Twenty Years on Tip Toes: Still Going Strong by alophoto

Twenty Years on Tip Toes: Still Going Strong

Mike and I have been together for 20 years now on December 28th. We went on our first date on this day in 1994. We shared a slice of pecan pie and a blueberry shake at Denny's and watched the movie Say Anything. And we talked, oh how we could talk.

Has it really been 2 decades? Can I be old enough for that? Yes, yes it is and yes I can.

Back in our early dating days, I used a line on him when we were at a fireworks show: I kissed him, then looked at the sky bursting in fireworks. "Yep, you still do it for me." And he still does. I am a blessed woman.

I never would have thought that 20 years later, we'd still be together with 3 kids and a dog. Or that I'd be driving a minivan. Or that we would live in Ohio.

Glad I said yes when he asked me out way back then, two decades ago. I love where we are and where we came from. Love this man.
Love this romantic image and what a lovely story. Wonderful to such memories.
December 27th, 2014  
Congratulations! wonderful picture
December 27th, 2014  
Hot diggity! I love your gazebo pics and this with the fireworks too! How did you manage that? Fav! Happy Anni!
December 27th, 2014  
sweeeeeeeetttt! a line of ants are on side ready to attack the two of you! :-) happy anniversary, kiddos!
December 27th, 2014  
so wonderful! Congratulations! Beautiful photo!
December 27th, 2014  
Fabulous!
December 27th, 2014  
Wonderful capture to celebrate your two decades. He is so nice togo for these pictures :) Cheers to many more decades :)
December 27th, 2014  
A relationship to be envied and fun to see how you share your lives, including your photography. Great processing -- love the fireworks and the lighting.
December 27th, 2014  
What a beautiful photo to commemorate your anniversary. Love your work!
December 27th, 2014  
Great shot, lighting, great symmetry right down to the shadows...ever so romantic
December 27th, 2014  
Gorgeous photo! Congrats on 20 years!
December 27th, 2014  
Wonderful processing on this. What a sweet romance you had (and are still in the midst of). It's been 27 years for my marriage and I understand what you mean. Congratulations on 20 years and a wonderful family!
December 27th, 2014  
Awesome shot
December 27th, 2014  
Gorgeous :)
December 27th, 2014  
Lovely story and photo!
December 27th, 2014  
Congratulations. 20 years does not just happen from romance alone. It takes commitment, hard work, patience, give and take. Well done for that. Enjoy and celebrate and wishing you many more years to create memories in.
December 27th, 2014  
awwwwwwwww
December 27th, 2014  
Congratulations - and wishing you many more years ahead !
December 27th, 2014  
Gorgeous capture, lovely story. Congratulations on 20 years!
December 27th, 2014  
Congratulations....
December 27th, 2014  
So pretty and congrats on 20 years! We were double that this year but I can relate to all you say.
December 27th, 2014  
20 years is really something to celebrate. Congratulations, wishing you many more happy years
December 27th, 2014  
So romantic and such a lovely capture, 20 years is a wonderful milestone and never forgotten moment in time. Congratulations!
December 27th, 2014  
Wow....this is beautiful!
December 27th, 2014  
Pam
Time flies when you are having fun! Congratulations on 20 years!! Love the story! Perfect image too!
December 27th, 2014  
Lovely story.....beautiful photo & a fav. Congrats to you both!
December 27th, 2014  
Congratulations!
December 27th, 2014  
@kph129 The fireworks were added in using Picmonkey. I was trying to make it really special (and wanted to tell the fireworks story, too). I even added some subtle heart bokeh. Thanks for your kind words and fav!
December 27th, 2014  
@summerfield ?!? Ack, killer attacking ants?!:)
December 27th, 2014  
@amandal - no they just want to suck the sugary sweetness because that's what you guys are! your best photo for me is the "we saw mommy kissing santa claus" my hat's off to you on that!
December 27th, 2014  
Who knew you could be awesome and still rock the minivan life! We recently passed our similar anniversary. We both have awesome guys. Wish I had a kissing gazebo though ;)
December 27th, 2014  
December 27th, 2014  
Cool image and edit my friend. Congrats on 20 years together.
December 27th, 2014  
Looks like the fireworks continue! Congrats!
December 27th, 2014  
Awesome!
December 27th, 2014  
