Tuesday, June 21, 2011

John & Georgeann 1975

Today is my parents' 35th anniversary- Congrats Mom and Dad! In honor of the occasion I'm reposting a blog post from two years ago, for those of you that didn't get to see it then.

You guys I have such a special treat for you today! It's something very near and dear to my heart: my parents' wedding film!

For their 33rd anniversary this past month my dad and I decided to have their Super 8 film made into a little video as a suprise for my mom. So Dad gave me the reel with the wedding on it and I sent it away to California to have it transferred to tape. Then I set it to the perfect song (they love Van Morrison), lightly edited it, put it on DVD, and mailed it to my dad. I wish I could have seen her watch it. It was the first time they'd seen it in about ten years, ever since our projector broke, and I know it was special for them.

When I got the tapes back from California and watched them for the first time, it was so touching for me. My mom and dad have been through a lot in their marriage, and I am so thankful that the Lord has kept them together through it all. I love looking at this video and seeing the beginning of my family that I love so much. Thank you Mumsy and Popsy for being such wonderful parents to Marek, Nicole and me. You've taught me so much and your encouragement and example have made me who I am today.

(A picture from my sister's wedding, by Casey Benson.)

So, a little about the wedding.

It's June 21st, 1975 at 10 am in the morning. It's already sweltering hot in Austin's Zilker Park Rose Garden. The jock and the hippi chick are excited, happy and solemn. The bride wears a $75 dress from a department store, and the groom wears a dress shirt with buttons handmade by the bride. The rings are designed and crafted by the groom. At the gazebo reception in downtown Austin, homemade pies stand in for wedding cake, and the ladies dance together in the grass. The newlyweds happily depart for their honeymoon, which ended up being quite the disaster that has taken the bride 30 years to finally be able to laugh about. Check it out:

The rings my dad designed. The gold was purchased from a dentist; it was cheap because it was intended for fillings!

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Alex said...

how amazing fun is this?! it was like being in a time machine. way way way back in time. :) i love how they got to leave with gifts!

Allen Arrick said...

That was awesome. I wish my parents had something like that.

Nicole said...

AWESOMENESSSSSSSSSS! I love it! What fun and how special that we have this. How simple things were. And can you believe how far "wedding videography" has come? I'm so glad you did this. Thanks.

Clarity Photography said...

Lovely, simply lovely. A perfect keepsake for your family.

Georgeann said...

Oh sweet Nessie, I have been up since 3:30am today and it was 6:30 and I decided to check your blog. What joy it is to see your post about our wedding day!!
And the photos of our rings...I am the only mother I know that can say her daughter makes her cry regularly, and that it's a good thing. You have made my day and my heart overflows. I can't waiti tshare this with your grandmothers and Nan.

Love, love love you,