Monday, November 3, 2014

Anniversary

Summer, 2000

Before we got married, John and I had a date to the Huntington Library and Gardens. We asked a stranger to take our photo under the grapevine gazebo in the Shakespeare garden. That day, I knew we were going to get married when we bought a Huntington membership together. We married November 3, 2001, in the back yard of our rented house in Altadena.

Whenever we go to the Huntington we ask a stranger to take our picture at the gazebo.

Us 'neath the gazebo in 2010.

Once more, beneath the gazebo at the Huntington this year, 2014. That grapevine has really aged.

Happy anniversary, sweetie. These thirteen years can only be bettered by those to come.

32 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful tradition, Happy Anniversary!

Kalei's Best Friend said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! My husband had the same tradition w/my kids... he loved Descanso Gardens- especially the red bridge next to the tea house...

Pasadena Adjacent said...

It's nice when couples have a place they call their own. I wonder if most do? and even better that you found a way to document it.

Happy anniversary! will you be going there today? I think it's open on Mondays.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, everyone. Maybe we will, PA. Last time it was so hot, to day would be perfect.

José Mendonça said...

Lovely photos, Petrea! Congratulations to the both of you.

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Bellis said...

Happy 13th Anniversary! The grapevine's aged more than you have. But the building behind you has disappeared. I know it's still there, so maybe they moved it?

William Kendall said...

Happy Anniversary!

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, everyone.
Just a different angle, Bellis!

Gretchen said...

Happy anniversary, Petrea and John!

BettyS said...

Happy Anniversary! Lucky strangers who get to take your photo! Best wishes for many more years of this delightful tradition.

dive said...

Beautiful, Petrea. Many congratulations to you both.

Michael Salone said...

Oh what a wonderful post Petrea and a sweet story. May you have many years ahead and that only the grape vine ages with each photo :-)

Eric Tenin said...

Very nice way of celebrating a love anniversary. You haven't changed a bit (unlike the Gazebo!)

Dina said...

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree; and none shall make them afraid ...
וְיָשְׁבוּ, אִישׁ תַּחַת גַּפְנוֹ וְתַחַת תְּאֵנָתוֹ--וְאֵין מַחֲרִיד

Micah 4:4

altadenahiker said...

Happy A, youse two. And yes, there's no better time to visit The Huntington than after the rain. Or you can cheat, visit on the 7th, and see a really fine new photo exhibit.

Latino Heritage said...

Swell tradition. Happy anniversary this year and in the years to come.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you all. We love your comments! We're having a good day.

Ms M said...

Happy, happy anniversary!! And many more!
(My sweetie and I were married in 2001 also, in October.)

Susan Manning said...

It's so beautiful and lovely to be witness such obvious Love. Always makes me smile. Here's to all the Love and Fun to come!! xoxo

Petrea Burchard said...

Thank you for all your beautiful messages. We went to dinner at the Cordon Bleu school's restaurant, and our lava cake was on the house. Woohoo! You cannot get better than free lava cake.

Jilly said...

I love your love and the tradition of having someone photograph you each year, same day, same place.

Happy anniversary! xxx

LOLfromPasa said...

Congratulations! You both look wonderful and so happy together!

Petrea Burchard said...

We are!

Nathalie Beaumes said...

Great post - happy anniversary to you both!

I love the idea of asking a stranger to take your photo under the same gazebo whenever you go back.

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks, Nathalie. I think strangers are honored to take a photo. I like doing it for others, too.

Virginia said...

I love you dear one and just realized I've never really MET John, but what the hell, I feel like I do.
I thought you two would love the run on sentence!

You are a great team.
xxx
V

Petrea Burchard said...

Oh yes, V, John knows all my blog friends! He might not comment much, but he reads the comments. Thanks!

Katie said...

Happy (belated) anniversary! So cool that your first date was at the Huntington. Here's to many more years of Huntington gazebo photos (and lava cakes)!

Desiree said...

Just stumbled across this--
suh-weet-- and congratulations--

Petrea Burchard said...

Thanks Katie and Des. Thanks everyone!

sonia a. mascaro said...

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations to the both of you.
Very beautiful photos!