20 year wedding anniversary_reviving charm


Life is interesting. You can cross paths with someone and in that unsuspecting moment, not realize that they are the person who is going to turn your whole life around. For me, that person was Mr. B. He’s the person I think of morning, noon and night. He’s the person that makes life interesting and exciting (no exaggeration) and he is the one I can’t imagine life without. We’re 2 peas in a pod.

Today marks our 20th wedding anniversary and although we are celebrating on a tiny island in the middle of Lake Maggiore, Italy, I can’t help but reminisce about the wedding we planned 20 years ago. From the start, we liked doing things differently and planned a destination wedding long before they were ever popular. The internet wasn’t around in 1998 and I made all plans and reservations over my Pacific Bell “princess” landline phone. We chose to book one of two presidential suites at the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel (now known as the Fairmont Olympic Hotel) in Seattle to serve as the backdrop for our small, intimate affair. It was booked sight unseen and we didn’t see the room until a few hours before the wedding took place. We figured, “It’s the Four Seasons…c’mon how bad could it really be?” I eventually asked the hotel to send me pictures of the room and they happily obliged (The Four Seasons was very accommodating before, during, and after the event). However, I had to wait for the pictures to be developed and sent overnight via Fed-X. Interesting how times have changed!

individual wedding cake_Reviving Charm

This was our wedding cake. Again, wanting to stray from tradition and opting for something more unique, we decided to design our own version of the wedding cake. I asked the hotel to create individual cakes for each of the 20 guests. When I made the request, I was told it was something the hotel had never done before and my wedding coordinator would have to first consult with the pastry chef. Naturally, they accommodated my request and each guest was served their very own miniature wedding cake adorned with fruit and fresh flowers (the miniature roses were my favorite). Printed menus were placed at each table setting and the dessert course was described as a “wedding cake surprise”. The cakes certainly were a surprise because we had no idea how they would exactly turn out until they were served at the wedding. Thankfully, they came out just as I had imagined and people enjoyed them so much that they continued to talk about them for many years to follow. It was a wonderful day and if I had to do it all over again, I’d do it in a heartbeat.


In order to maintain a bit of privacy I have been very careful about not over sharing. After all, everyone has their own problems so why would you want to hear about someone else’s? However, the more I write the more I realize that it is important to share a little bit of life with you (starting with this post).  And if I am willing to publicly post images of our home, then it’s probably okay to get a little personal with you every now and then. After all…life happens. nightstand-via-revivingcharm_com-21

People read blogs for many different reasons, myself included. For example, they can serve as a great source of inspiration or as an escape, a way to stay informed or as a resource to learn something new. Why do you read blogs and what makes you coming back here for more?

I’ve been reading blogs since 2007 and have realized that I am attracted to or continue to follow those that interject their own personality and provide a little bit of information about themselves and their lives. It’s interesting to learn about the people behind the keystrokes. nightstand-via-revivingcharm_com-22

Where am I going with all this? 

My surgeon recently told me “You have a gallstone the size of a golf ball….we really should take care of that.”  How do you respond to that? I have been in a bit of denial over the whole thing until I feel the sudden tinge of pain come on. It serves as a reminder that I better take care of myself because it’s only bound to get worse if I don’t.  Needless to say, today is the big day. It is the day that Reviving Charm goes to the hospital for surgery.

nightstand-via-revivingcharm_com-20Naturally, I have to tie today’s post into something design related so I am featuring a few lovely nightstands accessorized with beautiful fresh flowers. No matter how big or small your nightstand is there is always room for flowers. Whether it be a single stem in a bud vase or a full floral arrangement there is nothing more wonderful than having fresh flowers at your bedside. And if any of my friends or family are reading this I want them to know that I’ve already cleared off my own nightstand to make room for a few new fresh bouquets of my own…hint, hint. And for those who have already sent flowers…Thank you! 

I will be back soon but in the meantime I have a few posts lined up to keep you entertained while I recuperate.             –xoxo, v.