Wednesday, January 12, 2011

20 Years


(Our son asked why my hair looked like this.  I told him that back then "chi" was not a household name.)

It is hard to believe we have been married twenty years today.  Our wedding caused a bit of a stir in my little home town.  Even though I tend to be fairly traditional, I have always marched to my own beat.  Small towns notice things like unusual wedding cakes (we ordered carrot cake), wedding bouquets that aren't the norm (I carried Dad's favorite flower, the calla lily).  We wanted to have a small wedding in the chapel of my church by candle light.  At the time, this was unheard of, but we pulled it off and it was the beautiful, intimate wedding we had hoped for.  All things considered, we had a good day...until the reception.

At the reception, we discovered that despite what our travel agent told us, we needed either a birth certificate or a passport to get into Jamaica.  So we left the party in the 1990 Ford Festiva otherwise known as "the skate", headed back to my apartment in Charlotte and proceeded to tear the place apart looking for my birth certificate.

After many phone calls and finally locating our documents, we left for Jamaica a day later.  When we arrived, it was pouring down rain and we felt like our honeymoon was doomed.  The next day though, we awoke in our ocean front suite and looked out to a beautiful rainbow over the ocean.  The rest of the week was wonderful.

I hesitated to share this with you, but decided to anyway, hoping it is not too offensive...
Mr. forgot to pack his underpants, so each day before we headed to the pool, he would wash his only pair in the sink and leave them hanging on the ceiling fan to dry.  I would love to know what the maids were thinking when they came in to clean the room each day :)

64 comments :

  1. We had a red velvet wedding cake and i'm sure some thought it gaudy to cut into a beautiful fondant wedding cake to see a sea of red. LOL. I'm glad you did what your heart desired - that's the purpose of a wedding, no? And the underwear thing made me smile :)

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  2. You were rocking the big hair, girl!!!! Your wedding sounds like it was a beautiful time to start your new life together, oh and the air dried underpants...refreshing! LOL

    Happy Anniversary!!!!

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  3. congrats rene! and i think the underwear story makes it!!! when we were on our honeymoon, i worked out but only brought a couple sports bras, thinking i could wash them... well it was a nice hotel with no laundry provided for guests to do their own, so i had to "get it cleaned". they cleaned and pressed my fym socks and sports bra.... i mean they were starched!!!! and when we got the bill, i was so glad we were still honeymooning or i may have been in for it!

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  4. Rene,
    This is such a sweet story.
    Happy ANniversary!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. haha! That's wonderful! Aren't you glad your wedding (and your cake) weren't vanilla? Your choices made it so unique. My sister-in-law went into labor right after our reception. Crazy!! Congrats on the 20 years! May you be blessed with many many more!

    ~Katie

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  6. Congrats on 20 years!! Love the underpants story....too funny!

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  7. Happy anniversary, Rene! I am dying laughing at the extra info!

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  8. Happy Anniversary my friend!! Love the underwear story, at least it was a honeymoon that you will never forget!! :) Here is to 20+ more! Have a wonderful day!!!

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  9. Happy Anniversary! I find that the little hiccups, and when "things don't go quite right" are the times that makes them more memorable. Funny about the "Mr." forgetting his pants. Pretty Handsome Guy forgot his swim trunks and towel on a week's trip to the beach. Not sure how you forget those ;-D.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  10. It sounds like a gorgeous ceremony and too funny, do you get him a pack of new ones for every anniversary? Ha...
    Happy Anniversary!! Janell

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  11. Rene!
    Happy Anniversary! I am laughing as I sip my coffee and visit you today!...

    So it was you two that started the trend "Commando!"...(sorry Kramer!)
    Love your fun spirit...That's what keeps couples together forever...thanks for sharing! *Lynne*

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  12. Happy Anniversary! We have a few wedding stories of our own; loved hearing yours! BTW, I was rocking the big hair at mine also (17 years in April!).

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  13. Thanks friends! Janell, a fresh new pack of skivies would have been a nice tradition. It isn't too late :)

    -Rene

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  14. Congratulations & Happy 20th Anniversary! I love the underwear story - that's hilarious! H

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  15. love love love

    ahh the January weddings

    bliss

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  16. Haha! The underwear part made me laugh out loud. Congrats on 20 years! That's awesome! I love the photo AND your curly hair. :)

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  17. Happy Anniversary! Cute story and your wedding sounds like it was lovely!

