Tuesday, July 12, 2011

14 Years Ago Today We Said "I Do!"

Our wedding day on July 12, 1997

14 years ago today you and I made a covenant and said "I do".
Many memories and 4 blessings later, I continue to love growing old with you!
Happy Anniversary to us!
I love you!

This photo of the church's ceiling is one of our favorites.  
 The photographer captured this beautiful shot during our 
wedding ceremony.

On our way to the reception after our ceremony

Since my hubby and I met on the beach we had a beach themed wedding cake complete with realistic-looking and delicious candy seashells cascading down the cake. Nancy Hearn made the cake so beautiful! She also made the shells so realistic that some of our wedding guests would not bite into them because they thought they were real seashells!

 A close-up photo of the candy shells on our cake. Thank you Nancy for your beautiful cake art!

On top of our cake was this cross uniting 2 wedding bands placed in the candy coral. This cross is now hanging in our home as a constant reminder of Who keeps our marriage and love strong.

Two are better than one: they get a good wage for their labor. If the one falls, the other will lift up his companion. Woe to the solitary man! For if he should fall, he has no one to lift him up. So also, if two sleep together, they keep each other warm. How can one alone keep warm? Where a lone man may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken.  Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
One tradition that we have done each year on our anniversary since our first anniversary is watch our video from our wedding. Now we did get married before the digital age so the color quality is...90ish, but the memories of our day continue to be with us each time we play our video. We did copy it onto a DVD to help make it last longer. It is a joy to now watch the video with our cupcakes as they ask why they weren't there to celebrate with us ;-) Each year we are not only reminded of our holy vows we took in front of our Lord, family, and friends, but we also get to see friends and loved ones that are no longer with us here on earth. You know I still get "butterflies" and filled with excitement just before I watch the part of the video where I'm about to meet my true love at the altar and begin our lives as husband and wife!
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Happy Anniversary to you both!!!! Your dress looks so beautiful Tracy and LOVE the cake with all the sea shells. Looks like you were married in a beautiful church, too. Congrats on 14 years and may you both have many many more happy years together.

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Renee said...

So lovely! It's great to see where it all started for such a devoted couple raising their children in the Lord. Congrats!

Happy Anniversary to you both. Your marriage has blessed so many others, mine included. I also love the picture of the ceiling. It really captures the beauty of that church. You look like you haven't aged at all in 14 years. Wish I could say the same. Have a great day!

Melissa N. said...

Happy Anniversary! So happy to see such a happy faithful couple! Rock it for another 50 years plus!

Happy Anniversary to you both!! :)

Gardenia said...

what a beatiful bride you are! happy anniversary!!

Kara Chupp said...

Happy Happy Anniversary...I love this post! And all the photos are beautiful...
Love that you watch your video each year;
It's good to remember.

Mom2Seven said...

Aw, Happy Anniversary, Tracy! Beautiful... everything! Our 27th is coming up soon. Treasure every moment... you'll be celebrating 27 years before you know it!
God bless, Annita +JMJ+

Tiffany said...

Beautiful couple, inside and out! God bless you and Happy Anniversary! That cake was amazing:)

noreen said...

Happy Anniversary Tracy! Your pictures are lovely... you were a gorgeous bride and the photo of your church's ceiling is amazing! May God continue to bless you in your marriage!

Delly said...

What beautiful pics! I love the one of the church and the cake was absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Sharla said...

Happy Anniversary (belated)! That cake is amazing. I thought the shells were real until I read further into the post!

May God continue to bless your marriage and your family!

Happy, happy anniversary! Fourteen years! Congratulations! Isn't it amazing what you can accomplish when there are two of you together.
So happy for you!

LeAnn said...

Happy Anniversary!
I loved your priceless pictures and thoughts on your wedding. The cake pictures were cute.
Those anniversaries are so fun. We celebrated our 44th on June 13th; way fun.
Blessings to you!

Patty said...

I saw your post from last year and remembered thinking what a beautiful bride you made! Congratulations on this blessed event :)

Thank you so very much everyone for all your kind comments! We had a wonderful anniversary and I am so grateful for my husband and best friend and for the children that God has blessed us with! We look forward to many more years together :)

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