Our Wedding in Savannah

Twenty months and one day after Mark and I had our first date, we got married in Savannah.  July 29, 2017.  I mentioned 6 years ago on my blog that I hoped that I would find true love one day and that day has definitely arrived.  We can’t always plan for what life may bring, but I’m so thrilled to find real love.  It hasn’t been an easy journey for either of us, we’ve both been through heartache and pain in the past.  To find each other now is such a wonderful time in life, even though we’re both in our 60’s now. It’s never too late for love to find you.

I didn’t get married for the first time until I was almost 32 and the 2 decades following that were filled with drama, extreme disappointment and hurt, mixed with a lot a pain ending with my last divorce that I lived out here on my blog 6 years ago. That was the most painful and devastating time of my whole life.  My relationships haven’t been easy ones and to finally find a true love that’s stable and committed is the best.  So please allow me to gush a bit, if you will.  Mark is everything I ever hoped to find in a man.  He is a Christian first, genuine, trustworthy, family man, hard working, honest, even-tempered, and faithful.  He’s also witty and makes me laugh all the time, we are best friends and love spending time together.  All of those things are so important to me at this stage of life and we feel very fortunate to have found each other.  I love him dearly and hope that God allows us to have many years together, all the way into our Golden years. We are looking forward to a good life together, filled with love and adventure.

We stayed at the Forsyth Park Inn, a quaint B&B on Forsyth Park, famous for the beautiful fountain.

So, let’s celebrate this wedding together in Savannah!  I can’t wait to share the pics with you from the photographer that was there.  Let me tell you how we came about getting married in Savannah.  We both decided we sure didn’t want another wedding.  It wasn’t that we didn’t want family there, but we felt it wasn’t necessary, so a destination wedding seemed like a fun and simple idea. We will have a celebration party with both our families later this fall.

I began researching Savannah and learned that it’s a big wedding destination for elopements, which I didn’t really know. I knew a lot of people went there to get married, but didn’t know the eloping thing.  I found a neat website called Elope to Savannah and called them for particulars.  This isn’t sponsored at all, but they were so great to work with I have to mention them.  We chose The Quickie, which offers the square or park (or beach) of your choice in Savannah, the wedding officiant, photographer, and bouquet of roses, all for $375.  Not a bad deal for a nice and easy wedding. So that’s what we did!  They were very professional and everything was set for July 29th at 10:30 in the morning at Forsyth Park.  Everything went well and even though there was rain in the morning, it stopped before we had our ceremony.  I’m so glad we went with a photographer, McKenzie Lee, the photographer did a fantastic job and we will treasure these photos for years to come.  I had no idea who the photographer would be, but I’m so pleased with the outcome.

We opted to get married by the Rose Garden in Forsyth Park, such a lovely spot for a memorable occasion such as this.  Enjoy the photos, I won’t talk all the way through them.  Just know that this is such a happy time for us and I’m so happy I get to share it all with y’all, my online friends.

Mr. and Mrs.

We stayed at the Forsyth Park Inn, a charming B&B right on the park and it was a beautiful neighorhood to get married in.  The setting couldn’t have been more perfect.  We literally walked outside and to the park to get married that morning.

We celebrated our big day with dinner at Elizabeth on 37th.

I had read good reviews and it didn’t disappoint.

Especially this delicious strawberry dessert……

I could not be happier with how the wedding and the wedding pics turned out.  It was the perfect way for us to tie the knot.  I’ll definitely get some of these framed for our new house.  Thank you all so much for the well wishes and for being so happy with me.  It’s been quite the journey to get here and even though Mark and I aren’t youngsters anymore, we still have some fun years ahead of us and I can’t wait.

Mark has 4 daughters, 2 sisters, his parents are still living just like mine, and he has 2 grandsons and 2 more babies on the way.  It’s going to be fun for me to be part of a big family and that will be the icing on the cake for me.  I will get to experience being a grandmother by marriage and looking forward to all that comes our way.  God has been gracious to us to give us a chance at love in our 60’s and I’m going to grab the love we’ve been given and enjoy every minute, every day, and every year we have together.  Love is a wonderful thing!

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- Rhoda

Comments

  1. Just beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your special day… I am beyond happy for you!! It was a perfect day … to celebrate a perfect love ❤️ God Bless you and Mark!!!

  2. Judy Clark says:

    Rho,

    I am so happy for you. Over the years I have prayed that you would find someone to love you the way that you deserve. Mark is a wonderful man, and I know that the best days are ahead for you. God Bless You My Sweet Friend. Always!

  3. Jeanne in Maine says:

    You look radiant and so happy. May all your dreams come true in the years ahead. Sending you best wishes and many blessings.

  4. That was perfect for you and Mark!

  5. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore says:

    The happiness and love you both feel just shines through these photos, Rhoda! Beautiful people, beautiful venue and beautiful ceremony. May God continue to bless you both!

  6. Love is a wonderful thing!

  7. Andrea G Corley says:

    Rhoda,
    I am so happy that you found love again. Looking forward to double dating. Enjoy every minute of the gift God has given you! May you have many, many days of love, fun, and laughter!

