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Karen & Stephen’s 40th Anniversary


The gang gets back together again

by Maddie Eisenhart, Digital Director & Style Editor

* Karen, Writer & Stephen, Retired International Lawyer * Photographer: Hart & Sol West (APW Sponsor) * Planner: Lowe House Events (APW Sponsor, and Karen & Stephen are Elizabeth’s parents!) * Soundtrack for reading: “Call On Me” by Big Brother and the Holding Company *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: Our party was celebratory, relaxed, and filled with loving friends and family that made it an event we will never forget.

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The Info—Photography: Hart & Sol West (APW Sponsor) / Planner: Lowe House Events (APW Sponsor, and Karen & Stephen are Elizabeth’s parents!) /Venue: Piedmont Community Center / Catering: Trumpetvine Catering / Cakes: Market Hall Bakery / Flowers: by family friend Kate Kristensen / Balloons: Paper Plus Outlet  / Jazz trio: led by John Spencer / Band: led by Steve Gibson

Other cool stuff we should know about: It was meaningful to have many members of our original wedding party present. The band members were professional musicians who are also our friends and played music from the years that we dated. Stephen sang three songs with them, including, “Call on Me,” dedicated to Karen. Our daughters, Elizabeth and Alexandra, planned and hosted the party, which made it all the more meaningful and touching.

Favorite thing about the party: Being surrounded by so many people we cherish who have been an integral part of our marriage throughout the years was the perfect way to celebrate our long relationship.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is the Managing Editor of A Practical Wedding. She’s been writing stories about boys and crushes since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) in the art of talking from NYU in 2008. In her spare time, she takes pictures of people in love. Maddie lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband Michael, her Mastiff named Juno, and her roommate named Joe.

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  • MM

    I don’t know if it is the fact that I just got engaged last week (yay!), the time of year that makes me especially sentimental and gushy or what, but wow… this had me in tears. Certainly something to aspire to.

  • Karen

    Okay, I gotta ask: what is FTW???

    • http://seventhandw.wordpress.com nors

      For the win!

  • http://seventhandw.wordpress.com nors

    I love this photo, I swear I’ve seen one just like it of Elizabeth here.
    http://media.apracticalwedding.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Karen-Stephen-40-Years-48.jpg

    • Emily

      They look so alike, right? :)

      • Elizabeth @ Lowe House

        The Clayton women (my mom, my sister, and I) definitely do look alike, and we definitely have a tendency to laugh really loudly with open mouths and closed eyes ;)

  • http://www.empapers.com Eleanor

    I love these pix! The contrast and pop of the red balloons…is it bad that only 4 years in, I’m thinking about a big anniversary bash?

  • carrie

    I needed the big afternoon smiles. This is so lovely.

  • Crayfish Kate

    This is absolutely beautiful and so sweet! I am sitting here teary-eyed, there is so much love in those photos!

    Also, speaking of teary-eyed, I’m dying to know what was said that made everyone teary! Clearly, you have some talented toast-givers! Best wishes on many more years together!

  • http://Twitter.com/itsradishtime Taylor

    Love this. Got a dumb grin on my face over here.
    And if I am blessed to see my 40th anniversary with my guy, I am so stealing that awesome cake idea

  • Lizzie

    This is the first wordless wedding that has brought tears to my eyes, and I was a little surprised to see others say the same. So sweet and touching. What a beautiful event!

  • Denzi

    Oh man, from that very first shot of red balloons, I was grinning my fool head off and tearing up. Congrats on forty years, and may you have many, many more!

  • http://emiliajanephotography.com Emilia

    I love this.

  • http://www.sarahhoppes.com SarahHoppes

    40 years! And so much happiness! I’m crying all over my keyboard.

  • April

    This. is. AWESOME!!!!!

  • Shiri

    a) This made me really happy.
    b) Best. Cake. Inscription. Ever.
    c) Congratulations!!
    d) So awesome.

    • sarahmrose

      b) Best. Cake. Inscription. Ever.

      Ditto.

  • http://themoderngal.com The Modern Gal

    Wordless Wedding Anniversary Parties. What a great idea!! Happy anniversary, Lowe House Parents!!

  • http://unexpected-moments.blogspot.com/ Sheryl

    It might be just a tiny glimpse into a forty year marriage, but that celebration party just warms my heart. I always love the pictures with the happy tears.

  • Natalie

    This is amazing. So much love at that party.