Bride's Name: Ramona Lynn Grimsley
Groom's Name: John Henry Lehman, Jr.
Wedding Date: May 5, 1982
City of Wedding: Charleston
Church Name: St. Alban's Chapel, The Citadel
I met my husband at the Citadel in 4th battalion. My girlfriend and I, College of Charleston students, had put on Citadel jogging clothes and run through the salleyport into her boyfriend's room. I was trying on the full dress coat when I heard someone coming. I grabbed the sword and lunged at the door and made a menacing sound. My future husband was at the door.
We went on a date the next day. I met his parents on Parent's Day, visited at his home in Delaware on the Christmas holiday and we were married on the afternoon of his graduation (since his relatives were from Delaware and beyond and were present for the graduation.) It was an action-packed, full day.
I forgot my dress at the cleaners (I got a spot on it having outdoor photos made) and my friend, Lori, had to go get it while I was at the graduation. My future husband was giving me pearl earrings as my wedding gift and neglected to get them. He had to rush to Sam Solomon on East Bay Street as soon as graduation was over. He told me that he told the salesperson to give him the biggest pearl earrings they had.
I got ready at the Mills House and put on the finishing touches in the vestry. Reception followed at the Charleston Naval Base Officer's Club.