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Friday, July 20, 2007

5th wedding

Sunday pm, July 15th. We arrived home safely, unloaded the van, got OD and clan ensconced in the guest bedrooms and relaxed for a bit, booting conversation around for a while. Soon it became time to get ready to attend our 5th wedding in 4 weeks. This union was involving a family member, my older brother’s granddaughter – my great niece. The older I get, the more family members have either great or grand in front of the relationship title.

The wedding and reception was held at a place previously mentioned in other writings, the Savannah Rapids Pavilion. Oddly enough this place was built on the banks of the Savannah River in a section that bordered some rapids in that stream of water – what a coincidence. The very large room was decorated nicely for this occasion and for a change we were early for the proceedings.

I had not met anyone on the groom’s side except the groom, but I knew – and was kin – to at least half on the bride’s section of chairs. The ceremony went off without a hitch except the flower girl forgot to drop her petals on the floor and was somewhat upset about that. The bride’s brother escorted the bride in since her Dad is deceased and gave her hand to the groom at the proper time. The bride’s sister was the matron of honor with other family members on either side.

The minister officiated the vows, the bride’s brother-in-law did a reading to the couple and they were pronounced husband and wife and they smiled happily back up the aisle. The reception started shortly afterwards and I will have to say that the food was very good and such as is normal when food is available; I ate a bit too much. I did later try a slice of the groom’s cake – it was OK but chocolate is not my favorite. Much talking and laughing went on with folks known and unknown.

It came time for the happy couple to do their first dance together as husband and wife. Unbeknownst to me before this time, they had been taking dancing lessons from an instructor over in Aiken, SC. The music began and the couple looked very accomplished on the floor – they didn’t trip or fall or anything. I asked the instructor, who was present for this and was the DJ, what kind of grade they got and he just said that they did fine. Later the instructor and the fraternal grandmother of the bride danced and it was almost like “Dancing with the stars”.

It finally became time to throw the birdseed at the newlyweds. They briskly walked to their decorated auto while being pummeled with hundreds of the tiny missiles. They drove off into their future dragging a collection of noisy drink cans along behind. We chatted a bit more and made our retreat back to the home front. May they have many happy years together and may they always include Jesus Christ in their lives and marriage – because without Him, real happiness is not possible. ec

3 Comments:

Blogger Kila said...

Sounds like a wonderful wedding, and an enjoyable time for you! May God Bless them.

7/21/2007 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

kila - Yes it was a good time - anytime family is involved it's a good thing - of course I take my joy with me when I go anywhere. :) ec

7/22/2007 01:18:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Sounds as if the wedding and reception went well, unlike most of the ones I officiated. So far as weddings are concerned, I came to the conclusion that "if anything can go wrong it will go wrong and at the worst possible moment." Someday I must write a book about weddings; I have enough stories to fill one.

7/23/2007 01:23:00 AM  

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