Sunday, June 04, 2006

My Anniversary...

Today is my 11th wedding anniversary. Steel would be the gift of choice if we were exchanging gifts, but we decided last year to take a couple only vacation to celebrate last years (10th) and this year together. So we’re going to Costa Rica at the end of the month for a week of luxurious relaxation.

We’ve actually been together closer to 14 years but it was 11 years ago, June 4th, 1995 that we tied the knot. My Dad was the master of ceremonies, yes, he’s a minister, and my sister and his brother were Maid of Honor and Best Man. My mom made my dress, long distance too, and it turned out perfect.

But like any wedding it had its stressful moments, its funny moments, and moments I’ll cherish forever.

We got married at the Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix, in an open courtyard. Just as I was getting ready to walk down the isle, the DJ played the wrong song. So someone scrambled to tell him he was an idiot and he finally got it right. Most of the ceremony was a blur, but my dad did say a few (okay, so a lot) words that still to this day I’m not really sure what they had to do with marriage, but I could tell he was nervous. My sister sang a song, and for the life of me I can’t remember that either, LOL. When it came time for “kissing the bride” my new husband kicked off his shy guy persona and grabbed my ass, pulled me to him and laid a big one on me!

It was a small wedding of only about 80 attending so we all shifted into the conference room which was beautifully decorated. We had gold fish in small bowls with blue marbles in the bowls on the table which represented the colors of the wedding, Cobalt blue and yellow.

Again, lots of blur, but I think we went through the buffet line to get everyone started eating then circulated the tables. I just remember being very happy and as it was a party for me, very in my element. We had family, friends from both my work and his, and even special guests from England. I worked at the Scottsdale Princess hotel at the time, and a lovely older couple that came to the resort every summer joined us at the wedding! It was a very wonderful surprise.

After the champagne toast the DJ got the party started, but I started feeling sick. I hadn’t felt that great while we were taking photos prior to the ceremony and the feeling had come back. I ended up in the bathroom throwing up (no, it wasn’t the food, I hadn’t even touched it) and spent some time in there with my mom getting myself back in order.

Once I felt better, I went back in to the party where the DJ had everyone dancing after noticing that the bride was missing. It was time for the Father/Daughter dance. My dad who did the ceremony and walked me down the isle, is actually my step-father, but I felt it was a gesture of thanks and love to him to ask him to do those things. We’d butted heads in the past a bit. J So, it was with the dance. I think the song was Wind Beneath my Wings, which everyone uses I know, but it was popular at the time. Unfortunately, my biological father was at the wedding and cut in on the dance. My step-dad was gracious and let him, but I was mortified. I hadn’t even seen my real dad for a long time but had felt he should get invited. So while I was feeling sorry for my step-father, my new father-in-law, cut in on my real dad. (confused yet) I still love him to this day for that. So in the guests’ eyes, it looked like a Father(s) Daughter dance.

The dancing when on, interrupted for the cake cutting which instead of getting cake on each other, we got our siblings. It was fun and messy. The next surprise my shy husband sprung on me was when he dove under my dress to get the garter with his teeth.

Needless to say, despite all the fun, I still didn’t feel well so left early to go take a bath and once again, Mr. Burns surprised me by staying down at the party and playing the perfect host.

So today, on my 11th anniversary, I’m going to spend the day with my man and my boys, go to the gym, clean the house, help install cabinets in the laundry room, and have a wonderful dinner out with the man of my dreams. Pretty perfect in my book.

Have an anniversary? Doesn’t have to be a wedding, could have been to celebrate dating too. Did you do something wild and crazy? Something completely romantic? Let me know and I’ll pick a winner for any Liquid Silver Download tonight.


Blogger Pamk said...

lol sounds like a perfect day. I just celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my dh on the 29th of May. We had planned a big trip but decided since we'd have to take the kids that we'd do that on our 25th lol. So we just puttered around the house. Didn't want to travel with all the traffic during memorial day weekend. I didn't have to do much all that long weekend.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

On our 10th anniversary, my husband got all 4 of my grown children together and presented me with a diamond and yellow topaz ring.He knew I had always wanted a birthstone ring and added the diamonds as an anniversaey present.

5:20 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

I'm a six year breast cancer survivor. Every October I celebrate another clean mammogram. My honey buys me pink roses and the bc pin from Hard Rock Cafe.

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Blogger Meljprincess said...


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Anonymous Vanessa Hart said...

Happy Anniversary!


6:44 PM  
Blogger Kayelle Allen said...

Happy anniversary to all of you. Mel - hugs! I'm so glad you're here!

We were married in a casino right outside Las Vegas (I used to work there) and as I was getting ready to go inside - the music was starting - I started coughing and couldn't catch my breath. My sister ran with me over to the bar to get a drink of water. Later, I thought about it - guests in the area probably thought I wanted a quick one for fortitude. LOL

32 years ago now. Many happy returns to all of you.

11:11 PM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Thank you Kayelle. I'm glad to be here too. I appreciate your kindness. Hmm..haven't been to your site in a while. Might have to check things out. *g*

5:21 PM  

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