Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year!

Six years ago December 31st I married the man of my dreams in the most beautiful wedding imaginable.  My husband wanted us to get married on New Year’s because he said that would ensure that he never forgot our wedding anniversary – smart man 😉  … On that day we were surrounded by family and friends, great food, fun music, and plenty of dancing into the night.  We ended the reception by running through a tunnel lined with people holding sparklers.  It was a fairy tale wedding.

One of the unique things about our wedding was that we actually had two wedding ceremonies.  Let me explain.  In my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) we get married in the temple where the legal ceremony takes place as well as the sealing ceremony where our marriage is sealed for eternity (as opposed to be married til death do us part).  At the time of my wedding my father was actually serving in the temple presidency and as a Sealer in the LDS temple in Ghana Africa.  Because of that we wanted to have my father perform our sealing in Ghana.  In most parts of the world the legal and sealing ceremony are performed together and recognized by the government as official.  However, in Africa that is not the case and you are required to have a legal ceremony separate from the temple sealing ceremony.  So in order to have my father do our sealing in Africa we were required to have a legal wedding ceremony in the US first.  We obtained special permission required by our church to have the two ceremonies back to back, and we were able to have a civil wedding ceremony here in Salt Lake City, Utah on December 31st, 2007 and then we flew to Africa a few days later and my father performed the sealing ceremony in the Ghana temple.  The neatest part of having the two ceremonies was that my children were able to be at the civil wedding ceremony in Utah, with my daughter serving as my Maid of Honor and my son walking me down the aisle to give me away.  It was a fairy tale wedding in every way that New Years Eve.  Then flying to Africa with my husband’s parents to see my parents and have my own father perform the sealing ceremony was just amazing.  I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing wedding and I couldn’t have been marrying a better man.  My husband is truly the most amazing man I know and I feel so blessed to have found my sweetheart, my best friend and my eternal companion in Rollin.  Not only that but he is the most amazing father to my two children and that is the biggest blessing of all.  Yes, I am a lucky woman for sure!  Happy Anniversary Rollin!  I love you.

For my blog today I thought it would be fun to share a few photos of our amazing wedding six years ago:

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Happy New Year to all of you! 2014 is going to be the best year ever! I will leave you with a New Years toast and I will be back to blog again on Thursday:

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
A brand New Year will begin.
Let’s raise our hopes in a confident toast,
To the promise it ushers in.



  • Diane Linford says:

    You are an inspiration. I remember that day! I was so happy for you, and still am. (Look how much your children have grown and grown up!)

  • Emily Winters says:

    Wow you guys look great !!!

    “A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.”

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