20 years ago today, Michelle and I were married in an evening candlelight ceremony in Milwaukee, WI. Here are some of the highlights (and low-lights) from that wonderful day:
I forgot to shave. Although I was only able to produce a bit of unorganized peach fuzz at the time, it was awkwardly noticeable.
We walked the aisle in a quaint church in northern Milwaukee – where Milwaukee Brewers Hall of Famer Paul Molitor attended.
We both wrote our own vows and read them to each other.
The ring Michelle gave me was engraved with the words “I love you forever.” After about 10 years of marriage, I grew out of it and had to have it resized. Don’t laugh. Do you see how skinny I was?
A few years ago, it was stolen when our home was robbed. I wear a new one now.
Speaking of stealing… during the wedding, an old high school “friend” of Michelle’s stole valuables out of the purses of the girls in the wedding party.
Our kiss was perfect – not too short and not too long. Not gross at all. I use our kiss as the standard for all the weddings I do now.
When we walked out of the church, it was not as a family of 2 but of 3. Two-year old Emily was in tow. The only way we were able to keep her by our side during the ceremony was by feeding her a steady flow of Tic-Tacs.
Michelle’s father married us. His words were sweet, but his homily was bit long if you ask me…but no one has. He cried when he did Emily’s wedding, but didn’t cry when he did ours. Not sure what that means…
A friend and cello player from the Milwaukee Philharmonic Orchestra played a beautiful medley of hymns before the ceremony.
Our reception did not include dancing as we had just graduated from a Christian university where dancing had been prohibited. Legalism sucks. This is the one thing we regret about our wedding. Wish we would have danced.
Although legalism was rampant, my brother – and some of my good Christian friends – “made” me have a drink the night before. I had 2. A strawberry daiquiri and a rum and Coke. The guys wouldn’t let me finish my “girlie” drink until I had something a bit stronger. Thus the rum and Coke. I finished both…and didn’t feel so well. Those were the first 2 drinks I ever had.
After the reception, we met up with all of our friends at our little apartment, opened our gifts and celebrated until 3AM. No alcohol. Legalism, remember?
At 3AM, friends drove us from Milwaukee to Chicago where we caught an early morning flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We were exhausted, and both of us slept almost the entire way there.
Once we arrived in Puerto Vallarta, we……..
I really can’t go into detail on that, but here are some more pictures from the our wedding day: