How was the weather? 93 degrees. It was one of the hottest days of the summer, says Joe.
Planning: The popular 7/7/07 wedding date was selected to accommodate Joe’s schedule — a week after the NFL rookie symposium, two weeks before they moved to Cleveland and Joe went to training camp — not out of superstition.
Guests: About 350
Wedding dress: a strapless taffeta gown with Swarovski crystal-and-pearl beading, sweetheart neckline, lace-up back and tiny covered buttons all the way down the train.
Special touch: A chocolate groom’s cake topped with two edible photographic images of the newlyweds on fishing trips (Joe is an avid hunter and fisherman).
His first impression of her: “She was beautiful.”
Proposal: Dec. 6, 2006. Joe popped the question the night before he received the Outland Trophy, on a lakeside pier at The Boardwalk Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The trophy is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football.
The ring: Three round-cut diamonds in a trellis setting
Favorite things to do together: “Just sitting down on the couch and talking,” Annie says. “Both of our schedules are very hectic.”