Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wedding Day Meme and Book Meme

Diane and Jiff have tagged me for different memes, so here they are!

From Diane:
1. Where / how did you meet?
Through Yep. He's embarrassed about that and always says we met through mutual friends. Which is true, in a way. It turned out that we did indeed have mutual friends (but they hadn't thought to introduce us), and we lived within 5 minutes from each other.

2. How long have you known each other?
We met on July 5, 2003.

3. How long after you met did you start dating?

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?
He proposed in October, so 3 months. Wow.

5. How long was your engagement?
We married in March, 2004, so 5 months. (Hey, we're old and had no time to waste!)

6. How long have you been married?
We'll be married 4 years next month.

7. When is your anniversary?
March 20.

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?
We figured there were about 300 people at the wedding and most probably came on down to the reception.

9. What kind of cake did you serve?
It was a white cake. I had a lady who specializes in wedding cakes do it.

10 Where was your wedding?
At my husband's home church. I thought it would be way too big, but the church is SO beautiful. 300 people by no means filled it, but it was OK.

11. What did you serve for the meal?
Oh, my dear friend Seeker Executive handled the whole reception for us. We served Swedish meatballs and other good things. She is so unbelievably generous...

12. How many people were in your bridal party?
Oh, this is a good one. We had 42 people in our bridal party. No bridesmaids, no groomsmen--we thought we were too old for all that. So we had our special friends all be part of the bridal
party. When the wedding music began, they ALL marched down the aisle ahead of us! Oh, it was SUCH FUN! Then David and I followed, together, holding hands.

13. Are you still friends with them all?
Of course!

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony?
No. And, somewhat surprisingly, neither did I.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day?
Oh several:
*My sister's toast during the reception....
(That's my sister in burgandy.)

*That feeling I had, walking down the aisle hand-in-hand with D, following all these wonderful friends, of just being happy happy happy, and not worrying about anything!....

*Having such special people in our lives be the Officiants (mine was a male minister--my dissertation supervisor, actually--he is someone who just means the world to me. D's was the female associate minister at his church, a friends whom he dearly loves; they officiated the wedding together)....

*Having my brother and sister and D's three children "stand up" with us during the ceremony itself...

*How my friends said prayers and blessings of us, served commnion for us, etc., all as part of the ceremony...

*How my niece and sister-in-law lit a candle in memory of my parents.
*Oh, and how, at the end of the ceremony, D and I went to the center of the sanctuary, and they did a laying on of hands with everyone there.... That was incredible.

16. Any funny moments?
Beautiful Genuine Drummer Girl was 13 at time. She wore a gorgeous coral-colored silky long dress---and Reeboks underneath!

17. Any big disasters?
Oh, D was dealing with terrible nosebleeds. He came through it all, no problem, but my oh my, I won't forget the day before the wedding, being with him at the Emergency Room!

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went to the Texas Hill Country.

19. How long were you gone?
Only 3 or 4 days.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?
Oh, most definitely, I would have hired a full-time photographer. We had someone, but for some reason he took only 3 pictures during the reception. What a bummer that was. I was in the reception line, shaking hands for such a long time, I missed the party, really. And didn't even have any pictures to help me live vicariously and see my friends enjoying each other!

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?
Right side.

22. What size is your bed?

23. Greatest strength as a couple?
We are both committed to working through our conflicts and not letting resentments build up and deaden our relationship.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple?
Oh, just differences in personalities, I guess. Let me think...OK. Sometimes our individual fears get in the way of our being honest with each other. It's our greatest challenge, but like I said above, also our greatest strength because eventually we DO confront those fears and work through them together, painful as that can sometimes be....Really, we share so many values and outlooks. Plus, he was divorced for 12 years before we married, and I had never been married before, so we both had thought a lot about what we wanted in a relationship.

25. Who literally pays the bills?
He does. I was happy to give that drudgery up, and he likes knowing our money situation.

26. What is your song?
We don't have one.

27. What did you dance your first dance to?
Neither of us can dance. We took lessons for a while, but we left the class before it finished.

28. Describe your wedding dress.
Oh, it was a turquoise suit. Silk. My friend Runner CPA has a personal shopper who found it for me. She paid for the personal shopper and then bought the outfit for me as a wedding present. Again, do I have generous and wonderful friends, or what? I wore silver jewelry that my sister had given me years ago. Silver shoes.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding?
Beautiful flowers. Oh, and plentiful! All provided by my friend Life Giving One and her mother who came down from Kansas City to do them for us. Wow.

30. Are your wedding bands engraved?
No. D has a simple white-gold band, and I have a small diamond, but I love it because the setting kind of swirls.
OK, now the second meme:
From Jiff: This meme comes from Jan at Yearning for God.
This is one that--depending on circumstances--could be either edifying, bewildering, or just plain silly.
Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
OK. The Shipping News by Annie Prouxl.
Find Page 123. Find the first 5 sentences. Post the next three sentences.
OK. "Bunny scrambled out from under the table and threw the block and car at Sunshine. "Here, now!" said the aunt. "Calm down, Bunny" Quoyle lifted Sunshine into his lap, inspected the red mark on her forehead, kissed it, swayed back and forth."
Hmmm, was that illuminating? If I'd cheated, I could've come up with something better, no doubt!


Jiff said...

Wow. Wow. Wow.
I loved reading this.
Souinds like meaning and authenticity all the way to me...

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

I loved your bridal party. What a cool thing to do.

Diane said...

thanks for playing! I want to get some pictures up too, but couldn't find our wedding album! (we didn't have a professional photographer). (But we have some candids.)

Jan said...

Katherine, I so loved reading about your wedding, esp. since I was unable to attend. The pictures are wonderful! Makes me feel connected again (esp. while I'm far off in MD). Thank you.

Rev SS said...

What Jiff and "ps" said! Thanks for sharing this, with pictures.

mompriest said...

lovely....really. We will celebrate our 23 this summer...and tonight is 23 years since we got engaged...

and, well, he is working and I'm home alone...working...sigh.

we'll celebrate after we move (hah)

well, maybe we will!

Gannet Girl said...

This is one of the best wedding stories I've ever read!

RevDrKate said...

This was beautiful, Katherine. I love it when weddings reflect the people being married as much as yours did.