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Monday, August 6, 2012

35 years of wedded bliss

Me on our wedding day.

Murray and I are celebrating 35 years of marriage on this
August 6.

Our wedding party ~ Brian, Margaret (my sister), Darrell, me, Murray, Lois and Bev
The ring bearer is my nephew, John.  I think he was 4.

We were married at Mactaquac Baptist Church on a humid partly cloudy Saturday afternoon by Rev. Ralph Irving
with about 100 family members and friends present.

Did you notice the styles we wore back then?  The platform shoes, hair, snazzy tuxes and oh those glasses! 
I still like the bridesmaid's dresses and the bouquets.

How much was my dress?  $129.00 on sale in the spring.
But it was more for a winter wedding and was a heavy jersey
knit and very hot.  I was on a limited budget and I think we did
the wedding for about $1000.00.  Not many weddings cost that
little today.  The brides dresses cost more than that.

Our reception was in the church's new gymnasium with it's
grey cement walls.  We decorated with green and yellow
streamers and bells and there were garden flowers in vases
on the guests tables.  The Women's Missionary Society served
a lovely salad plate dinner and we had wedding cake for dessert.

What do I remember about that day? 
Wishing my Dad was there (he passed away in 1969). 
The fly buzzing about my face as I repeated my vows. 
 The heat and humidity. 
The photographer couldn't take our photos outside at the park
as it was too breezy.  I was disappointed. 
The toast to the bride was given by our friend who brought me
a piece of toast in a paper bag.   :)
Murray's friends kidnapped him when we were ready to leave
for our honeymoon ~ for over an hour!!  I was upset.
The long drive to St. Andrew's for our honeymoon.

My mother, and Murray's parents with us.

Sorry for the poor picture quality.  It is 35 years old after all.

This photo above was back at our house after the reception.  It's one of my favourite pictures.  {and we still live in the same house!}

How that house has changed.  It's been painted,
re-sided, windows and roof replaced, new floors, rooms, etc.

It has seen 2 adults grow and mature in love and has seen
2 wonderful children grow up.  It has sheltered us through
many storms of weather and life.

The best part is that we were united in marriage before our God.
We made a vow and a committment that day to love, honour,
and cherish til death do us part.
I'm not saying it's been all roses.
Roses, despite their beauty, have thorns.
But, God has carried us through day by day and year by year.

Did you wonder where we went for our honeymoon?

We drove to St. Andrews and stayed for two nights at the
luxurious Algonquin Hotel.  (with no air conditioning!)

This was a few years ago in front of the Algonquin Hotel.

We then drove to New Hampshire and the White Mountains where
almost every newly wed couple from the Maritimes went for
their honeymoons back in the day.
We toured around there for several days then drove to Ottawa,
Ontario to Murray's sister as she was expecting her baby and
couldn't attend the wedding.

I remember on our way home we stopped at a restaurant near
Edmonston NB.  As we were getting out of the car we heard the announcement on the radio that Elvis Presley had passed away.  That was Aug. 16, 1977.

I also remember being called in to work before my vacation
and honeymoon were over! 

Sept. 2011

Unfortunately, we can't be together for our anniversary
to celebrate.  Can you believe that I am 3000 miles away
from my dearly beloved? 
We will celebrate later in the fall with a little getaway.

God has blessed our family to include a great son-in-law and 2 precious grandsons so far.  :-)

I can't imagine life without my partner, lover and best friend.
Lord willing, we will be blessed with many more years of 
wedded bliss.




  1. Let me be the first to congratulate you and Murray....

    Greg and I are celebrating 40 years in September, and my son just hooked up my scanner, so I plan to post the same kind of old funky photos...

    Hope all is well with the new wee one...and have a great celebration when you get home..

    Linda :o)

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary! Wishing you many more! I enjoyed the "flashback" photos!

  3. Hi, followed you over from Rick (All nature Sings) blog. I really like your header photo, and how ironic, we just had our 22 anniversary yesterday!. Congrats with yours, sorry you are so far apart.

  4. Oh what a lovely post. Happy Anniversary and God Bless. Hugs, Marty

  5. Congratulations on 35 years of marriage! Love the picture of you in your wedding dress.
    Have a nice celebration when you get home.

  6. Congrats on your up coming Anniversary! We are happily married 37 years! God bless you both! Have a wonderful Anniversary week!

  7. Pamela, what beautiful memories and what a wonderful day you must have had. I also remember when Elvis died. Happy Anniversary and I know you will have a wonderful celebration later. Congratulations!!!

  8. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, Pamela! What a wonderful review of your wedding day. Great pictures. You look so pretty in your lovely wedding dress.

  9. Congratulations on 35 years - it's a lovely milestone. Your wedding photos are so sweet - you must have been awfully young! To live in the same house for your whole marriage is something! I am a tiny bit in awe of that because it would have been my dream.

  10. Happy Anniversary Pamela . . . very nice to see you, hubby, family, friends, the changes, hairstyles and all. I liked your Sept, 2011 photo too.

  11. Congratulations Pamela, thats a wonderful story. Great pictures of you and Murray, glad to hear you'll have a fantastic getaway in the fall thats a lovely way to celebrate.

