I do! And I’d do it again!
This is our wedding photo. Goodness time certainly does go by quickly. In three months my husband and I will have been married for 16 years! We were highschool sweethearts so we we’ve been lovebirds for 20 years. WOW! 20 years. Sometimes I don’t even feel like I’ve been alive for 20 years, much less in love that long!
And I really am super duper truly in love with this man. I was looking at my hubby the other night while he was working on the computer and I got butterflies in my stomach. I had that giddy feeling like I was falling in love for the first time. That’s when it dawned on me just how long we’ve been together! We grew up together, became the very best of friends, then fell in love. And we still are! Best friends and in love.
That’s when I got this photo out. I started thinking about if I would have changed anything from back then. Our courtship or even our wedding. We had a VERY old fashioned courtship. We lived in the country and his mom would bring him to my parents house where we would sit on the porch swing holding hands. We were only 14 when we became boyfriend/girlfriend and 19 when we got married. (No, I wasn’t pregnant) It was so sweet.
Then we had a semi-non traditional, yet very old fashioned wedding. I walked down the aisle to The Statler Brothers song “My Only Love”. We had traditional vows, then I sang Paul Brandt’s “I Do” to my hubby-to-be as part of my own vows, before we were pronounced husband and wife. As you can see, our wedding had an old fashioned and south western theme. My dress was ordered from a south western clothing catalog along with my hat and veil. My mom ordered a pair of white, lace cowgirl boots to go with it and I wore my hair in a long french braid. My jewelry was a set of pearls given to me years before. I thought the whole wedding attire was gorgeous. Of course, I was a bit biased. It was my wedding.
But, I didn’t want the same white, puffy satin gown with long train that other brides my age were wearing. I wanted something unique and my own style. I was a country girl with a love of horses. Of course, even though I was wearing a cowgirl hat, I HAD to have a veil. So I was determined to show that bridal veils could still be worn with south western bridal ware! My bridesmaids and groomsmen wore white button down shirts, black pants and my mom made western string ties. The flowers were burgundy mums and carnations because it was fall and they were really beautiful.
So, looking back nearly 16 years later I realize that I wouldn’t change a thing. Not about our courtship or about our wedding. For us, it was absolutely perfect! Almost 16 years ago I said I do and all these years later, I still do!
And the entire thing cost LESS than $1500!
What was your wedding like?