You want to know what I think about a lot? I think about my wedding dress…or lack thereof. David and I were married on August 5, 2001 in Newport, Rhode Island. We planned our wedding around the Newport Folk Festival. We weren’t expecting that anyone would come to our simple little ceremony in the King Park Gazebo with a Justice of the Peace. But they did.

When his family began talking about coming to our wedding, we quickly pulled together a location, a caterer and a photographer.  We’re pretty sure that everyone was confused by the whole thing…the camping in a state park the night before we were married…the lack of invitations,ceremony, flowers, music…But it wasn’t about anyone else.

It was simply about the two of us.

I didn’t wear a traditional wedding dress. That’s the only part I regret. I wish that David saw me walking toward him in a long, delicate gown. I wish that I had my hair and makeup done that morning. I wish that he was the one who saw me that way.

I was too concerned with the fact that I had already been married once before. I was too concerned with what the people in my family would think. We never registered for wedding gifts and I was far too worried about how it would look if I wore a real wedding dress to our wedding.

Today is our 10th Anniversary.

I’ve never loved a person as deeply as I love him. I think that I can confidently say that no one has ever loved me as deeply and as unconditionally as he does.

I’ve never stopped feeling blessed that we finally found each other.

We never had a honeymoon but I don’t think we’ve really needed one.

We survived the loss of his new job one day after we were married. The job that we had just moved to Boston for two days before our wedding. For five years, we lived like paupers while David went to law school. We had three beautiful healthy babies and each other.

In our ten years together we’ve experienced blissful happiness, intense worry, fear, disappointment and a whole lot of laughter. I wouldn’t change a single moment.

Happy Anniversary, my love.

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  1. Cool shoes.

  2. Oh and Happy Anniversary and Congratulations.

  3. Happy Anniversary! You look beautiful. Your dress is perfect. I’m sorry you regret not having the long traditional version.

  4. Happy anniversary you two.

  5. Happy Anniversary. I love that your wedding was all about the two of you and not doing what everyone felt you should do!

  6. Awww! you made me cry! It was a beautiful day and you looked gorgeous and classy as all hell! And if memory serves me correctly, it was about the shoes!!! Oh, and about marrying the love of your life! Happy Anniversary little sis <3

  7. Congratulations! Tis the season – my 7th anniversary was the 31st of July. There’s always something about your wedding (even the best one!) that you wish you could change. Sounds like you did pretty well!

  8. This was absolutely beautiful. I read it first thing after you posted it this morning and suddenly just wanted to hug my husband SO BAD. Happy Anniversary!

  9. I can admit, almost six years later, I still regret my wedding cake! I guess there are somethings we just have to let go, right?
    What a lovely tribute to your ten years of wedded bliss!

  10. Aww, sweet post. Happy Anniversary you two love birds 😉 Hope it’s a great one!

  11. Love this! So sweet and from the heart.

  12. Happy Anniversary!! 🙂

  13. Happy Anniversary!

  14. Happy Anniversary Kelli! (and hubby David)

    This was an incredibly sweet tribute and I love that you mentioned the hard parts as part of the joy of it all. Just like your adorable wedding, often our greatest joys are made up of a whole lot of non-ideal stuff. 🙂

    Love and lots of blessings to you both!

  15. Happy Anniversary!!!!


  16. awwwwwwwwwwwww you soo made me cry! What an awesome …………….prose!

  17. A beautiful story about a magnificent love. We should all be so lucky!

    When you hit your 20th….I’ll make you a cake!

    Happy Belated Anniversary!

  18. I think you guys should do a vow renewal and you should wear the wedding dress of your dreams!

  19. Regrets are painful, and I’ve harbored some over the very same thing — my dress, which I bough by myself, on a whim, in a bit of a rush, under a bit of clouded judgment. But, I will never regret the most important choice– picking the most amazing, right man — and it sounds like you nailed that one, too. (We just celebrated our 10th anniversary this past weekend, as well!)

    Congrats to you!

  20. Kelli, that was beautifully written. You two are very lucky indeed to have so many good things to keep the foundation of your marriage strong. Marriage is not easy, but it is worth it when both people try really hard. Congratulations on your 10 years and here’s to many many more ahead.

  21. Happy Anniversary!

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