I saw this Wedding Meme this morning at Stray Thoughts. I'm quite sappy, so I thought I'd torture you with this one today! ;)
1. Where/How did you meet? We met at church, introduced by a mutual friend. That sounds very grown-up, but we were only 15.
2. How long have you known each other? 26 years
3. How long after you met did you start dating? I think our first date was about 5 months after we met.
4. How long did you date before you were engaged? About two years, but there was a year and a half in there that we didn't date.
5. How long was your engagement? Six months
6. How long have you been married? 22 years
7. What is your anniversary? October 12th
8. How many people came to your wedding reception? I'm not sure - about 100, I'd guess.
9. What kind of cake did you serve? I think it was white cake, white frosting, with pink trailing flowers
10. Where was your wedding? Tabernacle Baptist Church - Greenville, SC
11. What did you serve for your meal? We just had cake, mints, and punch. I don't think very many people did meals then, unless they were wealthy!
12. How many people were in your wedding party? We had 4 groomsmen and 4 bridesmaids.
13. Are you still friends with them all? Let's see - we've lost touch with two bridesmaids and three groomsmen, although we did reconnect with one of them a few years ago. If we were to all get together now, we'd probably pick up right where we left off, though. We were all good friends.
14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony? No
15. Most special moment of your wedding day? After the wedding, when Wes and I were walking alone to the reception area. He stopped and kissed me!
16.Any funny moments? When my brother caught my bouquet. He was a rabid Clemson Tigers football fan at that time, and he dashed right through the crowd of young ladies, made a catch worthy of any football player, and continued through to the other side shouting, "Touchdown for the Clemson Tigers!" It wasn't funny then, although it's hilarious now!
17. Any big disasters? Well . . . it might be more appropriate to ask if anything went right! While preparing for our reception, someone rinsed the borrowed punch bowl with hot water. Someone else placed the frozen slush for the punch in it immediately after and proceded to make the entire bowl full of punch. Imagine the surprise somebody got when they picked up the bowl and the bottom of the bowl stayed on the table! And did I mention that this was a borrowed punch bowl???
The church where we got married operates a Bible college. The classes are at night. My wedding was at 7 p.m. on a Friday night. The dean of the college announced that a wedding was taking place at 7, and to keep the classes quiet. Apparently at least one teacher felt that the best way to keep the classes quiet was to send them to the wedding . . . and the reception. As I was waiting in the shadows, watching beloved friends and family members arrive for my wedding, I kept seeing people I didn't recognize. After the ceremony, our plan was for Wes and me to run down to the reception area for the cake and punch pictures, then run back upstairs for the pictures in the church with our families and the wedding party. So far, so good. But when we got back down to the reception with families and wedding party in tow, there was no cake left. The students who had invited themselves to our wedding had also come to the reception and eaten all the cake! Fortunately, the college and Christian school were selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a fundraiser, so our dads bought a bunch of boxes of doughnuts from some lucky student(s), and the family at least got something sweet to eat!
Those are just the major things . . . Wes likes to say we got all the trouble out of the way at the wedding. The rest has been pretty smooth sailing!
18. Where did you go on your honeymoon? We went to The Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC for our first night, then to Gatlinburg, TN for a few days (till the money ran out). The day after we got home, Wes's parents called and asked if we could come and spend a few days with them, as they were leaving for the mission field of Jamaica the next week. So we spent the last half of our honeymoon with his parents and younger brothers and sister. That was a little awkward, but we lived through it! ;)
19. How long were you gone? A little over a week, counting Gatlinburg and the visit to Wes's parents.
20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change? The songs. I chose more secular songs because I didn't realize there were any others I could have chosen.
21. What side of the bed do you sleep on? Right.
22. What size is your bed? Queen
23. Greatest strength as a couple? Commitment - quitting has never been an option
24. Greatest challenge as a couple? Financial difficulties earlier in our marriage.
25. Who literally pays the bills? Wes
26. What is your song? We don't have one.
27. What did you dance your first dance to? We've never danced!
28. Describe your wedding dress: I'll do like Barbara did and just show you!
29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding? I had deep burgundy and white roses in my bouquet. Each of my bridesmaids carried a single long stem pink rose, and the only decorations were huge Boston ferns. Our mothers and grandmothers had pink sweetheart rose corsages.
30. Are your wedding bands engraved? No
31. How old were you when you got married? We were both 19. Which seems very young now, especially since our oldest is 18.
Feel free to grab this meme and play along — let me know if you do.