As a couple who has been married for over 20 years and a company that has been around for almost as long, we feel pretty confident in proclaiming that we have witnessed some moments, occasions, and festivities that stand out as exceptional and unforgettable.
From our first dance at our wedding in 1994 to our latest adventure as a family of five, these have certainly been memorable years. As we look back on our anniversary each January, we reminisce about our journey and celebrate its ups and downs. Sometimes, we catch ourselves wondering what would have happened if we had known then what we know now. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic moment in our lives and we wouldn’t change a thing. It has certainly been an adventure and one that we have enjoyed immensely. The best is yet to come!
Our Wedding Anniversary
Our wedding anniversary is one of the holidays we look forward to each year. We always spend time planning and celebrating the event, which is one of the highlights of our lives. It was such a long wait until we got married! Our engagement and subsequent wedding days were quite incredible experiences and we look back on them with great joy. We met in high school and eventually began dating in college. It wasn’t until we were both 21 years old that we thought about getting married. We knew from the beginning that we wanted to have children and once we did, our engagement and wedding days were just a little bit different but nonetheless special. We had such a fun time planning our wedding and it went off without a hitch. We had a small but sweet ceremony at a beautiful garden club in Southern California on September 4, 1994. Our reception was at a nearby hotel and it was such an incredible night. Our guests were treated to an evening of music, food, and dancing. It was a gorgeous day!
One of our fondest memories is of our first dance. When the time came for us to share our first dance with the attendees, we were so nervous but also felt such immense joy. The look on Dan’s (our former wedding planner) face was priceless and we have included a photo as a memento of that memorable day. Since that moment, we have danced at many weddings and celebrations as a couple. We have even become famous for our energetic and passionate dancing! It is fair to say that we have embraced the culture and have become an important element of the dance floor entertainment at various events. During one of our sets at a wedding, we were actually asked to leave by the bride! She didn’t want us to ruin her daughter’s big day but we had spent the entire evening practicing and were anxious to perform. This was one of the more memorable evenings of our careers. Another occasion that stands out was a dinner dance that we had with some of our friends from school. It was such a gorgeous evening and a great way to end our night. We had a lot of fun that night and were sad to say goodbye to our friends after the dance. This was one of the more memorable dinners of our lives as well. As you might imagine, we enjoy looking back on these wonderful memories with our family and friends. We have made many new friends along the way and look forward to celebrating with them as well. The relationships that we have built throughout the years definitely fill us with passion and joy. It is safe to say that our lives have been blessed and we are truly thankful to be alive and pursuing happiness each day.
Our First Son, William (Dubbed ‘Bull’)
The first time we laid eyes on William, he was lying on a table in his mother’s womb. We were immediately drawn to his tiny hands and feet, which were wrapped tightly around a table leg. As a couple in love, we could hardly wait to meet this little person and feel his kicks as he moved around in there! Unfortunately, our son was born a few weeks early and spent his first days in the NICU. He had to be on a ventilator due to low blood oxygen levels and didn’t weigh more than five pounds. Thankfully, he made it through the night and we got to meet him the following day. He wasn’t a pretty sight but we loved him just the same. We named him William after our favorite president and he has stuck with that name ever since.
As time went on, we got to meet more of our son’s family and friends. One of our favorite early memories is of our first family vacation with Will. We went to Disney World for a few days and it was such a magical moment to hold our little guy as Disneyland came to life around us. We spent some quiet time together in the stroller, enjoying all the sights and sounds. It was a night we will never forget.
Our family has continued to grow and thrive. We had our second child, a daughter, in 1999 and our third in 2001. Each one of our children has brought a special gift to our family. Due to their special bond with their father, our son and daughter have brought energy and joy to our lives. They have also taught us so much about strength and determination. Our third child, India, was born with a heart defect but has always been an incredible fighter. She is an inspiration to us all!
This year will see us celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and the birth of our third child, India. It will also mark the tenth year that we have been a father to our four boys. We feel incredibly blessed to have this life and look forward to continuing to grow with our family.
Our Newest Baby, Henry
In May 2019, we became parents for the fourth time! Our daughter, India, gave us the greatest gift when she and her partner, Alex, welcomed Henry into the world. He is so sweet and has already brought us so much joy. We couldn’t be prouder of our baby boy. He is a true delight and fills our days with energy and smiles. We are still on our honeymoon with Henry but it doesn’t feel like we’ve been apart for long. It feels like we’ve always been a family. It’s amazing the love that India has for her children and how she carries them around in her belly. It’s beautiful to see and we are so thankful for this unconditional love.
There are many reasons why our family is so important to us. It feels good to be able to share these moments with our kids as they grow up. We want them to know that they are loved and that their parents are always proud of them. We want them to be confident individuals who know what they want and how to get it. We want them to be proud of their unique identities and not to let anyone tell them that they aren’t perfect just the way they are. Most of all, we want them to have a solid foundation in place to handle whatever life throws at them. We want them to know that they can always count on us to be there for them and that we will always be their number one fans. What an incredible 20 years it has been! We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful experience. We are truly blessed and look forward to continuing to grow with our family.