  8. Beautiful pics and so happy for you! Love so much better second time around. I remarried at 47 we are getting ready to celebrate ten years! My husband loves being a grandparent by marriage!

  9. What a beautiful couple and beautiful day! God is so good! Wishing you much joy and happiness for many years to come.❤️

  10. Thank you for sharing this special day with us! I am so thrilled that God brought you and Mark together! Every good gift is from above, and I am so happy for you!!! <3

  11. Pam Clark says:

    Best wishes! I feel like you’re a friend since I’ve been a daily reader of your blog since 2011. Very happy for you both.

  12. Congrats your wedding looks wonderful. So happy for you & Mark to have found each other. Best wishes for many more wonderful years ahead.

  13. thanks for sharing. I hope your marriage is as beautiful as your wedding

  14. Lea Guiles says:

    Rhoda, so very happy for you. Wishing you both many blessings on your marriage and this new adventure in your life. God is so good.

  15. Congratulations to both of you! Your wedding was lovely! Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. Mark looks like such a kind man. I’m so happy for you both and pray you will have many healthy and joyful years together.

  16. A truly beautiful moment. The happiness radiates on both of your faces. Congratulations and may you experience a long lifetime of happiness.

  17. Congratulations and best wIshes to you…!!

  18. Debbie Bonds Hester says:

    What a beautiful wedding!! and the photographer! Great pictures!
    I’m so happy for you. After being married 25 years, then a widow for 10, I remarried a year ago. I’m always happy for those of us who find love in our later years. I think we have a unique appreciation for finding someone to spend the rest of our days with.
    Congratulations again!! I look forward to reading about your adventures in decorating and life.

  19. Thank you for sharing your special day! May you have many many happy days and God’s blessing on your marriage!

  20. Jamie Szalabawka says:

    Beautiful & Sweet. God bless the two of you!

  21. Love your pictures and your love story. My man and I had dated in high school, then we each went our separate ways. He had a long marriage for 45 years until wife passed away. I had an unhappy marriage for 43 years. We reconnected at our 50th high school reunion. I finally got the strength to move out and on with my life. After a year of long distance calls and visits, I packed up and moved back to my old home town and my sweetie. Life is now exactly as it should be. It’s NEVER too late.

    BTW, my daughter did the same elopement package to Savannah, except at a different square. Their dog was the best man.

    Best wishes for a long and wonderfully happy life together!

  22. You both are glowing, you look so happy. Photos are gorgeous, what a good job. Your bouquet reminds me of mine, all blush and ivory roses, classically beautiful.

  23. Lezlie Renee' Pipes says:

    Blessings to you both. You are such the role model and I admire your wisdom and strength. You are definitely a Proverbs 31 woman and he is a great match you. 🙂 3>

  24. Lynda Cormier says:

    Congratulations ?, and many years of happiness to you both! Beautiful photos!

  25. Congratulations Rhoda and Mark! Thank you for sharing your special day with us.

  26. Sweet Friend, Rhoda,
    With all the craziness reported on the news, this post was a wonderful breath of fresh air! You made a beautiful bride — love your dress and bouquet! Your groom is very dapper. Thomas and I got engaged in Savannah and celebrated at Elizabeth on 37th! God bless your marriage.

  27. Theresa Kane says:

    I am so happy for you!! I’ve followed you for a number of years and feel like we were there with you via these pictures! Weddings always make me cry and seeing you so happy and finding love at this stage in your life is wonderful! These are happy tears! May God bless you with many many years together!! xo

  28. Congratulations. You both look si happy. May God bless you with many yearsand much love.

  29. Debbie Barr says:

    Just beautiful! Congratulations! My hubby and I are moving to this gorgeous city as soon as our Wisconsin home is sold. No more midwest winters!!!! I’m a newbie to your blog, but love your style and personality. Cheers to you and Mark 🙂

  30. It is never too late to find your true love, your soulmate! Congratulations again on your marriage! May you two have a most joyous and healthy life together. I am blessed to have found my true love when I was 7! The photographs are stunning!!! You two make such a beautiful couple … you can see the beautiful glow that surrounds you….love!

  31. Rhoda, Congratulations to you and Mark! God has blessed you both in such a loving and gracious way, and your wedding day was just beautiful. How did you two meet? I hope you’ll share that part of your story sometime. Wishing you both many, many joy filled years together.

  32. So lovely! That picture of the ceremony with the pillars is breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing your story – it gives others, who may be struggling, reason to hope. xoxo

  33. KittyLuvr says:

    I can’t even pick my favorite picture!! They are all so beautiful and your love for each other just shines through!! Congrats!!

  34. My heart is filled with wishes for many years of shared joy for you.?

  35. Congratulations! This is a beautiful love story and you express it so well.

  36. I’m so happy for you. I pray you have many, many years together.

  37. Best wishes to you and Mark! Your wedding pictures are incredible! I am so happy for you Rhoda and look forward to you continuing to share your journey with us! I love your new home!

