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40 YEARS & HOLDING

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It was quite a day for hubby and I forty years ago ~~~Friday, JULY 1st, 1971. We were married in the little church on Bowen Island where I spent a good part of my childhood. We had a very small wedding as all hubby’s family were in the UK.

It was a lovely sunny day and we had the ‘afters’ in the garden of our home with a salmon bbq prepared by my stepmom (fresh salmon right from the ocean). I made my wedding cake, my best friend from high school days was my matron of honour, and my boss, an ordained minister, conducted the marriage.

There were some amusing moments….
~ we forgot to get flowers for my matron of honour so my stepmom cut some astillbe from her garden, made a bouquet and tied it with a ribbon….problem solved :)
~ I had never made a wedding cake before and didn’t know the purpose of the almond paste (to prevent the discolouring of the fruit coming through to the icing). So on the morning of our wedding we were frantically trying to ‘patch up’ the cake to disguise my mistake :)
~~we even forgot to arrange any music (there was only a pump organ in the church; no piano) but never fear, the cousins saved the day with their special kind of accompaniment (lol)
~
~some of my cousins heard we were getting married and they arrived at the church with their 4 very young children (complete with sand pails and shovels on their way to the local beach) and being young they clanged their way through the service :)
~ my brother-in-law (sister’s hubby) had a terrible cough and on the very poor quality recording of the ceremony his coughs can be heard echoing around the tiny little church :)
~~my dad was choked when asked ‘who gives this woman to be married?’ (but he got through the ceremony despite his emotions) :)
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~ after the ceremony we went to get into our car (hubby driving) and realized as we set off down the road that a pile of tin cans had been tied to the back of our car so we clattered along the road all the way back to my dad’s home (2 miles) :)

Hmmm….I hope I haven’t bored you with all my memories because I’ve got some piccies from our big day to share too…
BOWEN ISLAND UNITED CHURCH

SIGNING THE REGISTER


WEDDING PARTY

AND WE’RE MARRIED

OOPS…no explanation needed…lol…

WITH OUR FRIEND, ROD, THE MINISTER

NOISY DEPARTURE

DAD & I…

DAD, LEAH & I…

MY MATRON OF HONOUR (Ann) and I (astillbe bouquet)…

CUTTING THE WEDDING CAKE

~~STUMP AT ENTRY TO DRIVEWAY TO OUR BOWEN ISLAND HOME (with huckleberry bush) STILL THERE FROM MY CHILDHOOD WHEN WE VISITED IN 2008..

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~SWAN ON THE LAGOON AT BOWEN ISLAND

& finally….JULY 1st is CANADA DAY…so I thought I’d fly the flag (photo was taken in Stanley Park, Vancouver)

It’s taken me ages to prepare this with the photos….if only I weren’t so technically challenged! I’ve had a great time reliving our wedding day all those years ago. Thank you for reading and viewing our photos :) x

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Many congrats to you dear W.lass, these photos and memories are wonderful and I send my love to you both for tomorrow, have a lovely day.

30 Jun, 2011

 

Congratulations and thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed your blog xxx

30 Jun, 2011

 

Congratulations Jacquie and thank you for sharing your lovely wedding pictures and memories, enjoy your special day!!

30 Jun, 2011

 

Congratulations to you both on your anniversary. Some youngsters today should read your blog to see that you don't have to spend thousands to have a happy wedding day and even 'errors and omissions' can be turned into happy memories. Really enjoyed this blog :)

30 Jun, 2011

 

Thank you for sharing such an important day with us J, it looks like you all had great fun even through all the 'incidents'! I really enjoyed all your photos, they were very groovy! and I loved your mini dress, and your beehive! Congratulations to you both, for tomorrow, and next year, and the next...have a special day, love, Libet,x ((hug!))

30 Jun, 2011

 

Many congratulations, Jacquie, on your Ruby Wedding anniversary.

It's amazing how quickly those years seem to fly past isn't it ?

I had my 40th last year and it just doesn't seem possible that you can still be with someone who you met all those years ago, does it ?

Again, my very best wishes to you both. Have a happy day.

30 Jun, 2011

 

Congratulations Jacquie and OH. Really enjoyed looking at your wedding photos, and hearing all about your day. You looked so happy, thanks for sharing your memories with us. Have a lovely day tomorrow.

30 Jun, 2011

 

Congratulations to you both on your special day tomorrow. The years certainly fly past quickly don't they, yet it only seems like a couple of years ago especially when you look back at your photos. I really enjoyed looking through them. Those were the days wern't they Jacquie? I have PM you.

