Todd Furhmann wanted to add a special touch to his 10th wedding anniversary, so, he brought his wife, Crystal to The Clayton Center – in the middle of the day, when there was nothing going on. The gesture made Crystal smile.
The Clayton Center has a special place in the hearts of the Dagsboro, Delaware, couple. Ten years ago – on July 7, 2007 – Todd and Crystal began their life together by taking their wedding vows in a ceremony held in The Clayton Center auditorium.
This afternoon Todd and Crystal returned to the stage with their two children, Madison, 7, and Tristen, 5, and their St. Bernard, Daisy. Just as he did 10 years ago, Todd gave Crystal a ring to show his love for her. This time, Crystal cried.
“I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “He’s not usually a romantic, but he really got me on this one.”
Todd and Crystal met in 2002 when they were both working as athletic trainers at Mt. Olive College. Crystal – a Bentonville native and the sister of The Clayton Center’s Operation Manager, Steven Langston – knew that the Center was becoming a popular event venue. So, when she and Todd got engaged, it was the obvious choice for their reception site.
Not quite as obvious, but an idea that made perfect sense, was to hold the ceremony in the The Clayton Center auditorium. The Fuhrmanns were the first couple to tie the knot under the stage lights, starting a trend that has become very popular among local brides.
“Todd’s family is from Delaware and up north,” Crystal explained. “The Clayton Center was a good meeting place for everyone. It’s near hotels, restaurants, and it’s easy to get to. We just knew it would be convenient for everyone.”
The Fuhrmanns have lived all of their 10 married years in Delaware, where Todd is athletic director and athletic trainer for Indian River High School. Crystal still works alongside him part-time as an athletic trainer, but she is also a paraprofessional in autism at the Howard T. Ennis School. The couple and their children likes to go to the beach, which is not far from their home, and spend quality family time together. The family also travels to Johnston County several times a year to visit family in Bentonville, and they are here on vacation this weekend.
The Clayton Center staff wishes Todd and Crystal a very happy 10th anniversary! We hope you will come back and see us on your 20th!