    May God bless you both.

    Karen

  38. Mary Paladini says:

    So happy for you Rho! What a lovely wedding and beautiful pics!

  39. You got married on my birthday (my 70th). Age is a non-factor in love. My husband and I have been married for 50 years…two kids, four grandkids…and we’re STILL having fun! We volunteer, we entertain, we make improvements on what we refer to as our “toe tag” home (that’s what we hope to be wearing when we make our final exit from this house). God first…the key to life. It’s not always an easy life, but it IS an adventure! Congratulations!

  40. Cheryl Ann says:

    Congratulations Rhoda and Mark and best wishes for a wonderful life together!

  41. Congratulations you both look so happy! Love the photos and the neutrals you chose 🙂

  42. Congratulations on your new journey! Your wedding photos are gorgeous! What a romantic place to get married! You are going to love being part of a big family and being a grandmother! I’m so happy that you and Mark have found each other! Looking forward to seeing how you both make your new home together!

  43. Rhoda, I didn’t know that you got married. And right after Haven! Congratulations. Yes, the second time can be the best time. Savannah is so lovely. We ate dinner at Elizabeth’s last year and it is so romantic and Southern. I’m almost to 20 years with my second and he is the best thing that ever happened to me and my kids. have a fantastic journey. Mark sounds like a keeper.

  44. Sweet photos! Seems like a perfect beautiful wedding! God’s blessings to you both. Thank you for sharing. Y’all look so Happy!

  45. What a beautiful happy story and the chapters are still in progress! You have probably given hope to a lot of folks in their 60’s and beyond that love can still happen! Congratulations, I think you both landed a winner!

  46. Congratulations, many blessing for many happy years together.

    • The wedding photos are wonderful! It is so special the gift that God has given you of each other. Praying that the years that you share together will be sweet and full! God bless you both on the exciting journey in your lives.

  47. Joan Moore says:

    Congratulations and may God bless you with many happy years together!!

  48. Wendy Rohs says:

    Absolutely perfect! Loved the photos and what a gorgeous scene! Congratulations! Treasure this- yes, we all have so much to be thankful for- so good to count our blessings!!!!!

  49. Congratulations! My prayer is that you will share many happy years together!

  50. Rhoda. I have followed you from the beginning and I just have to say what a happy ending to your story! Except for the good part that it is not the ending!!! The wedding looks beautiful as do you. I am so happy for you. I look forward to following the exploits of the new Mr. and Mrs.!

  51. Congrats again, what a great thing to find love, at any age! 🙂

  52. Beautiful couple and pictures! Congratulations!

  53. Congratulations!

  54. So happy for you & Mark that you are starting this amazing life together- may you always be happy as the day you got married! Beautiful photos of your special day in Savannah!

  55. Every blessing and joy to you both! Thank you so much for sharing your day with us!

  56. So happy for you! Congratulations!
    Beautiful pictures.

  57. Oh all the years we have kept up with each other thru our shared loves… but this makes me happy most of all. I now have this little dream that is there is a heaven above we all can be neighbors. I am over the moon happy for you both!

  58. Every good & wonderful BLESSING !!!!

    XOT

  59. Cheryl Gerlecz says:

    Thanks for sharing this day with everyone. It looked perfect! So happy for you!

  60. VintageBeachgirl says:

    Rhonda I don’t believe y’all could have chosen a more romantic location for your wedding, it is simply beautiful!! We love Savanah too, it’s such a great place to visit.
    Thank you for sharing your photos with us, your photographer captured your precious memories so wonderfully that you’ll have a hard time choosing photos to display in your fabulous new home!! I pray that you and Mark have many, many years to make each other’s lives richer with your love. Congratulations to you both.

  61. Barbara gantt says:

    Oh my what a beautiful wedding!! You are indeed blessed to have found this wonderful Christian man! I wish you a lifetime of love and joy!! I can’t to see what God has in store for you! I have been folllowing you for many years and have come to feel as though I know you and your parents personally. You have a lovely family!!
    Congratulations to the beautiful bride and her handsome groom!!

  62. Jeannette says:

    OMG your smiles says it all! You both look so very happy. Great venue and terrific photos. Congratulations to you both.

  63. Congratulations to you both! Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing your special day with us.

  64. Congratulations! I am new to your blog, but have enjoyed hearing your story.

  65. Congratulations. Wedding looks beautiful and ya’ll look so happy. We love Savannah and your smiles are wonderful. You’re going to love being a grandmother, too.

  66. Congratulations to you both. What a wonderful post – the pictures were exquisite as was the message of hope and love. Thanks for sharing this journey that you have been on, looking forward to hearing about what the future will hold – all the projects as well as adventures that you two will now share .

