Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Wedding Anniversary!

As I type this post, my oldest son, Steve, and his wife, Sharon, are on an airplane bound for New York City to celebrate their 20th Wedding Anniversary.  Two things planned for today are the renewal of their vows to each other in an old church, and a carriage ride in Central Park.  They both love New York City, and will stay there to watch the crystal ball drop in Time's Square on New Year's Eve, and then return home a few days later.   This  special trip has been in the making since April.
I well remember their wedding 20 years ago, in Lansing, Michigan.   They picked the week of Christmas to get married because Steve was teaching high school in Texas, and was home for Christmas vacation.   Their Christmas [December 26th] wedding was beautiful! 
Sharon's mother is from Scotland, so the pre-nuptial music was played by a bagpiper.
The Wedding Party in the photo below.  It goes without saying that Sharon was beautiful, and her attendants were beautiful too in their dark green velvet and taffeta gowns.
Proud Mom & Dad with the new Mr. & Mrs Barkey!
A Family Photo
What a difference 20 years makes!  Our grandson, Brandon, was the ring bearer,  son, Jeremy, was a groomsman, and daughter, Lori, was a bridesmaid and soloist.  Steve also sang to his bride, "I Will Be Here."
Steve & Sharon at their reception held at the Michigan State University Union Ballroom.
Our daughter, Lori, with her daughter, Tiffany.  
Sharon's uncle, aunt, and cousin came from Scotland for the wedding.  Her uncle and cousin were ushers, and wore their Scottish Tartan Kilts.
Steve & Sharon
The happy couple leaving the reception, bound for San Antonio, Texas
Happy Anniversary Steve & Sharon.  Have a great time in the Big Apple!   And thanks for the two beautiful granddaughters you gave us!  ;-)

P.S.  Steve wrote the following message on his Facebook page three hours ago that I just had to add to my post:  "Well, she didn't think I'd do it!!! Double dog dared me, in fact. So, upon touch down at LaGuardia, I announced in a loud voice to the ENTIRE plane that 20 years ago today I married this amazing woman sitting next to me. They applauded wildly! Love you baby!!! Big Apple, here we come... Renewing wedding vows (that we've rewritten) tonight at either St. John the Divine Church or St. Patrick's Cathedral."
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Steve asked for a list of places to have tea in NYC, so I'll be sure to let you know if they make it to any of them.   The list I gave him included:
Lady Mendl's in Union Square
Alice's Tea Cup [three locations]
Tea & Sympathy in West Village
Russian Tea Room [Midtown]
Palm Court, Plaza Hotel [Central Park]
I would LOVE to go on a NYC Tea Tour.  Any readers out there up for coordinating one?



  1. A NYC Tea Tour would be fabulous! And, Happy Anniversary to the happy couple! Doesn't time fly!

  2. Beautiful wedding pics, isn't it fun to look back at them? Congratulations to your son and daughter in law. Visiting New York in December is on my bucket list. Now I will add having tea in various places around the city, to the list!

  3. Beautiful photos of beautiful memories!

    Of course I would love a NYC Tea Tour, including Broadway Show options! I've had afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton, The St. Regis, The Pierre, The The Penninsula Hotel, The Four Seasons, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Petrie Cafe. The ones you mentioned are definitely on my list!

  4. And, I forgot, I had afternoon tea at The Plaza on a girlfriend's trip several years ago. I love NYC, and have been many times.

  5. Your son is very romantic. Their wedding was just beautiful.

  6. What a fabulous wedding! It looks simply spectacular, and your son gets mega points for his airplane broadcast. Love it! AND ... yes, I'd love to go on a New York tea tour! Just tell me where to send the deposit, ha!


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