It was just as I had expected - the Bride was beautiful, and brilliant! The Groom loomed above us all from his great height (6'4", perhaps?) and could dance like a dream. He also stared quite a bit at the Lady in White next to him. For good reason.
New bride and groom on June 27, 2015
The whole thing was just as sweet and as interesting as it could be:
- we approached the church in the beginnings of a heat wave
- we were hailed by siblings and cousins in every direction
- there were kisses given, and hugs
- someone laughed at the cute beard of one sibling brother
- a baby pulled the sibling brother's cute beard
- it was suddenly time to stop visiting and start finding our seats
- the grandparents of the bride and groom sat at the back, waiting for their escorts and looking adorable
- the minister welcomed all, and thanked us for supporting this Holy Matrimony
- the minister blessed the bride and groom, and stated Who it is that created marriage
- the groom kissed his bride with a flourish
- everyone cheered and then trooped downstairs and ate copious amounts of delicious food
- everyone joined in the Contra Dancing, led by the striking sibling who taught them patiently how to do it
- the congregants all gathered out front to wait for the bride and groom to appear and then disappear again
- the bride and groom came out in their motorcycle helmets, chaps, leather coats and gloves - in the middle of the heat wave
- the bride and groom kissed again (helmets clanging) and then jumped aboard their massive motorcycle as the crowd cheered
The bride's grandparents looking adorable on her Big Day
It is a sign of a successful wedding when everybody has a ball, and nobody wants to leave. But we did, finally, leave - taking our water bottles, umbrellas, wedding programs, wedding favors, walkers, and bags. Hugs, more kisses, some tears, and then it was all finally over.
The world can rest a little easier tonight, I think, knowing that these two wonderful young people have vowed to love, honor, and cherish one another, till death do them part. Such a thing makes us all stronger. Welcome, Katie and Jake! Be encouraged. You are joining a cherished tradition, and we honor your vows on this, your Day of days.
See you along the Way!