Well, as the first to be married, you were the ones we really practiced on! Six years ago, only 2 days after Christmas (I thought you were trying to kill me), you were married and danced your first dance – under the upside-down-white-tree-trimmed-in-crystals-and-strewn-with-thousands-of-white-lights-looking-ever-so-"giant chandelier-ish" (a similiar version hangs in The Celebration Center at Northern Hills this year, courtesy of your brother, Rocky). And Christmases have changed in their look and feel and sound ever since!
December 27, 2001 was relatively quiet and oh-so-lovely. You chose old world, and elegance: deep wine and winter white with lots of sparkle and candles in a church that overlooked the Boulder Valley-shimmering in Christmas lights – all for your wedding! It was regal and traditional with a twist: Radiohead provided the background as you danced and I am still wondering: what the heck were they saying??!?
Your love and the family you have created have, in many ways, have shaped the landscape of our family celebrations and certainly led the parade to the joyous festivities we now experience. Yes, in six, short years you've gone from being just the ever-cool, cutting-edge, on-their-way-to-London Tristan and Stephanie to the ever-cool parents of 2 awesome redheads and an adorable blond. As your family has grown, our whole family has, too, and life is a little more exciting and interesting and louder than it used to be and that is OK! It is, in fact, great!
Steph, you know we know you got the best! You chose well. Tristan, thank-you for choosing Stephanie and fearlessly becoming one of us. We all love your love for each other!
Happy Anniversary, my darling ones…mom
PICTURED: Steph & Tris with Gavin, early 2004; just the 2 lovebirds in Dec. 2004 (pregnant with Guini); Easter 2007, about a month before Gemma was born; Thanksgiving 2007 – the whole Kelley family.