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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Bride & A Groom


I really love brides & grooms...They make me happy thinking of love and cherished moments...and all the small joys that pass in between the years that mark marriages.

My sister-in-law Joanne has a fabulous collection of these small sentinels to romance. She's collected them for years. Here are some of our favorites...
...here's love in metal and glass...
...plastic spells love in the 60s with a pillbox hat on top...
...and of course there's love in chipped chalkware...
...but here's the very best one ever...Jo and John's own damsel bride and knight in shining armor!


I tease my kids that Cupid's arrow has struck two people that they know...and it made them fall in love at first sight...AND it has kept them in love, leaving them smitten still...

An arrow hit their Grandpa Jim...he fell in love with Rosie on first sight in 1947 at a party in upper Manhattan at my Aunt Katie's house. They'll be married 59 years this November. Smitten still.
And yes, an arrow hit their Aunt Joanne -- said damsel in above cake topper -- when my brother John -- the knight -- walked out of that elevator on Halloween 1978. They'll be married 30 years this December. Smitten still.
I didn't fall in love at first sight, in fact I thought Micah was such a nice guy, I fixed him up with a friend of mine! Ahhh yes, he was a hand me down...but I did become his best friend somewhere along the way. Here we were...
We'll be married 15 years this week. We don't celebrate with flowers, cards, gifts or even Stella Doro Swiss fudge cookies, but we've been talking about our wedding day like it was yesterday and we both remember it fondly and well (some of you reading this were there to celebrate with us at Jo and John's home under that great big tent...). We laugh a lot as we think about all the years that have passed and the adventures we've shared...And yes, we look forward to many more.

I guess I see something of our love, affection, and what all brides and grooms can share, in some of these cake topping creations...

So here's to all of you that love love and are in love. And here's to all the brides that have been, and those yet to be. It is sweet.

xxoo and some more xxoo
Jen
Earth Angels

11 comments:

Elma said...

Oh what a wonderful post!! I to collect bride and grooms. Al and I have been together 25 years and married 22:) We have been blessed with eight children five girls and three boys and now one grand baby!! Al just turned 43 and he said the other day Were did the time go?? SO true we blinked and the kids are growing up. I just so love him more and more:) He is a wonderful man and I am blessed to stay home with my little ones. My baby turned five and I am so blessed with all God has given us:)

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your Husband! What a great post! Loved it!

katydid said...

OOOH -How I love this one! And what timing...it was 18 years ago today that Fred and I walked down the isle for the first time. Fred as groomsman and me as bridesmaid at his brother and my college roomates wedding! Little did we know that 2 years (and 1 month later) it would be our turn to be bride and groom! Happy Anniversary Jen and Micah!!! (you look like babies). Much love to all!!!! xo

Theresa said...

I loved seeing the wedding photos and the wedding cake topper collection. Happy Anniversary to you and Micah!!!

Debbie said...

Happy, happiest of anniversaries! Loved your entry today. Rick and I celebrate 19 years in July...my how time flies!! July 28, 1990 seemed like yesterday...I still remember each detail. Best to you!

Laura said...

Hi Jen! What a lovely post! Congratulations on your 15th anniversary! Love the collection of brides and grooms.....they sure do remind us of happy times and treasured moments!
Be well, Laura

ellen said...

Happy Anniversary, Jen...may you have many many more...

diane allison-stroud said...

how fun! loved the brides and groom, i have started collecting them myself...happy anniversary to you guys - may you both have fun on the ride of your lives!

Thea said...

Oh Jen, Has it been 15 years? I have such wonderful memories of your wedding--vignettes and glimpses and entire scenes played in my head as I read your post. And I remember meeting Micah in Shimkin Lane and knowing, by the way he spoke of you, that he was your sweetie forever. What wonderful photos of all the brides and grooms! Thea

Melissa said...

Jen,
What a wonderful post. The wedding photos were fabulous. Happy (belated) Anniversary to you & Micah.

Building home said...

Jen,

Happy Anniversary may you stay strong together

Love

Pam

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