Today is my third wedding anniversary! The traditional wedding gift for the third anniversary is leather, but you will have to wait until tomorrow to find out what I got Barry because he hasn’t opened it yet!
Barry and I were married on June 26, 2010 on the Virginia Tech campus, about a month after I graduated from college. Barry graduated from Tech in 2007. We met in a class called Appalachian Studies. We were both taking the course to meet a general requirement for all students. Lucky for me, I was taking it my freshman year and he left it until his senior year.
Our ceremony was held in War Memorial Chapel on the Drillfield.
We held our reception across the street in Owen’s Banquet Hall. We invited the Hokie Bird (VT’s mascot), and he was kind enough to attend. We did a special entrance to ‘Enter, Sandman’, which is the song the football team runs onto the field to. Friends and family lined up on either side of the doors and jumped up and down, and the Hokie Bird led the way.
My little sister surprised us with a photo montage with pictures of Barry and me as kids and our families.
Barry and I had our first dance to the song Then by Brad Paisley.
After that I had my father daughter dance with my Dad. We danced to the song ‘My Little Girl’ by Tim McGraw. He felt the song was a little too long and asked me why I picked such a long song during the dance 🙂
Barry and his mom had their mother son dance to ‘Oh What A Night’ and the Hokie Bird joined in.
I had three bridesmaids: my best friend (my MoH), my little sister, and my sister-in-law.
Barry’s dad was his best man and two of his friends were his groomsmen.
Once we got done with the official dances, it was time to eat! We had a buffet-style dinner with cookout-type foods.
After everyone had full bellies, it was time for some dancing! The hokey pokey is a must for any Hokie fan (we do the hokey pokey during the 3rd quarter of football games) because that really is what it’s all about.
We took a break from the dancing after a little while to cut the cake. There was no smashing of cake in each other’s faces (we had a pre-arranged agreement), but I surprised Barry with a dab of icing on his nose.
Our cake was a Funfetti cake made by a local donut shop called Carol Lee’s. My wedding cake was actually the last wedding cake the shop owner made, as she was getting ready to discontinue that part of the business. They still make amazing donuts, though! Of course our grooms cake had to have a cow on it, and it was red velvet inside- Barry’s favorite.
Once the cake had been cut and served, it was time for more dancing.
We had a candy bar set up for our guests to take treats home. There were little baggies with our names, wedding date, and the phrase “how sweet it is” on them and guests could take a baggie and go down the candy buffet line. I can’t remember all of the candy we had, but I know there were Skittles and Good and Plenty thanks to this picture.
As it got later in the afternoon our reception started winding down. We partied until the wee hours of 5:00 PM. Party animals!
We made our escape in Barry’s truck! That is… once we found the keys that had been hidden from us. Notice the empty key hole in the below picture.
We left the next day for our honeymoon- a week long trip to Pigeon Forge, TN. This is one of the few pictures I have of the two of us on our honeymoon. I am not too keen on asking strangers to take my picture. This was at Dollywood, an amusement park in Gatlinburg.
Happy third anniversary, Barry! I love you till the day the mountains tumble down.
All you married folks: What is your wedding date? How long have you been married? Tell me about YOUR wedding!