Project Amour Eric and Chandra's Journey to Get Married in Paris


Une vie d’amour

A Lifetime of Love

October 28, 1961. The car was washed, waxed and the tires were gleaming. Shoes shined, dressed in his Sunday best, he pulled onto a winding dirt road on his way to what would become the best day of his life.

Waiting at the house near the end of the dirt road she put the finishing touches on her makeup, put on her earrings and draped a necklace; all the while waiting patiently for him to arrive.

October 28, 1961. The day my Dad, W.E. Callicutt married my Mom, Alice Faye Nichols.

My parents were married at my mother's home place which is traditional in Southern weddings. Surrounded by love and supported by family they said “I Do” and a wonderful life together began. Mom's dress was white, street length and in pictures she was a beauty. Dad always loved remembering her that day and often recalled how amazing he felt when he took her hand in marriage. They went to the North Carolina mountains for their honeymoon and I'm certain the leaves were spectacular then just as they are today.

Mom and Dad were married for 46 years before dad passed away. They built a life together based on trust, love and respect and I feel so fortunate to have been born into such a blessed home. As I now begin to plan for my wedding in April it seems fitting that I look back on what my parents were able to build together. Dad's vow to always say “I Love You” even when things are rocky. His belief that giving a hug gets you 90% of the way towards forgiveness. Mom's unconditional love, support and dedication to a man and a family that could be more than difficult at times. Her unselfish willingness to make sacrifices all in the name of love. How lucky I am to have such a great example as I walk towards a life of wedded bliss. I know that Eric and I will be able to create something equally as special if we can just use them as our example.

In closing I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for teaching me about life, laughter and the true meaning of love!

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