nine years ago today

i married michael anderson here.... this is the ruins of what was once a house called barnsley house. my husband (then boyfriend) had shot a few commercials here and suggested it as the location of our wedding. we drove the hour outside of atlanta to adairsville, ga. i took one look. it was perfect. gorgeous grounds and gardens, hundred year old boxwood partiere's (vicki archer, did i spell that right?), a spa, horses, wild buffalo (leftover from the original owners penchant for hunting wild game), well appointed ammenities, etc etc etc...

this is the actual spot where we got hitched. no, this is not my wedding (would never do the cheesey updo with the mafia bride veil), but this is pretty much what it looked like. the spot is through the ruins and to the left.

and this is the restaurant where the rehearsal dinner took place. fabulous food and service.
in fact that was one thing everyone to this day tells us, the food was the best wedding food they had ever had.
sadly none of these photos are our wedding photos, just snagged off the barnsley gardens website. unfortunately our wedding took place before everyone was doing digital. i have a vhs of our wedding which was done by a very talented friend who set it all to jeff buckley. and all the photos are in an album and i have no scanner.
anyhoo, reminiscing about that day makes me smile. it was lovely, even if parts are a blur. and if you are engaged to be married or hope to be may i offer some advice to you? take every moment you can to stop and look at your partner and your surroundings, its such a whirlwind of a day and most likely you will not have slept much the night before so you will be a little out of it. just make sure you record the moments in your head, especially the ceremony. its a bit scary up there and you can easily forget it all. the words, the looks, the sentiment, the actual purpose of the day!
ok then thanks for indulging me my lovely readers.
and to my husband- happy anniversary babe! here's to 9 more. i love you.