  67. Gina Lotz says:

    Like a fairy tale! Congratulations! Gina

  68. Rhoda, I’m so happy for you. I remarried in October after dating my guy for 6 years. Life is so wonderful with someone who loves and treasures you. I, too, had a troubled marriage but stuck it out for the sake of my children. When my baby went off to college, I divorced him, not knowing if I’d ever find love. It was a huge gamble, but one that paid off. He loves me despite my ongoing battle with ovarian cancer. There are good men out there and I believe we both found one.

  69. Colloni Keener says:

    Congratulations to you both! I have been following you on your blog from the beginning, it is so wonderful to see you be able to have this happiness!

  70. I am thrilled for you…for you both! The pics are beautiful…You had a beautiful backdrop. Wishing you both many years of health, happiness and love! 😉

  71. Nancy Lyons says:

    So happy for both of you! Wishing you many years of bliss.

  72. Thanks for sharing your wedding story, Rhoda!! I’m so happy for you after all you’ve been through over the years! Wishing a long and happy marriage for you and Mark!! You’re both beaming in these photos!! Adorable:)
    Celia

  73. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    The pictures are gorgeous and what a lovely way to be married. Congratulations and I hope you have many, many wonderful years ahead.

  74. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Mark!
    You need to do a post on how the two of you met!

  75. Marianne A. says:

    So nice! Best wishes for many wonderful years together. I love that you are fully embracing Mark’s family as your own and being a grandmother by marriage, etc. It is so sweet and loving.

  76. Loved the photos and your sweet love story!

  77. Congratulations! What a beautiful place to get married. I’m so happy for you.

  78. Carole kozak says:

    Oh Rhoda , I love the pic of you tucked in his arms. You look so safe and loved . He looks like a wonderful , caring man. When Ted and I met you we saw a very sweet person in you so we are both very happy for you both. Gods blessings are good !! Many years of bliss to you both.

  79. Congratulations on your special day!! You made a beautiful bride! Savannah is a perfect wedding spot. I was just at Forsyth Park and loved just walking around the tranquil spot. Congratulations again and many, many happy years for the both of you! ~Linda

  80. Becky in 'Bama says:

    I seem to always tear-up at weddings. This was no exception. Best wishes and congratulations. Such a sweet story with a truly happy ending.

    NOW – I’m over here waiting for the renovating, redecorating to begin. Your blog has become my last to follow when it comes to ‘home makeover’ . Good job.

  81. You both look so very happy and, what is most important, that you are having fun. The very best of the future to you, Rhoda and Mark.

  82. Debra Schramm says:

    Beautiful, beautiful wedding! I’m so glad ya’ll found each other. What a wonderful love story. I can’t wait to see more family photos.

  83. Y’all look so happy!

  84. Dee Nevins says:

    I’ve been reading your blog since it’s beginning but I don’t think I have ever commented until today. I’m so very happy for you and what The Lord has worked out for you!

    Blessings,
    Dee

  85. Marlene Wilson says:

    Congratulations! The pictures are so beautiful! Wishing you both so much happiness and you start your life together.

  86. Thank you for sharing your beautiful wedding with us. You both look so happy and you were a beautiful glowing bride. Exciting times ahead for both of you. May God continue to bless you Rhoda

  87. It was wonderful seeing your wedding pictures and the photographer really captured your love for each other. I am so very happy for you!

  88. Oh this makes my heart sing!! Congratulations to you and Mark. The pictures are wonderful and you both look so happy. I’ve been reading your blog for several years and feel like I know you and your family. Thank you for “introducing” us to Mark. I wish you many years happiness and love in your new home together!! And I look forward to this new chapter in your life. God Bless!!

  89. Melesa Garrison says:

    WOW, the photographer did an amazing job! Of course it doesn’t hurt that she had a gorgeous couple to work with either. I am truly happy for you both. Love is a wonderful thing and you can certainly tell that y’all are feeling the love. Sounds like Mark has all the characteristics of a perfect husband. God’s blessings to you both and may you have a long and wonderful marriage. Thanks for sharing!

  90. Beautiful photos and story Rhoda, I’m so happy for you and Mark!

  91. Sandra white says:

    So very happy for the two of you! I have followed your journey after discovering your blog years ago. You are very deserving of all the happiness in the world. We can now follow your journey into your new home, which is going to be just beautiful!!!! Can’t wait to see what you all do with the house!!

  92. Marilyn Canaday says:

    So happy for you! The pictures are beautiful. I love the simplistic elegance of your wedding. Wishing you both much happiness!

  93. Robin Canter says:

    Gah!!!! That picture with your rings inside the rose petals is FANTASTIC – what a great idea! So happy for you. Have you ever shared how you met Mark? If so, I can’t remember. Congratulations. Ain’t love grand?

  94. Chris Carter says:

    Happiness is shining through. Praise God for intersecting your lives.

  95. Harriet McMillan says:

    The look of joy on both of your faces says it all! May God bless your new life together!

  96. Rhoda,
    Congratulations to you and Mark on your blessed union! God sometimes saves the best for last and I am so happy for you. It’s nice that both of you have parents that are still living and we be there to support one another as your parents face health challenges in their later years.

