Monday, June 02, 2008

Marriage Monday - Our Wedding Day

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Welcome to Marriage Monday! This month's topic is Our Wedding Day. I happen to have been a June bride, and this 20th will mark 16 years of wedded bliss. Let me tell you about our wedding...

Since I was finishing college that year, I left most of the details to my parents. I knew they'd make everything perfect because they'd been in the wedding photography business for a long time. They'd seen what worked and what didn't, what was unique and what was cliche, and they had very definite ideas about what I should have at my wedding. Of course, they consulted me, but I don't remember raising any objections.

The location we found was a hotel/restaurant on Pier 6 in Baltimore. Not only did they have the best prices we'd seen for a reception, but they would let us have the ceremony out on their patio for no extra charge! We had a perfect day for it, with the sun behind the clouds to keep us all from being too hot, and sail boats gliding in and out of the Inner Harbor.We stayed in the hotel, and had stayed up too late the night before. Hubby and I met out on the patio where the ceremony would take place and talked for hours. I helped him finish writing his vows because, of course, he'd waited until the last minute! Then I went to bed, and he stayed up most of the rest of the night talking to his brother!

But you never would have known it. The ceremony went beautifully. I still think there were too many songs, though. My mom wanted particular songs, and I wouldn't budge on having the two I wanted: "I Will Be Here" by Steven Curtis Chapman, and "Love With Me" by Keith Green. So it was a lot of singing. But all beautiful, so I hope the guests didn't mind too much!

The reception took place in a beautiful octagonal room with windows all around, so the guests could take in the view of the harbor. We had chicken and crab cakes, and while I heard they were delicious, I didn't really get a chance to eat much! We walked around greeting the guests and talking to our friends, many of whom had come from pretty far away to be there with us.

All in all, it was a perfect day. I can't think of anything we should have done differently or could have made better. Now, the honeymoon is another story...


  1. What beautiful memories! Bless you for sharing.

  2. You look sooooo purty. I'm sure you have a myriad of fantastic photos, given that your parents were in the biz. How cool!
    Happy 16th anniversary.

    Baltimore's inner harbour is fantastic! (Did tell you our daughter spent a summer working aboard the tallship Lady Maryland, moored there?) Crabcakes: my fav. Everything sounds perfect!

    Lol, I can't wait to hear about your honeymoon... And thanks for joining us for Marriage Monday, Jana.

    Hugs, e-Mom

  3. I thought I already commented but I guess not...

    You made such a beautiful bride!
    I'm so glad that your special day was everything you dreamed of...and the location sounds so heavenly- right by the harbor! What a perfect day to always remember...

  4. I will be here by Steven Curtis Chapman is one of my favorite songs! I always tear up and pray for my hubby when I hear it!!!

    Thanks for sharing your story. you're a beautiful bride!


  5. You made a beautiful bride! Sounds like a beautiful wedding. Great memories. Thanks for sharing them. God Bless~

  6. The location sounds absolutely lovely!! It was 100 degrees on our wedding day so indoors was or only option (that or watch everyone pass out!!).

    We also had "I Will Be Here" played at our wedding. I love that son!! I still get chills every time I hear it!!

    You made an absolutely stunning bride!!

  7. Very pretty and what a cool place to have a wedding. I grew up in a fishing village so boats are cool!
    I prepared all the food except for a couple of hot dishes for the weddings of my daughters and they always mention not having any time to eat any of the food people ranted and raved about at their receptions! It's just too exciting a day to eat much more than a few bites of cake!

  8. An outdoor wedding with the harbor in the background sounds perfect. I'm glad that the weather cooperated.

  9. Sounds like a wonderful wedding. You are a very sweet couple.