15 years ago today.

On November 14th, 1987, Ice and I stood in a church and promised to irritate the hell out of each other for the rest of our lives.

Or something like that.

Random memories from the day:

  • It was relatively warm for November. Warm enough that we didn't need coats. My biggest fear, leading up to the wedding, was that there would be a blizzard that day. Turns out the snow waited exactly a week but, by that time, we were on a beach in the Caribbean so it didn't matter.

  • My bridesmaids and I went together to get our hair done in the morning. Afterwards, they wanted to stop at McDonalds for lunch but there was no way on earth I was going inside wearing a veil and sweats (lovely picture, no?). So they went in to get the food and I sat in the car. And everyone who walked by stared and grinned.

  • Right before I went down the aisle, my maid of honour hugged me. I said I thought I was going to cry and my Dad said, "If you cry, I'll kick your ass." I think he was afraid that if I cried, he'd cry. :)

  • A former friend turned up at the wedding, uninvited. I was told later that every one of my bridesmaids saw her there when they were going down the aisle and they were all panicking that I would see her and be upset. Me, I didn't see a single person; I was too focused on getting to the front of the church.

  • At one point during the ceremony, when Ice was supposed to be repeating the vows, he just stood there, staring at me. I whispered, "Say that!" He did, while all the people giggled who were close enough to hear.

  • The limo driver was a high school friend of mine and later, at the reception, I heard there was a rumour going around that he was an ex-boyfriend. He wasn't.

  • We drank a bottle of champage between the church and the hall. A drive which takes all of ten minutes.

  • My co-workers (at the time) went back to someone's house between the church and the reception for a drink and were late for the meal. One of them told me later that it was the first wedding they'd ever been to where the meal actually started on time.

  • During the reception, I had to visit the ladies room and I wasn't sure how I was going to do that, with the dress and the crinolines and everything. My sister-in-law (the older one) said, "I'll help!" and she did. I remember thinking, "Wow. I must really be part of the family now." It was the first time she had treated me as more than just an acquaintance.

  • My crazy aunts danced Ice off his feet. "Groom!! Let's dance!!"

  • We had decided beforehand that we weren't going to do the "leave, get changed, come back for one dance, leave again" thing. This was our wedding and I, for one, didn't want to miss any of it. When the time came for us to leave, they practically had to drag me out. I was having way too much fun.

  • We went back to my parents' place to change and then on to a small hotel in Stratford. When we got there, the doors were locked and we had to ring the bell and knock before someone let us in. The guy said, when we were so late getting there, that he'd figured our reservation was a decoy and that we were actually going to be staying somewhere else.

  • We spent the next day in Toronto, caught our plane on Monday morning, and had a wonderful honeymoon in Antigua at the Jolly Beach Resort. Maybe I'll share those memories next year.

So... it's been fifteen years and things are great between us. Ice still makes me laugh just as much as he did when we first met. He still spoils me, even when I don't deserve it. And, wonder of wonders, he still thinks I'm kinda sexy. Or so he says.

I'm a lucky woman indeed.

Posted by Ripley on November 14, 2002

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