Nine years ago today was the absolute happiest day of my life. I married The One with all my loving family and friends surrounding us. I knew he was The One from the moment he walked into the pub in Oxfordshire in 1995. Yet he wasn't my usual type at all - I always fancied muscular, bronzed surfers with long blonde hair. A pale, skinny Yorkshireman with mousey short hair wasn't quite what I imagine myself falling in love with. But I did.
It's been a rollercoaster ride, we've gone through the ups and downs, trials and tribulations like any couple but I am pleased and so proud that we've reached our Tin Anniversary. A long way before our Ruby Wedding though!
I didn't look my best when we first met, I was quite grungey, smoked like a trooper and NEVER brushed my hair. I tried to play the didgeridoo (very badly) and was really into indie music (all the reasons he fell for me, the weirdo!)
|A BAD hair day in 1996! |
But trying to impress with my blowing techniques. Ahem...
|Romance just outside Paris, Oct 2002|
|With my beloved Nan and Bamps. Rest in peace, both of you.|
|Can't believe my bridesmaids are now well into their teens...I feel old.|
|Spot KMMMS and Cuckoo either side of me!|
|Man from C&A!!!|
|A gust of wind caught his hair, bless him (note old fashioned oval frame!)|
|This was a pic of us when we lived in Darwin, Australia. We would sit and watch the sunset and dream.|
The husband used this photo in a gorgeous photo album he had printed for me at Christmas.
Our anniversary is always tinged with sadness for me though, as it was the day Soham victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman's bodies were finally found. I remember arriving at our evening do on a high and ready to party, when I overheard the news. I will never forget that feeling of utter emptiness, we'd all prayed they would be found alive and well.
Also I am thinking about the poor bride out in the Seychelles at the moment. How can her husband be dead? They only married ten days ago. Things like this make me feel very fortunate for my lot. She must have been so happy on her wedding day, planning the future.
I am celebrating our anniversary on my own tonight as the husband is working, but I am counting my lucky stars at the same time.