30 Jun, 2011

 

Many congratulations to you both,on your Ruby Wedding Day,Jacquie..a lovely blog and pics to see,this morning.:o)
Wow,the hairdo and mini ,takes me back !Hope you have lots more to come..the Bouquet looks great..and nice we have the technology to show our old pics on here,isn't it ?
Wouldn't know how to start doing that,clever you ! xx

1 Jul, 2011

 

Many Congratulations and ... thanks for a lovely blog!

1 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulations to you both....Hope you have a lovely day today. Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding photo's with us...loved hearing about it..:-))

1 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulations! Have a great day.

1 Jul, 2011

 

how lovely to share the great memories - lovely blog Whistonlass -astillbe bouquet - great choice !!!

1 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulations on your Ruby wedding anniversary, lovely blog and photos, its the memories that make it special too!

1 Jul, 2011

 

Ah, congratulations!! That description is of a REAL wedding isn't it? All the mishaps and special memories and laughter....much better than everything being 'Hello Mag.' perfection! And the best bit of all is you are still loving one another after all these years! Fantastic! Made me smile, I loved it, not a word of it was 'boring'! :)) Thanks for sharing your memories....and your photos!

1 Jul, 2011

 

Loved your blogg Wistonlass, your day like mine had it's moments of humour and thats what makes the and what memories made of. And memories are for sharing.

1 Jul, 2011

 

Happy Ruby wedding anniversary Jacquie! I loved the blog lovely wedding all the better for being relaxed I think, loved the bouquet too! It will be ours in 2 years time where do the years go?

1 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulation Jacquie to you and your husband. I love the photos and find the church very romantic. I hope you both have a fantastic day today, full of happiness and hope you both have good health for years and years to come.

1 Jul, 2011

 

thanks so much for sharing your lovely pictures and memories.. It was a real pleasure reading your blog...Hope you are doing something really nice to celebrate your anniversary today!!
I hope my Hubby and I have 40 years and more ,we are on 18yrs this Sept ..

1 Jul, 2011

 

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to Southport we go :) Neither of us have had a decent night's sleep last night so not going to venture too far afield. Southport is always a welcoming place and only about 45 mins. away. I guess sleepless nights are indicative of the price of 40 yrs. of marriage...lol

Thank you for your good wishes. We will enjoy our day together.

1 Jul, 2011

 

congratulations on your Ruby wedding aniversary Winstonlass!
I really enjoyed looking at this, your dad looks pleased as punch bless him.
You reminded me it's my brothers 10th wedding aniversary on the 7th july, i'm gonna get tesco to deliver them a tin of biscuits, get it 'tin' lol.
People spend far to much on weddings these days, a small intimate affair like yours is so much more personal, it's the way i'm gonna do things (when i find some one to have me hahaha)
Once again Congrats and thanks for sharing, hope you have a lovely time away.

1 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulations to you both, lovely memories.

1 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulations from me too:) Enjoy your special day!

1 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulations.....on your 40th.... : O )

1 Jul, 2011

 

congrats from me and baz jacquie, loved your trip down memory lane and so enjoyed seeing the pics, happy day :o)) and many more to come xx

1 Jul, 2011

 

loved your blog. congratulations. lol at the bit about the children with their buckets and spades :o))

1 Jul, 2011

 

Awww.....you're all so kind with your comments. Pleased I could share our photos with you.

Hubby and I are really tired tonight after all the walking around in Southport....but it's a nice tired :) I don't think there will be any problems with sleeping tonight...lol
We'll be asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow after all the walking and fresh air! It's been a lovely, relaxed day for us.

Claire....tinned biscuits....a perfect pressie :)

1 Jul, 2011

 

Many congratulations from me too! loved the blog were does all the time go? lovely memories :-)))

1 Jul, 2011

 

congratulations wlass, i loved your picture story and especially the bucket and spade touch!

2 Jul, 2011

 

Awwwww...many Congratulations from me too xxx
Happy (belated) Anniversary to both of you...and Happy Canada Day for yesterday :)

2 Jul, 2011

 

Well done on 40 years of marrage...what a lovely blog. buckets and spade....hurried posy....cake cover up..its what makes weddings special...:-)

4 Jul, 2011

 

How did I miss this Wlass, but belated congratulations anyway. Thoroughly enjoyed your thoughts and photos they expressed the happiness and joy of the occassion perfectly.

5 Jul, 2011

 

I agree with everything Stroller has said, he put it down beautifully..:))) Congratulations!! :)))))

5 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks again...it's such a treat to read all your comments :)

My circle of friends on GoY just keeps growing and growing! Just as the gardening results I keep reading about on all your great blogs. We have a cooler day today which I am welcoming with open arms...it was so hot here yesterday and we were out shifting topsoil and cutting grass most of the afternoon in all the heat.

Happy gardening friends.

