Southern Anniversary

Submitted by Christi

Okay, it’s here! October 12th is my 12th wedding anniversary. When we were looking for places for the ceremony and reception, of course, I took pictures and after the wedding, then, I had before and after pics! I would love to share some of them with you for the wonderful Monday Metamorphosis hosted by the very talented Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Here is a picture of the empty chapel that I took months before the wedding. We knew the minute we entered the chapel that this was where we wanted to get married.

Thorncrown Chapel

The picture above was taken months before the wedding. We knew the minute we entered Thorncrown Chapel that this was where we wanted to be married.

Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel

Here is the chapel the night of the wedding. Can you see us there at the alter?

Thorncrown Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel

The chapel looks very different, although still beautiful with wonderful people in it.

Basin Park Hotel Ballroom

Basin Park Hotel Ballroom

The picture above is of the ballroom at the Basin Park Hotel. Actually, it has been completely redone since then, but this was what it looked like over 12 years ago.

Basin Park Hotel Ballroom

Basin Park Hotel Ballroom

Here is the ballroom with the Jack Mitchell Big Band. They were fabulous. The drummer is Jack Mitchell. They played all Big Band music which we just loved (that is why we chose them, after all).

Basin Park Ballroom

Basin Park Ballroom

And, of course on the other side was the table with the cakes. There were tables along the side wall with lots of food and lots of yummy champagne and punch were served by the wonderful wait staff.

The mothers

The mothers

Here is a picture of the mothers. My mother, Carrol, is on the left. My husband’s mother, Miss Iola, is in the wheelchair and the dear lady who we dubbed an “honorary mother” is Norvelle Turner. She lived with my husband’s family for nearly 45 years before her death from cancer. She loved my husband like a son; and he her like a mother. His mother died 2 months to the day after her death. Though Norvelle was Miss Iola’s housekeeper, she was loved like a member of the family, and, in fact, my husband took care of her ’til her dying day.

The happy couple

The happy couple

And, here we are, the happy couple then and the happy couple now. I am very blessed to have married this wonderful, Godly man whom I love even more now, 12 years later.

THE peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God,
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
he amongst you and remain with you always.


Today’s Lagniappe: Mint Chocolate Truffles
Okay, other than the shrimp, I don’t really remember what was served at my wedding reception. I’m sure I didn’t get around to have anything. We were too busy having the time of our lives! Anyway, there had to have been chocolate. I like this recipe and think it would be great for a wedding reception.

  • 1/3  cup  semisweet mint-chocolate morsels
  • 4  ounces  Neufchâtel cheese, softened
  • 1  (16-ounce) package powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4  cup  unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4  cup  sifted powdered sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  semisweet mint-chocolate morsels


Place 1/3 cup morsels in a medium glass bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until morsels are almost melted, stirring until smooth. Let cool.

Add the cheese to melted morsels, and beat at medium speed of a mixer until smooth. Add 1 (16-ounce) package powdered sugar to cheese mixture; beat until well-blended.

Press mixture into a 6-inch square on heavy-duty plastic wrap, and cover with additional plastic wrap. Chill at least 1 hour.

Remove top sheet of plastic wrap; cut mixture into 48 squares. Roll each square into a ball, and place on wax paper. Roll half of balls in cocoa; roll remaining balls in 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Place 2 tablespoons morsels in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until morsels are softened. Knead bag until smooth. Snip a tiny hole in corner of bag; drizzle chocolate over balls rolled in cocoa. Serve at room temperature.

9 Responses to “Southern Anniversary”

  1. Jane Says:

    Such a gorgeous wedding! Happy anniversary!


  2. cheri peoples Says:

    Oh I love seeing peoples wedding pictures.

  3. Ann Messick Says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

  4. Eileen Says:

    Such a lovely setting!
    Such a lovely couple!
    Happy Anniversary!
    I’ve really enjoyed your Anniversary posts, beautiful story.
    All the best,

  5. darnold23 Says:

    Thorncrown is such an awesome place. We are so lucky to have it. Have you seen the new Anthony Chapel at Garvan Gardens? BTW…beautiful couple as well. Happy Anniversary. Just wanted you to know that Mister Linky is up and ready for Crock Pot Wednesday. Thanks so much for participating.

  6. Marty Says:

    What a beautiful chapel and you both look so gorgeous. Such a very pretty wedding. How wonderful that your DH took such good care of his mother and his adopted mother. I know he also takes wonderful care of you too, such a blessing. Thanks also for stopping by and always leaving such wonderful and kind comments. I really appreciate it. Hugs, Marty

  7. nannykim/spindle cottage Says:

    Beautiful pics and such a wonderful place for the wedding—nice to see it with you all in it!!

  8. Glenda/MidSouth Says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a pretty place to be married.

  9. Our Creative Life Says:

    So pretty! I’m going to a wedding at the Anthony Chapel in Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs this weekend. It looks very similar to the one in Eureka Springs.

Leave a Reply