Observations on a wedding, 14 years ago today.
>> Matt and I had a big wedding in a church. Very traditional in almost every respect. My guess is that if we were getting married today, we’d probably tone it way, way down. But it was a good party, and I wouldn’t change it.
>> The reason it was a good party has nothing to do with me. It has to do with a man named James Smoot, or as he’s more commonly known: Jimi Smooth. (See above.) He was the bandleader. The first time I talked to him, he said “Katie, you leave the fun to me.” Which I did. He’s so good that he’s handled the fun for a couple of other friends’ weddings since.
>> I think we were married before weddings became quite as sophisticated as they are now. Or maybe I was just an unsophisticated bride. I bought Martha Stewart magazines, but it was before “The Knot” and custom wedding websites. I didn’t really have a color scheme. I painted my own fingernails. Amazingly, I’m married anyway.
>> Our wedding is probably the last big event that Matt and I have actual, non-digital photographs of. We have picture albums. And VHS tapes. If I wasn’t already aware that I am an old middle-aged person, this would be a good clue. Speaking of age, I was almost 27 and Matt was 28. I thought we were old. I realize now that we were tiny babies.
>> Nerves! I wasn’t nervous to get married, but I was nervous to walk down an aisle in front of people. But once I got into the church it was fine. My shoes weren’t too slippery, and I didn’t really notice all the people, I just noticed all my friends. It’s fun to have all your friends in one place at one time, and a wedding is really one of your only chances for that.
Of course, a wedding is not just about a wedding, it’s about beginning a marriage. I’m not sure anybody really knows what they’re getting into when they start a life together. I couldn’t have imagined where Matt and I would end up (Vermont?) or how lucky we would be (John) or how much we would be facing together. So far, it’s working out just fine. Happy Anniversary, Matt!
OMG, Matt with hair! 🙂
That’s why we needed to get married so young. Needed to lock in these photos before he lost it.