TWO YEARS! {Celebrating Our Second Anniversary}

Happy Second Anniversary, hubbs!

Ahhhhhh. It's been two years. I coulda swore it was three years, but I was politely corrected.

I'm bad with dates. Don't judge me.

On the night of our wedding reception we had our guests sign (with permanent marker) five bottles of wine, one to open on each of our upcoming five wedding anniversaries. Last year we had dinner at home with our first bottle of wine and our cake topper.

This year we had our second bottle of wine at home, then walked downtown to one of our favorite little restaurants in Marion, Ramsey's Metro Meat Market.

I also tried on my wedding dress.
Fits like a glove :) 
Manny also helped celebrate our anniversary by staying in bed all day. Lazy ass. 
And, of course, we reminisced about our wedding night and our reception. Allow me to indulge you - -

John and I were married on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 6 p.m. in the evening. The day started like any ordinary day - we both woke up at 5:30 a.m., went to work, came home from work, grabbed a snack, got cleaned up, got hitched, and went to bed around 10:30 p.m.

Well, there were a few details in between that were kinda important.

After I got off work, I went to the salon to have my hair done. I took with me a brooch of my paternal grandmother's, which I wore in my hair. John's sister was my stylist and was sweet enough to squeeze me in for an appointment just before she left for the day.

After my hair appointment, I went home, did my make-up, and got dressed. In addition to my cream and gold-colored dress, I wore my maternal great-grandmother's pearls, a few clearance jewelry items from Von Maur, and a garter my mother made. My dress ($168) was a bridesmaid dress from David's Bridal, and my shoes ($98) were from Von Maur. I know, the shoes were expensive. But I loved them.

John wore a rockin' suit he bought from a local men's clothing store. He was lookin' like Johnny Cash in his black suit, black shirt, and black tie. Love.

By the time I was finished dressing, so was John. We drove three blocks down the street to our town's historic business district, arriving at the Campbell-Steele Art Gallery. We picked this place about three weeks before our wedding. After passing by the gallery nearly every day, we decided it would be the perfect location for our wedding. It was special to us, and it's pretty cool that we can still visit it today.

We met our judge, who would marry us, and our immediate families at the gallery. The owners were wonderful hosts - they waited on us and played awesome jazz music as we arrived. We grabbed a cocktail (yes, the gallery serves alcohol!), socialized, took some candid photos, and got hitched in front of a baby grand piano and a favorite piece of art. While we were married, the Peanut's theme song was playing softly in the background, which we now identify as our wedding song.

My sister and John's best friend (our only non-family member guest) were our witnesses.

After our wedding, we made our way to Cibo, a local restuarant, for dinner. We didn't have reservations, so when our group of about 25 appeared, the staff was kind enough to seat us right away and make us feel welcome. After filling our bellies, everyone went home - and my sister came to our house. Yes, my sister spent the night with us on our wedding night.

But that's because we were leaving for Riviera Maya, Mexico a few hours later for our Honeymoon, and she was our chauffeur. That week in Mexico was wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.

When we arrived back home, we had about three weeks to recuperate before our reception, which was held on New Year's Eve with all of our family and friends. We hired a band, had hors 'd vours, drank, danced and celebrated. It, also, was wonderful. I've never had more fun!

Here's a steamy one for ya!


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