    My husband and I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in September and I never try to take a day for granted. We both had been in painful relationships prior and knew we never wanted to live through that again. Thankfully, we have had a long and happy marriage and I wish you both the same.

  97. Beautiful photos of your wedding day! Blessings to you & Mark.

  98. I have followed even before the blog, BHG chat rooms, I am truly so happy for you! You can feel your happiness through the WEB…lol. Many blessings for many more happy years! God Does for us when we can not do for ourselves.

    • Hi, Erin, it’s amazing that some of you are still around from way back in BHG days. Seems SO long ago, thank you for stopping by!

  99. I love your story.Im a widow in my sixties and to be able to love again would be awesome.:) These pictures are wonderful .Much success in your marriage.

  100. I’m so happy you found true love! Wishing you all the best!!

  101. Dee Chitester says:

    Rhoda,
    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely photos with us. You and Mark are a beautiful couple. I liked most that you listed first that he is a Christian man. As you know, that is the most important thing. When that is the case, all else should fall into place. Wishing you many happy years together.

  102. WOW! You two look so very happy. You look beautiful. Mark looks so happy and in love.
    The pictures are some of the most gorgeous wedding pics I’ve ever seen.
    Congratulations and best wishes for continued love and happiness!

  103. Diane Taylor says:

    As someone who found love again in her 50s (after a painful divorce), I agree 1000% – Love is better the second time around!!! It’s funny – I never thought I would find the right person for me. It seemed impossible. But God had other plans for me – his plans, his timing are always good. The joy just beams off these photos of you both. Congratulations Rhoda and Mark – we wish you all the happiness in the world!

  104. Happiness is meant to be shared. Thanks for sharing yours! I love the photo where you are touching Mark’s face. I like to think your blog reflects who you truly are and that if I lived near you we would be friends.

  105. Anise Butler says:

    Congratulations. What a beautiful love story.

  106. So happy for you both!!

  107. My toast to you both, may you always be as in love, as happy, and as healthy as you are today! Best wishes and thank you for sharing the lovely photos.

  108. Rhoda,

    Tears in my eyes! So happy for you both and the pictures are beautiful. I’ve mentioned a few times in commenting that you share in these personal and family posts what is truly important in life! I think your personal journey and love story also share hope and for those of us who are hoping for our love, etc., I think it’s a beautiful message!

    • Thank you, Jason, and I hope to share that. I have been pretty open on my blog about my personal life and if that gives others hope, that makes me happy.

  109. Dawn Richardson says:

    Rhoda sending so many Best Wishes for both of you! You are radiant in the photos, thank you for sharing your journey!

  110. Kathy Roberts says:

    So happy for both of you. Your story is wonderful. Make lots of fun memories!

  111. What a beautiful wedding. You both look so happy. God bless you!

  112. Audra Taliaferro says:

    Congratulations, Rhoda and Mark! You both look so joyful! Praying that you have a beautiful life together!

  113. how wonderful! congratulations! lovely pictures, too.
    b

  114. I am so thrilled for you! Congratulations! The photos are beautiful.

  115. Congratulations you two love birds. Love the pictures, so happy for you Rhoda. I have been following your blog for over 6 years so to see this marriage how sweet. May God bless you both abundantly!!

  116. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    What beautiful wedding pictures! One can just feel your happiness! We are so happy for you and Mark and we pray that God will continue to bless you — as a couple — with lots of happiness!

    Blessings in your wonderful life together as “Mr. & Mrs.”! Enjoy every minute!

  117. Rhoda, I have followed your blog for a long time, and rarely ever comment but I had to say congratulations to you! You both look so in love, it’s moving and so hopeful. I wish you two all the joy and happiness in the world. God bless you! Your story reminds me of the Rascal Flatts song, “God bless the broken road”, it fits your story perfectly!

    • Dionne, thank you….I love that song and really have had a broken road and it’s nice to be on a calm one.

  118. I think the sweetest love stories are the ones from later life.

  119. Congratulations! I just found your blog not that long ago and loved it the first time I read it. When I looked at your wedding pictures my eyes were watering, they are so beautiful and you can see the love in both your eyes! You give us older single folks hope for love. Thank you for your lovely blog and thank you for sharing your life. Congratulations again, you are so deserving of happiness!

  120. Congratulations! absolutely breathtaking photos!!!

  121. Marilyn in Missouri says:

    Rhoda ~ SO pretty!!! Thanks for sharing your family with all of us. Congratulations to you and Mark and wishes for a long and happy time together.

  122. Beautiful bride, beautiful wedding. I love that your love shows in your eyes and happiness in your smile! Wishing you so much happiness, Rhoda & Mark!

  123. The looks on your faces when you said your vows made me all teary. It is a real life fairy tale! May God give you many years of health and happiness together.

  124. So happy for you and Mark. Wish you two the very best and loads of happiness.

  125. I’m really happy for you, Rhoda and Mark. There are so many really, really great shots among all these from your special day. Congratulations!

  126. Congratulations Rhoda and Mark on your special day! Wishing you many happy healthy years together! Our God is faithful!

