Monday, May 21, 2012

happy anniversary

Happy 16th Anniversary, Mr. Simple!


It was the day before Valentine's Day 1996,
 I was making this mocha fudge on the cover of an old Bon Appetit magazine.
Mr. Simple and I were in the early stages of planning our wedding,
we had both been married before and wanted something small with family. Not wanting
to leave anyone out our guest list grew out of control, and before we knew it we were
discussing a large venue, not what we had hoped for.
While flipping through the magazine I stumbled upon a story describing the most romantic
 hotel in Gardone Riviera, Italy. 
I showed it to Mr. Simple and said, 'Let's get married here!"
He said something like, "Did you notice it's in Italy?"


I called them the next day and the rest is history...
it wasn't easy, we were required to have five witnesses and ourselves meet
with the Italian Consulate in Denver, the documents then needed the
approval of the Secretary of State and more paperwork in Milan, but we did it!


My love,
It was truly a wonderful adventure and an exciting beginning for our life together.
Despite the fairy tale wedding, a lasting marriage doesn't come easily, thank you for
your love and wholehearted support for sixteen years, and happily going along with my
crazy ideas. I'm blessed and forever grateful. 
I love you!

32 comments:

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Wow, 16 years!!! I bet it seems like yesterday. I'm so happy the two of you enjoy each others company and still look forward to seeing each other every day! Congratulations!

Tracey Steele said...

Congratulations, and I hope you had a very Happy Anniversary.
Your wedding sounds perfect. I love Italy.

Lauren -aCommonersCastle said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope that you and Mr. Simple have an amazing day together!

Lori said...

Happy Anniversary, Pam! What a sweet love story. Your wedding photo is beautiful. Wishing you infinite happiness.

Jo said...

How very romantic! Wishing you both much happiness today and throughout the year!

Jo

Meredith and the New Yorkie said...

Happy Anniversary! What a sweet story and gorgeous photo!
xo,
mk & Gwynnie

Carolyn said...

Happy anniversary! Your photo belongs in a magazine - it's gorgeous.

Carolyn
{my simple messterpiece}

Holly said...

Happy anniversary to you and your sweetheart - what a great story!! And cheers to you for your spontaneous adventure of a wedding - that is fantastic!! Enjoy your day Pam!

Chavone said...

Evidently I needed to cry this early on a Tuesday. Happy Anniversary, my dear (inspirational) friend.

ECKDesign said...

Happy Anniversary! Your wedding sounds like what would have been my dream wedding! Bellissima! =o)

Suzie Kollar said...

Nothing better than starting your day with a happy tear. Happy Anniversary to 2 of my favorite people. A beautiful union between simple and detailed! Big Love ~ Suzie

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

You got married in Italy? What a fairytale! Congrats...Wishing you and Mr. Simple the happiest of anniversaries!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

aaaw, happy anniversary!!!

Dana Frieling said...

How stinkin' romantic! More importantly, how did the fudge turn out? Just kidding! Congratulations, friend.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

What a fabulous idea!!!
Congratulations and best wishes for 16 more!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Wow! What an amazing story and gorgeous venue! I'm sure the fact that you were making that scrumptious fudge had something to do with Mr. Simple agreeing to go to Italy :) Your wedding photo is stunning and I wish you two many many more years of happiness ahead. Happy Anniversary!

Bethany @ Powell Brower Home said...

PAM! I love this! Happy anniversary to you and the Mister! Love that story. I hope that im in a place to say lovely things about my marriage after 16 years(13 more to go). You and people like my mom inspire me. What a good role model!

Leslie said...

Pam, Thanks for sharing this (fairy tale) story with us!! Happy anniversary!

leslie

Simple Dwellings said...

Happy anniversary, Pam! What an amazing story. That looks like the perfect location for a wedding! How wonderful! :) Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Alexa said...

Oh wow. That is the best story I've heard. Happy anniversary to you both!

Lisa Scibilia said...

Oh Pam! What a beautiful way to start your life together!! Happy anniversary and wishing you many more years of fun, adventure and love with each other!

Jelisaveta Đukanović said...

Beautiful! :)

http://liberty-walk-sara.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

sweet Pam! Happy Anniversary! That is a beautiful story and beginning of a wonderful life together. What a beautiful photo of you two!!! you look like a picture perfect magazine shoot couple -haha. Hope your year ahead is wonderful and that you are treated to a wonderful anniversary celebration.
much love,
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Gretchen said...

Congratulations on 16 years! Love really is more beautiful the 2nd time around (almost 22 years for me).

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Happy Anniversary Pam and Mr. Simple, congratulations on 16 years! Your wedding sounds absolutely beautiful. We went to Italy for our honeymoon and I have been trying to get back ever since.

Jill Elaine said...

Aww! How romantic! That's so cool! Congratulations :)

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

What a romantic story and venue Pam! Wishing you and the hubs many more years of happiness.

Jody and Stan said...

What a beautiful love story. Happy Anniversary!

Jody

SSM said...

Happy Anniversary!

Cheers! :)

Like Me Some said...

Awe, so sweet! I'm a little late but Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful place to get married!!

Calypso In The Country said...

I just LOVE Italy! What a romantic thing to do! Happy Anniversary!
-Shelley

Carly | a simple affair said...

What a beautiful story about a beautiful couple! Cheers to you both! xo

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