Marriage Meme!

YogaMum tagged me back! Here’s a marriage meme for Valentine’s Day.

1. Where / how did you meet?
At a coffee shop. He sat down at my table. We talked. We went out for dinner. We saw each other again and again and again. (There’s a longer version, but this is the short, sweet one.)

2. How long have you known each other?
Twelve and a half years.

3. How long after you met did you start dating?

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?
Maybe a month. I knew within minutes of meeting him that we would be married—this sounds weird, but I had a vision of a wedding ring on his hand and I just knew it.

5. How long was your engagement?
Six months.

6. How long have you been married?
Twelve years.

7. When is your anniversary?
January 1.

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?
Hmmm, don’t remember. I think about fifty.

9. What kind of cake did you serve?

10. Where was your wedding?
At a Divine Science church. The reception was at our house (which, until then, was my house).

11. What did you serve for the meal?
There wasn’t a formal meal. We served food buffet style after the wedding—people brought dishes to share (this was a very informal reception).

12. How many people were in your bridal party?
My daughter and a best man.

13. Are you still friends with them all?
No, the best man apparently didn’t like me very much (we ran into him downtown a couple of years ago and he said in a shocked voice, “You two are still together?”).

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony?
No. I didn’t either, but I shook like a leaf.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day?
My daughter playing her violin and reciting her letter to her new step-dad (she had just turned 10). The letter was about her hopes for their relationship and it was lovely.

16. Any funny moments?
During photo time after the ceremony, the best man made my grandfather laugh by clowning behind the camera (too bad he didn’t like me—he was funny!). As a result, we got the best photo of Grandpa ever (he didn’t usually smile for the camera—probably didn’t like his smile).

17. Any big disasters?
Other than shaking like a leaf—no.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?
To Jamaica. We stayed here. It was a beautiful, beautiful place to stay, but we were ready to leave by the time our honeymoon was over.

19. How long were you gone?
Ten days. It seemed a very long time to lounge in one place. I wonder if I would think that now, with the meditation and contemplative lifestyle I’ve gotten used to?

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?
I might change the weather. It was very cold and snowy.

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
The north side.

22. What size is your bed?

23. Greatest strength as a couple?
We love to spend time together.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple?
Dealing with stuff like finances. We both like to hide our heads in the sand.

25. Who literally pays the bills?
I do.

26. What is your song?
We don’t have one, but he loves all romantic songs. I like some romantic songs, but I have to like the song itself, not just the words; he’ll go for sappy words! I’m not as romantic as he is.

27. What did you dance your first dance to?
I don’t remember.

28. Describe your wedding dress.
White. Lacy sleeves, lacy bodice. Pretty, but not very formal.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding?
I don’t remember exactly, but we had a lot.

30. Are your wedding bands engraved?
Yes, they say My love, my life, my world. Because the rings were made in, and shipped from, Germany, I was a little worried they’d mess up the English. Silly worry! I should’ve known Germans wouldn’t do something like that (I’m half German myself, and I know all about perfectionism).

Tagging . . . hmmm, I’m not sure who all is married and who is not. So I tag these three married folk: Jan, Diane, Fran.


Filed under family, lifestuff, memes

7 responses to “Marriage Meme!

  1. Love that your daughter participated in the ceremony. That would have made *me* cry!!

  2. YM, I’m more likely to cry about it now! I was so nervous then, that it shut down the other emotions!

  3. Jan

    Will try to find the time sometime this week to do this! Thanks for thinking of me.

  4. Thanks for not tagging me ‘cuz I aint married!

  5. Fran, Thank you, dear friend, for sharing all this about your wedding. Yours is still fresh enough in your mind that you came up with a lot of detail—-awesome. My wedding photos aren’t scanned, either, so I don’t have any photos to share.

  6. just wanted to let you know that I did the marriage meme.

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