June 10, 2016

{Surprise} The one where we got married. Again.

On May 25th the Coach and I had our 25th wedding anniversary; we planned to celebrate with a weekend trip to Key West.

Would you believe that, I, a Florida native had never visited Key West? It's a shame I tell ya.

We'd booked a sweet little B & B for the weekend and had no major plans other than R & R. Our good friends Don and Kelly rented a house for the month about 20 minutes from where we were staying, so we'd planned on meeting up for a few meals while we were there; nothing definitive....we were playing it slow & loose.

Kelly and Don had this waiting for us in our hotel room. My wedding flowers consisted of Stargazer lilies......oh, and wayyyyy back in 1991 Kelly actually did the flowers for our wedding; she's not only very thoughtful, she remembers details that make everything special.

Our first night we met up with Don, Kelly and some other friends at Mallory Square to watch the sunset followed by dinner at a Cuban restaurant.

The next morning the Coach and I visited Hemingway House; surely it's mandatory. We both loved the rich history of this house and of course those 6 toed cats. Meow.
Friday evening we were meeting Don and Kelly for dinner. Kelly told me to wear a dress, which is weird because she doesn't usually mandate my wardrobe, but I listened. They texted us just prior to leaving for dinner and said to meet them at the beach to see the sunset and have a glass of wine first.
The Coach and I follow directions....we parked on the almost deserted Smathers beach and started walking to find our friends. I thought it was so sweet when we passed two small parties of people who were getting married right there on the beach.

As we were waking and looking for our friends, the Coach stopped me in front of this lovely little scene and said something like: "I lied....we're going to renew our vows right here."
Me: "what?"
He then proceeded to drop to one knee, reach into a conch shell in the sand and pull out a diamond ring. This is where it all went blurry....He asked if I'd give him 25 more years...or something sweet like that. My head was spinning. And I do believe I said yes....

The next thing I knew, out from behind me running onto the beach is Don, Kelly, Lolo and Lindsay!
Our girls were supposed to in Fort Myers and getting ready to drive to Tampa to a music festival for the weekend!
What the heck is happening here?
To say I was shocked is an understatement!
I'll share the rest of this lovely evening next time....'tis getting lengthy.

BTW: I'm still on cloud nine because of that man of mine.



  1. This brought tears to my eyes!!!! What a wonderfully sweet and thoughtful thing for your husband to do!!! He's a keeper for sure. I can't wait to read more about this!!!! Congratulations on 25 years and here's hoping for at least 25 more!!

  2. You have such a romantic husband and precious family and friends. I am totally impressed they could keep it all a secret from you! It's amazing you and the girls didn't run into each other before that night. The beach wedding set-up is picture perfect! LOVE LOVE LOVE this happily ever after story!!!

  3. What a sweetheart your hubby is. You two are the greatest couple with the sweetest daughters and friends. You so deserve this and I am so happy for you. All the best in the next 25!

  4. What a sweet surprise. He's a keeper for sure.

  5. How sweet and romantic! Better than a Hallmark movie! Can't wait to hear about the rest.

  6. OMG! Where do I even start with the comments??? Yes, Hemingway House is a must, for sure. You look like a teenager in the picture on Mallory Square! Coach re-proposing: be still my heart!!! Your girls surprising you: only girls would do that! SOOOOO SWEET! Can't wait to hear the rest!

  7. I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE all of this... SO romantic --and OH, so much LOVE... So many couples don't show this kind of love anymore... I am SO SO SO happy for you both.... Such a fantastic surprise for YOU.... (Cannot believe they actually kept this secret from YOU.)


  8. You definitely got a winner with Coach. It sounds as if every little detail of your Key West getaway was perfectly planned.

  9. That coach is definitely a five-star husband. Wow! Yeah, I'd keep him around at least another 25.

  10. oh my gosh, i was just about crying over this post...a scene out of a movie! you better hold on tight to that guy! you look great by the way! congratulations!!!

  11. what a great surprise all the way around, starting with the bouquet in your room.

  12. Well, this is the sweetest thing ever! You two are the cutest! <3

  13. I was crying at the first post but this made me cry even more.


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