After high school, I moved to Orem to attend UVSC, I enjoyed one year there and decided to go back for more. While Dave was on his mission to Romania, his family moved from Orem (where had had grown up) to St. George. When he returned home, he decided to move in with some family friends and also attend UVSC.
We both ended up working at the same health food store and that is how we met. I was actually dating someone else, but Dave was persistent and won my heart. Our first official date was November 21, 1997 – we went to a hockey game. That also happened to be Ali’s 9th birthday, so I asked Dave since we were already up north, if we could stop by my parents and wish her a happy birthday.
He made quite an impression on my family; so much so that the next day when I was talking to my mom on the phone I told her I knew I was going to marry him. She told me that as soon as he walked in the front door, she had the same impression. What an amazing guy!
We were married on a Thursday and the entire week had been awful, weather wise. I was in a pretty big panic, because I knew I wanted pictures taken outside. In fact, the day before it hailed so I worried about the tulips at the temple.
Thursday, May 14th was gorgeous! These pictures totally don’t do it justice. It wasn’t exactly warm, and it was breezy, but the sky and clouds were unbelievable. And one of the temple workers told us that because the weather had been so poor, they weren’t able to get out to pull up the tulips which they were planning to do. I was so glad, because they were beautiful and added so much to our pictures.
Our reception was held at the Colonial House in SLC! The flowers and food were beautiful – thanks to my mom for finding the right people and helping come up with the ideas. I don’t have the pictures scanned in of just how beautiful it looked, but below is a sample. That particular night also happened to be the Series Finale of “Seinfeld.” We had several people comment to us that they were taping it (can you believe this was before TiVO), or they were missing it to attend our reception!
We served strawberry shortcakes, and we had so many people comment on how amazing they looked (and tasted). That happened to be the year that there was a late freeze in California and there was a shortage of strawberries shortly before our big day. Somehow it all worked out! Every year since our wedding, my mom has recreated the strawberry shortcakes as a little celebration for us. Neither of us got to ever taste the actual ones served that night. They packed us up a box of them to take with us, but we ended up leaving them in the fridge untasted!
We decided that Dave should grow his Marine Corps style hair out for the wedding. I’m not sure I feel about it now. It doesn’t really look like him – he’s never had hair that long in the 10 years since. I’m a huge proponent of looking as much like normal on your wedding day. You want it to look natural, so I wish I would have left my hair down (can you believe I am still griping about it now?)!
I also seem to remember that we never tasted the cake (except for the small bite we shared with each other). I think my mom divided it up for everyone and then supposedly put some in the freezer for us, but I don’t think we ever got it. For our first anniversary, she had a small replica made for us. It was so thoughtful and delicious!
10 years later, we honestly consider ourselves “lucky” (and extremely blessed) that we have made it. For crying out loud, we were so young, naive and we barely knew each other. It was the right thing to do at the right time, but it has taken some work over the years. I am so much more happy now then I ever thought I could be. Dave is the most giving and strong person I know. He really does make me want to be a better person and he treats me like a queen (sometimes too good for how I treat him). We joke that we have swapped many characteristics – he is slightly more intense now and I have learned how to relax! We have two of the best boys ever, one looks like him, the other like me; unfortunately they both have my personality :-)!
Happy Anniversary Davey – I know you’re reading this (you better comment)!
I love you, and look forward to the next 10+ plus years with you!