Today Rick and I have been married 14 years.
That is a big old hug full of awesome.
We got married at the University of Virginia Chapel. I went to school in Charlottesville, bought my first house there, and re-met Rick there. We'd met each other about ten years previously in Korea, but I can only remember our speaking to each other maybe three times. Then a great friend started an email distribution list, we got back in touch, and magic started.
The day was amazing. Temperatures in the low 70's, trees all turned to brilliant shades of red and gold -- it couldn't have been better.
We went against tradition and decided to see each other before the wedding. That worked out well, because then we could visit with our family at the country club and get the jitters out before we headed to exchange rings.
|back of my wedding dress|
|Listening to the a cappella group The Virginia Gentlemen sing "Good Things" by the Bodeans|
It was a small wedding, about 50 people, because for the most part, nobody lived in Charlottesville. This made for a close, intimate party and Rick and I got to talk to everyone who came, and that was very important to us.
|Roses, hydrangeas, snow berries, all bound together with my grandmother's handkerchief.|
|Leaving the wedding in a Phantom Rolls Royce. Very cool!|
|No rubber chicken here -- since the group was small, we could have some really awesome food|
and individual two-tiered coconut cakes drizzled in chocolate.
Rick would tell you it's not been easy, but he reminds me of our vows every time I ask him if he's sure he's up for this. Lyme is SUCH a schizophrenic disease. One day I feel wonderful, and the next day I can't even remember what it felt like to be well. Having my entire family on my side is what's getting me going. And if something happens to anyone in my family, I'll be right there for them.
Happy Anniversary, and thank you, Rick, for the love.
(all photos taken by Ken Graham)
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.