Monday, September 5, 2016

A 1950s WEDDING AND A COMMITMENT

It's time again for my annual post on our wedding anniversary.  I can't believe how fast this date just keeps rolling around --- celebrating 58 years this time!!
How fortunate we are to have had very few trials and tribulations along the way, and to be in fairly good health now that we are older.  We thank God every day.

There was a lot of preparation for our wedding day, but I don't remember that Bob was involved in the planning.  In those days, a wedding and reception was organized by the bride and her mother.   

Most weddings back in our small hometown in 1958 were simple.  The ceremony was short: a song by a soloist about true love in Christ,  an exchange of vows, and a few short words about commitment.  And, then we were off.
 Our wedding was fairly large with 300 guests,  but refreshments were kept to a minimum -- cake, punch, nuts, and mints. 
 We had the reception at my parent's home.  Even though the house was large,  I was still grateful that the sun was shining that day for the overflow into my parent's beautiful yard. 
In planning, I remember Mother and I having a small disagreement about the plates.  
I was adamant about not wanting paper plates.  So, Mother gave in and hired kitchen help to wash all of her many Fostoria plates to keep them available during the reception.  Not an easy job for 300 guests.  I'm sure that when my back was turned, some guests got a paper plate. Yes, I was a spoiled, only child; but Mother knew how to get around me!!

As we all know, a beautiful wedding does not necessarily make a great marriage.  But, those reminders about love in Christ and commitment to each other have worked for us. 
Happy 58th Anniversary to us!!

Since there are no color photos of our wedding, here is a 
little color added to this otherwise black and white post:
I just finished a Fall table runner to use this Autumn.  The colors were inspired by my great-grandmother's punch bowl.

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15 comments:

bj said...

what great photos...Happy Anniversary to the both of you....
we, too, have been blessed with a long marriage, very little trials along the way and we thank God every single day for the health, family, love we all share...

Jan said...

Wonderful pictures! Happy Anniversary!

srpprcrftr said...

58 years together says so much for you and your hubs, so happy for you. So glad to hear your lives have been pretty good all this time. Does it seem to you life was so much simpler then? How familiar the clothes, cars, hairdos are, almost like yesterday. Loved all your photos, your dress was gorgeous.
Altho ours is 2nd. marriage for both of us we'll be married 48 years 11/30. Have had our trials and tribulations but have settled into retirement peacefully, kick back at home, enjoying our grandkids and furry kidz. We're both in pretty good health and hope same for you two. All in all when it comes down to it what else really matters?
God bless you both.

Trisha said...

Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a beautiful wedding and have a wonderful marriage!

~Trisha

Connie said...

Thanks for sharing your precious wedding picture I remember that time too.

Jann Olson said...

I love your wedding photos you spoiled little thing! lol! I was the youngest of 8 and pretty darn spoiled as well. Your gorgeous runner is perfect with your grannies punch bowl!
hugs,
Jann

Molly said...

Happy Anniversary to you, those pictures are so great. I love your dress

Mollyxxx

Alycia said...

Happy Anniversary - those pictures are amazing!!! 58 years is quite awesome too!!!

Valerie Roberts said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful post. I read every word and looked at each picture. What a love story.

A Romantic Porch said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I just absolutely love this wedding story and the darling photos. Weddings have gotten so different in the last several years. Wnen I talk to brides now as I work on their dresses, it is interesting to hear what they say.

Darlene Gardner said...

Happy Anniversary - 58 years doesn't happen much these days. I loved your pretty fall runner and bowl.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

58 years is a lot to be proud of! I enjoyed seeing your wedding photos. I can't quite imagine having such a large wedding but it must have been amazing. Happy Anniversary! Visiting from Tablescape Thursday.

Curtains in My Tree said...


How wonderful. I love seeing your wedding pictures .
I think wedding were much more sincere back in the 1950's.

Happy Anniversary for sure.

Art and Sand said...

Happy Anniversary!

Thanks for sharing with SYC.

The Charm of Home said...

How beautiful your wedding was! I have those Fostoria plates and they are nice for a wedding!Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!