Friday, July 10, 2009

Our wedding - July 10, 1999

10 years ago today, I married the man of my dreams. In some ways, it seems like yesterday. In other ways, it feels like we've lived a lifetime. 18 years together, 10 years of marriage. It was one of the happiest days of my life. It has been really fun to go back through all of the pictures (not so fun scanning them all in to our computer) and thinking back to that day. We were young and had so much ahead of us. It seemed like anything was possible as long as we were together. We've realized so many of our dreams together already and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us. This post is a look back at our special day.
Randi stayed the night with me at my parents house. We had a little slumber party and kept talking about how it was my last night as a single girl. We turned in early because I wanted to get plenty of sleep. I woke up the next morning filled with excitement.
Here is a picture of me right when I woke up (thanks Randi)
My dad went to get my favorite breakfast, Foster's Donuts, and we enjoyed a relaxed morning.
The girls headed to the salon to get our hair done. Shannon had been doing my hair forever and she did a wonderful job that day, on me and the rest of the girls.
Me with my hair done (and no make-up on)
We went back to my parents house for make-up
After getting make-up on and finally getting my dress on, we were ready to head out for pictures
My dad snapped photos as I came downstairs
Getting in the limo (not so easy in a dress that big)
This is my "holy crap it's hot" face. It was July. In Bakersfield. 100 degrees.
Let's go!
We had fun in the limo
Shaun and I did not want to see each other before the ceremony, so he and his family took pictures first, and then we followed.
Shaun and his sisters
Shaun and his groomsmen
Shaun's family
Shaun and his parents
My handsome groom
Shaun and his best man Joey
Shaun and his mom
Me and the girls
Me and the girls (with the sunglasses my mom made us)
Me and my brother
Me and my mom
A kiss for my dad
Me with my Matron of Honor Randi
Just me
Just me again

Some pictures from the ceremony

Our first picture as husband and wife

With our parents
The Bridal Party
Shaun with the girls
Me with the guys
Bridal party hug
A kiss under the veil
Leaving the church headed for the reception
Pictures before the party

A toast from our best friends
The feeding of the cake (we did it nicely)
The ring shot
My parents
A kiss
Dancing with my dad
Shaun dancing with his mom
Cutting the cake

Throwing the bouquet
Taking the garter off
Joey, the best man, catching the garter (impressive jump)
That's right, we wear our sunglasses inside...that's how we roll!
This is a bit later in the evening....I sang to Shaun and did a little dance for him
I gave it all I had
He appreciated it!
This is pretty much where I was all night....the dancefloor
more evidence
Shaun joined me for a few dances!
Here I am leading the electric slide
A hug from my best good friend
And one from my mom
This is us in the limo heading to our hotel. What a night! And they lived happily ever after.....
Babe, I love you more than I can say. These last 10 years have been an adventure. It hasn't always been easy but we have made it through together. I can honestly say that I love you more today than I did on that day 10 years ago. You've given me a wonderful life and it's better than I ever dreamed. I have you. We have Julianne. Life is sweet and it keeps getting sweeter. I love you!


Kelli said...

What a great series you've been doing. You looked so beautiful on your big day and got a lot of pictures! My friend Kristina brought me my favorite bagels on the morning of my wedding.

Barbie said...

Hi, I read all the same Bako blogs as you and I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed your whole wedding series. What a fun look back at the story of your life and love! Beautiful video, stunning wedding and what a precious little girl you have. Congrats on 10 years!

Amy said...

Happy Anniversary! It's been fun reading your wedding story. I hope you and Shaun have a great day!

shaun said...

As the song said, "It doesn't get better than this, AND IT DID!" We are blessed. You are amazing. I love you more than anything. I am having the time of my life today with you on our anniversary sharing our time together with Julianne. Love always, Shaun

Blessings from the Reeds said...

Happy Anniversary!! You were a beautiful bride. I hope you guys have lots of fun today~Robin

Sally said...

What a perfect song for your video. I love it! Happy Anniversary!!

Randi said...

Happy Anniversary! I am so happy for your guys and I feel so blessed to have been witness to what your family has become and can't wait for what the future holds!

Tim said...

This was a great series and well worth the hours and hours of work. Congrats to you two.

WhiteSockGirl aka The Fabulous Bitch said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful pictures.

Stopping by from SITs!

Tiffany said...

So fun!! LOVE the video....congratulations on 18 and 10 years!!

Love you both,
Your sis Tiffany
aka - Tiff (I don't think Shaun has called my Tiffany ever in my life)

knkseals said...

Thanks for sharing your wedding story. I really enjoyed it. My own ten year anniversary is coming up on the 31st of July. It has inspired me to consider doing the same on our blog. (Which really I post for my family in Houston and Tahoe and Kenny's family in Connecticut and San Diego.) It seems funny that several of our pictures look similar from Laurelglen. Congrats to you both! I hope you enjoyed celebrating!
Katie (Lewis) Seals

septembermom said...

I feel like I was a guest at your wedding! This has been a great series of posts. Wonderfully written with terrific pictures. Love reading about this important time in your lives. You look lovely as a bride:)

Rachel said...

Awwww.... I'm so glad you shared these! They are so good!

Congratulations on 10 years! My husband and I celebrate 2 tomorrow!

septembermom said...

Jenn, I had to come back to see your slide show. It is done so well. The photo journey of your life together is really sweet. I love the photos with your adorable little girl. You make a lovely family:) Congrats again on your 10 years.

Diane said...

Congrats on 10 years. That in itself is a feat these days. The pictures were great!

bandofbrothers said...

you are going to be soooo glad you did these precious posts in the years to come! that was awesome. and i just LOVED you in that dress!!!!Beautiful!