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  18. Happy Anniversary Rene! What a lovely bride you were! That is so funny about the "unmentionables" - I'm sure you had lots of laughs at that memory throughout the years! Wishing you and the Mr. many more years of happiness together!! xoxLisa

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  19. Happy 20th Anniversary Rene! 1991 was a good year for weddings, we celebrate our 20th in September and I do believe I had a similar "do"!!! Love that you shared the side story, and think you should add the tradition of new undies as an anniversary gift each year. Enjoy your celebration and may you have more than 20 additional years together.
    Cathy

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  20. Happy Anniversary to you and yours, It's a beautiful thing in life when two people are together for so long, To another 20 years...Have a good day

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  21. Happy Anniversary. My husband drove a Festiva in high school and we called it the skate too. The looks we got in that car!

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  22. Cute story! I think you were just ahead of your time in the new modern way of thinking of weddings. Anything goes these days!~Hugs, Patti

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  23. Happy Anniversary. What a lovely AND funny story! The mental image made me laugh out loud!
    Yvonne

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  24. What fun memories- truly what life is all about! Congratulations on celebrating 20 years, such an accomplishment :)

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  25. Congrats, Rene, on following your heart! I love your story!

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  26. I love the pic! I had carrot cake too... mmmm my fav. and the underpants story is hilarious!!!

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  27. The underwear thing was SO funny! I bet he's never forgotten them on a trip since!

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  28. Happy Anniversary, Rene!! What a great story!! Your wedding sounded beautiful and the honeymoon sounded fantastic - no underwear and all!!

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  29. Happy Anniversary you guys! 20 years doesn't seem possible, but it does, you know?

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  30. Happy Anniversary! The wedding sounds as if it was beautiful, and I like the idea of carrot cake. Yum!
    & I'm glad you shared the underwear story because it made me laugh, but I am a housekeeper, and I'm pretty sure I would think "ok, these have got to be some strange people" if I went in to clean a room with undies on the ceiling fan! haha

    -Many Smiles!

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  31. What a beautiful couple! (I love your hair) :) The underpants story made me laugh...that sounds like a typical guy. Happy Anniversary!

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  32. ~ Happy Anniversary!!~ Ours is in two days~Hugs, Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  33. Happy Anniversary! That's a great story about the underwear. Hope your husband doesn't read your blog :)
    Mary Ann
    PS Love your curly hair.

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  34. Congratulations! I also marched (much to the chagrin of my MIL and others) to the beat of a different drummer. We hired a pianist to play "send in the clowns" as opposed to the wedding march. I thought it was entertaining.

    I hope you celebrate with something special planned.

    shiori(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Love the old school pic! Congratulations on 20 years!

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  36. Happy 20th Anniversary!
    Be blessed with 50 more!!!

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  37. Happy 20th! Our wedding cake was strawberry because that's my favorite cake in the world. My mom thought I was nuts, but it was MY wedding and that's what I wanted. James Bond didn't care. It was all about the honeymoon for him. ;) It will be 16 years in March, and I rocked the curly, puffy hair too.

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  38. Ha! What a funny story!! Congratulations on 20 years! Time sure does fly - we'll be celebrating 13 this May and I still feel like I just graduated college (it was 15 years ago.) Here's to many more happy years together!! Cheers!
    Tessa

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  39. Look at you guys! Such a cool picture! Happy Anniversary! Love that you added in the part about the underwear...too funny!!

    I remember the Ford Festiva...they were everywhere back then.

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  40. Happy Anniversary! You're such a cute couple and your story made me chuckle. Have a fun day together!

