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‘I remember when’: Residents recall wedding day

  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Melissa Drogy<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Man on the Street question: What is the most memorable moment from your wedding?<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Loretta and George Sterling of Peterborough had to scramble to find a new usher and bridesmaid the day before their wedding. But that didn't stop them from going forward with their special day.
  • On August 17, 1974, at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, Diane and Glen Fukuda were wed in a Buddhist ceremony by Minister Shojo Honda, while surrounded by family and friends.

Dick and Betsyan Gilcreast, Peterborough

Betsyan: When we got married, it was his first wedding but not mine. I had certain friends and family I didn’t want to invite, but Dick insisted. So I did send them an invite, about 12 hours before the ceremony and that took care of that. We had our reception first and danced and drank champagne, which is a wonderful way to do it.

Diane Fukuda, Jaffrey

The best thing about my wedding was all the family and friends that were able to gather for it. My husband’s family came from the west coast. We were married at the Cathedral of the Pines in one of the few Buddhist ceremonies ever held there. My husband’s minister traveled from West Virginia to perform the ceremony, and it was blessed by a Catholic priest. It was a very ecumenical ceremony.

Tyler Ward, Peterborough

My wife and I got married on Lake Winnipesaukee. After we said our vows, we hopped into my father-in-law’s 1989 Eliminator speed boat and flew at 60 miles per hour around the island with our “Just Married” flag flying. It really was a spectacular day.

Mardi Poliquin, New Ipswich

We eloped in New Ipswich on Beaver Pond with a justice of the peace. Then we took off and went to Carlisle Car Show down in Pennsylvania. That was our honeymoon. We love classic cars. My husband has fixed up a 1956 T-Bird for me, which is my birth year, and he has a 1951, Chevy Deluxe, which is his birth year. We had a great time, and it was a little different than everyone else’s honeymoon.

Susie Reeves, Rindge

I have two memorable moments from my wedding. The first was that I was a nervous wreck through the whole thing. When I finally got to see my husband at the alter, he looked so calm and cool, until I saw the carnation on his lapel shaking. Then I knew he was actually nervous, too. The second was, we were married on New Year’s Eve in Holden, Maine, and the tradition in the church is after they are married, they get to go out and ring the church bell together. It takes two people to ring the bell, so you have to work as a team.

Charlene Eddy, Temple

We got married very young, and our hometown basically put on the wedding for us. Everyone pitched in to help. The Ladies Aid did the reception for us, and our relatives came from all over. We’ve had many, many happy years together since.

Deidre McGrath, Peterborough

We got married in our backyard. It was late September, and [when] we turned around all you could see is little kids hanging out in the trees in their wedding clothes. It was a lot of fun. We also ordered a pig in the ground. The only one that could do it was Fiddleheads Cafe in Hancock. They were the only ones to come up with someone to do a pig in the ground, and that was the highlight of the wedding, digging up the pig. It didn’t look very good, but it tasted delicious.

Julia Duhaime, Temple

The most memorable thing about my wedding was it was 96 degrees, in Rhode Island. Hot, humid, steamy. And after the ceremony, we were so hot that we actually stopped at the local Del’s Lemonade stand and the whole wedding party got out of the car and we all got lemonade. Everyone was honking and waving at us, because how often do you see a wedding party sitting at a Del’s Lemonade stand? So we have a special affection for Del’s in relation to our wedding.

George Sterling, Peterborough

The most memorable moment was when one of our ushers couldn’t make it. Coincidentally, his wife was one of the bridesmaids, and couldn’t make it either. The tuxes and dresses had already been fitted. This happened the day before the wedding. So we had to get someone new to be an usher and bridesmaid, and of course they were a completely different size. So we had to trade dresses and pants and swap vests, but it all came out wonderful in the end, and we had a great time.

Gretchen and Jim Hutton, Bennington

Gretchen: The most memorable thing is probably that we had a major off-season blizzard that about knocked our wedding right off the charts. We lost power, my gown wasn’t finished, the cake wasn’t finished, we were making everything ourselves, our guests couldn’t get in, my father was away on business and couldn’t get a plane to fly back in. It all finally came together within hours of the wedding. It was a little stressful, but it turned out to be a lovely wedding, and we’ve been married 27 years with four kids, and it’s been great.

Bob Vecchiotti, Dublin

It was a beautiful day in October, the sun was shining and everything was just perfect. I remember how stunning she looked when she first entered the church. That’s really stayed with me. And when we were coming out of the church, the photographer said to me, “Now, kiss Mrs. Vecchiotti.” My wife asked, “Why does he have to kiss his mother?” because she hadn’t yet put it together that she was Mrs. Vecchiotti.

Melissa Drogy, Peterborough

We got married at sunset in the Caribbean on St. John’s. Everything about it was spectacular and special. We walked on the beach together after our vows and it was beautiful.

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