Friday, September 26, 2008

21 Club

Happy Anniversary JC!
"The kiss" 21 years ago on our wedding day
(my 9 year old saw this and squealed "oooh- yukky pooh")

  Today we join the "21 Club" as my husband and I mark our twenty-first Anniversary and I share with you a distinct and priceless gift for him from "Annie's Rhyme Time."  
Anne MacBryde Williams has a way with words and rhymes.  Contact Anne for your very own personalized fable - 914-961-8272

A mon Meilleur ami, a mon Mari, at a Amoureux

'Tis hard to believe it's been 21 years
Since that day we were wed among family and peers
Our guests arrived from the world's four corners did roam
To arrive at "My old Kentucky Home"
Dressed in a bridal gown and veil of my own design,
I carried a bouquet like my Mothers - from an earlier time.
My hand calligraphied notations and sumptuous food
'Twas a flawless occasion and set the mood --
As we exchanged our vows and the contract was sealed
We both truly understood we had found our ideals.
As the years have passed since that blissful day
We've balanced yin and yang in our own private way.
We have had our family's challenges and personal joys
Blessed with a daughter and fraternal twin boys.
Although no gala celebration honoring today will be here
It's replaced by intangibles we both hold more dear.
I thank-you John-Charles  - for sharing your life
I cherish our lives spent as husband and wife.

Touring Kentucky - "Blue grass and blue skies

 The big "give-away" - My father and I
(a serious moment!)


architeria said...


you wedding gown is so beautiful.. it is a timeless piece of Elegance.

you look gorgeous and modern, it doestn' look like some pics aged 21 years..

YOU are amazing chic.

pve design said...

louisa -
yes, I too find it impossible to fathom that it was 21 years ago today. my dress, I could have worn it inside out, it was finished with french filled seams and silk.
the veil was silk netting too.
when I tried on "poofy" wedding dresses, I felt like I need a magic wand to go with. I envisioned something modern and elegant, hence my design.

Marnie said...

lovely - and happy anniversary - i have the clock illustration from the post about annie's rhymes that you did a while back. it is hanging by my work table - now I will think of your anniversary poem when i see it.

pve design said...

anne is having a postcard made with dave and she is so full of hope for her rhyming business and she is not 21 - she thinks blogging is for the younger generation and I tell her, phaw, no way!
hope you are swell and enjoying blogging, and all you do.

heidi said...

Happy Anniversary! That gown is gorgeous. Especially because during that time, Luke & laura, & Princess Di were getting married in piles of lace and meringue. (Grandma knows what i'm talking about!)

Darby said...

Patricia! Congrats on 21 years and here's to 21 more! You look beautiful and I love your husband's name... John Charles! I'm sure he goes by JC but what a fabulous name... I'm kinda partial to double names for gentlemen! Still anxious to see your studio/workspace!

Kwana said...

Look at the two of you!! Congratulations. Much love to both of you from Will and I. You both look no worse for the wear! We could only be so lucky.

hello gorgeous said...

Beautiful, gorgeous! Happy Day!

"My Old Kentucky Home" is one of my favorite songs (reminds me of my grandma).

Steve H. said...

Happy Anniversay, you two!

Joyce said...

Happy Anniversary!! May the years ahead be as golden as the past 21 years!
Your dresses is beautiful and handsome couple you both make!!!

Enjoy my friend!

Braque68 said...

Congratulations!! You are one of the most beautiful wedding couples I have ever seen. Love the pictures.

Have a wonderful day!

Kate F. said...

Yay, I'm so glad you posted them! How lovely, and congrats. I am in shock that those photos are from 1987--I've never seen such a lovely dress in an 80s wedding! I'm not surprised that you designed it yourself. Perfect.

Capegirl said...

Congratulations on this milestone. I agree with the others-your look is timeless.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

You were such a beautiful bride! Happy anniversary and congratulations!!

Mrs. Limestone said...

Congratulations!! 21 years is quite a milestone. Hope you're celebrating.

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, what sweet pictures and poem. Happy Anniversary :)

N said...

Oh, you elegant beauty.

Happy Anniversary! Just as lovely now as then. Your look is timeless!

Capegirl said...


I have taken the plunge into blogland. You are an inspiration.

Courtney said...

Both you and your gown are so beautiful and timeless! Congrats on 21 years and wishing you a fabulous day!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I, along with Edward I'm certain, send along the most sincere wish for the happiest of days! A long and happy life with someone you love is the greatest blessing imaginable.

As I adore weddings, thanks for posting photos of your lovely one! Such a gorgeous dress, Patricia! Did you do more designing?

CC said...

21 wishes for your special day to both you and your hubby!!! May you have many, many more years of daily blessings together.

PS...You looked stunning! Your dress and veil were gorgeous.

rebecca said...

Happy anniversary! Your gown is beautiful, and I love the picture of you both and the horse. I would wear that outfit today! Proof that classics are indeed timeless.

Cheers to you and your hubs!

London Calling said...

Congrats on your 21st! Your self designed gown beautifully chic! And you radiant and gorgeous. Wishing you many more.

Kim said...

21 years? That is great. Congratulations! That dress is incredible - you would never know that it is from 21 years ago!!! Love it!

Sabina said...

How utterly beautiful!! Happy Anniversary!!

littlebyrd said...

Beautiful!!! Congratulations on 21 years - WOW!!

Rachel said...

Happy Anniversary!!! I hope you do something special.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, Patricia. What a gorgeous, gorgeous couple you make.

Catherine said...

Good for you guys-congrats!

Mary-Laure said...

OH MY GOD, you look SO beautiful on those pictures! I'd love to see more.

Congrats on the anniversary!

Miss Cavendish said...

Such lovely photos! Happy Anniversary.

Eileen said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

la la Lovely said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope your day was special and full of lovely moments!

simply seleta said...

This is so lovely....and full of love! You look like a Ralph Lauren model.

pve design said...

Funny, I worked for Ralph Lauren when I got married in the design department. Fond memories of those early days, all before becoming a wife, mom and well, you know the drill!
Off to make lunches...

Sherry Williams said...

you were such a beautiful bride! your gown was gorgeous!!! My husband & I are celebrating 20 years together in November. Where did all the years go?? I love reading your blog....Sherry

My Notting Hill said...

Congratulations! Loved seeing all the photos.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Gorgeous - of course, no surprise. Happy anniversary. May the middle 21 be as good as the first.

Unknown said...

Congrats from Germany. We have been married for 38 years now. well have another 21 happy ones to come!
Gina from Germany

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Happiest of anniversaries! How incredibly elegant you both look in the photos. But then, that is just an outward expression of your inner selves.

Twenty-one more and then some! Vive l'amour!