Illegal Wedding Photos

And she's a writer with a Ph.D., you say? You'd think she could be a little more clear.

And she’s a writer with a Ph.D., you say? You’d think she could be a little more clear.

The title of this post may sound confusing.

The photos are perfectly legal.

We paid for a professional photographer to take pictures of our illegal wedding.

Does that clear things up for you?

No?

Phil and I couldn’t legally get married because of a clause in my divorce settlement that prohibits me from marrying until I’m 67, which is about 10 years away.

Get my best sweatsuit outfit and a justice of the peace. It's my 67th birthday and I'm having a wedding cake tonight!

Get my best sweat suit outfit and a justice of the peace. It’s my 67th birthday and I’m having a wedding cake tonight!

So, true lovers that we are, we decided to get illegally hitched at something we called a “commitment ceremony” way back in September.

With the big move across country and the new book coming out, I kind of forgot to show you the pictures.

Sorry.

Well, here they are.

Before the event began, we thought we'd sit and look pretty for the camera.

Before the event began, we thought we’d sit and look pretty for the camera.

The scenic backdrop for out illegal shindig.

The scenic backdrop for out illegal shindig.

Taken after we said our illicit vows. I think I'm going to nickname Phil "The Big Dipper."

Taken after we said our illicit vows. I think I’m going to nickname Phil “The Big Dipper.”

Love was definitely in the air. Illegal or not!

Love was definitely in the air. Illegal or not!

Dancing with my guy...

Dancing with my guy…

Dancing with my younger sister...

Dancing with my younger sister…I’m the Devil in the Blue Dress.

Me with my mom and sisters

Me with my mom and sisters

Me with Alex, the child who made it through my bumbling parenting.

Me with Alex, the child who made it through my bumbling parenting.

The song we selected as "Our Song" was by Jim Croce: "Time in a Bottle."

The song we selected as “Our Song” was by Jim Croce: “Time in a Bottle.”

My mom, bless her heart, bought this votive candle holder for me a couple of years ago, thinking about how happy I am to be with the man of my dreams.

My mom, bless her heart, bought this votive candle holder for me a couple of years ago, thinking about how happy I am to be with the man of my dreams.

Remember, we’re both technically single still and up for grabs.

 

~ by Lorna's Voice on November 10, 2014.

54 Responses to “Illegal Wedding Photos”

  1. There are perks to everything, Gayle. You just have to look for them! šŸ˜‰

  2. Well now I know…smart you to put off your legal marriage until all funds are paid. I suppose there are some perks to being legally married…aren’t there? šŸ˜‰

  3. While we were married, I loaned his business a great deal of money. Our divorce contract spells out how much he owes me. He is paying me back in monthly installments because he couldn’t afford a lump sum. He put in this clause that he would stop paying me if I got married. I never gave it a thought because, at the time, I figured no man would ever want me and I wasn’t all that interested in being rejected by another man. The month after his final payment is up, we’re getting legally married.

  4. Congratulations to you and Phil! Love the photos…joy is everywhere! Legal schmegal…who needs it?! Happiness is all that matters. But I am very curious as to why that clause was in your divorce decree…

  5. Aw Thanks, Diana!

  6. You deserve the best and it looks like you got it! Legal or not, congratulations to both of you.

  7. Totally serious! Sorry… šŸ˜‰

  8. Disheartened to hear that you are married. Is it serious?

  9. Just consider me an outlaw rather than an in-law!

  10. Love all these pictures! Got yourself a pretty neat guy there. You radiate love, warmth and beauty…..not bad for an illegal wife…..or is it alien? I’m getting so mixed up!

  11. It already has! Thanks so much!

  12. If you have a Kindle, it’s only 1.99!

  13. Robin, thanks so much! You are a dear friend. šŸ™‚

  14. This was such a riot, Lorna! You certainly were a beautiful ‘devil in a blue dress!’ You bewitched Phil, I love the dipper! The photo with your son and the one of all the girls, you and your sisters, those were so amazing. The photographer really brought all of the best smiles out of you all! I love the words on the votive, will cherish them and hope for my happy ending! smiles! Meanwhile, enjoy your happy, illicit times!

  15. I was only speaking in the most technical of terms, Tots. And I’m still in NY. Phil is on his way to start the new job. I leave in about a month.

