You May Kiss the Bride

Jim Esther Wedding PhotoHas it really been five years since I heard my Dad say those words, “You may kiss the bride”? 

We are on South Padre Island celebrating our fifth year of marriage (Rachel is with Grammy), and I can honestly say that we are more in love today than we were on that magical night in 2002 in Saltillo.  In the words of that old song, “It’s very clear; our love is here to stay.”  God has been faithful to us, and we are excited for what He has planned for us during the remaining 65 years of marriage.

 When Dad said, “You may kiss the bride,” Esther stopped the whole ceremony to put her veil back over her face so that I would remove it again.  “That’s just the way I always pictured it”, she told me later.  This brought great amusement to the assembled crowd.

Post Kiss

 Our honeymoon in San Antonio was awesome.  This was the first day at Sea World.
Honeymoon at sea world

Several months later, we traveled to Georgia for Ben and Jen Johnson’s wedding.  Can you still sense the flush of newlywed love as you gaze at this photo?

Newlywed photos


Just got back from our 3-day, 2-night anniversary celebration on Padre Island and Port Isabel.  We stayed at the affordable and lovely Long Island Village and swam in the pool, soaked in the jacuzzi, walked on the beach, drank coffee on the back deck of our cottage and watched ships sail into the waterway, ate at Blackbeards, and watched Bruce Willis in “Live Free or Die Hard” (VERY good, funny writing — entertaining film — some language and cartoonish violence but you will not be bored).

Here are some video clips on the beach and on the deck of the cottage:


12 Responses to You May Kiss the Bride

  1. Steph says:

    Congratulations! I wish you many more years and many more children together!!!

  2. itsasecret2u says:

    Aw, congrats! We just celebrated 7 years on the 1st. Where does the time go? 🙂

  3. gospelordeath says:


  4. amyleesspace says:

    Congratulations Jim! Your wife is beautiful 🙂

  5. Alex says:


    Has it been 5 years? But you only have 1 child. I thought mexicans have a child for every year married? At least that’s what Wences and Amy told me. =)


  6. amyleesspace says:

    LOL! You are just too funny Alex!

    You have our plan wrong though, we are just trying to keep up with you guys 🙂

  7. Gary says:

    Congrats on your special day! Jim, take your special lady out for a nice dinner this evening. (And I don’t mean Wendy’s drive-through,either). God Bless your marriage!


  8. Thanks for all your kind words! I’ve updated this post with some video of our 2 nights at South Padre Island. Nothing says romance like a rib eye steak and a Bruce Willis movie, babeeee!

  9. flopitlikeitswarm says:

    aww.. CONGRATS! You guys are awesome! 🙂

  10. Laura says:

    Coming out to Texas/Mexico for your wedding is still one of my fondest wedding memories. I had such a blast with Shawn and Reuben, and shopping with your mom and sister Steph in Progresso after we came back. I so enjoyed staying with your folks, too.
    Can’t believe it’s been five years and Rachel just had her third birthday!

    Many blessings on your anniversary and for many happy years in the future!

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Congrats Jim & Esther!

    I never knew there were cool places to stay in Port Isabel. It looked really nice. Give Esther a big wet one for me. I cannot believe you have been married 5 whole years. A lot has happened in that “short” amount of time. God has really blessed the two of you (with a third and so much more!).

    Love you –Liz

  12. The Right Rev Blumster says:

    Congrats Jim and Esther! I can feel the LOVE! 5 years… WAY TO GO!!! It’s still a Honeymoon… I can tell! Deb and I are STILL on ours! OH YEAH! We miss you Lots and Lots guys…. come and visit! come on…. you can stay at the cabana, or at the Blums house!!! (No pool or jacussi, but we DO have a bathtub)!
    ps… get goin bro…. I don’t think the quiver is full yet!
    HUGS!!! The Blumsters 🙂

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