The Real Story of How We Got Married: I Found My Journal!

Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls

Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls

I’ve been sorting through my journals.

I can skim one in five minutes.   Sadness:  skip.   Divorce:  skip.  Dates with fly fishermen and boat owners: skip.

But I am saving the lively pages, because very occasionally I wrote when I was happy.   I have found a charming and touching account of our marriage ceremony at the County Courthouse, which I wrote a version of here on our anniversary, July 2.

But now here is the journal entry.

July 3

B. and I got married yesterday morning.

We had to do a lot of waiting.  Walk up to one window, then wait for the certificate to be typed up.  Then up the elevator to the 12th floor and wait to be called into a small courtroom with the other couples.

The couples included a blind middle-aged pair with two little boys; all four held hands when the judge told the couple to hold hands.  There was a sweet  young couple dressed in traditional wedding outfits, the woman in a pink bridesmaid-type dress and the man in a gray suit.

The Judge said, “You win first prize.  You get to have your picture taken with me,” and the bailiff snapped a picture of the three of them.

B. and I were the only couple without rings.  We were very nervous, but we kissed sweetly, and then the Judge said, “And you’ve won the second prize.  You get the take the Judge on your honeymoon.”

We roared with laughter.

“Where are we going?” he asked.

“Niagara Falls,” B. said.

“I haven’t been there in years,” said the Judge.

4 thoughts on “The Real Story of How We Got Married: I Found My Journal!

  1. We were very happy on our wedding day too. It’s good to find the entry at the time. But we didn’t get to Niagara Falls until our second daughter went to Buffalo University for a Librarian degree.

    Che calor in Virginia just now


  2. I passed through Niagara once – when I was 15 and on my way by plane with my family for our huge holiday for a month in California staying with a relative – it was a huge event, first time flying and going abroad, and we stopped in Niagara to go through customs. We didn’t see the Falls, but my first sight of a Hershey Bar for sale was really surreal and convinced me I had left England….

    (sweet journal entry, btw!)


  3. Sounds like a great trip! Now we’ve all got to get to Niagara Falls. Cathy Marie Buchanan wrote a very good novel about the Falls, The Day the Falls Stood Still. And here is a video of the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls.


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