Sunday, June 16, 2013

Two Days {CSI Case File No. 75}

I'm so late posting this. The end of the school year is such a busy time for teachers. Oh, well. Better late than never, I always say. I loved The Scene and the soft, dreamy colors of this Case File.

Here's my page. Clues I used...Evidence: lace, chevron, flowers, jewels, wood, heart, gold, and a banner; Testimony: Document a wedding.

Here are some details. The framed text was cut out of a Teresa Collins paper. Papers I used are by My Mind's Eye (the stripe at the top, the teal underneath the vellum), American Crafts (the gold dot vellum and gray), My Little Shoebox (the grid), and Teresa Collins (the rest).

I used acrylic paint mixed with molding paste and a template from The Crafter's Workshop for the chevrons.

This striped My Mind's Eye paper had all the colors of the palette.  The ink that looks like mist is actually an old stamp by Stampin' Up.

The title lettering is by Webster's Pages. My journaling, on the back, reads: We were in love and had already talked about getting married. We had no specific time frame, but I figured it would happen after I finished school. Like all young girls, I had dreamed of a fancy wedding with a long gown and veil, bridesmaids, and all the trimmings that go with a wedding. As often happens in life, things don't always work out as planned. 

Immigration agents showed up at Farzad's work and hauled him away, set a deportation hearing, and threw our love into a whirlwind. Yes, I was dating an illegal alien. I didn't know it at the time, and Farzad didn't even realize it either. He had come to the United States five years earlier to go to school. When the Iranian revolution started, his parents were unable to send money to the States, so Farzad was forced to quit school and start working. He got a job flipping hamburgers at Roy Rogers in Georgetown. He worked his way up to manager over the next few years, and landed in the Gaithersburg Roy Rogers, where I was working as a cashier. We eventually started dating.

Fast forward six months. An old girlfriend showed up at the restaurant. She scowled at me. I didn't know who she was. Within a week INS showed up at the door to escort Farzad downtown. Seemed this old girlfriend reported Farzad to immigration.

There was no question in my mind that we had to get married, and pronto. There was no way I was going to lose the love of my life, so marry we did. We had two days to plan. File paperwork for a marriage license--Mom had to give written consent, since I was only seventeen. Find wedding garb--we drove all over Maryland, Virginia, and DC to find white bloomers in my size (I had seen them in a dream and knew that's what I was destined to wear). Invite family and friends (just our small family-Mom, Gram, Dawn, Tina, and Aunt Vonne--and our good friends Doris and Lama).

It wasn't the fancy wedding I'd dreamed of--just a civil ceremony at the Rockville courthouse and a gathering at Gram's house with some food and a couple of hastily-purchased wedding gifts, followed by a weekend honeymoon somewhere in the Shenandoah mountains a couple of hours away. But that's okay. I have the life of my dreams with the love of my life, and we'll be celebrating our 32nd anniversary next month. And that's really all I ever needed.



Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwww! What a gorgeous layout and wonderful story!!! I love love love the layers and loving the chevrons!! And I must say ... you don't look old enough to be having 32 years of marriage going on :)

Helen Tilbury said...

So pretty Debbie! This is definitely my favourite case file so far - the colours are so soft & gorgeous!! I just wish I didn't have 4 layouts due in before the 20th so I could play! Yup one a day I'm going to be busy ;/ Your page is just pure pastel & gold perfection - YUM!!

Lizzy Hill said...

You awful've made me cry....bit of a softie:/ Such a lovely story. I think for your 35th wedding anniversary you should do 'dressups' & get all the wedding finery out....never too late, eh???!!! And those chevrons...I thought they were paper cut outs they're so perfect!!! Glad you showed your page, love reading what you've used & how:):):)

Helen Wallace said...

Ah young to make such an important decision, yet you knew it was right and went with you hunch. Your parents must have been wonderfully supportive to organise all that so quickly. Congrats on achieving 32 years. The colours you used are perfect, love the chevrons and all the layers, but 'cos I'm a journal junkie, it's your journalling that stole my heart. Thanks for sharing your very special love story.

Val Thorpe said...

Oh Debbie I love your story... I think that sometimes things work out JUST as they are meant to. I love the cute photos and your outfit is just gorgeous. You made such a handsome couple. I am so glad that you have had 32 special years together. Way to go. AND you nailed this layout. It is perfect. Just love your style.... xoxo

Tracey said...

This is absolutely beautiful Debbi! Wow!!

Patricia Roebuck said...

OMG the layout is gorgeous!! And I would never had know the story behind it. Wow! This is such a beautiful story. It needs to be a movie! Amazing and CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you for stopping by my blog! :)

Lynn Murphy said...

Wow. Gorgeous page to match an amazing story. The colors are perfect as well as the couple. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Lynette said...

Ohhh Debbi...what a beautiful love story. I am so glad you married the love of your life and that your love stood the test of time. I love your wedding photo....the colors of your layout is as dreamy as your love story.

Aimeslee said...

Debbi, I've never heard the complete story before, it's like Cinderella. Hugs to you both, xoxo

Denise van Deventer said...

What a great story Debbi and is the stuff that romance is made of! Love that you have shared it with us and so great to know that your love is still strong! Great layout and love the photo...the bloomers are amazing and you looked amazing! Beautiful reminder to a surely beautiful occassion! ;-)


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