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Great Wall of Family

September 28, 2009

I finally finished a picture project that I have visualized ever since JD and I got married over five years ago!

JD and I are extremely blessed to have parents and grandparents who have stayed married; there has been no divorce on either side, which is pretty amazing in today’s society. Our parents and grandparents, in the immortal words of Huey Lewis and the News, have always been “happy to be stuck” with each other.

I also love old pictures (as evidenced here), especially wedding pictures, and once we bought our house last August, I knew I wanted to fill a particular empty wall with old wedding pictures from our inspirational family members.

After lots of searching and nagging, we finally obtained all the pictures we needed.


Above are my parents; below are JD’s.


Most of our grandparents did not have real wedding photographs — and in some cases not even real weddings!– so, instead, we used very early pictures of the couples.

The first two are my grandparents (my mom’s parents, then my dad’s). The next two are JD’s grandparents (his mom’s parents, then his dad’s).






 Also included in the family display is the wedding picture of my dad’s late Godmother Lorraine and her hubby Joe, since their wedding (held later in their life) provided such a beautiful shot.


And we added a picture of JD’s great aunt Dare (his mom’s father’s sister) and her husband Fred, since they have been a big part of JD’s family.


Finally, we used this picture of our wedding day (July 17, 2004) as the centerpiece around which the other frames are anchored.

k & jd

Now that all of the pictures are displayed so nicely in our living room (perfectly spaced because of my sweet, mathematically-gifted and OCD-afflicted husband), I just flash a big smile every time I pass it. Not only am I happy that the project is finally finished and displayed, but I also love to be reminded daily of all the folks who have helped JD and me get to where we are today. We are truly blessed to have great parents and grandparents, some of whom one or both of us have never even met, who have loved us so much and so well over the years.

large display




5 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:40 pm

    SO GREAT! One note: the couple (my parents) in the sailor uniform and white dress are actually pictured on their wedding day, July 25, 1945. I still have parts of both outfits from their wedding. My mom and dad were both 5’9″ tall and each weighed 125 # on that day.

  2. Zab permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:42 pm

    My parents, that handsome Italian couple, are actually pictured at Pontchartrain Beach in New Orleans, a popular theme park in their era but no longer in existence.

  3. MamaStu permalink
    September 29, 2009 6:52 pm

    Well, I suppose I have to pipe in. My parents, the handsome couple (not prejudice at all) holding hands, sitting in the grass, are actually sitting under a huge tree in front of their high school. This was taken their senior year, and the caption “Most in Love”. This was in their yearbook. They graduated that year on June 2nd, and married (eloped) on June 13th. The year was 1952, and I believe today they are every bit as much in love.

    Kate and John David, we truly consider ourselves blessed for the two of you.

  4. MamaStu permalink
    September 29, 2009 6:54 pm

    Also, the layout of the pictures on your wall look great!

  5. Casey P R permalink
    October 14, 2009 12:12 pm

    What a great idea! I’ve been wanting to do something similar on the wall in Lauren’s room, like a family tree of people who love her, so they can “watch over her” every day. Maybe I’ll use wedding pics for all the parents…

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