~Four Weddings and a Blogiversary~

Thursday March 6, will mark my one year anniversary, here at the Back Porch. To celebrate the occasion I'm giving a copy of Nell Hill's Stylish Weddings, by Mary Carol Garrity. On the left, the collage shows some of the photos from the book. There are many ideas in the book that can be used for events other than weddings. The pages are filled with beautiful images, as all Nell Hill books are. Some of the images from Stylish Weddings include photos from Mary Carol's daughter's wedding.
To be eligible for the drawing, just leave a comment on this post, between now and Wednesday March 5th. I'll choose a winner by random number the evening of the 5th.
The wedding photos, in this post, are of J's family from the late 19 teens to the 1940's.
The bride and groom, in this photo, are J's mother and father. To J's mother's right is her sister. To the left of J's dad is another of his mother's sisters. The first bridesmaid on the left is a sister of J's dad. The men in the photo are the husband of one of the sisters, at the left and on the far right a cousin of J's dad.
This couple is J's maternal grandparents.
We believe the gentleman in this photo is J's maternal grandfather's brother.
This groom was a cousin of J's father.
Today, J had an appointment with a medical specialist. We were both a bit worried, but all seems to be well. While driving home, we decided this would be a good time to take off for the lake. We'll leave early tomorrow, Thursday and return Monday or Tuesday. The weather is supposed to be pretty good with 50'sF, on Sunday. We're looking forward to this little getaway.
I'll check back here Monday evening or Tuesday. Have a wonderful weekend!


Mary said...

Do have a wonderful little getaway together - celebrate J's good news (so happy about this) and enjoy the nicer weather.
Such fabulous old family photos - so lucky they were preserved for you to enjoy.
Congrats. on your upcoming blog anniversary - our lives have certainly been more joyous reading your wonderful posts for a whole year. Thank you Pat.

I'd love a chance to win the book - please add my name.
Hugs - Mary.

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
Love the wedding photos. I have some very much like them of my grandparents. In fact I am getting a charm made out of one for my mom for Mother's Day.
Congrats on your blog anniversary!!
Glad J had good news. Enjoy your little getaway. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog.

BittersweetPunkin said...

I Pat..I don't want to enter the giveaway..but I am popping in to say Hello, Happy Bloggaversary and I hope your time away is restful and enjoyable. I love all your old photos!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Thanks for your kind words about our beach house!

And, that is wonderful that you got some good news. Yes, it is always nice to get good news and then take off on a getaway to breathe a sigh of relief! Enjoy the lake and thanks so much for the giveaway! It is a wonderful book!

Happy week,

Susie Q said...

What beautiful wedding pictures Pat!
Treasures...precious treasures!
Your giveaway is so special and I love it! It is the only Nell Hill book I do not own!

Congratulations on your blogversary.
I love it here and feel so blessed to *know* you!

You well deserve a sweet get away. Enjoy each moment.

I am so happy that J's news was good. A welcome relief for you all.

You know Pat, Bill would feel the same way about a film crew being in our home so I can fully understand
J's opinion. Being in a magazine would be lovely though and your home so deserves that. You have one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen.

Now, pack your bags and head out for some fun and relaxation! MUST see Ratatouille! Although, I do not think pretty Pat looks a thing like the gun slinging lady in the movie! *grin*
Silly Gabi!!

Have fun!


Pat said...

Hello Pat, from another Pat!

Congratulations on your upcoming blog anniversary. I started mine a few months ago and I'm enjoying it so much.

Those photos are treasures. Thanks for sharing them.

Brenda said...

Love the photos and hope you two have a great weekend.

Linda said...

Hi Pat, Congratulations on your up-coming one year blogging anniversary. What a lovely book, please include me in the give-away. I love your vintage family wedding photos, they are treasures.
Wishing you a happy time at the lake. Linda

KJ said...

Hi Pat! As you probably read on my blog, my daughter just became engaged so this would be a wonderful win! Do include me and THANK-YOU!

I love the old family wedding photos! Sometimes, I could stare for hours at the faces in those photos. Because they weren't allowed to show much expression, I try to imagine what their personalities were like.

Hugs, KJ

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What great pictures. Discovered your blogg in reading Mary's from Across the Pond.
Happy Bloggaversary.
I just started my blogg last week. Please come and visit.
Glad to hear all went well with your J.


Suzanne said...

Happy Blogiversary Pat! The wedding photos are beautiful. So glad you had good news so you can enjoy your time away.

dec0r8or said...

I just love those family photos, Pat! Have a great weekend at the lake--take lots of pictures! :)

justabeachkat said...

Hi there Pat! I haven't been by in awhile (I had surgery on a finger), but it's been fun "catching up" tonight. As always, you have great things posted. I hope your getaway is fun and relaxing. Congrats on your blog anniversary. I'd love to win the book. Our youngest daughter (27 in July) isn't married, but I think they're heading in that direction (fingers crossed).