  127. These are beautiful!!! Ya’ll are such a cute couple!!! Congratulations!!!

  128. I couldn’t be happier for you Rhoda!! God not only blessed you with a wonderful Christian husband, but a family too. Eph. 3:20 for sure!!

  129. Beautiful pictures in one of my favorite romantic places, love Savannah!
    What a blessing finding each other has been for both of you. Family is a treasure as you well know and God has graciously expanded yours! You will love being a grandma. Blessings to you and a Mark as you enjoy your new life together.
    I can’t wait t see your new house become your new home. Let the decorating begin, I’ll be watching.

  130. Congratulations to you and Mark! Savannah is the perfect romantic place for your wedding. The pictures are beautiful! Wishing you happiness in the coming years!

  131. Martha Lopez says:

    I couldn’t wait to see pics of the wedding….worth the wait, they did not disappoint! So very happy for you and Mark. Much love and happiness from a loyal reader in AZ. xoxo, Martha

  132. The photos are lovely and I think a private ceremony with just the two of you is sweet, special, and romantic. Here’s to 30 or 40 happy years together!

  133. Oh, Rhoda, what a beautiful wedding! Thank you for sharing it with us. You two look so happy and may God bless your new lives together.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  134. Beautiful wedding, beautiful pictures and precious memories! Congratulations to you both and may you both share many Blessings in the years to come.

  135. You two are adorable! I am so happy for you. God is good and may He continue to bless you both with many years of happiness and fun!

  136. Love the pictures. You both ooze happiness and look great. I love Mark’s linen.

  137. Oh, Rhoda. Having known you for a long time now, I feel like I’ve seen you in sad times and happy times. . .but I’ve never seen you looking this happy before! I am so very, very glad for you and Mark. May God give you many years together and then a blessed eternity in which to grow in love. Every blessing to you!!

  138. Donna Bannister says:

    A match made in Heaven, best wishes.

  139. Congratulations. May you have many happy healthy years together.

  140. Gorgeous pictures of the two of you, Rhoda! I’m so thrilled for you and Mark! Can’t wait to meet him and welcome him to the family!

  141. Beautiful wedding. God bless you as you start your new life together. God is faithful.

  142. Kathy Elmore says:

    I have followed you for a long time. My big reason was your love for your sweet family. Loved all your stories of you Dad. My Dad always did projects on my house and loved to garden. He died in 2004 at the age of 93. Your Dad reminds me so much of him. Looks like you have found your soulmate and I am so happy for you. Will enjoy reading about your journey and your beautiful home. Kathy

  143. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful wedding!

  144. Carolyn Higdon says:

    Congratulations! That’s a beautiful place to have a wedding. Love the pictures. I’m so happy for the both of you!

  145. Oh Sweet Rhoda and Handsome Mark Congratulations! You both look so happy. A sweet Love Story that you both deserve! As I also found true love late in life… We always say… It’s Never To Late To Live Happy Ever After!! Love you, Nance

  146. Mary in Idaho says:

    Congratulations to both of you. What beautiful pictures. I’m so happy for both of you. Hope you keep blogging. You were the second blog I began following back before I even understood what a blog was!

  147. Paula Lusk says:

    Rhoda, I am so happy for you and Mark. Your wedding was beautiful, and the photographer captured the beauty and love of the occasion. So happy for you both. Gods blessing to you both and your marriage.

  148. So sweet, you make a lovely couple. May you be blessed with many years together. It is never too late for love!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

  149. Just beautiful! You are both beaming. My favorite city and beautiful Forsythe Park. Couldn’t have picked a better place for starting your wonderful new tomorrows! God bless you both.

  150. Oh Rhoda, I am so happy for you both! It looks like you BOTH hit the jackpot! The pictures are wonderful, you both look so very happy and in love. You sure deserve this and I know you will enjoy every new day with Mark. God bless you both!!! PS, being a grandmother is the best thing ever!!!!

  151. here’s to many happy and healthy years together – I found myself smiling as I looked at the photos, such beauty in just “being” -the photos were stunning! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

  152. diane in northern wis says:

    You’re so right Rhoda….Love IS a wonderful thing! And I can see it written all over your faces. What wonderful pictures. From the very first ones, I had this huge smile on my face as I went through them…wow you two look so very very happy. I feel like I was right there watching you get married. What a beautiful setting for your wedding. I’m so happy for you both! May you be blessed with many happy years together. God is good, that’s for sure. Enjoy your love.

  153. Rhoda…. I has been great to see your life come full circle. Our friendship started through Jackie (or her hair!) and then we reconnected a few years ago at a singles dance. You told me of the trials and hurts you had experienced. I was glad to hear that you had decided to finally take a different approach to dating and giving of your heart… Letting God lead. So happy to see you so happy. It is truly a blessing to see your joy. Thank you for sharing. OK… I will say that based upon the pic here, you need to work on your kissing!!!! LOL Love ya, Lynn Fox

  154. Thank you for sharing this with us, your avid blog readers! What a special day❣️And as usual you guessed correctly, you answered all the questions we were thinking about and told us about your wonderful wedding! The pictures are fabulous! I’m thrilled that both of you met and fell in love! You both deserve all the happiness in the world! So happy for y’all! Cheers to you both!

