Sweet Sixteen

Today, Motor Man and I celebrate our sixteenth wedding anniversary. So I thought it would be fun to share a few little details about our wedding day that I may not have included in previous posts.

Our wedding took place on 02/02/02.  Motor Man had proposed in November, 2001, and we immediately began looking at possible wedding dates after the first of the new year. When I told him that the date of the first Saturday in February would be 02/02/02, that clinched it. He knew he’d never forget his anniversary.

We were thrilled to be given permission to marry at historic Bacon’s Castle, a local landmark with which my family has strong ties. (If you’re new to the blog and would like to read more, type Bacon’s Castle in the search to read previous posts.)

The officiant at our wedding was a pastor who was (and is) the chaplain at our local race track. On the afternoon of our wedding, everything was in place for our 2:00 ceremony, but as of about 1:45, the pastor still had not arrived. Motor Man was pacing that well-worn floor,  and the ladies who were helping me were getting very antsy. One even commented: “It only takes three people to have a wedding, and one of them is not here!”.  The pastor arrived a few minutes to two with just enough time to have his bouttonniere pinned on by some very perturbed anxious ladies. Then he and Motor Man went to wait for me at the front of the room where we were to take our vows. We decided to start the ceremony at 2:02…..02/02/02 at 2:02.

Marshall escorted me “down the aisle” to Martina McBride’s rendition of “My Valentine”.

Motor Man and I chose not to have attendants. My late sister, June, was seated on the front row and held my bouquet while Motor Man and I exchanged rings.

Prior to the ceremony, Motor Man placed my wedding ring on his pinkie for safe keeping. His brother-in-law, Mike, took this picture as our wedding began.

Although we had a professional photographer, we were somewhat disappointed in our photos. We particularly wanted a picture of us taken outside in front of the Castle. But, as you can see, this wasn’t exactly what we had in mind.

Our friends and family took many pictures following the ceremony and at our reception. This one, taken by our friend, Linda, was one of our favorites.

Happy Sixteenth, Motor Man; I’d marry you again in a heartbeat!

~These Days Of Mine~



21 responses to “Sweet Sixteen

  1. Happy Anniversary you two! Time flies doesn’t it……I bet it seems like yesterday you said those vows and walked down the aisle – life moves so quickly but those precious moments are “suspended in time”…..so you can celebrate them over and over and over and never lose the newness of the feeling of joining your heart with another. Have a good day together.

    Love, Pam, David and Teddy too

  2. Happy Anniversary. This post made my heart so happy. Hope you have something special planned today . Loved seeing the photos and reading the story of your perfect day. 🙂

  3. Happy Anniversary! You two are just the most wonderful couple and still so in LOVE! I don’t ever tire of hearing the story of your special day at such a special place. CONGRATULATIONS and many more!

  4. Elizabeth Watson

    Happy Anniversary and many more to come!

  5. Happy Anniversary sweet friends. Here’s to years and years of more wedding bliss. Sending all of our hogs and snout kisses to you on your special day. ❤ XOXO – Bacon

  6. Happy Anniversary! I enjoyed seeing these beautiful photos.

  7. Super sweet! Happy Anniversary! So many times it’s friends and family who take the best candid photos. Have a happy blessed day.

  8. Happy Anniversary you two! And what a lovely wedding you had.

  9. Happy Anniversary again !! Hard to believe it’s been 16 years already !? It was a great day at a great place !!

  10. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Happy Anniversary, dear friends. Wishing you many more happy and blessed years like Chuck and I. Never get tired of the story or pictures ❤

  11. Happy anniversary!

  12. Happy Anniversary to you two lovely people. I wish you many more…

  13. That was such sweet story. Beautifully told. Happy Anniversary. Hoping you can get away to your favorite place soon.

  14. Happy Anniversary. I hope you have many more wonderful years together.

  15. What a perfect valentine you two make! I love the photos you posted here…well, with the exception of that ‘professional’ photographer one which I can see why it was so disappointing. But what a happy day it must have been for you all. You look gorgeous in your gown and Motor Man looks pleased as punch. I wish you both a very Happy Anniversary and many, many more lovely years together to come! ♥

  16. Happy belated Anniversary! What a great date! No one will forget! You 2 still look so happy.
    Love Barb

  17. Happy anniversary. Here’s hoping for more to come.

  18. Happy Anniversary! ❤

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