Anonymous said...

Thanks for being around for a whole year! Keep up the great job. I always enjoy reading about your adventures.


Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hi Pat, I already have this book so don't enter me in your drawing. I just wanted to stop by and say congratulations on one-year of blogging and I hope all is well with your hubby's health test.



Southern Heart said...

Pat, I tried to leave a message for you late last night, but blogger seemed to be a bit stubborn at that time. :)

I loved seeing the wedding photos....they are all so beautiful, and such treasures. I don't know if I've seen my grandparents' photos from their weddings; I will have to check with my father for those.

I also wanted to tell you that I'm happy you found "your" decision about the program. I think that you made the right choice. Privacy is a wonderful thing, and we are kind of big on that at our home, too. In fact, my sons haven't always been so keen on my sharing a lot on my blog, so I can imagine how they might feel about national TV coverage! :) Maybe it's not always a good thing.

I'm glad that J's doctor's visit went well, and I hope that you all enjoy a relaxing weekend! You know, I cherish and value your friendship so very much~


Inspired Tokens said...

Pat...thank you for inviting me over for your blog-a-versary giveaway. I would love to be entered. I love the photo's that you posted...I love vintage wedding photo's. Congrat's on your anniversary, and enjoy the lake.

Angela said...

Beautiful gift. How ironic that I read this, since I'm planning a Vow renewel for hubs & myself:-). Of course, I'm not lucky when it comes to winning things. Just lucky when it comes to finding a wonderful man, whom I've spent the last 18 years (May 12) with :-).
Have a wonderful evening!!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...
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Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pat~ I can't believe you have been blogging for only a year. I think I have been visiting you for that long... and I've learned so much from you.
You amaze me.
Happy blogaversary!
~ I don't need a wedding book (I don't think anyway) so put someone's name in twice for me =D

Cookie said...

What a lovely site! It's so soothing here ... I'd like to spend a day or two :)

Nell Hill has 2 stores near me - as a matter of fact I was just in one this last Saturday. Its not hard to find a way to spend too much money there :)

Junebug said...

Congratulations on the upcoming blog anniversary. You leave such lovely comments for me. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

So pleased to hear that your mind has been put at rest re your health concerns, that alone must make you feel so much better. Congratulations on a year of blogging, doesn't time go quickly? Oh and congrats on the HGTV offer, even though you have declined it, it must have made you feel really good.

bj said...

Thank you for a whole year of beautiful blogging, Pat.
Have fun on your getaway and bring us pictures!
The giveaway book is just lovely and please add my name to your drawing.
Hugs, bj

KJ said...
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Terri and Bob said...

Well, this book would be wonderful to have with the wedding so close! I love antique wedding photos. Thanks for the heads up!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Pat, well put my name in the hat! Since I have 2 of her books, of course one more would be great.

Hope y'all have fun at the lake, I know you enjoy it so much.


Carolyn said...

Hi Pat - love the old wedding photos. Please put me in the running for the book. My daughter is getting married next March!!! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Pat,

Happy Anniversary, you know I love to come for a visit..Good to hear that all is well with J...I love seeing all the old photos...have a wonderful time at the Lake..I know you'll come back with great photos.

I would love to win that book, pls. enter my name.

See you next week,
Kathy :)

smilnsigh said...

"We were both a bit worried, but all seems to be well."

I'm so glad that all seems to be well. So glad. There are so many worries going around in Pretty Blog Land, of late. It's wonderful to read of a worry, being alleviated.

Lovely old photos.

Have a relaxing weekend at the lake.

Hugs to you both,

Deb said...

What a wonderful collection of Wedding photos. Congratulations on your up coming blogversary! I have enjoyed each and every post Pat on your Back Porch :-}. Have a wonderful time away (long weekends away are my favourite).

debbiekay said...

Really enjoy your blog. So many lovely things to look at. Beautiful family photos, thanks for sharing.

I appreciate the chance to win the book. Please add my name to your drawing and visit me sometime

Debbie Kay

adsgram said...

March 5th would have been my Mom and Dad's 60th wedding anniversary. Dad died 22 years ago. Unfortunately, there is only one picture of their wedding, and it wasn't in good shape. We have had it restored and all 6 of us 'kids' have a copy. How lucky you are to have so many in such nice condition. I don't have a blog, but I really enjoy yours. Hope your getaway was a nice one.


adsgram said...

March 5th would have been my Mom and Dad's 60th wedding anniversary. Dad died 22 years ago. Unfortunately, there is only one picture of their wedding, and it wasn't in good shape. We have had it restored and all 6 of us 'kids' have a copy. How lucky you are to have so many in such nice condition. I don't have a blog, but I really enjoy yours. Hope your getaway was a nice one.


