Today is Our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary

Saucy and Mr. Saucy

You’ll have to indulge me today. It’s not very often that I post about non-food matters, but twenty years ago today I married Mr. Saucy. I just can’t believe so much time has gone by! I really wanted to share my joy with you on this day. And I’ll tell you a little bit about how we got to where we are, twenty years later…

I’ve mentioned Mr. Saucy, often. But I don’t think I’ve ever shown you Mr. Saucy. So there he is, in all his glory, on our wedding day.

Mr. Saucy and I met in 1985 in Nashville. He is the one who hired me, but I worked for his company for a very short time. After six months, I knew that job wasn’t the right one for me and I was hired away to the “career-girl” job I had until we married.

It wasn’t until 1991, when re-introduced by a mutual friend, that Mr. Saucy and I started dating. We’d both been married before and were both a bit gun-shy. Mr. Saucy owned the property we live on now and talked about wanting to move from Nashville to the mountains of East Tennessee. Since I felt myself growing attached to him, I actually encouraged him to leave.

Well, I didn’t just encourage him to leave, I sold his house for him! *big smile* My friend, Peg (one of The Nashville Girls) was looking for a house; since Mr. Saucy said he wanted to sell (but hadn’t done anything about it), I put them together, she bought his house and he moved away.

Now, if only I had that 20/20 hindsight everyone tells us about, it would have been wonderful. Instead, what I got was two and a half years of commuting on weekends to East Tennessee. And horrendous telephone bills (we both racked up at least $600 each month). We were both still a bit hesitant to make a more permanent move in our relationship, but when this became my anthem, I knew something had to give.

That was in October of 1993. We were engaged two months later.

I’ll tell you, this wasn’t an easy decision for either of us. I was giving up my friends, my volunteer work, my fabulous job, my home, and a city I loved to move across the state to a teeny, tiny town that didn’t even have a grocery store (I’m not even kidding). But we put our faith and love for each other to the test and married.

Within a year, we started our business, a fly fishing shop, that we worked in together every single day for 18 years. I can attest to the fact that it takes a special kind of relationship for that. Working with your spouse as a partner isn’t easy. But we did it and built a thriving business. It was just last year that I left working at the shop to work full-time on this site and other interests.

And through all of the ups and downs any marriage faces, through the thick and the thin, we have stayed together building and fighting for this love we have.  We’re committed to growing old(er) together. After all, as my friend Pat mentioned just yesterday, our marriage is etched in stone!


We fish together every chance we get. We eat dinner together and talk about our day every night. We laugh and we cry and we live and we love. We were talking about it yesterday and neither of us can believe twenty years have gone by; both of us are sure our love for each other is greater than the day we married.

So, we’re headed out to fish today to celebrate our marriage and our life together. I hope your day is as fabulous as I know ours will be!


p.s.: One of the downsides to loving to cook so much is we very seldom eat out. Even for special occasions, I generally cook at home. This was our anniversary dinner from last night (I didn’t want to have to cook today after a day on the boat).

Filet Oscar and Crab Stuffed Potatoes. Grilled filets of beef on a bed of fresh steamed baby asparagus and topped with a pile of blue crab claw meat and a classic béarnaise sauce. More crab in the potatoes and a fabulous (but inexpensive) Bordeaux:




About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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10 Responses to Today is Our Twentieth Wedding Anniversary

  1. What a love story! So happy you shared! Happy Anniversary to you both and that meal….lordy… looks amazing!

  2. Melissa says:

    What a beautiful story and a beautiful life. I have no doubt your love only continues to grow as the years pass. Here’s to 20! Congratulations and I hope you have a marvelous time today. <3

  3. Wow, this looks fantastic!! 🙂 Happy Anniversary to you both! Much love.

  4. Bill Boyd says:

    Thanks for sharing Paula. And congratulations on 20 years. I’m so glad that you are where you are today….. and happy. I first met you in your fly fishing shop, and am now getting to know you better through your website. I really enjoy your recipes and am envious of your wonderful photograpy! Thank you for what you are doing.

  5. pamela says:

    how sweet! i love a good love story.
    happy anniversary!!!

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