A Highland Fairy Tale: We Give Away My Bouquet

Now that the DJ was back on, it was time for our anniversary dance! For those of you not familiar, it’s a dance for all the married couples out there to celebrate/recognize how long they’ve been married. I really wish I could give you our choice as a song recommendation but to be honest, none of us remember what we picked! The thing is, we had decided ahead of time, but then the DJ said the song was too short, so he made a different suggestion…but we soon changed it again, and now no one remembers the song. OOPS

Mr. Sword and I got to start swaying, but very quickly the DJ said anyone who’s been married less than a day, please exit the dance floor, and then we were done!



The DJ went on to ask the couples to leave who’d been married less than one year, five years, ten years, and so on until there was only one couple left dancing.


Since I was so adamant about not tossing my bouquet and singling out my single friends, and since I’ve never been super sentimental about drying or keeping flowers, I knew I was going to find another purpose for my bridal bouquet.

My idea was to gift my bouquet to the couple that’s been married the longest, and surprise, surprise, it was my lovely grandparents who celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary this summer! (Totally rigged and planned in advance.) I think there’s something beautiful about honoring the longest marriage at the genesis of a new one.


I get tears in my eyes when I remember how shocked and happy my Grandma was to find out she was being given my bouquet.




When I called her weeks later she told me how she’d made some of the petals into potpourri after showing it to all her friends. So sweet.

After the bouquet was given, the DJ played our original song choice for the anniversary dance, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Grandma’s favorite artist, Elvis Presley. My grandparents are known for their awesome dance skills and still take a cab every Friday night to their local bar for dancing. They have the best stories of young people trying to cut in with them and buy them drinks. Haha

Everyone at our reception stood around the dance floor to watch them. It was beautiful.


I’ve already mentioned that my Grandpa has Alzheimer’s and how these two are the only set of grandparents at the wedding and how special that is to my family. Well, another reason The Gunn Slingers (our ceilidh band) got cut a bit short was because my Grandpa was really confused about where he was during the wedding reception. In fact, he’d been confused since he’d arrived in Minnesota, but as the evening went on he was convinced it was time to pack up so he could leave and go home. His anxiety was getting bad. :(


My Grandpa LOVES to dance, though. We knew once he got to dancing he would be fine. So once he started getting antsy, we immediately shifted to the DJ and started the anniversary song. My grandparents ended up staying the rest of the evening AND dancing for the entire reception.

This next picture is incredibly special. It’s Mom Sword and her sister (Auntie B) watching their parents dance. Weddings are the best, aren’t they?


And this is Mom Sword, her sister, and her brother. Love.


These are the moments you never forget. What is one of yours?

All photos by Crystal Liepa Photography.


Skipped some of the Sword saga? It’s OK, catch up today!

Teaser video!
Final preparations, snow, and tears!
Ladies’ Luncheon!
Elevators of anxiety!
Rehearsing and screaming!
Burgers and surprises!
Kisses at midnight!

The Big Day
Bacon for bridal baby!
Hair and makeup!
Men in kilts!
Tiara and bouquet!
Becoming a bride!
Champagne toasts!
First look!
Cold couple portraits!
The Swords with swords!
The men pose!
The women pose!
Altogether now!
Elevator madness!
Big reveal!
Family photos!
Posing with our flower girl!
True Scotsman indeed!

People processing!
Bridal cry/laugh walk!
Ceremony readings!
Vows and handfasting!
Receiving line!

Cocktail hour!
The pretty details!
Grand entrances!
We get roasted!
Parent dances!
First dance fake out!
Stripping the willow!


Mrs. Sword

Wedding Date:
March 2013
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Jessica, Guest @ 6:18 am

    Making me cry like a baby on a Monday morn, Mrs. S.! Your best post yet. :-)

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    texasaggiemom 595 posts, Busy bee @ 6:25 am

    What a beautiful story, but it should have come with a “mascara alert” for those of us reading from home while getting ready for work! Now back to the makeup drawer to fix this mess. : ) Sword recaps are always a pleasure, but this one is truly special. So glad you got to share your special evening with your grandparents – what a blessing.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:44 am

    @Jessica: Aww, so sweet of you to say!

    @TexasAggieMom: Sorry, I should have put a cry warning at the beginning, haha! Thank you so much, it really was a blessing. :)

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    Laura, Guest @ 7:02 am

    I just cried at those last few pictures – what a blessing to be so in love after 56 years, I can only hope and drema me and my fiance will be the same.

    Youre recaps are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:10 am

    Yup, totally crying over here too. What a beautiful marriage to aspire to, it reminds me of my own grandparents. That picture of your mom and aunt had me tearing up for sure. So happy that he was able to stay and enjoy the rest of the reception, Mrs. S!

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    dancingriss 305 posts, Helper bee @ 7:27 am

    I’m glad your grandpa started feeling better. My grandma had alzheimer’s as well, and it’s a really sad disease to watch.

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    jessc4343 219 posts, Helper bee @ 7:56 am

    @Jessica: +1

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 8:00 am

    Aww this was such a sweet post. And I love that you gave your bouquet to your grandmother!

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    estella, Guest @ 9:40 am

    Gee whiz, definitely need a cry-warning on this post! How wonderful and beautiful and all around amazing for your grandparents and family that this moment got to happen!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:59 am

    This. is. awesome. Sounds perfect!

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    spotted_giraffe 312 posts, Helper bee @ 10:33 am

    I love the look on your grandmother’s face. This is so, so special and wonderful, and so glad that you did this! What a great way to honor your grandparents, and its so sweet that your grandpa still loves to dance!

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    dclare 75 posts, Worker bee @ 10:35 am

    yup, made me cry.

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 11:55 am

    That is so sweet of you, Mrs. Sword! I am in tears. What a beautiful way to honor your grandparents and you and your family will always have that memory to hold on to.

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:27 pm

    I love that you gave your grandmother your bouquet! “Can’t Help Falling in Love” is our song, too—the Ingrid Michaelson version. :)

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    jmll 92 posts, Worker bee @ 1:29 pm

    Awww, tearing up at the office. Such an amazing moment.

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    bmb5260 68 posts, Worker bee @ 4:16 pm

    My grandmother had Alzheimer’s before she passed, and although I was very young, stories like this always mean something special. Thank you for sharing this beautiful moment!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:48 pm

    What an incredibly sweet moment, love!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:27 pm

    I’m so thankful for all these comments! Sorry to make most of you cry, but thanks for all the love! :)

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 5:34 am

    Wow – this is so special. I just know you will look back on those pictures for yeard and years and remember what a great memory it was.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:23 am

    @Miss Bicycle: Absolutely! I will treasure the memories always.

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    fridaythe13bride 291 posts, Helper bee @ 6:36 pm

    I just cried my eyes out. For like the first time here on wedding bee! This is amazing. Also, our first dance will be to Can’t Help Falling In Love, it’s just so sweet and perfect!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:36 am

    @fridaythe13bride: Wow, that’s such a great compliment! Great choice on your first dance song. :)

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