21 years ago I got a marriage proposal that went something like this: Jay to me over the phone (one that was still wired to a wall) : So, do you think you can get off work early Friday?  Me: I don't know, why? Jay: Well, since we don't have kids this weekend, I thought we could go to Norman and get married. Me: Oh, okay. I'll ask.  I'm NOT kidding. That's pretty much how it went. So, on February 3, 1989, I took the afternoon off and we drove to Norman, Oklahoma to get married. It was exciting! We didn't tell a soul. When we got to the courthouse, it had been sleeting and was getting icy and they were sending people home early and we barely wrangled up a judge to marry us! It was in this judge's chambers that I first met Greg and Jennifer Hopeman - who were Jay's college friends. They stood up for us.  We had dinner with them and stayed over at their house that night before heading off to our "honeymoon" at the horse races on Saturday and then back home with a quick stop at Service Merchandise to get our wedding rings and move our households together and tell our kids we got married and we were all going to live together now and be a family. That was the FUN part. This is the FUNNY part - I am very close to my sister.  So, I call her on Sunday as usual and she asks - what'd you do this week? I say - well, I got married and she starts laughing and says "Me too!" She was supposed to get married in April but they got tired of all the wedding stuff so they eloped to Miami, OK and got married at Laverne's Wedding Chapel 3 days before we went to Norman, and neither of us told the other one before.  It was really funny but I guess you had to be there, huh? So, I guess the point I'm trying to make is, even though I didn't have a wedding to speak of, my wedding day holds special memories for me and so does my sister's for her. The one thing I can honestly say we do miss is the photographs - or lack thereof. Neither she nor I have any photographs of our wedding days and it just really makes me a little sad because I wore a kick-ass Calvin Klein silk skirt, blouse and a hand painted silk man's necktie (I did say 1989) and the cutest little boots! My sister wore a black leather mini skirt and boots to her wedding! We were young, cute and skinny and had big hair and not one picture for either of us!  It makes me realize that what I do is a real blessing and how important it is to people to have a recorded memory of that day, even if it's just an elopement.  Happy Anniversary, Honey! I love you and would marry you in Norman, Oklahoma in an ice storm all over again! (but this time I'd get someone GREAT to take pictures! Like Sarah Rhoads ... Oh, wait she was 3 years old maybe) At least she can take our photos now.   Here's a couple of images taken of us this past September in Seattle by Sarah Rhoads Photography. We aren't young, cute or skinny anymore but we are still in love and these photos mean the world to me.  xxooDunham_Family-1121.jpgDunham_Family-1010.jpg  
21 years ago I got a marriage proposal that went something like this: Jay to me over the phone (one that was still wired to a wall) : So, do you think you can get off work early Friday?  Me: I don't know, why? Jay: Well, since we don't have kids this weekend, I thought we could go to Norman and get married. Me: Oh, okay. I'll ask.  I'm NOT kidding. That's pretty much how it went. So, on February 3, 1989, I took the afternoon off and we drove to Norman, Oklahoma to get married. It was exciting! We didn't tell a soul. When we got to the courthouse, it had been sleeting and was getting icy and they were sending people home early and we barely wrangled up a judge to marry us! It was in this judge's chambers that I first met Greg and Jennifer Hopeman - who were Jay's college friends. They stood up for us.  We had dinner with them and stayed over at their house that night before heading off to our "honeymoon" at the horse races on Saturday and then back home with a quick stop at Service Merchandise to get our wedding rings and move our households together and tell our kids we got married and we were all going to live together now and be a family. That was the FUN part. This is the FUNNY part - I am very close to my sister.  So, I call her on Sunday as usual and she asks - what'd you do this week? I say - well, I got married and she starts laughing and says "Me too!" She was supposed to get married in April but they got tired of all the wedding stuff so they eloped to Miami, OK and got married at Laverne's Wedding Chapel 3 days before we went to Norman, and neither of us told the other one before.  It was really funny but I guess you had to be there, huh? So, I guess the point I'm trying to make is, even though I didn't have a wedding to speak of, my wedding day holds special memories for me and so does my sister's for her. The one thing I can honestly say we do miss is the photographs - or lack thereof. Neither she nor I have any photographs of our wedding days and it just really makes me a little sad because I wore a kick-ass Calvin Klein silk skirt, blouse and a hand painted silk man's necktie (I did say 1989) and the cutest little boots! My sister wore a black leather mini skirt and boots to her wedding! We were young, cute and skinny and had big hair and not one picture for either of us!  It makes me realize that what I do is a real blessing and how important it is to people to have a recorded memory of that day, even if it's just an elopement.  Happy Anniversary, Honey! I love you and would marry you in Norman, Oklahoma in an ice storm all over again! (but this time I'd get someone GREAT to take pictures! Like Sarah Rhoads ... Oh, wait she was 3 years old maybe) At least she can take our photos now.   Here's a couple of images taken of us this past September in Seattle by Sarah Rhoads Photography. We aren't young, cute or skinny anymore but we are still in love and these photos mean the world to me.  xxooDunham_Family-1121.jpgDunham_Family-1010.jpg  


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Shae says:

You guys are tooo precious! So good to meet you tonight at the Wine Event :)

(02.07.10 @ 12:58 AM)