Usually, I have to choose from just a handful of wedding photos, but as I mentioned some time back, I found a big cache of old prints and I am going through them and digitizing them.
This is the base chapel at Little Creek Amphib base, home of the Gator Navy. I had a conference there, and rather than get married in Italy, I made arrangements for the base chaplain there to marry us. M was still in the Navy then, so she took leave and I was on TAD orders.
It was supposed to be just a simple wedding. I didn't invite anybody.
Even so, her whole family came.
My mom and dad came.
Her father wanted to marry us, so I had to get the base chaplain to ok that, which was a hassle, because he wasn't very happy about it.
Also, we had to have a "wedding dinner" which I had never heard of, but the night before the wedding we all went to some hoity toity restaurant in Norfolk for dinner. It wasn't a whole lot of fun and M was stressed out.
She was still in the Navy, at that point, and she brought her blue uniform to wear. But her sister had married Steve (he was an Army officer, then) a month or so before, so M's mom, and sisters, altered Beth's wedding dress to fit M and everybody insisted she wear that. It looked nice, but it was just one more thing to get everybody all wound up over.
Then when the wedding was over, we had to have a "reception", people came to it that were friends of her mom and dad whom I'd never met, and they gave us presents we had no way on earth of getting back to Italy.
But after that , everybody went back home and we had three more days in Norfolk to get over all the furor.
Then we went back to Italy. Because she changed her name, we had to go through the Italian Security Police branch of the Carabinieri to get that done. You don't know the meaning of the word "bureaucracy" til you try to do something like that in Italy.
The Navy screwed up her pay because of the name change, and it took months to straighten it out. Then we found out she was getting orders, so she resigned her commission . We could never have gotten orders to the same place at the same time, the Marine Corps and the Navy have a completely different system for cutting PCS (permanent change of station) orders. So one of us had to leave the service.
And here's what we look like today!
Like everybody else, we've had to get through some tough times , everybody has to deal with health issues, that kind of thing. But all in all, we've done alright.