  16. Lovely photos. Yes, I was also curious about the clause. I guess I have to read the book…;)

  17. Thanks! Yes, there was plenty of action that day!

  18. Congratulations! I hope your illegal union brings much illegal happiness to both of you!

  19. Excellent pictures – great to see you in action ā¤

  20. Nice photos. I thought you were en route to Oregon already. Well, it should be fun to be the new girl in town but since you and Phil are up for grabs, you’ve gotta watch his back and vice versa.

  21. When you’re psychic like I am, it’s a bit easier, but generally, I agree! šŸ˜‰

  22. I agree! šŸ™‚

  23. šŸ™‚

  24. Thanks so much! And Happy we are!

  25. I was a bit shell-shocked through the whole separation/divorce process. It’s complicated. My ex talked me into something called a “compassionate divorce” which basically avoids lawyers and uses a mediator. But he got a lawyer. More shell-shock. I was so upset and sick that I figured no man would ever want me anyway. I signed the thing just to have it over. The whole story is in my memoir. But, as you can see, Phil and I don’t need a legal document to seal our love! šŸ™‚

  26. Thanks so much, Ruth! Feel free to share the pictures with the family! šŸ™‚

  27. Glad you saw the pictures, Ruth! šŸ™‚

  28. We certainly do “love each other up” good and proper for an illegally married couple! šŸ™‚ Thanks for the well wishes, Peter!

  29. Thanks, Christine!

  30. She’s married, Rob–legally, too! ;

  31. Wow when you gonna introduce me to your younger sister???

  32. So happy for you!

  33. That’s so lovely and I couldn’t tell you how nice it is to see you so loved up and happy. Clearly couldn’t happen to a lovelier couple

  34. That you do!

  35. How wonderful, your fairy tale photos, Lorna! Blessings and best wishes for every tomorrow! Love you, love you, love you! (Mom, too šŸ™‚ )

  36. How on earth did that ridiculous clause get into your divorce settlement? šŸ˜• I never heard of such a thing before.
    Congrats on your illegal wedding. Wishing you many happy years together, Lorna. ā™„ ā™„

  37. Cheers to the happy couple … Congratulations! …. and thanks for sharing.

  38. You look gorgeous, Lorna, and both of you so happy. What a fairytale indeed! xx

  39. I LOVE that comment. The world would be a lot nicer place if there was more of that! ā¤

  40. Thanks Cindy! Who needs the legal mumbo jumbo, right? We’ve got the passion, which is quite evident in those photos! šŸ™‚

  41. Ah I see! Yes, sometimes it’s hard to imagine the repercussions of things when we can’t see into the future šŸ™‚

  42. That we are! When I saw the pictures, I realized that we wear our love “out loud.” šŸ™‚

  43. Thanks Gerry. As you can tell, we’re already having one heck of a happy life together. Who needs a legal marriage, anyway? šŸ˜‰

  44. Thanks, Cyber Sis! I feel as if you should have been included in the pictures and in the celebration. šŸ™‚

  45. Aw, thanks, Len! We are so very happy and looking forward to a new life in the Portland area–a place I always wanted to live but never thought I would. That man is making all my dreams come true! šŸ™‚

  46. You’re welcome! When I saw the photos, I saw it too–we are SO in love. There’s no faking that kind of passion!

  47. You’re only accessories after the fact–no biggy! When I signed that darned piece of paper, how was I supposed to know Phil would come back into my life? (See why my memoir is titled that way?) I figured I was done with men since that one was SO done with me!

  48. Really enjoyed looking through your photos! You look gorgeous and radiant. I’m intrigued by that clause in your divorce! By the way, if the wedding was illegal, do we somehow become implicated in the crime by looking at the photos? Gulp.

  49. awww – thank you for sharing your photos. I love weddings … even if they aren’t legal šŸ™‚
    It couldn’t be more obvious that you and Phil are very happy ā¤

  50. Love that last bit about you both still being “technically” single. Congratulations and wishing you all the happiness. You deserve it. I read your book.

  51. Lovely couple, you are. And beautiful family, all of you. Really loved seeing your photos. šŸ™‚

  52. Congrats,,wish you both well…and a happy time..

  53. Hee, hee. Nice. Congratulations on your illegal wedding. So glad you’ve made your vow anyway. Looks like you’re enjoying life.

  54. Congratulations, Lorna. You and Phil look like a VERY happy married couple, legal or not! šŸ™‚

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