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12 Years Ago Today – February 14, 1996

Originally posted February 14, 2008

Click here and here to read about our travel to Maui and our meeting with Father Jack :-)

The big day had arrived! February 14, 1996 – the day we were going to get married. We chose this day primarily because it’s somewhat of a family tradition. My maternal Grandparents had gotten married on Valentine’s Day, and my godmother (their oldest daughter) WANTED to get married on Valentine’s Day, but it didn’t work out. Anywho, I really wanted to get married on Valentine’s Day to honor my grandparents. . . . Dan agreed so we did it! And really, what better excuse to get married in Maui? Who would ever want to get married in February in MN?!

Mom and I got up early and headed to get our hair and nails done. We were a little worried because it was cloudy and rainy – February is, afterall, rainy season in Hawaii. The lady doing my hair ASSURED me that by the time our 4:00 wedding rolled around, the sky would be blue and the rainbows would be bright. At 2:00, I wasn’t so sure! It was still cloudy and raining with no end in sight. Did I REALLY go all the way to Hawaii to get married on a beautiful island, only to have to have my pictures taken inside a church, with no sand, ocean, or palm trees in sight?

While Mom and I were getting ready, Dan was off with his family getting ready as well. They’d ventured out to get a Unity candle, the one thing we’d forgotten to get! They found a really fun one – I was happy as a clam with what they chose – a white and blue candle with Mickey and Minnie Mouse on it :-)

After a successful shopping trip to get the candle, Dan figured he’d better start getting ready. He got dressed at the condo in a nice dry room . . . we’ve got TONS of pictures of him getting dressed – including this one, with his Dad helping him out:

Dan Getting ReadyÂ

How many pictures do we have of me getting ready? NONE! And why is that? Because if you remember from the previous post, the library at the church was under construction, so I couldn’t get dressed there. And I didn’t want to put on my dress and then cram it into the back seat of a car for a 30 minute drive so it would get all wrinkled, sooooooo . . . we drove to the church and I got dressed in the parking lot! Yup – I got ready for my wedding while standing in the parking lot of the church. And, it was still raining on and off, so I actually got dressed IN THE CAR! In fact, it was this car . . . as you can see, not really roomy ;-)

Jodie Dan By Car

But it all worked out . . . and, just as 3:30 rolled around and we were getting ready to walk in to the church (I still hadn’t seen Dan), the rain stopped, the clouds broked, and the sun came out – resulting in the most beautiful rainbows you’ve EVER seen! It was PERFECT!

The ceremony was awesome – it was so nice to have such a small intimate ceremony in a beautiful location. We got to really enjoy the big step were taking, rather than worrying about guests and food and flower girls and cake and limousines. And, I think if my Dad had to walk me down the aisle of a big church with lots of people, he might have actually fainted ;-) He’s not a real big group type of person!

Here we are during the ceremony. If you look closely, you can see that Father Jack is once again sporting his Burks :-)

Us Al Father Jack

My Mom and Dan’s brother Bob are standing in the background. My maid of honor couldn’t make the trip to Hawaii because quite frankly, we’d just graduated from college and nobody had any money. So, my Mom stood up for me at the actual ceremony. It was REALLY special!Â

Our singer, Al, is also in the background. He was such a wonderful traditional Hawaiian singer. We had no clue what he was going to sing. We’d talked to him on the phone and he said to just leave it to him because he’d done this many times. He was right – it was BEAUTIFUL! He sang a traditional Hawaiian song, then he sang the Hawaiian Wedding Song in both English and Hawaiian – amazing! We were so happy :-) Here’s a photo of us and Al.

 Jodie Dan Laugh Church

Here are me and Dan after the ceremony. This is one of my favorite photos – it’s totally candid and we are so happy!

Jodie Dan Laugh In Church

When we walked outside, it was BEAUTIFUL! You would never had known it had been raining. The sky was beautiful, the ocean was beautiful, and everything was soooo green! Our photographer was hilarious! He owned only a tiny little motorcycle, which wouldn’t start after we left the church. Our videographer didn’t like our photographer, so he refused to give him a ride. As we pulled away in our car to head to a really nice hotel for some pictures, we looked out the back window and saw our photographer pushing his motorcycle down the road trying to pop the clutch and start it. Hilarious! He did get it started and all was well with the world. Here’s a photo of me and Dan on the beach after the ceremony:

Jodie Dan Kiss Beach

After the pictures on the beach, we all headed to the Chart House restaurant for our own little reception. We had our own menu and everything! They made it just for us - it was wonderful. The service was great and the food was amazing! After dinner, we all headed to a local bar/restaurant type place. Our singer, Al, had told us his band was performing there that night, so we went to check it out – we ended up having our own little dance reception. They introduced us and played the Wedding song again for us and everything – it was soooo awesome!

Then off we were to our OWN condo, to spend our first night as husband and wife :-) Check back tomorrow to hear a little bit about our honeymoon.

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9 Comments

  1. andrea says:

    Oh, Wow! That sounds so gorgeous with the clear skies opening up and the breath-taking rainbows.

    That picture of you guys on the beach….AMAZING!!

  2. Deb says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen your wedding photos! These are great! Happy Anniversary!!!!

  3. Shirley says:

    Brings back lots of great memories. You were absolutely beautiful Jodie and you were so happy that you just beemed!! What a wonderful and memorable day we all had. I enjoyed your wedding more than any others I have ever attended because only close family and a couple of very close friends were there. We had no worries about wedding parties, receptions, dances, etc. It was a totally carefree, relaxing atmosphere that enabled us to totally enjoy the event and share in your happiness. Having the wedding reception at the Holiday Inn back in MN when we returned was wonderful as well because we didn’t have the stress of the wedding ceremony, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc. so that was relaxing and a lot of fun too. You and Dan really made a wonderful choice. Happy Anniversary!!!
    Mom

  4. Shirley says:

    Brings back lots of great memories. You were absolutely beautiful Jodie and you were so happy that you just beemed!! What a wonderful and memorable day we all had. I enjoyed your wedding more than any others I have ever attended because only close family and a couple of very close friends were there. We had no worries about wedding parties, receptions, dances, etc. It was a totally carefree, relaxing atmosphere that enabled us to totally enjoy the event and share in your happiness. Having the wedding reception at the Holiday Inn back in MN when we returned was wonderful as well because we didn’t have the stress of the wedding ceremony, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc. so that was relaxing and a lot of fun too. You and Dan really made a wonderful choice. Happy Anniversary!!! I am so proud of you!!
    Mom

  5. Pam says:

    Oh how amazing and gorgeous! I just love those last two pictures of the two of you!

  6. Shirley says:

    Remembering your wedding day brings tears to my eyes. What a wonderful wonderful day!!! Happy anniversary!!! Love you both…Mom

  7. Shirley says:

    I had forgotten how beautiful you and your bouquet were!!! And Dan looks soooo young!!! Love the memories!! Love…Mom

  8. Sue says:

    What a beautiful couple. Your mother did a wonderful job of setting everything up. It made it a great, great experience for all of us. I will not forget, since I hate to travel and fly, how some of you were betting that I would not show up. Surprise.
    I thought the restaurant was so fun with our small group and the beautiful setting. The lush green plants made the picture of the two of you two setting in front of the restaurant with your white satin dress so special.

    You both are so made for each other. You are so much fun and so thoughtful, plus great parents. Every trip to your home is such a memorable experience. Thank you for saying yes to our son.

    Love you both!

  9. Shirley says:

    I diddo everything I commented from previous years. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! I will never forget your wedding day!!! Love…Mom

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