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Anniversary Flower Photography

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The rose bouquet I got Steph for our anniversary has really started to open up over the past couple days. When I woke up today, I noticed the morning sun illuminating the blossoms magnificently so I attempted to capture digitally the beauty of the flowers:

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Anniversary flower bouquet.
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

One Year Anniversary!

Filed in PersonalTags: Family, Marriage

Today is a very important day for our little family: July 3, 2007 is the one year anniversary of my first date with Stephanie.

What an amazing year it has been! I never imagined that in a year's time I would have the family I have always wanted, that in becoming a husband and father I would finally fulfill some of my deepest desires.

In the time we have had together, Stephanie has shown herself to be the one person with whom I was destined to be, forever - and she has become my best friend, my confidant, my motivation, my heart, and my life. With her, we have the greatest blessing in the world, in our Lily.

I couldn't imagine life without either of them, and I am so happy and privileged and blessed that God has directed our steps to reach this point in our lives. I know this has been but one year in a lifetime of years, but it is still significant to me (not to mention, it is by far my longest relationship - sad as that may sound).

Tonight, especially, I am the happiest man alive. Stephanie, baby, I love you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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And here's why it is especially happy for us today:

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One of our first family photos! (Lillian's birth photo set)
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

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One of our first family photos! (Lillian's birth photo set)
Photo © Chip Bennett, all rights reserved.

The Wedding is Planned!

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Finally! I can't tell you how excited and relieved I am to announce that we have the details planned for our wedding!

The Short Version:

We will be married Tuesday, March 27, at 3:00 PM (PST) in Las Vegas.

The Long Version:

We will be going to Indianapolis the weekend of March 24 for my cousin's wedding. The following afternoon we will fly to Las Vegas. We will be blessed to have my parents accompany us. We will be staying at The Sahara on The Strip. Monday, we will all take a tour of Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. Then Tuesday afternoon will be the moment we have anticipated for what seems like an eternity! We will be picked up in a limousine and taken to the chapel where the wedding will be held. I will get to see my beautiful bride walk down the aisle, accompanied by my father, who will also be standing with me as my best man. Afterward, we will be taken back to the hotel in the limousine, with DVD/VHS videos of the ceremony, CD of wedding pictures, and two prints in hand. Then Wednesday morning, we will all fly back to Indianapolis, and Stephanie and I will drive home to St. Louis to begin our life as a married couple.

Stephanie is concerned that I am not getting the wedding I've "always hoped for", but I keep telling her that what makes a wedding the one I've always hoped for is the person walking down the aisle - and I could not have dreamed or imagined anyone more perfect for me. And our wedding might be "unconventional", but it will be ours, and that is what is important to me. Also, it means so much to me to be able to have my parents share in the experience with us.

We apologize that not everyone who might want to share in our wedding will be able to do so. We would love to have all of you there with us, but we know that's not feasible. However, the chapel where we will be married provides a live web-cam feed of the ceremony, in case anyone would like to watch. Please let us know if you will be joining us virtually!