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Wedding - A Childhood Love Story

Share Your Story: How Did You Meet and Marry?

By hadassa lefkowitz

Your Favorite Wedding Moment and Why

I didn't know my favorite moment until after the wedding when my husband told me how in awe he was of how beautiful I looked when he first saw me in my gown. I felt the same when when I saw him in his tux waiting for me at the end of the aisle. I think it was the anticipation & an overflow of love.

What You'd Change and Why

If I would change anything, it would be attention to details. All I wanted was to marry this man who I fell so completely in love with. The food, table linens, etc. did not matter to me. It was all superfluous to me. I just wanted to be his wife and start our life together. Perhaps dance lessons!

Your Wedding Song

I'll Always Love You by Taylor Dayne... We wanted " I Know You By Heart" from the movie Beaches, but the sheet music was not out & it would have been too expensive to transcribe so we opted for this.

My Wedding Story

Jay & I met when we were 10 years old in sleep away camp in PA in 1976, & he asked me to be his girlfriend. We both lived in N.Y. at the time but my parents moved us to FL. From 14-20 we lost contact until I moved back to NY when I was 20. I called the # I had for his family from when we were 10 & though they moved the # was the same. We agreed to see each other & how we turned out. We fell in love all over again. We moved to FL together in 1988 & when we went up for a visit to NY I was lying in bed and as I woke up he laid down in bed next to me and popped open the box & asked me to marry him. I didn't answer. I just cried.

Our Wedding

What made my wedding special to me was that 1. my grandparents and jay's grandfather were alive and present. Most of our friends and family were able to attend. But for me, even with everyone there, we were in our own zone. For me it felt as if we were in our own little world. It was about US!. We just had FUN! When we were kids, Jay used to sing to me "When I'm 64" by the Beatles. He sang it to me that evening. It was as though there was no one else in the room! It was a magical moment! We are both 44 now and married 20 years. Hopefully either on or before we are 64 we will go to the Isle of Whight.

Advice

  • The details are important, but the day is about celebrating your love and becoming one. Make that the focus, not the table linens
  • Your wedding should reflect your personalities! Have fun with it, break the mold!
  • Surround yourself with those who you love and love you. Superfluous people to bring up numbers on the guest list doesn't make sense
  • You are bringing 2 families together... Meet, talk, share the costs.. nowadays, and even 20 years ago when we were married, we split the costs.... keep things in balance.. then there are no bad feelings
  • Your wedding day should be the saddest day of your life

Francesca Di Meglio, About.com Newlyweds, says:

When there's love, nothing can get in the way, not even years of being apart. You'll always find each other.
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