Saturday, July 23, 2016

...And They Lived Happily Ever After.

Dennis and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary on June 21 of this year.  We were in paradise on that day...
more on that later!  For now, I want to tell you what we did 25 years ago after our wedding:  we made a Time Capsule!  And, when we arrived home from our anniversary trip last month, we opened it!
The only thing that I remembered for sure that was in the time capsule was the TIME magazine from the week we were married in 1991.  But, upon opening the container I saw that we'd also saved the San Francisco Chronicle -- our local newspaper -- from our wedding day.

It was so interesting to read it; back then, it seems, we were mostly concerned about the environment.  Our main news stories weren't about terrorism, but about technology and all the scientific advances that were becoming a part of daily life.
Other things I re-discovered were: the receipt from our wedding cake, a wine label from our pre-wedding trip to the wine country with my soon-to-be-in-laws, a banner that decorated a part of our reception, a "Just Married" windsock that traveled from Nevada to California as a decoration on the rented Cadillac we drove to our wedding, two of the place cards from our reception, and a few leftover wedding favors!
That's right: 25 year old sugared almonds!
A honeycombed paper centerpiece, our wedding guest book, some portraits...
and -- this is precious to me -- the excess satin that was cut from my wedding gown when it was altered!  I didn't remember this at all, but can't wait to think up a use for it!  Also, all the candid photos that family and friends sent me from the wedding!  I hadn't seen these photos in 25 years!
Plus these photos from my wedding shower, showing me with Margaret, my dear friend who I recently lost.
These are all of the leftover wedding invitations and announcements -- engagement and wedding -- as well as the map I created to get people to the reception.  But most wonderful of all: the response cards from everyone who was in attendance.  To see the handwritten notes from people who are no longer with us was a joy.
I designed all the invitations myself, and did everything else related to the wedding as well.  I remember I enjoyed every moment of the planning!  Of course, if I had it all to do over again, the style and decor would be so different, but I have no regrets!
And more ephemera -- which will be put to good use someday when I create a scrapbook of it all!  I was especially happy to see the handwritten note from a hotel employee with advice on the best place to go for dinner as newlyweds - Captain Jon's.
But my favorite thing of all was re-reading all of the wedding cards we'd received!  So many well-wishes for a long life together, a happy marriage, and wonderful things to come.  I was struck over and over again how those wishes really had come true for us.  And I think that would make everyone who sent those cards happy if they knew.  I was surprised that even Dennis sat and read each and every one of the cards, too!  It was a real walk down memory lane for both of us.
Next, besides showing and telling you all about our anniversary trip to the Caribbean, in upcoming blog posts I get to introduce you to my new love!  I know I've been away for a while, but I hope to make up for it.  Thank you for visiting!

8 comments :

Curtains in My Tree said...


How wonderful you made the tine capsule,and actually hung onto it for 25 years. As many time as I moved in 25 years I would have lost my time capsule box.
It's so glad to read how someone did live happy ever after

Thanks for sharing

Happy Anniversary

Kelli Davidson said...

Happy anniversary! We too, celebrate our anniversary on June 21st and we aren't too far behind you in number of years either.

I love that you set up a time capsule. I would have never thought of something like that, only wish I had. I enjoyed seeing your memories and I especially loved that dress you had on at your shower..........vintage dress!

My wish for you is 25 more years of wedded bliss!

Linda said...

Laurie you were as classy then as you are now....and crafty, I might add! Hope your recent trip was a great one also. A new love eh! Can't wait to be introduced.

Kathy said...

How wonderful that you had the foresight to save these memories in such a way! I can't get over how much Ben looks like Dennis.

The Junque Seeker said...

What a wonderful idea, and how much fun it would be to go through everything! Can't wait to hear more about your trip, and your precious new little love!

Marrianna said...

Congratulations on 25 years of wedded bliss. And so looking forward to news and photos of your new kitty. Glad to see you back.
Marrianna

jeanniemc said...

Congratulations on a great 25th! The time capsule was an awesome idea...Loved this post and glad you are sharing again...

Handmade in Israel said...

How wonderful! So clever of you to think of doing that. I look forward to seeing what you make with the spare satin. Congratulations!