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My Tent Wedding

Updated on September 14, 2014

The Beginnings of an Amazing Marriage

It was the spring of 1987 in Romania, my home country, and I was in love. After only a couple of months of dating, my now husband asked me to marry him. And strangely enough, I said yes. It wasn't what you'd call love at first sight, but it is definitely a love that's been growing for more than 23 years.

We were both raised as Seventh Day Adventists. Traditionally, the church performs weddings in either the groom's or bride's home church. But there was a problem: a big one. The church he was attending was destroyed by the communists in an attempt to build a conglomerate of buildings, and my church was too small for all the people we wanted to invite. His church members were gathering in a tent, and even though it wasn't the most glamorous, we didn't let that deter us from having a great wedding.

Every girl dreams of a beautiful wedding. It's the day she'll remember for the rest of her life. And our wedding was nothing short of perfect, and definitely something to remember. How many people can say they were married in a tent?

Church Setup for Our Wedding
Church Setup for Our Wedding

Wedding Tent Decorations

How we decorated our church wedding tent

There wasn't a lot we could do to decorate the tent, but what my husband did was beautiful and unforgettable.

He used to live on an experimental farm, and since our wedding was in the beginning of June, roses were blooming!

So, the night before the wedding, he went with a friend and picked about 300 roses (after asking for permission, of course): he picked white roses for my bouquet, and multicolored ones for the decorations.

Here is a picture the front of the tent with all the roses in vases, and the chairs decorated with red and white carnations.

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My Wedding Bouquet
My Wedding Bouquet

My Simple Wedding Bouquet

I dind't need an expensive bouquet

My husband's gesture of picking the roses for my bouquet himself, meant more to me than if I had the most expensive or exquisite wedding bouquet.

And in the end, my bouquet was very beautiful anyway! It was all white roses and fern, with some tulle around everything to hold it together.

Simple, beautiful, and elegant, if you ask me.

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See More of the Wedding in Images

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Just the two of us, before the church ceremonyWalking into the tent for the wedding ceremonyOur chairs: yes, the wedding ceremony is about 1 hour long and the groom and bride sit downHappy and in love!Civil Wedding: we were married in a civil wedding 10 days before our religious wedding (and yes, we each went to our own homes ;)
Just the two of us, before the church ceremony
Just the two of us, before the church ceremony
Walking into the tent for the wedding ceremony
Walking into the tent for the wedding ceremony
Our chairs: yes, the wedding ceremony is about 1 hour long and the groom and bride sit down
Our chairs: yes, the wedding ceremony is about 1 hour long and the groom and bride sit down
Happy and in love!
Happy and in love!
Civil Wedding: we were married in a civil wedding 10 days before our religious wedding (and yes, we each went to our own homes ;)
Civil Wedding: we were married in a civil wedding 10 days before our religious wedding (and yes, we each went to our own homes ;)

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    • goo2eyes lm profile image

      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it was on 24th of december when the local restaurants were closed so we went to vienna.

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Your wedding was indeed quite lovely. We held our 25th wedding anniversary in a white tent and it was beautiful as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, and what a wonderful husband to hand pick so many flowers and decorate the tent with them!

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      Yes, I too have a story -- I guess we all have some stories at least. Keep well, Adriana, si felicitari pentru casa ta de piatra!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Perhaps having a tent wedding is a lucky omen for a successful wedding ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wish you a very happy married life with lots of blessings. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      very beautiful bride!

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Your wedding sounds like it was very lovely. I love it that your husband hand picked the flowers for your bouquet.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for inviting us all to your wedding! I love the story of the flowers and how your love has grown for 23 years. Your bouquet looks like one done by a fine florist!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your story! I have been married more than once and am not married right now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Congratulations on being featured by the SquidTeam's Best of Standout RocketMoms

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I loved our lovely little wedding in the little white church 28+ years ago.

      PS If you size your pics all the same or turn off auto, the lens will not hop around as people are trying to read and comment :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Your wedding looked like a lovely affair, and what more can one ask for than the person they love to be standing next to them at the alter.

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      pixelposy 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your wedding. Your husband sounds like a romantic man. How fun!

      I have a little bit of my own wedding on my Zoo Wedding lens at: http://www.squidoo.com/zoo-wedding. It was a dream wedding for us, we felt very blessed and loved that day.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I also had a dream wedding. All my friends helped out and cooked the food, so we had food from four different countries at our wedding, just the way we wanted!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens and lovely images to share. Featured on How To Have a Great Wedding Day on a Budget

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, enjoyed it - especially after I just came back from checking out a nearby beautiful place where my two good friends are getting married in a few weeks... :)

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      The beauty of each wedding is the love that is shared. Wonderful story.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Your story proves that love will find a way. You had an extraordinary wedding.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Lovely story on your tent wedding!

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Sounds lovely - love the photos!

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      We got married in Las Vegas, a few hours after dh proposed. We're going to have a real wedding in our 15th year!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Very cool lens! I love seeing people's wedding stories! Thanks for sharing yours!

      blessed by a squid angel

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your wedding story. Sometimes a simple wedding, filled with personal touches is by far the most memorable.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I've been married for 42 years to a wonderful man...and like you it didn't take us long to decide. Love you photos.

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      no dream wedding but I loved yours

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      I had a dream wedding in Jamacia! fantastic, swimming in the water in the morning, married in the afternoon!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your lovely story!

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Lovely story. So glad you shared it with everyone!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful wedding story.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! My wedding story is that I had saved every rose petal that my future husband had ever given me and we used them to decorate our wedding cake.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      What a beautiful story. Your photos are lovely too.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your wedding story. And your bouquet and dress were gorgeous!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Beautiful story and wonderful pictures. My 2nd marriage was in Vegas where I forgot to change out of my bedroom slippers that I wore to drive there. I guess that was OK because it's been almost 30 years.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      My wedding day was perfect. The memory will stay with me forever.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Our wedding did not cost a lot but everything was beautiful and everyone we love was there - what more can you ask for? This is a wonderful story and a great lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      Beautiful story Adriana. I too had a simple wedding under a Marquee in my mother-in-law's backyard