  12. Happy Anniversary Pamela & Murray. My first wedding was in 1972 and I wore a similar dress to you, sadly we only had 24 years together before he passed away, but like you we have two wonderful children and three grandchildren who are a blessing and joy, although Colin only knew the first one who is 18 now.I have been lucky to remarry to another great husband for 10 years now and he gets on well with my children and grandchildren.
    It is a shame you are not together but I know it is for a very special reason. Hope all is going well for you at your daughters and that you are all getting some sleep. Nice to know when you go home Murray will be waiting for you and you can celebrate your 35 years together and the many more to come. God bless, Jackie in Surrey, UK.xx

  13. Happy Anniversary Pamela! I found your blog listed over at Cabin & Cottage. I absolutely love this post honoring 35 years of marriage. You speak so well of your husband too after all these years. You and Murray obviously took your vows seriously were determined to make it work. You are both great examples for couples today.

    I think $1000 to spend on a wedding is perfect. What many brides spend today is more like a down payment on a house.

    I wish you and Murray many more happy years together!

  14. Beautiful then. Beautiful now. Beautiful years to come..

  15. Congratulations to you both.Loved those pics and the memories of the seventies.How beautiful to see a couple who has made their life together a thing of beauty!

  16. A beautiful post. Happy anniversary. Valerie

  17. Happy Anniversary!

    I so enjoyed reading your wedding story and seeing the photos. Are you still angry with his friends? It made me a little angry for you. LOL!

    Have good times out there with the new grandbaby and your little grandson. It's wonderful to think about the way God has knitted families together.

  18. Isn't it fun to "think back"? When you celebrate your 50th we'll know you're serious 'bout this thing! :) Special, special congratulations to you both.

  19. Congratulations to you and Murray, Pamela!! What a legacy you are leaving your children and grandchildren. Praise God!

  20. Hi Pamela,
    Your Wedding photos are lovely! Congratulations to you and Murray, I hope all is well with your daughter and the new baby. Our youngest daughter was born on my parents 35 th Anniversary. Enjoy yourself...
    All the Best,

  21. Thanks for sharing your wonderful wedding memories Pamela, and congratulations on your 35 th anniversary. Better to have a fall getaway together anyway when it will be cooler.
    I'm sure you can guess where most newlyweds in Ontario go -Niagara Falls. We didn't go there for an anniversary trip until years later.

  22. Oh, Pam, how I have loved looking at those photos, especially Clara and Douglas. You were a beautiful bride. The last time I can remember seeing Douglas was in 1970 just before I moved to England. Murray looked (and still does look!!)just the same as I remember him when we were kids. Happy, happy anniversary. x

  23. Happy Anniversary, Pamela. This was a lovely post and I enjoyed seeing the photos of the young couple so happy and in love.

  24. Congratulations to both of you on your wedding anniversary. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us. You may have been hot in your dress, but it is a really lovely style, you looked great in it. It's funny seeing images from the seventies. We thought we were so trendy!!!!

  25. Happy Anniversary!! You and your hubby were and still are a beautiful couple. Here's wishing you many, many more happy years together!

  26. Many congratulations! A wonderful life together to celebrate!

  27. Happy Anniversary to you both, although you are a few miles apart right now! Enjoy that new grandchild and you can look forward to another celebration when you get home to your wonderful hubby! 35 years is quite a milestone, again Congrats!

  28. Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful post, so enjoyed seeing the photos of your wedding day. Here's to many, many more happy years together!

  29. Happy anniversary! Beautiful bride and a happy groom.

  30. Thank you for sharing your lovely story. Happy Anniversary and many more

  31. Hi I enjoyed your account and pictures of your day. We were married July 23 that same year and have been blessed also. We are in the minority marriages staying together now adays Happy Aniversary and many more

  32. Happy Anniversary Pamela how truly blessed you are. what a wonderful legacy you've both left for the future generation. The best part of your whole story is about how you said were united in marriage before your God and that you
    made a vow and a committment that day to love, honour,
    and cherish til death do you part( and you meant it). Not many marriages stand by that today.
    Man I would have been ticked when his friends took him away.. you are such an angel to have waited for him.... I prob would have went on the honeymoon without him..... LOL
    Many more blessings to come from a wonderful loving God that only has the best for his beloved....

  33. Congratulations! You looked (look) fab!

  34. Happy Anniversary. That was a wonderful tribute you did for both you and Murray. It was great to see the pictures,you looked so young and it was nice to see the one of Mom and Dad. That would have been the last picutre of him. Many more blessings for you and Murray in the years to come. You can have a good celebration when you return home. Enjoy that new grandchild.
    Love Catherine, Don

  35. Congratulations Pamela! This milestone will last a year so you will have plenty of time to celebrate once you're home again. I'm sure you must be enjoying the time spent with your daughter and her family and the latest addition to their family. i enjoyed seeing the styles and colours of 1977. We were married in September of 78 and i had just one maid of honour who wore a dress so similar to your bridesmaids dresses.

  36. What wonderful memories. Happy Anniversary!

  37. Oh, Pamela! What a precious post! You were adorable on your wedding day and I so remember the platform shoes and hairdoos! :) Your dress was lovely and so were your bride's maids. You and your husband are still adorable. Sorry you can't be together to celebrate your anniversary. I wish you many many more! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  38. Pamela, many many congrats to you. I have always said, anything over 10 years is a accomplishment, and over 25 years is amazing...so your 35 years is wonderful.

    Congrats again.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  39. Congratulations my friend! What a very beautiful post - in love 35 years ago and still going strong! Diane

  40. Happy Anniversary, I'm sorry to have missed this post. How wonderful that you've enjoyed so many beautiful years with your beloved husband. You write beautifully.
    May God richly bless you and grant you many more years together.
    Love and big hugs, Cindy


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