I needed to fav this more than once so I did.:)
December 27th, 2014  
How can I not Fav this shot after that wonderful, heartfelt story? Happy Anniversary!
December 27th, 2014  
Wonderful for so many reasons - Congrats! (and fav)
December 27th, 2014  
COngratulations! Looks like the 20 years were... something!
December 27th, 2014  
So romantic - hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
December 27th, 2014  
I bet it was great practicing for this photo! Its utterly perfect and I'm envious of your setting! I want to find one of my own to do this - with lots of practice! fav
December 27th, 2014  
Awwwww.... Happy anniversary! You sure got a winner there... AND he's willing to pose for the camera... What more could you ask for?
December 27th, 2014  
A beautiful image to celebrate your love! Nice memories you shared, and this image says it all!! fav
December 27th, 2014  
@northy Not much. He's pretty dreamy. thanks, my friend. Any suggestions for how to edit this for my Hatters shot. I'm fried. I have some that I will pick between. Thinking sc us.
December 27th, 2014  
Congratulations. There is nothing better in this world than the relationship that you describe. I know, I have it with Tom. After 33 years I'm still in love with him - crazy in love. He makes me laugh and he picks me up when I break into pieces. And, we talk. Don't lose any of this my friend.
December 27th, 2014  
The lighting in the gazebo, the fireworks, the kiss on tippy-toes — what a romantic scene. Excellent outcome for your efforts. Congrats to you on finding that someone who makes your life complete.
December 27th, 2014  
well - it already looks pretty fairy-tale-ish so i'm not sure you need to edit... i don't think i'd SC it, though... but that's just me... you might want to add some kind of dreamy texture and tones, and maybe bokeh-fy some of the lights or something?
December 28th, 2014  
awesome shot, congrats on 20 years! wow in 1994 i was in 7th grade! lol
December 28th, 2014  
Sweet composition. Fav
December 28th, 2014  
Beautiful, Amanda. Fav!! 😃
December 28th, 2014  
Awesome shot and great reflection on all your years together! So great!
December 28th, 2014  
Beautiful beautiful capture. Absolutely perfect.
December 28th, 2014  
Blessed story, love every bit of it as well this magical pic. a real life can sometimes be like a fairytale. Congratulations for 20 years together!
December 28th, 2014  
@archaeofrog Hey thanks!! You back, Katie?
December 28th, 2014  
Happy anniversary!
December 28th, 2014  
Sweet, thought this was the "Sound of Music" scene.
December 28th, 2014  
Wonderful! Happy Anniversary to you both! Love your image.
December 29th, 2014  
@sailingmusic When you're 16 going on 17:).
December 29th, 2014  
Congrats on two decades! And a Fav image!
December 29th, 2014  
Congrats to the two of you, Amanda. How I love how you write sharing the passion and your husband and life in writing and photos as well. Love your photo, the fireworks and you on your toes. FAV
December 30th, 2014  
@darsphotos Aw, thanks so much, my friend. I did the same shot with a different edit @madhatters today. We were doing story endings this week til the new year and I thought this was a good "Happily Ever After" shot:). So cool that you had a meet up!
December 30th, 2014  
Wow Amanda! Congratulations!!!!!
December 30th, 2014  
Really, really wonderful shot, and I love the sentiment that you expressed! May your love keep blossoming, and may you share many more decades together and make lots of memories, and I hope to be able to follow you part of that journey!! Here is to a wonderful new year!! Oh, and FAV....for the photo, and so that I can see what true happiness looks like whenever I need a jolt!
December 31st, 2014  
Plus ça change...

It's so nice to come back and see familiar people doing familiar things in familiar places—I've missed you and your story! What a fabulous shot, and what a sport he still is. How's your Red Riding Hood alter ego? Did you do a whole new thing like that this year?
January 2nd, 2015  
How lovely - congratulations and a Fav for this lovely shot
January 2nd, 2015  
@squamloon I did some but I was the wolf this time around. I'll tag you on a shot and check my rrh tag. One I liked was me as wolf and red at the same time:) So glad to see you back!
January 2nd, 2015  
Wonderful shot! Congratulations to you!
January 3rd, 2015  
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