5 Jul, 2011

 

Really enjoyed seeing your wedding day photos, Jacquie, and smiled at the way you overcame the mishaps! I remember you teling me about the Astilbes a while ago, quick thinking on the day. Here's to many more years together for you both. : o ))

5 Jul, 2011

 

Good going, Shirley, for remembering about the astilbes:)
Thanks for your good wishes.

5 Jul, 2011

 

: o )))

5 Jul, 2011

 

It was lovely to read all about your special day, Whist, made me smile (and well done for getting all those photos "on"!). May you have many more years of fun together!

6 Jul, 2011

 

Thanks Sheilabub....I seem to have finally cracked the photo challenge! lol Here's to more fun years together, as you say :)

6 Jul, 2011

 

A bit late Whiston but congratulations to you and Hubby anyway, I enjoyed seeing your photo`s and reading about your day, matter of fact it was our 44th anniversary on July Ist and we celebrated by travelling to Wales for my nephews wedding, you could say we spent the whole weekend celebrating.....

6 Jul, 2011

 

Happy Anniversary ! :o))
Sorry it's late but I'm being the cow's tail again ....
It's nice to look back at old photos and remember happy days :o)

6 Jul, 2011

 

Me too Hywel, I'm never going to catch up...Anyway better late than never....

Many happy memories you've shared there Lass, congrats to you both... :))) many thanks for sharing...x

7 Jul, 2011

 

Lincs....and so congratulations on your 44th wedding anniversary are in order :) 1st July was quite a day for us both.

Thanks Hywel and Crissue...I'm glad you enjoyed sharing our wedding day memories. I know just how you feel at viewing blogs/photos and being 'the cow's tail' as Hywel says! lol Not heard that expression before but I think we all understand the frustration of falling so far behind in GoY blogs etc. Can't be helped and we get there eventually. :)

7 Jul, 2011

 

That was a quick sex change op then Michaella, I`m a her not an he.lol.

7 Jul, 2011

 

What wonderful photos and a very Happy Anerversary

7 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely of you to comment Sixpence....thank you for your good wishes. Stroller...well spotted :) lol

7 Jul, 2011

 

Your welcome Whistonlass, not many can say they ve been married for 40 years now a days.

7 Jul, 2011

 

I'm the cow's tail Hywel (accused of that when I was a timid, tiny cadet nurse by a very fearsome sister) Congrats on your 40th Whistonlass and your laid back wedding piccies......clever to get them on GoY too. Hope you enjoy many more years of wedded bliss....as they say. Easy to remember what year you had your garden so beautifully made over.

7 Jul, 2011

 

congratulations on your anniversary , thanks for sharing your memories

7 Jul, 2011

 

Sixpence...it is a pretty good innings these days as you say, 40 years. Thank you.

Dorjac...I hadn't thought about it being our 40th and also the year we got our garden at last (never put the two happy happenings together...lol). A good point you have made :)

Pondlady, glad you enjoyed our wedding day memories :)

7 Jul, 2011

 

:o)) Your welcome Whistonlass it is a very good innings :o))

10 Jul, 2011

 

I'm even further behind the Coos tail Whistonlass. Lovely memories of a very happy day. It is wonderful to have shared the joys and sorrows of the last 40 years together and come out smiling and happy.

20 Jul, 2011

 

Yes, Scotsgran....where do the years go? Certainly happy years, through all the ups and downs of raising a family, running our business...and now the reward of a happy retirement :)

21 Jul, 2011

 

As the cow's tail has been taken, I will be the horse's tail! Jacquie, I cant believe I missed this (thank goodness for your Summerhouse blog!), but obviously a lovely, happy day. Your smile hasnt changed one bit!!
A great day to choose too, Canada Day, something to hold on to and bring back memories of home. The happiness shines thru in these lovely pictures and OH and I wish you many, many more years of it.
Its a Pearl for OH and I in October..the best 30 years of my life and I can see that you know what I mean!
Belated best wishes my dear..lots of hugs xxxx

22 Jul, 2011

 

Lovely words from you, M....those years have flown by for us. And you can celebrate 30 years of marriage in October which is a great milestone too. Yes, Canada Day is always a special day for us and evokes great memories.

Glad you came across the blog about our summer house. I am very excited to have that in situ and I can have an ongoing project to dream into reality :)

22 Jul, 2011

 

Congratulations to you both, lovely memories. It brought back memories of ours in July 1970. I think I spotted the garter in the 2nd pic where you were signing the register.!! You looked lovely and everyone so relaxed and happy. It's so nice to hear of marriages that stand the test of time. None of my friends are with their first husband. I feel so lucky to have found a soul mate as you did. May you have many more years together and may you always find pleasure in each others company.
xxx

30 Jul, 2011

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