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  41. Happy Anniversary! I loved your story, esp the part about the underwear! HILARIOUS! I love that you didnt follow the rules, I didnt either and boy was my MIL NOT PLEASED. I had chocolate cake and she said NO I told her IM eating it not her. I had black bridesmades dresses and she nearly had a heart attack, we had no flowers for the bridesmaids either or at the hall (it was an asian theme) come to think of it we really rocked the boat at our wedding (so much that i didnt talk to my inlaws for a year after :-(
    Thanks for sharing Have a HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

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  42. Happy Anniversary!! Sounds like you had a beautiful wedding. And the story was hilarious. Offensive? Oh please, not in the least! I would have loved to see the maids face too!

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  43. Happy Anniversary! I am sitting here by myself laughing out loud at your underware story. That's a great memory you can share one day with your grand kids. How funny! Your wedding sounds lovely. I had my bridesmaids carry calla lilys. Love them! I hope your're enjoying your getaway with your husband and I wish you many more wonderful years together.

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  44. Happy Anniversary! Isn't it amazing how something that seems so stressful at the time actually turns into a lovely memory :).

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  45. Congrats on your 20th Anniversary Rene! What a funny memory about your husband forgetting his underwear...I'm sure your kids find that to be hilarious!

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  46. Phew... Rene' I thought you were going to say he went Commando the whole time :) Happy 20th!

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  47. So sweet! Congratulations! 20 years is amazing ;)

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  48. Happy 20th Anniversary! Cheers to the next 80! Your wedding sounded perfect and lovely. We had chocolate mouse with whipped cream frosting for our wedding cake! Love it! Have a wonderful day! And best wishes for good health to enjoy many, many more!

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  49. Happy Anniversary! Love your big hair, too. :)

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  50. 20 years!!! So cool!!! I have 17 years. It is not an easy road but definitely worth it!!! Love that curly hair girl!

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  51. Oh, that is such a great story. I am laughing out loud. Happy Anniversary. What a milestone. I hope you have fun celebrating. {a practical joke letter from the maid would be funny}

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  52. Happy Anniversary! 20 years.... how fantastic!

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  53. Happy Anniversary! January is the perfect month for a wedding! Add a little snow and it is just magical!
    Tony and I celebrate 18yrs this Sat. (candle light wedding, too)!
    Sometimes different is better :)
    Wendy

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  54. One of my friends....on their honeymoon, she found her husband reading in the bathtub in the middle of the night wearing glasses....she never knew he wore them....we had a good laugh....
    Good to marry for love and humor! Love fades, humor lives on...
    Happy lovely Anniversary!
    pve

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  55. Wishing you the happiest of anniversaries! I hope you are out doing something fun and romantic!

    And I LOVE that you did things your way, and that your husband hung his undies on the ceiling fan. Those are the things that make for wonderful memories!

    Happy Anniversary and here's to many, many more years of wedded bliss!

    Kat :)

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  56. Happy anniversary Rene! What a wonderful milestone!

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  57. I'm 16hrs late, but Happy Anniversary guys! 20 years? wow! I swear love is a beautiful thing! I've been married 6 years and my husband makes me want to run for the hills with how stubborn he is at times!!!

    Thanks for sharing a little of your wedding day story and it took me a minute to figure out what you meant by Chi being a house hold name, lol!

    And the honeymoon story is hilarious!

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  58. Happy 20th Anniversary to you and your husband! Your weddings sounds lovely. The honeymoon story is hilarious! I would loved to have seen the look on the maid's face the first time she walked in and saw the underwear hanging on the ceiling fan!

    ~ Tracy

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  59. Happy "20th" Anniversary! I think we all had that hair :) What a beautiful and funny tale of your wedding and honeymoon! Too funny!

    Wishing you many more wonderful years together!

    ;) Michelle

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  60. Your man is
    obviously very
    secure with his
    masculinity, letting
    you tell undie
    tales! You two
    are adorable!
    Mr. Privet and
    I celebrated 24
    years in September.
    My veil and head-
    piece looked a
    lot like yours : )
    My dress was similar
    too, although it
    was my mom's from
    1960 that I had
    refurbished. Thanks
    for sharing your
    special memories,
    Rene. You were
    stylin' even then.
    xx Suzanne

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  61. Congratulations!!! Wouldn't you have loved to be a fly on the wall when the maids came in?? HAHA!

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  62. congrats to you both. If it is good now it will be even better when the kids move out. :0 We're loving it.
    Pam

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