Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Wedding Day



We were married on a beautiful September morning in the small town where we grew up. 
We were highschool sweethearts. 

A simple wedding.

I still remember the flutter of my heart as I slipped on my veil, took one last look at my reflection in the glass. 

It felt so perfect and right. 

But the year leading up to this moment was not. 

My relationship with my sweet Blue Eyes caused a rift with my parents. 

A rift so deep, that I became emancipated at age 16. 

I had been on my own for over a year. 


I did not have their blessing. 

But I pleaded with my Father to walk me down the aisle. 

And for them both to attend. 

As I prepared for our special day, I prayed they would come. 


And they did. Reluctantly. 

There were no flowers, only the small bouquet of pink rosebuds that I carried in my hands. 


There was no photographer, 

No glittering reception with towering cake, toasts to our union and dancing into the night. 

A small group of friends and family quietly sat in the unadorned pews. 

My Grandmother. My Aunt Mary. 

His Grandmother. His Uncle Sonny. 

Our parents. Some high school friends.



My sister was maid of honor in a borrowed dress. 

Blue Eye's best man backed out the day before. 

He didn't believe, he said. He didn't think it would last. 

Blue Eye's young brother took his place, wearing the only tux that came in his small size. 

Mustard yellow. 



We cared not one bit. 

Our only thoughts were of each other, of starting our life together. 

Free to create our own destiny. 


I only remember the joy in my heart. 

The love in his eyes. 


And as we walked arm and arm as man and wife into the beautiful morning sunshine, 

we knew it was right. 


xoxo


Next time: We follow our dreams. 

30 comments:

  1. Sweet Karen, your story is very touching and had my eyes tearing up. You and your "Blue Eyes" have been blessed with a deep, precious love :) Many blessings to you, dear friend. Thanks for sharing.

    Love and hugs,
    Stephanie

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  2. Such a touching story. True love always prevails.

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  3. This made the hopeless romantic in me smile from ear to ear...what an absolutely beautiful post in every way. Wow.

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  4. This is beautiful! So enjoyed reading. :)

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  5. A wonderful story - with a happy ending. And he said it wouldn't last - you proved you knew what you were doing.

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  6. Really beautiful post , Karen! I also got married on a beautiful September morning at 11:00 the 23 of September of 1995

    Marina

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  7. Beautiful post Karen, A special love story with a Happy ending... Hugs May x x x

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  8. Oh my goodness, how sweet! It does make me sad to hear that your parents didn't approve and you had to be on your own at such a young age. That must have been so hard.

    I started dating my husband when I was 16 and even though I was young, I knew he was the one. We've been together ever since :)

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  9. A beautiful post. My mum and dad were married at 17 and everyone said it wouldn't last and they had such a tough beginning. 46 years later and they are a couple stuck to each other like glue. The brothers and sisters they have are now divorced or married for the second time, and still they carry on with their own lives, happy, fulfilled and now we have all grown up and have our own families, they are young enough to now enjoy their time again alone.

    Well done you! Chel x

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  10. Just look as you now -- my oh my -- oh how I wish you had photos of that day.. but blessed you both are with each other and the children - what a huge gift and blessing to have them all in your lives.. But wow wee what a road you have been on.. I love the personal history you have shared today and from back post -- I feel you cherish each other deeply - even today after all these years.. In a few days from now -- it will be our 33 years together for my sweetheart and I.. wow wee years have pass on..
    All the best to you and your Mr.Blue eyes and many many more wonderful moments to be add on...
    Hugs

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  11. This shows that a grand wedding is not always the way to go, when time proves you right in your choice that's all that matters.
    Merle.....

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  12. This is such a sweet post, Karen...it was definitely about the marriage, not the wedding...

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  13. Such a moving post! When my husband I decided to marry, people didn't think it would last because the year before I was engaged to someone else. Well, 32 years later... we can say "we told you so:)

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  14. Karen...this is just...Wow! What a beautiful and telling story. I am blown away that you were so mature and sure at such a young age. It must have been so difficult to have to go through that with your parents. Your journey is of beauty and love!

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  15. Hello Karen
    Lovely post - which lights of TRUE love ♥ ♥ ♥ Wishing you and your husband all the best fremover.Knus Hanne Bente

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  17. What a beautiful post. How wonderful to know that you proved the sceptics wrong. And I thought it showed so well how marriage is not about flashy cars and huge expense. What you went through was very hard, but perhaps the silver lining is that it showed you what was really true and important.

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  18. Dearest Karen,
    Guess you easily could write a novel about your life! Over forty years of bliss; regardless the opposition of some people. True LOVE will always endure and it shows. You have together build your love nest and created a little piece of heaven for you and your children. You raised them with love and warmth for sending them out into the world as happy and complete young people. Looking back, it didn't matter as much - you both managed.
    My wedding day was not that much different... we had a celebration but I had to pay for it. We did overcome and it only made us stronger and build the person that we are today.
    Are the two Church photos the actual wedding Church?
    Hugs to you and now on to Memorial Weekend...
    Mariette

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    1. Dear Mariette,
      Thank you for sharing your own dear experiences with us and for your sweetness. No, the church is not the actual one, but very similar, as we had no photos. Hugs, xoxo

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  19. Hi Karen, what a great idea for a new series! Is that you looking in the mirror--that is a gorgeous photo. It sounds like a lovely wedding, just perfect. What's important is the love for each other, not all the fuss over the wedding decor. Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! :)xx

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    1. Dear Loredana, Thank you for your dear comments and for always visiting, it means so much! No, that is not me, just some vintage photos I found. I wish I had some photos of the day, but I have none, just the memories. Hugs, xoxo

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  20. I can only imagine the courage it took to follow your heart - so many people cave to what others believe to be right for them. Your story has many happy endings, Karen. <3

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  21. This story makes me cry right now! what a blessing story!
    I love when you said that You walk with your Father... thank you for inspiring post.
    Simple yet beautiful and lovely day.

    Blessing,

    Delvalina

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  22. Such a sad, but at the same time beautiful story Karen! I am so glad it has a happy ending. Hope you will be together for a long time!!!

    Happy weekend,

    Madelief x

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  23. What a beautiful story Karen. Very touchy...

    Sincerest greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  24. I loved this, and so happy that your parents did attend.

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  25. Dear Karen,

    It is the story of a true love that proves that often words are poor to describe the common happiness of two people.
    You are the woman of a fictional life.

    Greetings to all your family.
    Yannis Politopoulos

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  26. This was a lovely story - how much in love and how very brave you were. Very beautiful.

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