The Wedding Meme

1. Where/How did you meet? Freshman year in high school.  His twin sister introduced us.

2. How long have you known each other? 28 years.

3. How long after you met did you start dating? Oh, good grief, this question will totally crack up anyone who knew us then. I have know idea, when we stopped fighting with each other and started "dating!" We're not fighting now; are we dating yet?

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?  We knew each other 7 years.

5. How long was your engagement? 11 months

6. How long have you been married? 19 1/2 years

7. What is your anniversary? September 12, 1987

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?  150

9. What kind of cake did you serve? A butter cake homemade by my mother's dear friend Edith, iced in white with pink roses.

10. Where was your wedding?  at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Alexandria, VA

11. What did you serve for your meal? I'm embarrassed to admit that I can't remember. It was a sit down lunch and we had peach melba for dessert but I have no idea what was for dinner. I don't think I ate.

12. How many people were in your wedding party? 8 groomsmen, 5 bridesmaids, and a flower girl.

13. Are you still friends with them all? Some of them. Four of them are godparents to our children.

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony? He was a grinning fool.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day? Hearing Mike say his vows.

16. Any funny moments? The best man missed the toast because he was out decorating the car. Someone pinch-hit for him. Then, my father toasted for so long that the best man was back and then he toasted. It was a very long pre-dinner toast.

17. Any big disasters? His brothers were late to the wedding because they went to the wrong church.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon? We didn't have a honeymoon. We spent the day after the wedding at the National Gallery of Art. 

19. How long were you gone? Not.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change? I'd invite more children and I'd worry less about formalities. I would visit the Blessed Mother and consecrate our marriage to her (our priest told us that wasn't done anymore). I'd have listened to my mother about that stray piece of hair she wanted to fix.  It's out of place in so many pictures;-)

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?: Currently, I sleep on the left because we're in baby mode and the co-sleeper is there. When I'm pregnant, I sleep on the right.

22. What size is your bed? King.

23. Greatest strength as a couple? Communication.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple? Maintaining closeness despite frequent travel.

25. Who literally pays the bills? He does

26. What is your song? Hmmm...The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of by Carly Simon; and everything on Steven Curtis Chapman's All About Love album

27. What did you dance your first dance to? I Owe You, by Lee Greenwood.

28. Describe your wedding dress: High necked with pearls and alencon lace and a great train that bustled.

29. What kind of flowers did you have at your wedding? white roses and freesia

30. Are your wedding bands engraved? Yes. His says, "Once upon a time & forever." My says, "My life, my love." When I told the jeweler what I wanted for Mike's he told me I couldn't write a novel on a wedding band. Thankfully, he has pretty big fingers and I could!

31. How old were you when you got married? 21