Two Into One
This is my April bead journal page. Tommy and I got married on Saturday April 19, 2003 at 3 pm in the chapel of Messiah Lutheran Church in Monroe, LA. Reverend Dale Farley performed the ceremony. My colors were royal blue and silver with touches of white. My mother made my wedding dress and my very dear friend, Dorothy Windham, loaned me her gorgeous 30" string of pearls. My brother Jeremy gave me away. My best friend Allison was my matron of honor. My cousin Jenie Tauber and good friend Cherry Thorne were bridesmaids. Tommy's nephew Jeremy was his best man and my brother Jeremy was his groomsman. We spent our wedding night at The Atrium in Monroe and our honeymoon in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
We spent the first night of our honeymoon at the historic Park Hotel. It's behind the Arlington Hotel on the road leading to the lookout tower. It is a beautiful old hotel. It has no air conditioning. There was a huge ceiling fan over the bed. It was set to turbo speed. Tommy turned it off at one point just to cut down on the noise a little. We found out then why it was set so fast. Without the sound of the fan going, you could everything in all the rooms around you as if you were actually in the room with them. Needless to say we kept the fan going.
The bed was a matter unto itself. The bed and the pillows were like laying on stone. When you put your head on the pillow you kind of expected it to leave an impression. Not on these pillows. We joked that a pillow fight would be deadly. Needless to say, beautiful hotel that it was, we only spent one night there.
We spent the next three nights at the Downtowner. My mom, brother and I spent Thanksgiving week there in 1997 after my dad died. I knew we would have comfortable rooms. They have a spa on the top floor with the mineral baths in the basement. It was really nice and the pillows were not deadly.
Next month will be our 7th anniversary. I am not sure that I will be able to survive it.