Friday, July 30, 2010

5 years ago today

5 years ago today, I married my husband, at my family’s cabin in Red Lodge Montana.001_13A

I know you may all be tired of hearing me ramble on this week about our anniversary, but the 5-year mark has me thinking a lot about that day.


It was a very homemade wedding—family members, friends, and I made all the food; my mother, mother-in-law, and I sewed the wedding dress, and a large contingent of friends arrived at our cabin about a week early to help decorate the place.



I loaded up my old station wagon with flowers, and we spent the day before the wedding making bouquets and corsages, among sundry other things….I will never forget the way my car smelled as  I drove up into the mountains.


In the evenings, the intrepid wedding party relaxed from their labors with a hookah and some drinks down by the creek (I therefore always associate the sweet smell of hookah tobacco with my wedding. Go figure)


And of course, I was a bit preoccupied and nervous about the big day.


Our homemade bouquets turned out great, and smelled delightful; like Montana wildflowers.


But then, it rained!!!!!!


what to do? all the guests had arrived, but the wedding was outside! I waited anxiously upstairs while hearing all my friends and family milling about the cabin, wondering if the rain would hold—I couldn’t come down because my husband had yet to see the dress…


luckily, the rain cleared up and the wedding went off without a problem (except my Grandpa got up and peed on the ‘altar’ after we had said our vows. The guests were amused at that, of course)


My dad, a choral director, led some folks in a choral rendition of ‘set me as a seal upon your heart’ and Vaughan Williams’ arrangement of “See the Chariot at Hand”




but then, the best part; the reception at the back of the cabin. The beers and wines were cooled in the little glacial stream that ran by the cabin; the cake was covered in rose petals and whipped cream (YUM)


everyone looked incredible in the romantic evening light. It was a joy to see so many people we loved in one place.


My parents, my brother (far right) and his best friend were the band.

00020 (2)-1  I think my mother is very beautiful.

00029 (2) everyone danced into the wee hours.

018_5A but I think my favorite part of it all was seeing my husband’s delighted smile


All pictures taken by our close friend, professional photographer Annie P. Warren


  1. Congratulations on your five year anniversary! Your wedding was beautiful, as are you and your husband.

    Any man that comes home with Chanel is a man worth keeping.

    Celebrate this day!

  2. That was sweet and looks beautiful.

  3. What a beautiful story. Happy anniversary to you both.

  4. wow, you all are fast commenters! Thanks for stopping by and helping me reminisce!

  5. Sarah and Justin,
    Dave always speaks so dearly about your wedding, I'm sure was much much fun!!
    I wish many more anniversaries to you.
    Have a great day :)

    Mari Haughey

  6. absolutely gorgeous! thanks for sharing, my dear
    (but I must say, I want more info on why grampa peed on the altar)

  7. Looks so beautiful and very romantic. Happy anniversary. xxx

  8. La Bonne Vivante,

    I can't lurk any longer...when I saw this post I had to tell you that I've been enjoying your blog for awhile now, and these wedding photos are so incredibly beautiful! The flowers, the cake, the setting -- it reminds me of A Midsummer's Dream, as if you got married in a place where fairies were spinning their magic. And you and your husband are too pretty for words!

    Happy Anniversary to you, and here's wishing you many more.

  9. That really made me cry. What a gorgeous wedding, simple, sweet, and most importantly, filled with friends and loved ones. Your dress was perfect!

    Chilling drinks in the creek -- classic!

    I have family in Bridger and this brought back some memories . . . good memories. Thanks for that. And congratulations on your 5th, and wishing you many, many more.

    Beautiful post.

  10. Mariana, wish you could have been there!

    Bloody Frida, you know, I don't know what possessed him to pee THERE, where everyone could see. I know he just had to go.... but anyway, it makes for a pretty good story.

    That and the bear and moose that showed up to check out the party late in the evening....

  11. Beautiful Things, thanks so much!

    Suzanne! Thanks for coming out of lurkdom to say such kind things. I feel terribly flattered now.

    And Justine, I am glad it moved you. I am rather proud of it myself. We worked hard to keep it true to our priorities in life--goof food, good friends, love of family, etc...

    And you have family in Bridger! What a beautiful part of the world that is.

  12. As always , thank you for
    letting us all in and sharing a precious day.
    I really do love your life <3
    May you and your hubby have many more.

    Have a wonderful day my dear!
    Oh and BTW, no one can get tired of hearing a grateful , content person talk about their good life. It's nice to know it exists............

    xoxoxo, T

  13. Congratulations on your five-year anniversary! What a beautiful wedding! So sorry I missed it...

  14. Sarah,
    I agree with Tamara. I, too, have found myself musing over and speaking of events surrounding my wedding and honeymoon - perhaps due to the 5 year anniversary. I think it just shows that you were really happy with the overall results in spite of the little snags along the way and it created beautiful memories for you to cherish. Joy is infectious in the best possible way. The photographs are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  15. What a wonderful record of your perfect day. Love the photo of you sprawled on the bed fretting about the rain, and the one of you in the field sporting your leafy garland, like Titania from Midsummer Night's Dream! Your mother is indeed very beautiful - and she sings!

  16. Wow,

    Your others have said, magical. Reading and seeing your post has lightened my day, m'dear. Thank you for sharing this. What a pleasure.

    Congratulations Sarah. To you both!

  17. Such a beautiful wedding (very Pre-Raphalite). Thank you so much for sharing.

  18. Dear Dilettante,
    well, if I identify with any movement more than another, it's the PR/Arts and Crafts one, so thanks!

    Stephanie, I'm glad you could see some of the pics. I have been thinking how nice it would have been if our NY friends could have come as well, but alas, we did not know all of you yet!

  19. Flittersniffer,
    You are full of generous compliments. I am totally ok with being likened to Titania (LOL!) and I agree, my mom is beautiful, both inside and out!

    OperaFan, I think what you say is right. Of course, there are always snags along the way, but the fact that we are musing so positively on the wedding and its results is definitely a good sign. Congrats again to you too.

  20. Robin, thanks for stopping by, and I too am sorry you couldn't be there, but we understood! Much love to you and F!

    Tamara, Baby! about your "BTW, no one can get tired of hearing a grateful , content person talk about their good life. It's nice to know it exists............" I don't know if I am that person, but your comment inspires me to try to be here more of the time. I try to focus on the positive things in my life on this blog--it's not all roses and love and happiness. But I do feel grateful for many things, as I am sure do you..

    Much love to you all, LBV

  21. Late to the, er, party... many congratulations on five years. A good relationship makes the whole world a little sweeter.

    I love, LOVE, "Set Me as a Seal" - so glad you had that! The one thing I wish I'd done differently about my wedding was to have more music. It was strictly low-budget all the way: afternoon ceremony at my home church, cake and punch in the fellowship hall. Dress from the bridal shop's discontinued-sample rack. Amateur flowers. The soloist was a friend from the choral society. If I'd had my way about it, I'd have spent another $200 on honoraria and had a quartet - and at least one congregational hymn, despite the minister's insistence that a short, unfussy ceremony would be best.

    That was 18 years ago... we're still married. Thanks again for sharing memories and photos with us!

  22. Yes MWS, you are so right! Nothing matters really in a wedding- except maybe music. What really matters is love, not just between those getting married, but also the larger community.


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