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Monday, June 28, 2010

Our Wedding Anniversary


June 28, 1997

Fifteen years ago, we had our first date....    
and thirteen years ago today, June 28, 1997,
 I married my best friend.   

It was a magical day-- we were married in a historical church in Heritage Hill State Park.

How fitting for two folks who love camping sooo much, to get married in a State Park? 
We also camped for our two week honeymoon in our RV, circling Lake Superior.

Our wedding day weather was perfect, and we arrived at the park in style.
We had a driver with top hat and tails, a pair of fine horses
 and a white carriage like Cinderella! 

I felt like a princess in a fairy tale... and had found my Prince Charming! 

We shared our vows in front of our families and friends.. 
with our children taking part in the ceremony. 

Oh gosh, this is the Happiest Day of our LIVES! 

Our four lovely children were our Best Men and Honorly Maidens.  

Karen, Erin and Heather                  Steve, Dan and Mike

And here is our new family! 

The carriage had escorted us to the church, and then brought us to our reception 
in a lovely park setting on the grounds of Willowbrook. 

We rented a large tent, catered in a Spanferkle (pig roast)  and had a great picnic afternoon family picnic type reception.   My boss offered this lovely park setting for the reception location on the banks of the Fox River.  

It was a warm sunny afternoon.  We didn't care for a late night drunken dancing party, 
so an afternoon picnic was more our style.   Friends helped with the setup for us.
Soft music, good food, family and friends was all we needed to celebrate our marriage.

Steve later swept me away in our little Fiat Spider convertible...
 to a cozy bed and breakfast for our wedding night. 

He bought me this little car for a wedding present!


Thank you, Steve, for making my life more wonderful than I could have ever expected!!!!!   



  1. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY KAREN AND STEVE !! Today is our anniversary, too. We're a lot older than you "kids". We were married on June 28, 1969. 41 years of wedded bliss being celebrated today. I guess great folks get married on June 28th. :)

    Enjoy your special day.

  2. Oh, how sweet. I love weddings.. You are very lucky, you definately portray happiness!
    My first car was a green fiat spider. I loved that car...
    Happy Anniversary to you both. May you have many, many more!

  3. Happy Anniversary to Steveio & Karen, Boy what a wonderful wedding, thats' going to be a tough act to follow if you decide like we did to have another ceromony at 25 years and renew your vows, ours never expired mind you, but I thought it would be nice to have our favorite Pastor perform a church wedding since Donna & I were married by a friend of mine that was a County Judge. The second time was just as romantic as the first so keep that in mind. Your pictures are timeless and your kids looked terrific, and happy. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

  4. Happy Anniversary! I wish you a lot more years together. Life is so good with the right person to share it with you. Congrats on 13 wonderful years together.

  5. Happy Anniversary, you two! As I just told Bruce and Margie, I hope you have many, many more wonderful years together.

  6. Happy Anniversary!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your wedding story! Hope you have a wonderful celebration of this special day.

  7. Karen and Steve

    Congradulations on your Anniversary!!! Hope you have many more.

  8. Happy Anniversary! Hope you had a great day today and many more years to come.

    Looks like you had had a beautiful ceremony, and a fantastic day.

    Kevin and Ruth

  9. Happy Anniversary.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding with us.
    More Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  10. Happy anniversary Karen and Steve. I didn't realize that you guys had been married less time than Michael and me. I think our marriage is so strong because we were old enough when we got married to realize what was important and what was not. Happy Anniversary!

  11. What a wonderful look back. Wishing you many more happy years together!

  12. Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing the pictures :) Heidi and I just had our first anniversary on the 20th. June does seem to be a great month to get married!

    Happy Anniversary to you to Margie M!
    Wish you all many more happy years together!

    -Mike & Heidi
    97 Roadtrek 170P "Taj Ma Trek"

  13. Happy Anniversary!! What a beautiful wedding...a real fairy tale and you looked like a princess. Just beautiful. :)
    Mike and I wish you and Steveio many many more happy years together.

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  14. happy belated anniversary...

  15. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! What a lovely wedding you had. Thanks for sharing! It's wonderful to be married to your soul mate, isn't it?

  16. Awwww....that was so sweet.
    You got married on my youngest daughter's birthday.....her 16th birthday to be exactly.
    Happy Anniversary to you both!!!
    And many more!!


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