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Timeline: Tying the Knot

Sonya and Shawn Hemmings; Sept. 2, 1995; The Farm at South Mountain; Phoenix, Arizona.

I would say that I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since Shawn and I were married, but when I see how young we look in this photo (fewer wrinkles, more hair!), there’s no denying that a bit of time has passed. 🙂 It was a hot day for an outdoor wedding (just ask our friends and family members, who kindly indulged us), but we wanted our wedding to mark the seventh anniversary of our first date—and it did! Most of my memories revolve around all of the handmade touches brought together on this day: With the help of several friends and my sisters, I sewed my dress, fashioned Shawn’s ring, designed and hand-lettered the invitations (which featured a decorative molded-paper cover), and cross-stitched bookmark favors for the guests. I know, I know—so over-the-top. What can I say? The things you do for love when you’re young and carefree with maybe a little too much spare time. . . . 🙂

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1 Amber K { 09.02.10 at 1:10 pm }

I still remember your wedding to this day–it was the first I had attended! I remember all of the details too–so being “over the top” was a good thing that I am sure many remember! My mom still has the bookmark too. 😀

2 Sonya Hemmings { 09.02.10 at 4:19 pm }

That’s so sweet, Amber, that your mom still has the bookmark! 🙂 Of course you remember the details! You’re a lot like the girl I used to be. 🙂

3 Dawn { 09.02.10 at 10:23 pm }

I always enjoy reading your blog and I am so impressed you sewed your own wedding gown. Is there anything you can’t do??? It was a beautiful gown and you were a beautiful bride. You look like you have not aged at all…just got rid of the big hair! I can give you a hard time because I had those same bangs.

4 Sonya Hemmings { 09.03.10 at 7:38 am }

Thank you, Dawn! You are so sweet! If only there were a way to Photoshop out those dang bangs! 🙂 What were we thinking?

5 Wendy { 09.03.10 at 9:17 am }

Who could forget such a lovely day? You definitely made that wedding your own and I’ll never forget all the DIY details that went into it. Ah, to have all that free time again…although if you remember, even back then we didn’t think we had that much and were always so busy. If only we knew what was to come! Ha! And as your matron of honor, I suppose I should’ve suggested you tone down those bangs, but why would I when I had the same ones? We all did back then! So does this mean that adorable little flower girl is, what, 18 now? YIKES! And I still use that bookmark all the time, even though Aunt B. insists HER daughter made it. 🙂

6 Sonya Hemmings { 09.04.10 at 7:26 am }

Wendy, of course your participation was essential and so meaningful to me! (How many of those molded paper invitation covers did you make?) 🙂 Remember how we hated the word “matron” and changed your title to “honor attendant”? 🙂 I’d forgotten about that bookmark controversy. 🙂 And yes, that flower girl is almost 18—and our ring bearer, who lost his first tooth just before the wedding, is now almost 21! Maybe in another 15 years weI’ll finally have some spare time. Of course, then we might have grandchildren to spoil, and that will keep us plenty busy! 🙂

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