Love, salmon, and Blue Angels

October 10, 2015

Our wedding day / JillHough.com

Seventeen years ago today was my wedding day.

It was a warm, Indian summer day in San Francisco. The afternoon before, I ran around town, doing final wedding errands, in shorts and a t-shirt.

It was also Fleet Week in SF, as it is now, the weekend punctuated by the roar of the Blue Angels overhead. I love that we got married while the Blue Angels were in town, and that they always highlight our anniversary by returning.

Our rehearsal dinner, seventeen years ago last night, was at a boisterous, kooky Italian restaurant, followed by a gathering of friends at a hipster bar—even though it was way before bars were described as “hipster.”

Dill-Poached Salmon with Herbed Yogurt Sauce / JillHough.com

The wedding day itself was, naturally, a whirlwind. And perfect. I was nervous—not about getting married, but about the event. And excited—about getting married and the event.

And I was very, very present to love.

After the ceremony—during which I mostly, elatedly, cried—there were cocktails and toasts. There was a salmon dinner. There was dancing and tiramisu.

Seventeen years ago.

A lifetime.

A nanosecond.

Both the calendar and the roar of the Angels bring it all back. Again, I’m filled with love and appreciation. Again, filled with tears of happiness. And again, anticipating a salmon dinner.

Dill-Poached Salmon with Herbed Yogurt Sauce / JillHough.com


18 thoughts on “Love, salmon, and Blue Angels

  1. Kim - Liv Life

    Awww… happy anniversary! What a beautiful sentiment you’ve written. I”m in San Diego and we had the Angels here just before you and I also love the roar. My husband was a fighter pilot and the sound is just amazing! The Blue Angels flying in San Francisco though just can’t be beat (that’s where I grew up).
    Wishing you a wonderful day with your sweetie! The salmon is simply fabulous!

  2. Jill Post author

    A fellow Angels-lover! I didn’t mention it in my post, Kim, but the Angels were in also in town for one of my first dates with my not-yet-husband, so even before we got married, I associated them with our romance. So it was perfect that our wedding weekend featured them zooming around!

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes, and thanks for stopping by, Kim!

  3. Jill Post author

    Thanks for stopping by and saying so, Marlynn! I feel you’d know about good salmon color, being an Oregonian :) What’s your fave way to prepare salmon???

  4. Jill Post author

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes, Anna! 36 years?!? That’s over twice as long. Good for you. I wish I could figure out a way to make time slow down, though. I think it has something to do with being present and appreciating the moment, but it’s sometimes so hard to do that!

  5. Jill Post author

    Awww, thanks, Chrisy! Did you see my comment on your post about lasagna roll-ups? We had something similar at my wedding to accompany the salmon!

  6. Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily

    Wow, time sure has a way of creeping up on you doesn’t it? It certainly sounds like it was a wonderful event! I adore seafood, especially salmon!! Thank you so much for sharing! This one’s a keeper ;)

  7. Jill Post author

    Thanks for stopping by and saying so, Gwen! I’m a seafood lover, too, and I probably like salmon best also. How do you like to make it?

  8. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Aw! Happy Anniversary! What a lovely story and memory you have! I love the Blue Angels – my wedding anniversary is later this month and we spent our honeymoon in SF/Napa/Sonoma. We’d go back each year, a bit early, and the Blue Angels are always there!

  9. Jill Post author

    Thanks for the anniversary wishes, Patricia! Sounds like we have both have anniversaries and Angels in common–glad I’m not the only one who associates them with romance :)

  10. Mike Silverman

    We have lifted a glass to fond memories of that day. Let’s continue to celebrate both you and Doug for many years.

  11. Jill Post author

    Hugs to you, Cynthia, and Susan, Uncle Mike! I think it must’ve been in response to a Facebook posting of this post, someone asked me what wine we drank at our wedding, and I got a chance to remember your wonderful gift of Champagne. And then of course, Doug and I were looking at photos and remembering your dancing queen daughter. :) XOXOX

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