Wednesday, February 9, 2011

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

On this day nine years ago today our daughter Amber was married to our fabulous son-in-law Dylan. I think we had the most wonderful wedding. It was planned in about 3 1/2 weeks but you wouldn't have known it if you were there. We had it at The Mission Inn in Riverside. (we didn't live in Riverside at the time)
 
Dylan was in the service, Marines, and was serving time overseas when 9/11 happened. They decided that they didn't want to wait until he was out of the service and planned on getting married on his next leave. Well until they tell you you have leave you can't really plan anything. He came home the following January.

On January 12, 2002 they got engaged so we worked quickly to get plans going for their wedding. He wasn't in town very long. We never thought we could do a wedding at The Mission Inn but because they had an opening in February that they wanted to get booked they gave us a great deal. We only invited around 50 people because of the lack of time. Bought her dress, got the flowers, got the DJ and got the photographer. It all turned out amazing. We did end up having Santa Ana winds that day but other then that it was perfection. (this entire wedding cost approx. $15,000. but it really was a dream wedding)

Also in those 3 1/2 weeks, since we had people coming to town who had never been to our house, we decided to do a few upgrades too. We had our kitchen floor tiled, we got new carpeting in the entire house, we had our eaves outside painted, painted our bedroom and got new bedroom furniture!! It is amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. Actually I wouldn't have wanted to do it any other way, dragging it out for a year or more. Decisions had to be made and they were!

Dylan bought this for Amber for their Anniversary

33 comments:

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Happy Anniversary......Blessings

Michele said...

awe! happy anniversary!!

LynnMarie said...

Happy Anniversary. WOW you got a lot done in 3 1/2 weeks - guess you didn't sleep at all!

Deb said...

wow that's awesome...we planned our wedding in a couple of weeks...had a nice home wedding...and will celebrate our 28th anniversary on the 19th of this month...Congrats to your kiddos..

Kristie said...

Happy Anniversary to them! The pictures are beautiful!! :-)

Holli Taylor said...

How gorgeous!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

WOWZER sounds like a dream wedding with the same budget! HOLY moly my dear for 50 ppl and $15K I bet the food was amazing!!!

She looks gorgeous!!! Love her anniversary gift.

xinex said...

Wow! People plan weddings a year in advance and they don't turn as nice as this. Good job, Debby! Happy anniversary to your daughter and her hubby...Christine

Headless Mom said...

I remember that I was so sad that I couldn't go. A 2yo and a newborn. Still regret not making that happen.

Love to them both!

CRY said...

What a neat gift to give them, they will love it!

Nezzy said...

Here's sendin' our beautiful Amber and the love of her life a very Happy Anniversary, may this just be the beginnin' of their love story.

God bless and have a wondersul day sweetie!!!

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary to Amber and Dylan!

The Mission Inn looks stunning.

edshunnybunny said...

It's amazing what you can accomplish in a couple of weeks, isn't it? I'm amazed that you got in the home renovations as well!!! It looks like it was a beautiful wedding. Congrats to the happy couple!

blueviolet said...

This is wonderful!!! Happy Anniversary to the lovebirds!

Stella said...

What a wonderful memory. Can't believe all you accomplished in such a small amount of time.

Amy said...

Great wedding. I have seen that place before. Happy Anniversary.. What a nice gift. Thanks we will have fun will have a great time with my family.

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

Happy Anniversary. Trish

Missy said...

Happy Anniversary - beautiful photos!

Nichol said...

It sounds like they had an amazing day! Happy anniversary to the both of them on their special day!

Technodoll said...

Yes that's right - when you set your mind to something and have a tight deadline, it gets the adrenaline flowing!

The wedding looks like it was divine.

Who needs more?

:-)

Dysfunctional Mom said...

It looks beautiful! Happy Anniversary to them!

Dena E's Blog said...

Wow Sis,, what stunningly GORGEOUS wedding photos!!!
Thanks for all the notes ... You're in my heart, thoughts and prayers~~~Blessings and love from our LORD above~~~Hugs Dena

nancygrayce said...

All I can say is wow! You're superwoman! The wedding was absolutely gorgeous and to get all that work done in your house at the same time! Whew! Impressive!

Libbie said...

Happu Anniversary to the lovely couple! & they are totally LOVELY!!! Those wedding picture are gorgeous! & thanks to your son in law for serving! What an important job!!!!!!!!!

I love a good wedding/love story & this certianly is one! Glad to get to read it! & what a cool gift too! Very thoughtful guy!

Laura said...

Ah! Happy Anniversary! What beautiful pics! The church looks simply beautiful!!! I am impressed with all you got done- maybe we should marry off Ali jane soon... but then she's only six... tee hee hee!
Hugs-
L

Mary said...

Beautiful! And, I know what the Santa Ana winds are from the movie "The Holiday"! Happy Anniversary to your daughter!

EmptyNester said...

We paid a smidge over that for Breezy's wedding...it was a great time but OUCH. LOL Happy anniversary to the happy couple!

Together We Save said...

Oh that is so sweet!! Hope they have a Happy Anniversary!!

Sonya said...

great pictures. it looks like it was a beautiful wedding.

jayayceeblog said...

Happy Anniversary to the happy couple. When you don't have time to fool around with decisions, some of the best results happen. Sounds like the perfect wedding and it's awesome to get house stuff done quickly, too!

Brandy@YDK said...

What a great story. It looks like a lovely wedding.

Holly said...

Happy Anniversary to them!

Chatty Crone said...

Beautiful wedding.

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