Sunday, February 22, 2009

Hummingbirds and Wedding Memories!

When Jim and I celebrate our 20th anniversary later this year, we'll have some beautiful memories of our hummingbird themed wedding. Beginning with our specially designed invitations down to the multitude of frosted glass holders with pink candles at our reception, everything was just perfect...well, almost perfect!

There were a few glitches! For example, our photographer fell asleep at his home and arrived late holding up the ceremony for almost a half hour! To add to the confusion, my daughters just barely made it to the church on time due to having been caught up in traffic. Still the wedding went off without a further hitch.

Until...until we lit the Unity Candle. I didn't realize it at the time. Too excited I guess. But watching the video after the ceremony and early on at the reception, I realized that, after lighting the Unity Candle, I had immediately blown it out! But Jim had swiftly saved the day by relighting!

We received beautiful gifts at the reception, including hummingbird books, Helsinki glass my mother had purchased in Finland, and last but not least a gorgeous music box made especially for us by my daughter-in-law. She had ordered it made with our wedding invitation as the top of the box.

But when we were just about to open it, she made this announcement, "I have to apologize! It's not the tune I ordered. The company said they will replace it for you but I wanted to warn you!"

"Oh, I'm sure it's fine!" I said. But when I tipped the top up, the strains of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" sang out loud and clear! Every wedding guest, family and friend alike, laughed loud and long. To this day, it is the single most outstanding memory of a day highlighted by hummingbirds and, more importantly, the love of family and friends!


  1. Twenty years, wow. You have much to celebrate.

  2. Congratulations.. Thanks for sharing the lovely memories of your wedding 20 years ago..

  3. Congratulations on 20 years!!! Oh, I love your story about your wedding day...the unity candle AND the Battle Hymn of the Republic! What special, sweet and funny memories! Michael and I have some of those, too, from our wedding day. I wouldn't trade those little unplanned suprises now for anything. Our little ring bearer twirled the ring pillow so much that he broke off the little "fake" ring. He sat in the floor to attempt to "fix" it, and announced to his mother (who was one of my attendants and standing on the other side of the alter) AND the entire congration...."I bwoke da wing, mommy." Needless to say, he was the hit of the wedding! I forgot my "reception shoes," and those I wore during the ceremony were just too uncomforable to dance in, so I went barefoot the entire reception! Oh, there are so many fun things to remember! Thanks so much for sharing your memories with me and prompting special thoughts of our own wedding day.


  4. Congratulations.. Thanks for sharing the lovely memories...
    All those little things that happen help make it even more memorable...and you can look back and have a little laugh about it now!

  5. Congrats on your anniversary! And thanks for sharing precious memories with us!

  6. Coralie, thank you for sharing your wonderful wedding memories... those funny moments are little gems to remember! I love that your husband quickly re-lit your unity candle for you ~ so sweet :)

    I so enjoy your family photos along the side of you blog ~ wonderful!

    ~ Angela

  7. Olá, eu do Brasil e venho te dar os parabéns, seu blog é maravilhoso! Sou apaixonada por postcard e fotos antigas, mas aqui no Brasil as pessoas não dão valor para esse tipo coisas antigas. Eu não sei falar e nem escrever em ingles, mas navego pelos blogs feitos aí nos Estados UNidos, são apaixonantes. Ainda bem que existe a internet para que eu possa conhecer coisas tão lindas. PARABÉNS.

  8. I just love your blog.

    Costa Rica