Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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20 years ago found the above starry-eyed, broke kids standing up in front of their nearest and dearest, dressed in meringue and tails, promising to care for, love and provide really good beer to for the rest of their lives. As neither of them could think of anything they'd rather not do more than stand up in front of a couple hundred people and be the center of attention, the whole damned ceremony, from bridesmaids slow-stepping down the aisle to Pachelbel's Canon in D, (I'd always loved the music and this was at least a year before I'd heard ANYONE else use it in their ceremony.) to the last of the bride's train disappearing out the door at the end, took 5 minutes. 10 minutes tops. For real.

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They then went off with those nearest and dearest and ate cake (which they did not smear on each other and the white-white dress and rented tails) and cold cuts (poor, we were) and drank good beer and cheap champagne.

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All while making their very best friends dress in the height of wedding fashion of the late '80s: the tea length, off-the-shoulder dusty rose dress and the morning coat, with cravat. Amazingly, some of those friends still speak to us, although not the majority. If anyone wishes to step forward and identify themselves in the pictures, feel free, otherwise, I'll preserve anonymity. (Hi, Stacy!)

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There was no dancing (including no Chicken Dance), as Charles detested dancing, and the music was initially classical music, followed by a compilation of U2 at the end, on the cassette player of their boom box. (With some of their wedding loot, they bought the first CD player of their lives and a TV. Marvelous Charles was already starting down that long, slippery slope of home electronics obsession.)

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And everyone had their picture taken. A lot.

After that, the two kids, high on champagne, cake and love, went home to stop shaking, open the pile of loot in their skuzzy med school apartment and grin, falling into exhausted sleep. The friends all went to the campus grounds of the happy couple's alma mater, and celebrated more. (The ceremony had been held in the campus chapel and the reception in the law school library.) The friends all got very happy on the leftover champagne and food and some bushes were fertilized with minimally digested cold cuts. We have pictures of that, too, but are holding them in reserve for either a slow blogging day or the reciept of the appropriate blackmail funds.

The next day, the young pair left for a lovely week in Canada (Victoria and Vancouver), where it was very cold and rainy and they bought thick sweaters and their first few CDs for the CD player.

And how'd that all work out?

Swimmingly, thank you. Every morning, Marvelous Charles makes me a latte and asks me how I slept. If he gets up at night (because the dog, she has neeeeeeds, she does), he always shuts the door so the light and noise don't keep me awake. He tells me I'm pretty when I look disgusting. He brings me tea when I'm sick.

In short, much better than that other Charles and Diana. Besides, my Charles is way cuter.

So, happy anniversary to the disgustingly happy couple who still holds hands in public, just to annoy everyone else. We may be revolting, but at least we're revolting together.

Feel free to throw rock-filled rice balls now.

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Anonymous stepping over the junk said...

Sigh. Some day....hey, LOVE the dresses!!! heh heh.

8:02 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Happy Anniversary Diana and Charles!
What "NO Chicken Dance?" I should talk; only 11 friends attended our wedding, I wore a street length dress and the reception was a potluck, aside from the cake! And as to how long the ceremony was; we probably have you tied as it was a courthouse wedding.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Cagey said...

Oh, YOU. *sniff*

I was just going to email you (and Rozanne) to say "wuz up?". Thank you for posting this. Thank you. What a sweet, sweet post, Diana.

P.S. I think you scored the better Charles of the two. :-)

9:01 PM  
Blogger The Rotten Correspondent said...

I would never throw anything at two such happy looking people. Never.

And you forgot that other lovely late 80's color - lavender. I may never hear the end of it. Never.

Happy Anniversary to the Charles and Diana with staying power!!

10:01 PM  
Anonymous Kate W said...

Sigh.. is right! I just want to smoosh the two of you! Happy 20! You are fabulous! AND adorable in your dress and veil! Let me tell you- hold hands! You are obviously doing something right!

10:58 PM  
Blogger moegirl said...

OH MY GOD! Wow, what a surprise to visit your blog and realize it has been 20 years! Congratulations to you and Charles. I was pretty much in awe of your relationship back then, and I'm sure the past 20 years has made it increasingly wonderful. Much love to you and the fashion god.

I truly do not hold the pretty pink bridesmaids dress against you. I remember I was in this bizarre phase of thinking I had horse teeth and was trying to perfect this toothless smile. Sorry, when I look back how silly that was...

Oh thank you for posting these! Allie got quite a kick out of it.

Best wishes for the next 20.

11:31 PM  
Blogger Lioness said...

Oh my, am all sniffly now! 20 years, mazel tov! And the best part is, this is only the beginning of all the decades ahead of you. You're one of my absolute fave couples, you're so cute and adorable and the way it should be, yey!

And you still look so much like you did back then, you're ageing brilliantly, well done! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Hope you partied all the way to Oregon. (or something equivalent.)

4:17 AM  
Blogger Dumdad said...

Happy anniversary!

It looks like you had a great day. Lovely pictures.

Ah, tempus fugit and all that.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Happy Anniversary!!

I love the story of your wedding and the pictures.


7:55 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

The two of you prove that a honeymoon can last a lifetime.

Congrats and the photos were awesome!

11:21 AM  
Anonymous christie said...

OMG, you're so adorably cute! I can't even think of anything snarky to say! You almost (ALMOST!) make me want to do it again some day! Almost.

Congrats to both of you. And I raise a glass of cheap champagne to you and 50 more!

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very special day for all of her family. I will never forget it. But hey, I am her dad.

The Ole RF-er

9:41 PM  
Blogger Janelle said...

WOW! CONGRATULATIONS!!! fantastic 80's documentary...! heh heh...wonderful wonderful..oh and for what its worth i just tagged you....xx bisousxx

3:42 AM  
Blogger Rozanne said...

What a great story!!! And great photos. Those bridesmaid dresses are absolutely classic. I wore one very like them in 1986 except it was more hideous. Hot pink with a sweetheart neckline and a handkerchief hem.

Anyway congratulations to you and Charles! And based on current photos of you, it looks like you haven't aged a bit in 20 years. Amazing!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous DianeCA said...

Congratulations!! I'm glad you are still as cute and happy as you were then. I married in 1988 and those pictures remind me a lot about that wedding, some things were trends that shouldnt be repeated hehehe!!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Ambitious Blonde said...

You guys are doing it right. And when I say "doing it right" I mean "making me think that marriage isn't so terribly heinous after all".

Hope you two crazy kids have many more happy twenties. :)

8:58 PM  
Blogger Jocelyn said...

I feel so much that I know you that I kept expecting to recognize someone in your wedding party. But no, I only have people in my own life who would have been standing in those positions...slightly different but much the same.

Happy anniversary, lovelies.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I'm a little late to this party (having been gone and all), but I loved the pictures, and I love the story. *sniff* I'll remember this the next time I want to murder my adorable and loving husband. *grin* You are a lucky woman.

9:26 AM  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

May I just marvel at the lack of enormous hair? That's the one thing I remember, fortunately I was always hair challenged so the most my hair ever really did was feather.

I loved this story. Yay to you and Marvelous Charles. And hey, at least we don't have to worry about you being chased by papperazzi.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Congrats, Diana and Charles! Doesn't 20 years go fast? Looking back, it is kinda neat to see the dresses we all wore and how very young we look! It was just 28 for us (July 12/80) and we are definitely looking a wee bit older!!! I'm sure you guys won't at our stage though!
Hope you went out on a real date!

12:18 AM  

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