Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oh they say when you marry in June...

... You're a bride, all your life
And the bridegroom who marries in June
Gets a sweetheart for a wife

Or so the song goes from my all time favorite movie,
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

I know it's a favorite of many readers here too.
I'm posting this in advance of our
26th  wedding anniversary tomorrow.

We were married at 11:00 in the morning, and after a very hot reception which I barely remember, we spent our first night as Mr.& Mrs. at a little bed and breakfast in (well, of course! ) historic Savannah.

The Ballastone Inn is just my cup of tea.

Ivy covered steps lead to the formal lobby.

Breakfast is served either in the room, in one of the antique filled parlors,
or if you choose as we did,
in the little courtyard by a trickling fountain.

I snapped this picture for you last Saturday,
crouching down in the bushes with the shiny red Kodak.

The Ballastone Inn doesn't have room numbers. Instead, it has little brass plates with whimsical room names like Palmetto Fan and The Tea Olive. Our room was called Chausable. No one was able to tell us the significance of the name. I googled it once, and the closest thing that I found was "chasuable", which is part of a priest's garment. I like to think it's a regal family name instead.

We returned to the Ballastone Inn on our 10th anniversary and last year on our 25th. On the 10th, we requested our Chausable, but new owners had changed some room names, and apparently, it didn't make the cut.

The husband chose Scarlett's Retreat instead.

 (This picture is from their website.)

While we were there, he asked about the discarded brass name plates, hoping to get our hands on a little keepsake. No one knew what had become of them.

Not long after that, we moved into our current home.
A friend had heard the story and gave us the perfect gift as a housewarming.

A simple brass plate for our bedroom door.

This nondescript little trinket is likely overlooked by most visitors to our home,
 but to us it's a gift that we unwrap every time we cross the threshold.
It's a simple reminder
 that whether we're 22 or 52,
we're still that same Mr.& Mrs.,
and every room that we share
 is our Chausable.

john cena
I'm sharing this tonight on Tuesday's Unwrapped  at that wonderful blog called Chatting at the Sky.   And as a special treat for all the brides out there, just clickity click these little wedding cakes from the recent wedding of a very special new June bride...


SmallWorld at Home said...

What a precious gift! You have a very thoughtful friend who must be a great listener!

Tracey said...

Happy anniversary! What a lovely place to stay - and a very sweet gift from your friend!

Kelli said...

A special friend, special gift and an extremely special anniversary!! Celebrating with you!! (yes, that was indeed the couple I referenced yesterday...first dance)

Amy Kinser said...

Happy Anniversary. What a sweet gift.

We just celebrated 20 years a couple of weeks ago. Time goes so fast, doesn't it?

southerninspiration said...

Happy Anniversary!!! congrats on 26 years! And that is a very nice gift!

Gayle said...

Congratulations to you and your hubby, Debbie. Long marriages seem to be a vanishing thing. The Ballastone Inn looks like my cup of tea, too. So charming and perfect for lovers.

P. S. Love the wedding pic!

Together We Save said...

Happy Anniversary!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Happy Anniversary, and what a super friend!


Sheila :-)

Wendy said...

What a wonderful story! Happy Anniversary!

Lynn Richards said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Anniversary! I adore the brass plate you have and it's significance to you. We celebrate 25 in July. hmmmm. What kind of a bride is a july bride????

Sweetums5 said...

I am stopping by from Tuesdays Unwrapped. What a beautiful post! I feel so blessed to have read it. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Jennie said...

Happy Anniversary to a truly amazing couple! My life is blessed because you're a part of it! Thank you for your Godly example and for your smiles - both your own and the ones you cause us all to have on our faces.

I absolutely love that someone gave you that brass plate. That is so very special.

No wonder Savannah holds a special place in your heart!

(P.S. - Sam and I are halfway through our 7th year. Wow! Time *does* fly!)

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

I love this story!!
So very sweet! And what a wonderfully thoughtful gift from wonderfully thoughtful friends!
I would have cried!
Did you :)?
The Ballastone Inn is just lovely! I will have to look for it when we go to Savannah next time.
Thank you for sharing your sweet love story with us!
How are you going to celebrate 26 years?
(Maybe it's none of my business! ;)

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

P.S. We own Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!
Maybe on your anniversary night you and your sweetie will be goin' courtin'!

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

This is the sweetest most adorable post, and much much more. I can tell you are still in love, and that the sweetness is still there. I am truly blessed.Having said that your gown was beautiful, and what a beautiful idea ,of the template on the bedroom door. Wishing you a very Happy Anniversary, and many many more wonderful years together, I also believe you have married a very romantic man, like me.

FrouFrouBritches said...

Oh my gracious Debbie! It's 10:30 in the morning and I shouldn't be crying already! What sweet pictures!! Love that your friend gave you that sweet gift! Love it! thanks for sharing your sweet memories!!!

Sherry said...

How wonderful! What a lovely post and what a sweet friend to give you that gift. Happy anniversary!

Manda said...

This is wonderful... Congratulations.
Enjoy celebrating the love between you two.

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary! Loved what you shared on my blog about sending your daughter off to college with her "blankie"! So sweet!

CAL said...

Congrats Debbie on your anniversary and thanks for the peak at your wedding day (hope to see more). Loved the very thoughtful gift to you and hubby, just made me smile.

Abby Jacobs said...

"Aunt" Debbie-- Happy Anniversary, fellow June bride! I'm so glad my cakes made your blog. I love following you on here, and I hope we get to make a trip your way to see yall this summer and see one of my favorite families! :)

Richella said...

What a lovely, lovely story! Thank you for sharing it!!

We were June brides just one year apart. Did you have a country kitchen like I did? :)

Jenny said...

You have a very thoughtful friend. I enjoyed walking down memory lane with you. Oh, and 7 Brides for 7 Brothers is one of our very favorite movies.

gnee said...

What a sweet post! I'm catching up after last's busy new week with baby, but this made me shed a tear. Such a lovely story of love and devotion. Belated Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing a story I enjoyed so much.

PS...Love, love, love 7 Brides!


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