I was 35 years old when Mr. Arnaz and I married on October 8, 1987. He was 34. Our friend Andy Cattoir took this photo (which I love) and all photos at our wedding ceremony. I have oodles of wedding photos but have never posted any of them until today. It was a beautiful ceremony attended by our parents, family and close friends. I remember everything about this day ~ even Jeanine telling me to stop putting hair spray on my hair or else I'd have to shampoo before the ceremony! That comment still makes me laugh.
Dancing~ a big part of our celebration. Everyone danced with everyone! I especially like this photo of my handsome, silver-haired father dancing with the Mother of the Groom. Isn't this a nice photo? How could we know that within a few years they would both be gone? I'm so glad our families were still alive on this day. I guess I'm glad I didn't know back then what the future would hold. Wouldn't we all give anything for one more dance with someone we've loved and lost? Our first dance together was to Forever Darling sung by Desi's Father from a movie he made with Desi's Mom by the same name.
Andy (our photographer) told me to twirl, so I did! Ballerinas twirl. That's what we do. My girlfriend Dolfin (a remarkable seamstress) brought this dress to life for me. I created the design and found the most luscious pink satin and vintage lace. Then Dolfin had me to her home for a series of fittings. Finally, voila! The dress was finished. I still remember how I felt when I put that dress on. It is still a treasured part of my closet but it doesn't fit me anymore. I guess it shrunk over time.
Desi's friend Guy Webster is a photographer in Los Angeles. He took this photos of us before our wedding. Was I ever 35? How on earth did I become 59? I am dumbfounded at the rapidity of time passage and wish I could relay what I feel today to women who are younger than me. Time goes by quickly and youth goes with it. LOVE is everything. To cultivate loving friendships and love within the family is everything. Honesty, virtue & responsibility DO matter. As I age I have no tolerance for mediocrity but have open arms for quality, decency and ... LOVE.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Arnaz. xoxoAmy