My husband & I kissing on our wedding day in front of Lake Tahoe

Eighteen years ago today, my husband and I married. That’s beautiful Lake Tahoe behind us. Still in love after all these years. I love my husband most of all for being a loving father to our son. Yes, he adores me. That goes without question. He’s devoted, hard-working, good looking, and smart. I’m blessed to have him as my spouse.

My mother and I made that dress. I ended up doing much of the work. The dress had to be lined, so in effect we made two dresses. The fabric required tiny French seams on both dress and lining and a hand-sewn rolled hem. The lace was too delicate to support the dress, so the bodice had to be lined with a fine mesh – again with barely visible French seams. The fabric was a delicate, iridescent, light-weight jersey that clung and showed every imperfection, so it had to be precisely and flawlessly sewn.

Just noticed – I didn’t yet have a turkey neck. Those were the days, back when I was in my thirties, and my age had not yet begun to show.


45 responses to “Happy Anniversary”

  1. Thank you, Julie!

  2. Your dress was lovely and you sewing skills are impressive. Wishing you many happy years more.

  3. I didn’t either, until I had to do them in order to get the dress to work. It was a learning process.

  4. Wow–sewing a wedding dress–wow. I didn’t know there were things called French seams. Of course, me and needles never got along. Beautiful photo and CONGRATULATIONS!

  5. Thank you so much.

  6. Happy Anniversary! Your dress is beautiful, as are you. Bless you and your husband in your marriage <3

  7. Congratulations Kitt!

  8. Thank you, Indah.

  9. Happy Anniversary Kitt! What a beautiful photo and also dress! Wow, you and your mom made it, that makes it even more special. Hope you have a wonderful one 🙂

  10. What a sweet photo, happy anniversary! 🙂

  11. Happy Anniversary!

  12. I do hope you feel better soon 🙂 And your dinner sounds delicious! Happy Anniversary again 😀

  13. I felt under the weather, so we ordered salmon kebab take-out and are relaxing watching River Monsters on TV. Pretty much a typical evening for us.

  14. Thank you, Ellen.

  15. Thank you! Same with you two!

  16. You’re very welcome! Hope you and your hubby had a wonderful day!

  17. Thanks! How are we celebrating? Watching River Monsters on TV. Hah!

  18. Thank you, Ericka!

  19. Happy Anniversary, Kitt. Such a perfect setting for your lovely photo. And the dress is fabulous.It’s so nice to hear marital success stories. ☺ Van

  20. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, KITT! A happy marriage ? is a true sacrament– one of the best blessings on earth. May you have many, many more happy years together! ellen

  21. I love nothing better than a great love story. Congratulations on your anniversary and thanks for sharing yours!

  22. Beautiful then and now! Happy Anniversary <3

  23. Wow!! Congrats!! Such a wonderful milestone!


  25. Thank you, Angie!

  26. Congratulations! Precious photo, just lovely. Your bouquet is stunning…so happy 😀

  27. Happy Anniversary! Happy eighteen years together!

  28. Of course! Perfection is an illusion. But you’ve weathered all storms together and have a profound relationship as a result. That’s wonderful and I wish you the best as you continue to set a great example for your kids on what a real marriage is. 🙂

  29. Thank you, Marie. One of my co-workers at the time thought that it was a backdrop, like a movie green-screen. Those of us who had been to Lake Tahoe let him know that it really is that beautiful. The storm clouds made the photo extra special. It rained after our wedding.

  30. Yes. Not every hour, day, month, or even year is happy. We’ve been through difficult times together. It has made our marriage stronger. We are more in love now and appreciate each other more now. It helps that neither of us have ever strayed. Trust is key.

  31. Wow Happy Anniversary Kitt, indeed that picture is so sublime. Like a movie scene in one of those good ol days … All the best to you all

  32. Beautiful! Happy anniversary! So lovely to hear someone speak so highly of their spouse after so long together. Makes me have faith in marriage. Many blessings!

  33. I will email….tx for remembering!

  34. Thank you so much.

  35. Thank you, Michelle!

  36. How did lunch go? You can email your response.

  37. Thank you! and Happy Birthday to your brother.

  38. Happy Anniversary and many years of happiness to follow.

  39. Sounds like a real keeper. I’m very happy for you enjoy your special day and may you be blessed with many many more.

  40. Happy Anniversary, dear friend! I forgot to tell you yesterday this is also my only sibling’s birthday – it’s a special day! From now on, I’ll always consider May 18th as being twice as special.

    I LOVE the photo of you in Tahoe & your dress is gorgeous.
    Have a wonderful celebration!!!!


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