Friday, November 20, 2009

Flashback Friday: When Bridget & Jeremy got married

Jeremy and I were married on November 20, 2001, which makes today our eighth anniversary. Here are some random, non-sentimental memories for you.

It was the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. We both took a week off of school and work to fly up to Portland and get married here (The Portland Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints):



I remember not being nervous, not at all. Not the night before, not the morning of, and not in the few precious minutes Jeremy and I spent together sitting on a couch in a beautiful room in the temple before walking to the room where the wedding took place.

I was slightly appalled when, a little while after the ceremony, one of the elderly temple workers WHITED OUT my maiden name on my temple recommend card to write in my new married name.



As I was getting ready to walk out of the temple with Jeremy and greet the wedding party, some blessed soul was driving frantically across town to fax a copy of our completed marriage certificate to the people who were doing the paperwork for my diplomatic passport. The Embassy in Moscow wouldn't issue it for me until I was married to Jeremy, and the reason for all the rush was that we were set to depart in just a few weeks. But since getting married does not magically nor automatically change your last name (unbeknownst to temple dude, above), they issued the passport in my maiden name. It was all kind of strange now that I think about it.

We had our wedding luncheon at an Italian restaurant called Ernesto's. There were about 22 people there, if I recall correctly, though I also remember that a small contingent showed up late so maybe there were more.

We had the reception at my house that evening. My mom and sister-in-law did an awesome job of decorating. Unfortunately, during her mad stashing of random clutter into cabinets, my sister-in-law accidentally put away my toiletries bag - you know, chapstick, toothpaste, hairbrushes, etc. So after the reception, Jeremy and I left the house and said goodbye to everyone with great fanfare...and then had to call home 20 minutes later to ask someone to bring us my toiletries bag. Oops.

Also while Jeremy and I were leaving the house, my mom sidled up to me all surreptitiously and passed me an unsolicited fistful of condoms. OH MY GOSH MAY A MORE EMBARRASSING MOMENT NEVER COME TO PASS DURING MY NOR ANYONE ELSE'S LIFETIME.




The honeymoon vehicle was duly "decorated" with shaving cream and pop cans and Oreos on the windows and I know not what else. The reason I don't know what else is because after allowing us and the reception guests to gaze upon it good-naturedly for about two seconds, my dad busted out the Windex and a squeegee and started scrubbing away at his precious car. I guess don't blame him. He was a good sport to allow the vandalism in the first place.

We took our honeymoon on the Oregon Coast in Seaside, and stayed in my sister-in-law's grandpa's beach cabin. It rained the whole three days we were there. We watched Spy Kids. We ate the leftovers from our reception and a lot of Papa Murphy's pizza. We saw the first Harry Potter movie in the theater. We almost ran out of gas on the drive back to Portland (I don't think I ever told my dad that).

By Monday the 26th, we were back at the BYU.





Happy 8th Anniversary to us!

21 comments:

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I'm willing to take the fall so you can protect someone's identity, but that wasn't me handing out condoms after the wedding reception! Whoever it was can go to their grave with their head held high.

Oh, Ernesto's is a great Italian place. And yes, the Charles Walker clan got lost but eventually found the place (thanks to a service station guy who for some lucky reason knew exactly what Charles meant when he said, "it might be an Italian place we're looking for").

And happy 8th!

Jeremy Palmer said...

The next year - on the very same day - Ernesto's called my parents asking where the heck our party and entourage were.

JackJen said...

May it be noted that you are even MORE awesome for saying "we took our honeymoon..."

Happy Anniversary!

JackJen said...

P.S. I also got married on a Tuesday.

Liz Johnson said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!! I don't think I've ever seen pictures of your wedding. You were a beautiful bride and you look so peaceful! I love it!

Scotty P said...

Happy Anniversary, you guys!!! I still remember your dad meticulously cleaning off the oreas from his car.

I also remember buying the oreos at the grocery store, because I made the cashier lady fill out a shopper-card application for me so I could get a 50 cent discount. She was sooooo mad.

Amanda said...

Nice. As we were walking out the door of our reception, my sister-in-law walked up in full view of her children and handed Tyler a bottle of personal lubricant. He was appropriately embarrassed which made all her kids burn with curiosity about what she just gave him. Her oldest was maybe 9 or 10 and did not buy her lie that it was toothpaste. It was probably the most awkward 3 minutes of my life.

Crys said...

We got married in the same school year, you just beat us a semester :) This post made me laugh for so many reasons...but my two favorite...the Oreos on the car. I say hurray to your dad! There is no way I'd let anyone put Oreos on my car if I had a bimmer but that is just me :) And then obviously the condoms. It cracks me up that someone wanted to make sure at that moment you thought about birth control rather then asking a few months in advance (I'm guessing it was your father). I always love your mom's comments, they add a little more insight :) Personally I would have rather had the lubricant. We honeymooned in a cabin in Logan and I was pretty embarrassed when two days in we ventured out to the grocery store to buy some only to find a pharmacist had to come out with a key and unlock the case where lubricant, condoms, and pregnancy test were. I'm pretty sure that only in Utah is lubricant considered a controlled substance :) Anyway HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Katie said...

I know we have kind of said this before, but--really--are we the same person living our lives a few years apart? Bryan and I got married in the Potland, Oregon Temple (which, as we all know is actually in Lake Oswego) and honeymooned out at Cannon beach. Ha! Perhaps if you could inform me of what is coming next in my life that would help. I believe you know how to reach me.

Katie said...

Oh yes, and happy anniversary!

Aimee said...

Happy Anniversary! I had a similar issue with my maiden name on my passport and insurance card until after Jameson was born! One of those odd transition times, even though legally it had al been changed. Have a great day!

Fromagette said...

Happy Anniversary!

Katie said...

Ha, I love your stories! Happy Anniversary. You are a beautiful bride.

Merkley Jiating said...

You look so young! I cannot believe the temple worker whited out your maiden name. I would have been furious. They just added my married name to the end but didn't add it very clearly so every time I go to the temple they still say, "Hello, Sister Neil." And don't tell Sam, but I love it.

Craig said...

Happy anniversary! What a memorable time that was, and such an exotic first year of marriage living in the Soviet Union, I mean Russia. :-)

Nope, wasn't me handing out condoms. My contribution to the honeymoon was loaning my car.

Bridget said...

I know it wasn't you, dad, because it was mom. Someone might have given them to her, but she was the one who gave them to me. Now let us never speak of this again.

Mikael@starter home to dream home said...

oh bridget!! You are SOOO CUTE and So young (ok, so you don't look any different, but jeremy looks like a BABY!). How old were you 2? I look at my wedding pics and derek looks like he is 19! haha.
I loved reading about this. you are perfect. (sorry about me commenting with my "other" identity, I lose track of when I am logged into what)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

a last comment on you-know-what. someone had a bag of "honeymoon goodies"--perhaps that's what I handed you in behalf of anonymous.

Susanne said...

Loved the post and comments. Y'all are so cute! :-)

Happy anniversary!

sarah said...

You both look so young, but especially Jeremypoo. I remember when Ernesto's called my mom the next year. They were pretty mad because they had everything set up. and just so i'm clear, we can't say you were 'honeymooners'? :)

Kristen said...

Don't be ashamed, Suzanne. Someone's got to think of those things! HA! Good stories, B.

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