A Wedding Story

Monday, September 8, 2008

He came home on leave and she asked, "So, um, do you still want to marry me?" and he said, "Hell yes! " and they exchanged vows one week later in a civil ceremony. There were no flowers, no rings, no photographers. The wedding colors were denim and denim.
After the ceremony they went home to their apartment by the beach, he carried her over the threshold and they ate macaroni and cheese. She went to work, he got ready to head back to his ship the next day.

They kept their marriage secret from all but a few close friends and family intending to "get engaged" when they saved up for the rings and then "get married" six months later because who needs a long engagement and they had been together since they were 17 (except for the time he was stationed in Italy) and they got married two days after his sister and didn't want to steal her thunder.

Except there was a flaw in their plan. If they "married" so soon after his sister, his out of town relatives would not be able to fly out to California again so soon, so they "got engaged" but changed their plans and set a date one year in the future on the day of their original anniversary in high school.

She put a deposit on a place and she and her mother shopped for dresses and she would take off her wedding band when any of the family were around and they continued to live happily together at their apartment by the beach.


Except their was another flaw in their plan. After almost eight months, her father, who worked in law enforcement, started to get suspicious so he wrote to the county recorder's office and requested a copy of their marriage license which he produced one day with a "do you have something you want to tell us?"

And she fessed up and explained the reasons why they didn't tell and stopped looking for dresses and canceled the place and was secretly a little relieved because the "wedding" was getting bigger than she wanted it to anyway.

Her mother threw them a party and a few close friends and family ate, drank and got merry to celebrate the couple's soon to be one year anniversary and she thought, "we'll just renew our vows on our ten year anniversary," and they continued to live happily in their apartment by the beach.

Fast forward 10 years, two more apartments, at least five jobs, several cars, a post 9/11 activation, one baby, typical marriage ups and downs, a house purchased, a kitchen remodeled and job lost and that's where you will find them today.

And she would like him to know how very lucky she is and how much she loves him and how thankful she is for the life they have built together and she would marry him in secret all over again but this time in a dress and they continue to live happily together in their house
by near pretty close to the beach.

Happy Anniversary Honey! 

(That was the really really condensed version)


  1. Oh my gosh, I loved that story so much. Happy ten years together! You guys are so stinkin' cute!

  2. That was a wonderful story! So now that ten years has passed, are you going to renew your vows?

  3. I loved that story...and the pictures. You guys make such a handsome couple! In the younger pics hubby reminds me a little of Bryan Adams...don't know why.
    I especially love the current picture at the end. You look very elegant!

  4. Aww, you guys are a stunning couple. Happy Anniversary!

  5. Happy anniversary! What a great story!!!

    What I want to know about your wedding night was whether or not it was mac and cheese from the "blue box?"

  6. I love every single word of it. Happy Anniverary. I just wrote earlier about how much I love my husband too....must be something in the air.

    Hope your celebration together is magical.

  7. You are such a sap!

    (That was really cool, Mel!)

  8. Cute story and I wanted to say hello back. I added you as a friend on mombloggersclub.

  9. Congratulations! I had no idea you two were so young when you married. Not a lot of people can grow together like that :)

  10. Congratulations! That is a crazy story - I can't even imagine being secretly married and trying to shop for wedding dresses with my mom. Oh, and those pictures! I love him with the long hair! ~LOL~

  11. What a wonderful story! You two are adorable!

  12. Hi!
    I found you through Mom Bloggers Club.
    And now I'm all teary!!!
    What a wonderful story! So romantic. I love the pictures too.

  13. THAT was awesome! I loved it! Now I know where your son gets his beautiful eyes.
    (You've got some hot DNA too)

  14. Wow! What a fantastic story!
    Happy belated anniversary. You're a lovely couple.

  15. Wow! What a great story!

  16. LOVED this story!!!!!!!!!! :)

    Happy Anniversary!

  17. That's the sweetest story I have read in a long time. Congrats.

  18. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful love story. :-)

  19. Beautiful love story. Happy Anniversary!


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