Happy Wedding Anniversary, Suzi!
As I do every year, I sit back on this special day and re-read the newspaper I created to propose back in March 2003. This full eight-page broadsheet is the one I spent about three months creating many months in advance.
It was quite the task, writing my own stories, editing and designing, selling ads to pay for the whole thing, and recruiting a roll of writers made up of family and friends. All of them keeping the upcoming marriage proposal a secret, of course!
I still remember staying out late at night, telling you they were late nights in my real paycheck-providing newsroom job when in fact they were spent at my old college newspaper stomping grounds putting this paper together.
It was tough, but it all paid off.
This is really a place to post the full newspaper, to keep it alive in digital form online. Sure, I have a couple dozen copies left over from the 1,000 created for that night and beyond. And every one of those eight pages has been framed to display in our home, to display for us to reflect on and for all those who might want to look at them.
Our newspaper hits the 21st century blogosphere, for the entire online universe to see as it may want to (likely clicking on the images themselves, to make them show up in readable sizes...)
The Daily News, Engagement Edition. Created for the proposal event on March 15, 2003.
Link to Question Stuns Crowd story.
How'd we catch each others' eye? Here's a Christmas 2002 account of those initial impressions...
Link to the Page 2 story on Sustaining Surprise.
|Inside Spread, Pages 4-5|
|Written by one of Mike's good friends from high school. (Click for bigger image)|
Link to In the Beginning, a story of Us on Page 6.
Link to Page 6 story 9/11 emails between Mike and Suzi
|Back Page (The Ad Page)|
Happy Anniversary, my love.
Our story continues, and I'm honored to have the chance to live it with you.