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Before the kiss

August 20, 2010

I’ve been tracking this sunflower, trying to catch it just before it bloomed, in the momentary pause before it rolled out its yellow petal runways for the honeybees.

I think our wedding photographer felt the same way, trailing Dan and me through the aspen grove, trying to imprint forever on film the moment just before the kiss, which he claimed was much classier, photographically speaking.

And there it is, just before the kiss, eight years ago this week. And yes, we were wearing deer skin (Dan sewed his vest, I had my top made by a local seamstress. My amazingly talented friend Kristi beaded the straps). And no, our eyeglasses didn’t get hooked together shortly after this kiss, which has, er, happened. And yes, Dan is probably canceling our internet now.

*** we celebrated our eight year anniversary (15 years together – history here) by leaving the kids with Sage after dinner and heading down to the river. The storm clouds knocking around the late summer sky were a bit sketchy, so deciding to stick close to shelter we found a highly-manicured grassy spot near the rec center and leaned up against some (faux?) rocks and shared a piece of chocolate cake. It was absolutely perfect.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2010 8:37 am

    Congrats….. and i LOVE the picture…. thanks for sharing :)

  2. August 20, 2010 9:38 am

    I love all the flowers in this wedding picture. How very very sweet. Don’t you think wedding photos tell so much about a couple?
    Happy Anniversary. I love how you mention (15 years together) Those years before marriage totally count :-)

    • 6512 and growing permalink*
      August 20, 2010 9:48 am

      I agree, ALL the years count. And all our wedding flowers came from my garden. Somehow I managed to grow enough flowers for a gazillion bouquets but forgot to put on a smear of lipstick on the big day.

      • August 20, 2010 3:15 pm

        YOU grew all the flowers! ahhh! you totally rock. happy anniversary! i love this.

  3. August 20, 2010 10:26 am

    Congratulations on eight (and 15) beautiful years Rachel! That moment looks absolutely perfect. And I love the deer skin vest and the beaded straps. So you guys.

    Enjoy celebrating your life of love and laughter with your very special someone. Even if he does cancel the Internet :)

  4. August 20, 2010 10:44 am

    Happy Anniversary! I love your wedding picture.

  5. August 20, 2010 12:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Your wedding photograph is wonderful. Not to mention you look far more comfortable than most in wedding photos. :) Your photographer was right…a fabulous capture.

  6. August 20, 2010 12:14 pm

    happy anniversary!! i love both of those photos. :) as someone who has been with her partner for 9 years, but still isn’t married, i say yes! all the years count!!

  7. August 20, 2010 1:20 pm

    So sweet! I loved reading the valentine post you linked to too.

  8. August 20, 2010 2:49 pm

    Happy Anniversary! How cute are you two in your wedding attire?! It’s so clear you were destined for the life you’re now living. Here’s to many more years of happiness.

  9. August 20, 2010 7:36 pm

    happy anniversary, lady. both the sunflower and wedding shot are gorgeous. cheers, and here’s to many many more years of elk skin and homegrown flowers…

  10. Barb permalink
    August 20, 2010 7:56 pm

    Congrats! August is a good month for weddings, and I remember how lovely yours was. Don’t cancel the internet.

  11. August 20, 2010 11:32 pm

    Dan,
    Please don’t cancel the internet :)
    Rachel,
    What a cute couple you make. Congratulations!
    Those are some beautiful straps on your dress. They caught my eye. How special that your friend made them. It isn’t so bad that your glasses get hooked together every now and again now is it :) :)
    So Cute!

  12. Melissa permalink
    August 21, 2010 5:00 pm

    what a great photo. you guys look happy, relaxed, and beautiful. happy anniversary! isn’t wonderful to find such a good partner ?

  13. August 21, 2010 8:33 pm

    totally cool! happy anniversary!

  14. August 21, 2010 9:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

  15. August 23, 2010 11:33 am

    Lovely…congratulations and here’s to many more!

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