  155. Melissa S says:

    This is so sweet. You both look so happy. The pictures are beautiful! Enjoy!!

  156. Carol Ionata Heartfelt Whimsies says:

    Wishing you happy days and years ahead! Enjoy it all!!

  157. Teresa Cline says:

    Congratulations! Lovely photos! You both look so happy.

  158. So happy for y’all !!!!

  159. Sue Gibbs says:

    I’m so very happy for you, Rhoda. I started following you shortly before things fell apart for you several tears ago. You have been a great testimony of God’s sustaining grace, so glad He brought a Godly man into your life- and a hand carpenter as a bonus !!?

  160. I’ve followed you for several years and know it’s been a rough hill to climb at times. I wish you both all the love and happiness that you can give each other. God’s blessings on you both.

  161. Love a happy ending, and beginning…God is good. 🙂

  162. the best wedding photos ive ever seen of the most handsome and beautiful couple ive ever seen! the pics are so pretty! congrats and all the best!

  163. The best wedding photos I’ve ever seen. The most perfect couple I’ve ever seen…AIN’T LOVE GRAND ???

  164. Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple. Congratulations may you have many, many years together.

  165. Rhoda,love all the pictures,my favorite is where your hand is caressing Mark’s cheek. I’m a softy for love stories. Thank you for bringing us along.

  166. Louise Adkins says:

    Your photos are lovely! Savannah is a romantic city. Best wishes.

  167. So sweet! Best wishes to you both. I’m especially excited for you to have the new family, too. Two-fer!

  168. Best wishe for a lifetime of happiness.
    Your photos are beautiful and show the love you and Mark share. Couldn’t be nicer. A lesson that weddings don’t have to be lavish to be meaningful. Ruth

  169. Francis C. Moore says:

    Congratulations and best wishes. May God bless you with many years together.

  170. 1. I love your freckles!
    2. Beautiful pictures!!
    3. You will be an AWESOME grandmother & I hope you get a cute granny name!
    4. REJOICING with you!

  171. I am SO happy for you!
    And inspired….for the reminder that love is still out there to be found–I’m still looking.
    The pictures are really beautiful, but what is more beautiful is the love you both exude just looking at each other! May you find MANY happy years together!
    Catherine

  172. These pictures make my heart so happy! The last time I was in Savannah was with you, so that makes it even more special! Congratulations on your wonderful husband and your future together Rhoda! You deserve every ounce of happiness life has to offer!

  173. Anne Marie says:

    Your wedding photos are beautiful! Congratulations to you both. You are truly blessed to have found each other………may you have many more blessings in your long life together.

  174. It is a joy to see the happiness that you and Mark have found together. The pictures are so wonderful, and the love on both of your faces speaks volumes. You were a beautiful bride! Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together.

  175. So, so happy for you! This post brought tears to my eyes. I love the way he looks at you. I pray God blesses you with many years of happiness together.

  176. Wow, what a simply gorgeous wedding. It couldn’t be more beautiful even if you had planned for months and spent thousands. I am so happy for both of you. God bless you and your new life together! I want to write ditto on everyone’s comments <3 Ditto ditto ditto!

  177. Congratulations!! I’m so happy for both of you! May God richly bless you both with many years of happiness!

  178. Thanks for sharing and I am so very happy for you both. It is so interesting that God sent you your special someone a little later in life like this. An example, I guess, of God’s timing not always being our timing. I love your story and hope you will write a book one day!

  179. Linda Whitman says:

    Rhoda: your story is so precious to me. I started following your blog when you were posting pictures of the Birmingham house. I remember how you said Southern women were strong. I watched how you lived that out and how you acknowledged God in your life. I am vicariously enjoying the blessing on your life. Since my birthday is July 29th your marriage date is particularly special. Thank you, Rhoda for being the incredible women you are; I celebrate with you.

  180. Iris McCloud says:

    The first closeup where you smiled so beautifully at him brought tears to my eyes. We all need to share some happiness today. Thanks for sharing yours.

  181. Kate @Centsational Girl says:

    Congratulations to you my friend! I remember walking past that Inn when I was in Savannah just a few days before you arrived! I recall its blue porch ceilings! Love the pictures, what a romantic idea to elope! So happy for you!! You look beautiful !!
    xo
    Kate

  182. The glow in your eyes spills out the love and joy in your hearts.
    May God Bless your marriage for eternity. Thanks for sharing your special pictures of the day.
    Karen Marie

  183. Love the pictures of your wedding…simple elegance…
    I married for the second time 6 years ago…..I was 65 y/o!…it’s never too late to find love…my “want” list got shorter and shorter each year until I finally prayed for a Godly man with manners…..that’s what I have and guess what…he is everything on my “want” list! Keep praying and keep believing and keep thanking God for the desires of your heart.

