)

Sandy said...

Looks like you had a very beautiful wedding and wedding day! Love the pictures! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Debbie said...

The pictures were as lovely as the couple in them.

I enjoyed "sharing" your memories.

Happy Anniversary!

Christine said...

Happy Anniversary! I love the pics!