15 Years

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“There is no greater risk than matrimony. But, there is nothing happier than a happy marriage.” Benjamin Disraeli 1870 (in a letter to Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise, congratulating her on her engagement)

This past Saturday Jeff and I hosted an intimate anniversary party at one of our favorite places. A gorgeous building called The Sanctuary. A neighbor of ours owns a church that she converted to a private residence and on occasion she will rent itΒ  to people she knows.Β  We rented it for Valentine’s weekend a few years ago, and my friend Jana and IΒ  spent a girl’s weekend there once. Walking through the front doors is like being transported to another world.

We thought it would be the perfect setting for celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary, and it turns out we were right. Some of our best friends were able to make the trek down to Red Wing, and it was a beautiful day.

“Dear Love, for nothing else than thee would I have broke this happy dream.” ~John donne

The Sanctuary

Gathered at the kitchen island for drinks

(Heather, TJ, and Jeff)

Tom and Heather

flourless chocolate espresso torte

delicious pizza I didn’t have to cook πŸ˜‰

J and Me

The dining area

stone fireplace

Jeff and his best man, Jon

me and Andie (who was our flower girl 15 years ago)

Here’s to 15 years!



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  8 comments for “15 Years

  1. Sandy
    October 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    A neat place and I love all the cheese on the pizza. πŸ™‚

  2. admin
    October 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    It’s gorgeous! and yes…cheese, mmmmm πŸ˜‰

  3. October 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I love this idea.

  4. admin
    October 26, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for commenting Mary. It was a memorable day! πŸ™‚

  5. Kimber Dunn
    October 29, 2010 at 10:45 am

    WOW – that is an incredibly beautiful place!!! I love that you celebrated with your friends & your wedding party! What a special day and a sentimental memory! Love it! Congrats again on such a beautiful marriage to your soulmate!! You two are very special!

  6. admin
    October 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I just love it there! I originally thought about having everyone from our wedding party there, but decided against a huge crowd. Sometimes it’s nice to just have a laid back day and keep the gathering intimate. Thanks for the congrats. He’s a sweet, considerate, romantic, funny person. I’m the lucky one πŸ˜‰

  7. January 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    when joe arrives for the weekend, this is a MUST!!!

  8. admin
    January 19, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    YAY!!! I’m so glad you like it Maria! Just let me know date(s) as soon as you can and I’ll talk to my friend about reserving it for you πŸ˜‰

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