To Iowa For Dancing and Family and Horses

Sometimes Gracefully Sometimes Gracefully Sometimes GracefullyLast weekend we road tripped to Iowa for a little 50th wedding anniversary bash, and boy was it marvelous to spend time with family, eat some quality Midwest comfort food, stare down Johnny the horse, and go dancing! I love dancing. I’m not sure if Darrin loves dancing…but he loves me, so, according to him, that means he loves dancing. What a keeper. πŸ˜‰

The party was held in the town opera house, and, after a little decorating, those bland white walls were filled with old pictures, wedding decor, and lights that really gave the place some charm!

Opera House Wedding Anniversary Wedding AnniversaryAΒ little background about the images above!

First, that Iowa wind was a real treat blowing my dress up right and left. Talk about a real show for the entire town who came out for some free cupcakes and dancing. Second, the roller skates belonged to Darrin’s grandparents. Their favorite spot to visit while dating was the local roller rink! So cute! Third, isn’t my grandma-in-law’s wedding dress beautiful? It was in such great condition, and such a treasure to see. Pictures are marvelous, but it can be so awesome to be able to touch such important pieces from the past! Fourth, those Stergen’s potato chips are Darrin’s absolute favorite. Of course they’d be at the wedding party. He’s so dang spoiled. Finally, that little dress was his grandma’s baton twirling uniform in high school, and it’s hanging right next to his grandpa’s FFA jacket. So awesome, right?

Wedding Party Wedding Party Sometimes Gracefully Sometimes GracefullyDarrin and I were the youngest married couple at the party, and you can bet we grooved to every 1960’s song the old man band played. Of course, we often tended to be the only couple on the dance floor, due to our “young muscles and stamina” {I was told}. Β So the majority of the party guests sat in their seats and watched Darebear and I get our “jive” on. It was a kind of “fish bowl” scenario that would have been extremely awkward if Darrin and I hadn’t decided to toss our embarrassment and slight anxieties concerning old people staring at us “to the wind.” Luckily, we did just that.Β TotallyΒ worth it. πŸ˜‰

The celebration was marvelous. Darrin’s grandparents had a wonderful crowd of guests and family that drove from all over to celebrate 50 years of commitment, faithfulness, and love. IfΒ thatΒ isn’t something to celebrate and cherish, then I don’t know what is. What an awesome example to work towards. Do you have any amazing role models that seem to consistently challenge and inspire you?

I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚


  • Reply Sarah Heckle November 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

    My cousin recently got engaged, and I can’t wait for her wedding for some fun family time and dancing! His grandmother’s dress is so pretty … and totally back in style today!

  • Reply Gina Michele November 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Lovely pics- you’re adorable!

    Gina Michele

  • Reply 5thAvenue November 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I love these pictures, they are so country it makes me want to leave the city! And you guys make an adorable couple.

  • Reply Jessica Lee Hart November 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Looks like you guys had a great time. Love your blog, super cute!


    the way to my Hart

  • Reply jennifer prod November 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    ah, the roller skates melt my heart – how cute is that? and that large/colorful picture of you and darrin deserves a frame πŸ™‚ looks like such a fun weekend πŸ™‚

  • Reply natalie November 21, 2013 at 7:00 am

    great photos!

    looks like such a lovely time


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