Sharon said...

I hope you have a wonderful time at the lake. Congratulations on your blogoversary.

Sandi McBride said...

I love the old vintage pictures. We've pretty well managed to get most of ours on CD...yours are just beautiful!!!

Polly said...

Hi Pat,

Congratulations on the anniversary of your wonderful blog! The first time I found it, with pictures of your lovely home, I thought *How did this lady come to live in my dream house?*

I love the wedding pictures. I have some of my grandmother and great grandmother in their wedding dresses that I treasure.

I'd love to be included in your drawing for the Nell Hill book.


Signature Vintage said...

Beautiful post! I just noticed you're from MO! So am I and I vacation at the Lake often! Small world!

Judy said...

Pat: have a wonderfully relaxing few days at the lake. I love spending time at my sister's lake place in the spring and relaxing and such a peaceful way of life.
You don't have to be on HGTV to know that you have a great talent and love of decorating but it sure is an honor to be asked. I think it's so sweet that you turned it down because of your hubby's feelings....don't know that I could have done the same thing.
When you get a chance, check out my Savannah posts, I am splitting it into two different posts cause I got tired of downloading photos!
Take care my friend and "talk" to you soon.


P.S. I'd like to be entered in your give away

OKGardners said...

Have fun at the lake. So glad J's Dr. Appt. went well. None of us need to hear bad news about our health.

Beautiful wedding pictures from years ago.

I'd love to win the book you are giving away for your 1 Year Anniversary (blog-style).

Betty in Oklahoma

Kathleen Grace said...

Hi Pat, I am celebrating my one year anniversary of my blog this week too! Check out my give-away, I would love to win yours:>)

Catherine Holman said...

Hi Pat,
What great wedding photos! How wonderful that all these have been handed down through the family. The only wedding photo we have been able to find in our family are my parents. Have a great weekend. The weather should be great!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Pat, Have a great time at the lake. I love all the headpieces the brides and bridesmaids are wearing. I would love to be entered in your give-away. ~ Lynn

Jaybird said...

It is so nice that you have the wedding pictures....I have a corner cabinet that is dedicated to wedding pictures from our families...I even have to admit to smiling at them when I go by!!
I would also love to see the MCG is the only one that I don't have!! She fascinates me!
Thanks for posting,

Esther Sunday said...

Congrats on the anniversary! Lucky for us!!! Love those vintage pics. Love, Esther

Sharon said...

I was happy to hear about J's news.
Now you can go and enjoy the weekend.
I would like to win that book also.
I enjoyed looking at the vintage photos, they are in such good condition. I have not been blogging long,but I have really enjoyed reading yours and I love the photos that you have added to it.

"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved" by Victor Hugo.

Jodi said...

Happy Blogiversary! I enjoy your blog, and the hope of an empty nest where things stay where you put them, and as clean as you made them. That doesn't happen around here often, with 7 kids in age from 17-2.

Love the wedding pictures. My in-laws have wonderful pictures from the 40s of their wedding. So sweet.

enjoy your weekend, you are appreciated!

ps1274ever AT gmail DOT com

Beaufort Belle said...

I am glad the doctor's visit went well. Have a great weekend at the lake. I love those wedding photos. I wish I had some of my ancestors wedding photos...what a treasure.

Congrats on the blog anniversary. You have such a lovely blog, it is so nice to come to daily.

Please make sure my number is in the drawing for the giveaway! :D


Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a nice giveaway gift! I love the vintage wedding photos, so special that they are family members!


BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Glad to hear that all is well! Enjoy your time at the lake!

What splendid old wedding photos - and the fact they are family makes them even more special!

Congrats on your blogaversary!!! =)

Nancy Hood said...

I would love to win! I found your site from looking at Dawn's page, The Feathered Nest! Please add my name!

lindaharre said...

Pat.....CONGRATS on your coming FIRST ANNIVERSARY!!!! Quite a mile stone I would say:D Love your wedding pics.....what a treasure to have! Thanks for all your sweet words on my blog......always love to see that you have dropped by....hugs, Linda said...

Those pictures are absolutely beautiful. It's always nice to have a little piece of the past to remind us that life is precious and fleeting and to revel in the here and now.

Please add my name to your collection of names. Love your site!


Andi said...

I absolutely love these family wedding pictures. It's so wonderful that you have them and that you know who they are. I have an old suitcase packed with photos of family members and all I know is that they're relatives on my Mom's side of the family. Now I know why my Aunt Kate used to tell me to always write the names and dates on the back of every photo.

Congratulations on your blog anniversary. The time flies when we blog! What a lovely giveaway. Since you now have me hooked on these Nell Hill books!

Hope all is well with J.

Hugs, Andi

Pamela said...

love those old picture.... and wedding pictures are even more fun.

Look at those dresses. a Treat!

