I believe that there is true meaning in numbers. Call it superstitious, call it crazy, but there are numbers and dates in my life that have significant meaning and always will. August 31 is a date that I hold dear. August 31, 2001 was the day that I got engaged, August 31, 2002 was the day that I got married, August 31, 2005 was the day that I lost my mother, and August 31, 2007 was the day that I found out that I was pregnant with Anna. Despite what you may think, albeit bittersweet- today is a happy day for me.
Today is my eighth wedding anniversary. We never really make a big deal of our anniversary. We don't do gifts, we don't even do dinner without the girls. Each year for our anniversary we sit as a family and watch our wedding DVD to relive what both Mike and I agree was the best party we've ever been to. Maybe it's because it was all about us-- the only time in our lives that all of our friends and family would unite together for us (while we are alive.) I remember feeling overwhelmed as I entered the church thinking that never again in my lifetime will I have this group of people together in one room. Maybe it's the nostalgia of the arduous planning that by Neets and I to make sure every last detail was taken care of. We had so much fun.. all the while giving my father more and more grey hair. Or maybe it's because it was the beginning of us. If we only knew then what we know now. There are so many reasons that I cherish this day..... Whatever the reasons may be- Happy Anniversary to us!
The Salmons est. August 31, 2002
I actually have this picture hanging in our bedroom. I just love it. Not what you would expect from a wedding portrait.
This is my favorite picture of our wedding. I keep it on the desk in my office. If you look in the top right hand corner, you can see Neets watching over us to make sure everything was just perfect.
Let's get this party started!!!!!
Our wedding song: Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
For all of you brides out there who had something go wrong on your wedding day.... My flowers were supposed to be hot pink and orange, and they showed up in peach and mauve. I thought I was going to die because flowers are my thing. I have the best friends and family in the world. My godfather ran to various DC flower marts to find any hot pink roses he could get his hands on and my bridesmaids reworked the bouquets. Looking back, I still get angry about those bouquets, but we didn't let it ruin our day.
Invitation was sent wrapped in vellum with a gold organza ribbon. Tablecloths matched the bridesmaids dresses perfectly. Can you tell what my favorite color is? Thank God for my patient husband who still talks about his Big Fat Pink Wedding.
High arrangement flanked by a menu and a picture of the Mr. and Mrs. on each table for guests to sign.
Low arrangement... Still hating those peach and mauve flowers......
My Nanny. She was 81 when we got married. She'll be 90 this February and is still just as feisty.
This was a picture taken by a guest. I wish I had one before any cards were taken. Mom and I found these invitations that matched the Adirondack chairs out front of the club perfectly.. So we had them printed as place cards and arranged in wheat grass. Still love these.
My best friend.
Mike and my girls.
This is the only picture that I have of my two Mothers. It was taken at my bridal luncheon the day before our wedding. While I wish with all of my heart that Neets was here, I am so grateful to have inherited my mother-in-law. She's amazing.
Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me. And to my amazing husband- thanks for eight wonderful years. Here's to 80 more. I love you.