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Monday, May 25, 2009

10th Anniversary

This year Michael and I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary, May 23, 1999. About a year ago I said to Michael I want to do something really special for our 10th Anniversary, we should really celebrate it because 10 years is a long time and we are still crazy about each other, you don't always see that in couples today, especially after 4 kids. So I suggested we renew our wedding vows. Which he said NO, we went on a huge vacation (we spent a week at Disney) and we are having our 4th child, the expense alone will be a bit much. So about 6 weeks ago, he says to me well I've been trying to plan this whole surprise wedding vow renewal ceremony and I can't do it without your help. I was very excited, not just that he changed his mind, but that we was actually trying to surprise me with it (although a little scary at the thought of him doing it without my help, you would have thought he would know better than since I'm such a control freak). How do you plan a party like that in 6 short weeks, to make matters worse, don't know if you this but... raising 4 kids a little crazy and overwhelming at times. So we called a few places, we knew we wanted something quaint and small, not a big hall or party place and we found this place on - line. The Old Angler's Inn, in Potomac, Maryland. It's mostly an out door restaurant, so you could say we were taking a gamble on the weather. It has some indoor area but we liked the out door space they have called the Beer Garden. Open area plenty of space for the kids to run and play, very important. Well as you know life gets in the way so we wound up not putting all our efforts into it until about 2 weeks ago and then we had to rush to put stuff together. However, I had to keep reminding myself that the day wasn't about the menu or the invitations or the flowers but the fact that I was renewing my vows with Michael, and at the end of the day as long as we were there with the kids it was all going to be great. I love being married to Michael he is just an awesome husband and father. He always tries his best to put our needs before his own and I know that God specifically picked him for me, and for that I am so thankful. So remembering that he is my husband and he loves me no matter what put it all into perspective. Of course arriving back from the salon at 11:30 when we are about to leave in 15 minutes not being dressed or having any make up on, or spending the entire week running around getting stuff like flower arrangements, dresses for the girls, shoes for me and being sick (both Michael and I have colds) was definitely not a highlight. What was a highlight was standing there with my wonderful husband who loves me emmensly and saying our vows before our family and some friends. Of course in the chaos I cannot believe we did not get one photo with any of our parents or my brother and sister. How crazy was that.

My friend Marirosa took pictures of us before hand.

We wanted to make sure the kid were involved since they are a big part of this.
Jordan wanted to know when our next wedding was going to be.

Love the things you can do with Picnik.
The kids had plenty of space to run and play.
Javier our best man at our wedding, he and his wife just moved back into town 2 months ago, it was so special to have him and his lovely wife Lisa there to share in our special day.. again.
Then we ate.My sweet boy.

The cake Michael made for our event, whimsical like us.

I love this picture of my brother and Jaden he just passed out poor little boy.

My anniversary present from Michael.


Renee said...

Wow, looks like an amazing day. It's very sweet that Michael wanted to try to surprise you with it. Wish we could have been there to celebrate with you guys!

Julie said...

what a beautiful day and a wonderful thing to do, that is such a blessing. Looks like everyone had a great time and praise God the weather was good! Love the fact he wanted to surprise you!!!

Courtney said...

what a beautiful day and couple!!! love your dress :-) you look exquisite!!!

Jenkins said...

That is absolutely amazing. It seemed like a beautiful day.

Megan said...

Oh, now you make me want to renew my vows this year too! What a great day. What a beautiful bride! Gorgeous hair, gorgeous dress, wonderful last minute makeup, beautiful spirit! Thanks for posting all the photos. And kudos to Michael on the nice ring!

kristen said...

How awesome was this?? Congrats on 10 years and still being crazy about each other! It looks like a beautiful event - fun had by all!! you looked like a beautiful bride all over again, michelle!