Pamela said...

ps. Happy blog birthday.

Neutral Dwelling said...

Congrats on your anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat, what a beautiful book, I haven't seen that one! What a sweet gift for a giveaway to celebrate your year of blogging.

I've certainly enjoyed visiting your blog since last Christmas when you posted on the holiday forum.

I just love seeing the pics of your beautiful home and your decorating.

Glad you are off to the lake to celebrate your hubby's good news. Have fun and just relax.


LIsa said...

Enjoy your getaway.

Congrats on your blog-anniversary too. That's an accomplishment. I have several more months before mine.

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I just love vintage photo's and you have some really great ones, esp. since they are family and not just instant family :) Many congratulations on your blog anniversary and may you have so many more!!

FYNest said...

Just this afternoon I re-hung my grandparents wedding photo. I love the 1920s Art Deco cardboard frame/mat it is in.

I never win anything, but one of my best friends got engaged this weekend and we have lots of planning to do!!! :-)

Deserae said...

Hi Pat- Happy Anniversary on your blog!!!! I can't believe it's been a year already?!?!?! I loved seeing all the old wedding photos...what a special treat :o) Have a great time at the lake! See ya soon!

Deborah said...

Pat, I'm happy to hear the good news - so now, go and enjoy your time away!

Would love to be entered for your lovely book!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Hi Pat - Hope you had a wonderful weekend and thanks for the great wedding photos. I love looking at pictures from the past no matter who's family they belong to, LOL.

Thankful that J's appointment turned out A-OK.

Hugs - Karen

Nathan, Carri, & Lydia said...

I recently discovered your lovely blog and have enjoyed reading about your endeavors in travel and decorating. The wedding photos are beautiful. Happy blog anniversary to you. I live in the St. Louis area and also enjoy the drive to Louisiana and Clarksville on up to Hannibal for some fun house looking and antiquing. Hope you are staying warm today.

Jen said...

Count me in on the giveaway and congrats on it being your one year...great feeling I know. I love the old photos as I study out genealogy in our family and old photos of any kind are fabulous and a wedding like you have is keep up with those...someone will value them one day. I so hope you had a great time at the lakes...we did have some beautiful weather....

C├ęcile said...

Congratulations on your year of blogging. You've really done a wonderful job. Your blog is one of the few I find time to visit. It's just so nicely done.

I love the old wedding photos. WEre the women in Jim's family all tall? Or the men short, or is it just the photos that make them look that way?

I enjoyed the pictures of the Bald Eagles in the previous post too.

Keep up the good work, Pat!


shaybert said...

Pat, Hope you stayed up a the lake, not attempting to travel. Or is it okay in StL area? Thinking of you! Blessings, Shay

Julie said...

Have a wonderful time and don't forget to take photos to share with us!

I would love to be entered in your give away! Thank you so much for doing it.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your one year blogiversary. I am a non blogger, but a constant visitor to your lovely blog. Thanks so much for a year of loveliness. I'd love a chance to win the book. I hope to help plan my daughter's wedding soon!

OldBagNewTricks said...

I'm so glad to hear J's appointment went well -- such a relief! Whew. Thanks foir those wedding photos -- old photos are my passion -- old wedding photos top my passionate list! Dreamy.


paintergal said...

Pat, add me to the prize winner wannabes!
I loved the old wedding photos!
I'm so jealous you had weather in the 70's. When will it show up in Iowa??

Adriann said...

Happy Blogaversary!!

What a blessing to have such treasured photos!

You are so right...what a difference a day makes? We had spring like weather here in Montgomery over the weekend and now, tommorow there will be storm advisaries. No wonder everyone stays sick.

Please enter me into yur drawing. I love books!

LivingTheLife said...

Love those wedding photos...I had to do a double-take on a couple of them...b/c I swear one of them looked like my uncle and aunts wedding and yet another looked identical to my dad's parents wedding photo...I used to tell my sister I thought the brides veils looked a bit like Indian head dresses...and I could never figure that out w/my dads family b/c they were all German...go figure...the mind of a youngster has many crazy ideals!

Oh! how I would love to win this book...with all the weddings I do for my ministry with my friend...this would be a great asset to my collection.


Anonymous said...

Just discovered your blog... thank you for all the inspiration!

Beth Y. said...

I love love love the photos you shared! They are fabulous! Thank you!!! I'd love to win the book too - fingers crossed! Hope you all had a great time away.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Is it too late to get in on the drawing? I'm running so far behind on everything that I think I'm first (that comment REALLY makes sense if you can picture a racetrack when you hear it. lol). Anyway, congratulations on a year of blogging. It's been a pleasure reading about you and your life!

Victoria Lynn said...

I'm new to this, but I love your blog. Congrats on your anniversary! I would love to enter your contest.
God bless, Victoria Lynn