Join Our Community of Dog Lovers

Champion of My Heart is an award-winning dog blog. We've created many important resources that people from all over the world continue to access. Like this post? Get an email alert when new content goes live by subscribing. Plus, look for info on sales and bonus discounts from our affiliates.

Subscribe !

Celebrating 20 Years – of Marriage, Not Blogging

Today is my 20th wedding anniversary. Indulge me — won’t you — as I wax a little nostalgic? This girl needs to celebrate every tiny thing. And, a big one now and then too.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, wedding invitation and poem

I’d forgotten that we used the following passage from a poem read at the wedding on our invitations. It’s called How Will I Know You? by Meryl Fishman. Considering all the worry and stress in recent years, it feels even more fitting.

I will look at you and see the strength

I have never seen before.

And I will see the sensitivity that

Will be a partner to that strength

And I will be become encircled in your glow

And thus will we walk together always

best dog blog, champion of my heart, wedding photo, 20th anniversary

You probably won’t be surprised to know that I wrote our entire wedding ceremony because I wanted to be sure certain things were said (and not said). For example, before we exchanged our vows, the minister / officiant shared our promises …

Not only to seek, but to find

Not only to find, but to accept

Not only to accept, but to rejoice

In all that we are and become together

best dog blog, champion of my heart, wedding photo, 20th anniversary

I promise to give and to receive

To speak and to listen

To inspire and to respond

In all circumstances of our life together.

I pledge you my love and my loyalty

My strength and my respect

Above all others


best dog blog, champion of my heart, wedding photo, 20th anniversary

Since we footed the bill for our own wedding and since I’m a bit of a feminist, I also walked down the aisle alone. There was no “giving away” of the bride.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, wedding photo, 20th anniversary

Just for fun, I’ll leave you with this last photo. Entertain me with your ideas on the backstory.

best dog blog, champion of my heart, wedding photos


Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Hawk aka BrownDog - April 7, 2012

Hi Y’all,

My Human said to tell you that if the first 20 was wonderful and “of your dreams” that the next 20 gets even better…and she would know.

Y’all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

Bassetmomma - April 5, 2012

Happy 20th Anniversary!! I hope you had a truly special day!

Kris @ Attainable Sustainable - April 4, 2012

You look so happy in the cake cutting picture! Love. My hubby and I celebrated 20 years married in 2009. That’s a long time to spend with the same person. Congrats for reaching this milestone!

Sheryl R - April 4, 2012

Happy 20th Anniversary!

Candy Blakeslee - April 4, 2012

Last picture — I think that you wanted a picture in a certain spot…that is why your husband is carrying you. It is obvious there is no way you could walk there in your gown.

Sheryl - April 4, 2012

Truly a wonderful thing to celebrate. To many more!

Stella - April 4, 2012

Happy Anniversary to you both. Slip a piece of cake to Lilly E. please!


Tamara - April 4, 2012

Looks to me like he carried you off into the sunset at the end 🙂 Happy, happy anniversary!

Living Large - April 4, 2012

Happy Anniversary to you both! Enjoy your day and celebrate, this is a BIG thing!

HoundDogMom (Sherri) - April 4, 2012

Happy 20th Anniversary. Wishing you many more.

Teresa Carlson - April 4, 2012

Happy Anniversary! May you have many more years of joy, happiness, and prosperity. Love you!

Donna Kruft - April 4, 2012

Congrats on 20yrs, that is a very big accomplishment! I am rather new to your website, but I love it! You seem to be a remarkable women.
Keep doing what your doing its great. I love Lily and her story, she is a beautiful dog. Thanks.

Linda Martin - April 4, 2012

Hope you both have a great day…Congrats!

Brette Sember - April 4, 2012

Congrats! I wrote our entire ceremony as well. Writers! Here’s wishing you another joyful 20 yrs+ together. Enjoy your celebration!

Eileen - April 4, 2012

Happy 20th wedding anniversary 🙂

Comments are closed