Thursday, September 16, 2010

Funniest Wedding Photo Ever

Okay, it was the Eighties. What a weird time, what weird styles, what funny hair. At the time, it seemed perfectly normal that we both had perms. It also seemed somehow right that I should wear a red dress to my own wedding. Who knew what we were thinking?

Bill and Clair get married, never realizing until decades later that
they looked like they were wearing matching clown wigs
Our wedding was a very homemade affair with a budget that would have driven one of today's wedding planners right out the door. These kids today are spending more on their weddings than we spent on our little Craftsman cottage! We sprung for new outfits, made our own cake, and had the reception at our house with flowers from the garden. We weren't much on details--my neighbor and friend, Joan, was the one who scurried around to find a table to hold the cake, bless her heart!

The wedding program was typed up by the church secretary on an old-fashioned typewriter, which was all any of us had at the time. Here is the pronouncement made by Pastor Wert at the end of the ceremony (I've cleaned up the typos!):
May the vows you have mutually exchanged this day be for both of you, again and again, a source of happiness and life-giving strength. I now proclaim that Bill and Clair are husband and wife, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Let all people here and everywhere recognize and respect this holy union, now and forevermore!

We have enjoyed happiness and have been strong for each other, and people have, indeed, respected our holy union these past 29 years. But no one could respect those 80s hairstyles!


  1. "But no one could respect those 80s hairstyles!"

    We can, however, respect the nerve it must have taken to post this picture! Respect, my sistah and brothah, respect.

  2. This is one of my favorite photos of the two of you. I show it to people who want to know about my parents!

  3. Not THAT is one of those photos one keeps stored away in a box, under a bed, covered with a towel or old sweater. the mrs. and I have some similar ones! I am reminded of the words of a famous musician:

    "Lived in a brownstone, lived in the ghetto
    I've lived all over this town
    This ain't no party, this ain't no disco
    this ain't no fooling around
    No time for dancing, or lovey dovey
    I ain't got time for that now"

    You guys look so serious! Wondering if you are thinking about where you would be in 29 years!

  4. oh yeah you guys look HOT!!!!!!


  5. I love this photo AND the post! Watch-out CZ & BZ...this photo on the Internet could send a new surge in the demand for perms! What is old becomes new again in fashion, right?

  6. I am lovin' it! You have inspired me to to get some of my old photo's out and scan them to post. I was a '70's bride...daisies, parasols, floppy hats, plain, hand sewn (homemade) dresses. I don't think we can top your perms, but we were a sight, that's for sure! You're a brave blogger...daring to go where no blogger's gone before!! LOL


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