One year ago today and FIFTY-ONE years ago yesterday, my mom and dad tied the knot. No that is not a typo, I really said and meant FIFTY. One year ago today, my family and I celebrated this milestone anniversary with them. Family and friends traveled miles, many from the great state of Ohio, to enjoy the event. My mom isn’t too keen on being the center of attention, but my father is a ham (yes I said it and no I will not take it back!) My brothers, well, they tend to take more after my father (this is my blog therefore my opinion is law.) You will see their big smiles and jolly spirits here in a sec. I consider myself more of a hybrid of the two…I’m pretty outgoing and chatty in a small group but in a crowd tend to enjoy hanging in the shadows watching moments unfold.
After a little prodding, I talked my my parents (specifically my mom) into a simple vow renewal ceremony. I mean, after all, none of us kids got to see if the first time around. We need proof! To make my German, history buff father happy, we chose Trinity Lutheran in Historic Soulard (the oldest Lutheran church this side of the Mississippi) for the event. My mom’s original maid of honor Marianne walked down the aisle and stood right up there next to her again. My father’s best friend and best man Dave Day has passed away, but his son proudly stood in his place.
We followed ceremony with a beautiful dinner at the Cabanne House in Forest Park! The entire park and it seemed the entire city was in full bloom. We ate, drank, laughed, toasted and celebrated with friends and family across generations. And it was beautiful. I am so thankful for the memory of my parents laughing and smiling all day long. I will remember it always.
Thank you to Kristie for capturing so many wonderful moments for us this day. I think she was about 8 months pregnant with little Will, but that didn’t effect her talent one bit!
We basically had 5 tables of 10. Each table represented a specific decade of their marriage and the menus at each table were designed with photos from that time. Here is my dad dressed as santa (which he still does every year) with his best man Dave on his lap. This makes me smile.
My parents with Dave and Marianne on their wedding day, April 9, 1960. Fifty years later and still in love! Marriage may have it’s ups and downs, and I’m sure they wouldbe the first to tell you it’s no walk in the park. But I think knowing that you are better human beings together than you ever could be apart gets you through the tough years. Love you both!