  184. So wonderful..

  185. I have followed your journey for 6 or 7 years. You are making life seem like a magazine and I couldn’t be more happy for you! Your simple and beautiful wedding is exactly the way I did it when my husband and I eloped we are still going strong 18 years later!

  186. I have been away so am just now seeing the photos from your exquisite lovely wedding- so simple and yet so elegant! I am so happy for you both and wish you only the very best as you journey forward in this wonderful life! So much for you to be happy and excited about! And, so glad, your dad is doing well too…..

  187. Ferne Tillery says:

    Your pictures are gorgeous and I wish you many years of happiness! I love following you and all your adventures.

    From one 60 something year old to another, these are by far the best years!

    From a Texas Girl,

    Ferne

  188. Congratulations : ) You guys look very happy and very much in love. My prayer is that you will always feel the lover for each other as you do right now! Love is a beautiful thing 🙂 God bless you guys!

  189. Congratuations! You looked stunning and he is handsome….and lucky!

  190. I’m so, so happy for you both! Beautiful bride, beautiful dress, beautiful location, handsome groom, both of you beaming with happiness, with ove in your eyes! You couldn’t ask for more on your very special day!!! Congratulations and wishing you much happiness.
    Xo Heidi

  191. I enjoyed seeing your wedding pictures, loved the casual clothes you both wore! Everything was beautiful! My two daughters took me for a weekend at Forsyth Park Inn seven years ago to celebrate my 70th birthday! One of my fondest memories! While there I purchased a Sheilia’s shelf sitter of The Forsyth Park Inn, a great memory token. They are still available, I just saw one on eBay. I’ll try to post a picture of it, but don’t think it’s possible here.

  192. Rhoda, thank you for sharing your very special day with us! The photos captured your radiance and Mark’s happiness! Blessings for many years of spending life together!

  193. Congratulations on your marriage, it’s lovely to see you so happy. I hope you and Mark have many, many happy, laughter filled years together.

  194. WOW SUCH BEAUTIFUL COUPLE

    CONGRATULATION TO YOU

  195. I’m so happy to know you found true love and that there is hope. I’m where you were at the beginning and my nerves are raw and I can get very down. I’m looking forward to better days.

  196. So behind on my blog reading and what a fun, sweet post to open and read! I moved to a place pretty close to you from Savannah so I was so glad to see your special day took place in such a beautiful city. Most of all, I am very happy for you for finding true love. It is written all over your face. Prayers for many, many happy years together! Ain’t love grand!?!

  197. Congratulations to you and Mark! My husband and I finally found true love, each other, in our 40’s. It was unexpected to us, but definitely part of God’s plan. We celebrated our 20-year anniversary last year and are still happily in love.

  198. Congratulations to you both! This made me smile. God bless you both.

  199. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and romantic time in your life! God has brought you two together and I hope you will be blessed with many years ahead! You all make a great couple and those pictures are simply beautiful! Happy for you both!?

  200. Congrats Rhoda and Mark! So happy for you both! God bless always!

  201. Vickie White says:

    Congratulations!!! Your wedding was beautiful!!!

  202. Oh my goodness I am so happy for you! I first started reading your blog six years ago. You are correct true love knows no measure of conventional time, space or age! Joyful!!

  203. Lovely and the perfect way to do a wedding. Savannah is on my must go to list.

    I don’t comment much but I’ve been reading your blog for several years. I’m not sure how I first found you, maybe from a comment you’d left over at the Nester’s. It was around the time of your divorce and I remember thinking how strong you were and how beautiful. So happy that true love has found you. God is good and faithful.

    I have always loved your decorating taste and am excited to see all that you will do in your new home.

    Congratulations and I wish you many happy years.

  204. Screendoorgirl 3 says:

    God bless!

  205. What a sweet and wonderful way to celebrate the new life God has given both of you. I am SO happy for you! It makes me smile to see the love you and Mark have for each other. God is so good!
    ~Adrienne~

  206. God Bless You Rhoda & Mark! These pictures are so beautiful. I love the intimacy of just the two of you and a preacher. It looks so peaceful with the fountain.

  207. Your dress is gorgeous- CONGRATS!

  208. Brenda M Tyndall says:

    So Happy for you! It’s hard to believe it has been six years when I found your blog!! You have come a long way! Those were some trying times, but God has Blessed you, and you deserve to be Happy!?

  209. Donna Ball says:

    Just catching up on your blog. I am a huge fan and have been following you for years. Congratulations on your nuptials!!! I am recently engaged and thinking of how to handle the ceremony and celebration as we both have been married before. Our main concern is making sure we do not exclude anyone in the process but be true to what we both want. I love the direction that you chose; intimate ceremony between the two of you and then a family celebration at a later date. This might just be the way to go!

    • HI, Donna, thank you so much & congrats to you too. We loved our simple ceremony and I was so happy we had a photographer to capture the day. It was perfect for us.

  210. Such a sweet story & wedding day pictures!

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