November

I’ve had several major life events that fell in November; some happy, some sad.

The most important one was our wedding in 1973.november-4

We did not plan a Fall wedding, we were going about arrangements for the Spring of 1974.

A promising job offer arrived, some 2000 miles from home.

We made the decision to move the wedding up, arriving there by December 1, his start date.

This was September.

With the help of family connections and cooperative friends, we pulled it off.

November 17. Catholic ceremony. Mass.  Formal dinner with 150 guests in attendance.

We selected Autumn colors and themes, hoping to match the splendor of the season.beykal photography

One week before the day, a bitter rain and wind took down every remaining leaf, leaving us with stark, empty trees.

Disappointment.

On the afternoon of the wedding, we had a cold rain that turned to ice.

They say that is a good omen for a lasting marriage.

Maybe they were right.

We celebrate 45 years together, 42 years married.

Colour My World.  1973

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65 Responses to November

  1. Just Plain Ol' Vic says:

    Congrats on such a wonderful accomplishment!

  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Warmest congratulations to you both, Van ❤

  3. Steve says:

    Congratulations. 45 years is huge!

  4. Congrats on such a long-lasting relationship! Even without the leaves on the trees, love still managed to bloom and bring new colours to your world!

  5. These days a job offer 2000 miles from home might mean traveling together, but not necessarily marriage. Congratulations on doing it right, and making it last for 45 years – and hopefully, many more years to go.

  6. Congratulations to you both 🙂

  7. 45 years. Now, that, is an accomplishment. Congratulations Van.

  8. dyane says:

    What an incredible and inspiring example!!! Very happy for you two! Xoxo

  9. Congratulations on 42 years of marriage, Van! ;o)

  10. George says:

    Congratulations, Van! We were actually married in the same year in June. My wife and I have known each other since third grade.
    The good omen was that you guys love each other. The month and weather are all window dressing and great for old wives tales…😊
    Have a great month.

  11. lbeth1950 says:

    Congratulations Van. I am so glad you share a love like that. It’s such a joy.

  12. Congratulations! I am sure it was beautiful!

  13. Congratulations on a great milestone, Van. Here’s to the next 45 years together 🙂 🍸

  14. An impressive feat. Congratulations. In these parts November is probably the most unpredictable month weather wise. It wouldn’the surprise me if it started raining frogs.

  15. grandmalin says:

    Well this is too funny not to mention…we were married on November 20, 1971 after a day of freezing rain which kept a lot of our guests away. I did not know it was a good omen until now. 😄

  16. AmyRose🌹 says:

    You gave me the shivers. I still have them. Congrats on the years of being married. Yikes, don’t I know that is one heck of an achievement!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

  17. Congratulations! Beautiful love story. Thank you for sharing it.

  18. C.E.Robinson says:

    Congratulations,Van! What a wonderful, heart-warming memory! Chryssa

  19. markbialczak says:

    The omens lined up perfectly for you two, Van. Chicago’s sweet song was everywhere back then. It was the theme for my prom. I’m glad it sweetened long and successful arc of life with your beloved hubby, my friend happy 42nd anniversary in two weeks, my friend. ❤

  20. amommasview says:

    Congrats, Van, that is a long time together. How very beautiful!

  21. Congrats, Van! Rain on the wedding day is clearly good luck!

  22. badfish says:

    45 years!!! You deserve a medal. Congrats. You know, this is the third post in two days where I’ve read about people’s wedding and anniversary. Interesting. Happy November

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