My husband, Kirk, asked me to marry him on Saturday, September 13, 1980. Linda Ronstadt and The Muppet Movie records were playing. He asked me to marry him at his home at the time, which was perfect as I am not a fan of public displays.
My engagement diamond was his grandmother's. It was a beautiful, old cut, round solitaire. Kirk had it reset in a white gold setting with a matching wedding band. It was a very simple setting, which I loved.
Our wedding took place six months later in March of 1981. Kirk was going to be attending graduate school in the summer of 1981 and we wanted to get married before he went, so we decided on a Spring Break wedding. Can you tell we were teachers at the time?
The Michigan weather, in March, can be anything from a blizzard to an ice storm to rain. We lucked out. The morning started out a little chilly, but by the 5:30 p.m. service the sun was shining through the 'Jesus praying at the Garden of Gethsemane' stained glass window on the altar of St. John's Lutheran Church, Palms, Michigan.
Our marriage ceremony was a traditional Lutheran ceremony with scripture readings, vows, exchange of rings, lighting unity candle, prayers and benediction. Music selected by Kirk and I was sung by a family friend, Richard Klaus. I wonder if my choice of musical theatre songs was a sign that our children would like musical theatre, one of them anyway. I love it when I hear "Sunrise, Sunset", "Wedding Song", or "Day by Day", it takes me back. And I love to hear "The Lord's Prayer" sung.
My attendants included my sister, Linda, as matron of honor; my sister, Nancy; Kirk's sister, Joanne; and my best friend, Mary.
52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin, of the We Tree blog, is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.