Wow. It's hard to believe it's over. The wedding finally happened. My daughter is now happily married and honeymooning in Hawaii. And I'm at home, breathing slow, deep breaths, enjoying the calm and quiet, and digging out from the wedding detritus.
The wedding? It was wonderful. Our biggest fear was the weather, crucial to the success of an outdoor wedding. You'd think the end of June would be safe, but we've been having Junuary, the coldest June on record since 1894. Two weeks before the wedding we started checking 10 day forecasts. The day that we saw thundershowers predicted for her wedding date, Sarah went into her room and cried.
We had many people praying for the weather and the forecast gradually improved, to the point that we bravely told the rental company that we wouldn't have them bring the big tent to put over the chairs. The morning of the wedding it was cloudy and chilly, but we could work with that. Much better than actual showers. But when the wedding started the clouds parted and sun shone on the bride as she came down the stairs on her daddy's arm.
The ceremony was beautiful and went without a snag. Although he refused to wear his dress shoes at the last minute and wore his red crocs instead, Samuel, my 5 year old son, did a great job as ring bearer. The groom read out his vows and the bride cried. The bride read her vows and cried some more. The pastor pronounced them man and wife and everyone cheered.
Then the party started. We had a couple who dance competitively give a lesson in swing dancing as the chairs were cleared from the dance floor and food was brought out. Then people ate, chatted, danced, ate, mingled, and ate. I'll do a post another time about all the wonderful food we had.
The cake was cut, the bouquet was tossed, and then Sarah and Sam ran between the guests blowing bubbles to their getaway car, a Model A Ford.
It was an absolutely fabulous wedding, and I'm so tired! Slowly I'm trying to find the things that got cleared out of my kitchen and shoved into boxes to make way for the caterer.
No food to post today. I haven't had time to bake. Not many pics, either, as all of the wedding pics are raw, waiting for Sarah to edit them. More to come, when I catch up on sleep and my brain unscrambles. Stay tuned...