Hi Joey, I have had several request for my 60th Wedding Anniversary Story and Pictures.
We had a wonderful time and many happy memories. Here we are at 84 and 89 yeas old and still enjoying our life together. We are so blessed.
Love your blog. Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon
60th Wedding Anniversary Party Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon
My Wedding Anniversary’s actual date is November 26, 2013. I planned our celebration early, June 8, 2013. I did not want to wait until winter. The party was such a wonderful celebration. Over 100 guest attended at the Gloucester House’s Compass Rose Room from one to 4 o‘clock. Most of our seven children, eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, brother, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends attended. All having a wonderful time. Many highlights: Father Kiley renewed our marriage vows, a wonderful buffet lunch, my brother Paul playing his trombone for a fabulous sing-a-long. And the Rose Ceremony, two dozen large long stem roses. All our children, grandchildren and even our little adorable great-grandchildren and many family and friends presenting us with a rose and professing their love for us and telling stories of happy times, events and jokes. One by one they came to us with joy, hugs and kisses. Life could not get any better than this! Our granddaughter, Jennie, read a tribute to her grandfather. Also our two other beautiful granddaughters, Jessica and Cheryl rose to the occasion with endearing memories. I sang a love song to Bob “You Belong to My Heart.” Remembering how Bob loved to dance to the beat of the Rumba. We were dancing in spirit.
Our friend Pat Cecilio presented us with a masterpiece of an Anniversary Wedding Cake. No professional could have competed with this, The cake was adorned with a picture of us at our wedding cutting our original Wedding Cake. The cake was a homemade lemon cake with raspberry filling and very ornately decorated with frosting and roses. For lunch we had appetizers of calamari, chicken wings, fruit, vegetables, cheese and crackers. A berry, berry salad with strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese with a raspberry dressing, soda and coffee were served at our tables. Then the buffet of baked haddock, chicken Alfredo, seafood Newberg, sausage, peppers, carved roast beef and roasted potatoes. For dessert we enjoyed strawberry shortcake, our Anniversary cake and Italian cookies.
Our guest enjoyed the acrylic frames with their name and table number, which they could take home as a souvenir and also we had match books to remember this occasion. Most of our original wedding party were present. I encourage my brother Paul to take my Dad’s place in our pictures. My sister Rosalie and her husband Rit were our maid of honor and best man, we missed them, and ushers Jack Lucido and Gordon Hilsey have also passed on. My junior bridesmaids were my twin sister’s Mary Ann and Ida. My bridesmaids, Mary McCoy, Mary Herrick, our ushers, Joe Orange and Bob Beard and our ring bearer, Vito Piscitello were all in attendance. Bob’s cousin, Anne and his niece, Moira from Danvers sat at our table. My brother Paul and his wife Dorothy came from North Carolina and his family; Dena from California, Michael from Virginia, Wendy and her family from Beverly. My sister’s Mary Ann and Ida from Essex and their children even Ida’s newest baby great-grandchild Alexa. My nephew Ric came from working in Pennsylvania and his sister Diana from Rhode island. I was so happy to have my mother’s last two siblings, my Aunt’s Frances and Millie with their family present. My niece, Krista, took lots of pictures. Our family picture is a treasure of remembrance for generations to come. So many precious memories of this joyous occasion.