Our Wedding .

Twenty six years ago today I became your bride and you,
my husband.

What was a beautiful friendship for nine years became a walk down the aisle on this day.

With the dawn of October 8, 1983 came a soft rain and grey skies. I thought of the saying, “Happy is the bride the sun shines upon.” I was worried there was no sun to shine on me and this was an inauspicious omen. At 4 o’clock the stained glassed windows brightened and prisms of rainbow light streamed over my bouquet as the procession began.

As I started down the aisle a sudden calmness embraced me that I have yet to explain.

At some point my attention turned from meeting the smiles of our guests as I slowly passed by them to you. As I drew closer you looked at me with a depth of love that was immensely private. It was emotional. Intense. Urgent. Unbelievably joyous. I will remember that moment for the rest of my life.
It still makes my butterflies take flight.

Could you ever have imagined these 26 years would pass by so quickly?

Could you ever have imagined on that day we would have such wonderful sons together?

Would you ever have guessed anniversaries 19 through 25 would be spent on the high school bleachers as band parents and there wouldn’t have been any other place we rather would have been?

Thanks to the announcer of the game who one year proclaimed over the PA system “Congratulations to (Mr. & Mrs. P. Martini) on their anniversary and here’s hoping (Mr. P.M.) gets lucky tonight,”
every subsequent year the booster section would wish us their best, especially you!
It’s always nice to be remembered.

For the first time in 23 years we are back to where we started on anniversaries 1 through 3 – just you and me. Years of feathering our nest on anniversaries has given way to the year of the empty one. How could we have completed this cycle already?
It doesn’t seem possible.

Now we begin another with a rich history shared.

On our 52nd anniversary if you were to reflect and say to me,
“Would you ever have imagined…”

I already know the answer.
It is engraved inside your wedding band.

I have known it from that day forward…
For better, for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish.
It has been a beautiful life.

“You Make Me Feel So Young” ~ Frank Sinatra
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  1. Happy Anniversary!! I hope you have many happy more!

  2. Wow, 26 years?! What is the secret? Ha! Happy anniversary to you and your husband. What great pictures! Enjoy your celebration.

  3. A beautiful and true love, happy 26 years!

  4. That was beautiful! Happy Anniversary! I was an October bride, too…14 years on the 21st.

  5. Happy Anniversary! This made me tear up!

  6. Lady Kate says:

    Happy Anniversary, dear friend! It has been a delight to know you and Mr. P. since before you were married! Your love and emotions are encapsulated so eloquently in your blog. S & I will toast you today, wishing you another 26 years of bliss, with more to follow!

  7. I totally got choked up too! Cheers to you and the Mr.

  8. Beautifully written and a beautiful bride (and groom:-)
    Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. P.M!

  9. This is so beautiful, and it gives me hope about marriage. You have a strong and lovely family and it is so encouraging to read about!

  10. Happy Anniversary!

  11. Happy Anniversary!!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s hoping you have many, many more! We celebrate our 33rd anniversary on the 22nd of October.

    Way to go! Those of us still married know it’s not easy, but it’s surely worth it.

  12. Oh goodness, this has me all misty-eyed and fluttery, it is just so beautiful! Happy-Happy Anniversary Miss Pink Martinis, and many more!

    May your Friday be fabulous,

  13. Your post gave me chills as I read it. Congrats to you and your husband. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness!!
    P.S. I love the part about celebrating your anniversary at the football games.

  14. Happy Anniversary! And you guys look just the same as on your wedding day! Many many more. Hugs, Andrea

  15. Lovely Rita says:

    Your blog made me cry. You are so beautiful inside and out! Wow 26 years! What a beautiful bride you were and Mr.PM was a very handsome groom! Hope the next 26 doesn’t go as fast as the first 26! Much happiness today and forever!

  16. Congratulations to you and Mr. Martini. A lovely post and a lovely family!

  17. Love your bridal portrait and LOVE this post!

  18. OMG what an awesome post!! Wow. I’m speechless. You need to be a writer! Happy (belated) Anniversary to two obviously still madly in love lovebirds!! I can’t get over how much that son of yours (at least the one who just graduated) looks like your husband’s Mini Me!!