The weather couldn't have been lovelier, warm with a cooling, soft breeze from the lake behind the gazebo. The bride couldn't have been more radiant, nor the groom more handsome (well, unless he had cut his hair and shaved, but I'm his mama and I can say that). The bride giggled from nervousness. The ceremony was performed by my brother. The opening prayer was the Mitakuye Oyasin, a Lakota prayer for all our relations. There was a Celtic hand fasting ceremony, and the couple exchanged vows they had written. My son, ever the sweet, quirky, funny one, included lines from my mother's favorite song, Danny Boy in tribute to her memory and the part of the Green Lantern oath, "In brightest day and darkest night" in his vows. Knowing his love for GL, the bride surprised him by wearing a Green Lantern garter.
The exact moment the groom first saw his bride coming to meet him. His chest swelled with pride, his body visibly jerked, and his eyes misted with tears. Lovely.
The only thing that marred the day was my father being admitted into the hospital the night before. He was hemorraghing because his blood disorder, ITP, caused his platelet count to drop to almost nothing. He had to miss his grandson and namesake's wedding, a day he can never get back. I know you all understand when I say it created quite a few tears in the family. Thankfully, the doctors have it fairly under control and I brought him home Monday evening. We will have a dress up celebration at my sister's house in two weeks complete with a mini wedding cake and a recreation of the wedding menu. We will watch a video of the wedding that my future son-in-law Colin is editing and enhancing for Dad.
The muscle tears in my calf and hamstring did not stop me from dancing a little. I did the Time Warp (without the jumping), which is a family tradition at weddings, and I danced with my son and with my husband. My heart swelled with pride and my eyes with tears when I heard the song my son selected for our dance; he chose Wind Beneath My Wings. He and I have always called each other our heroes, and Bette Midler is my all-time favorite entertainer. It was very special and meaningful. I'm tearing up as I type this, in fact.
I did pay for all the time on my feet the next two days. I could barely walk on Sunday and Monday, but with therapy and doing my assigned exercises I am walking much better now. I feel I am healing fairly well.
I was very happy with my dress, but unhappy that no one seemed to notice the sewn in dress strap was hanging out in some of the pics. Oh well, I didn't even mind my arm fat showing. I was THAT happy!
With my son Donny, the groom:
With my son and my siblings:
With my husband and my grandniece, the flower girl:
Parents of the groom with the Newlyweds:
My 3 year-old grandson David and grandniece Riley were the vow bearer and flower girl. My son and his bride opted not to exchange rings in support of those who as yet cannot legally marry, so David carried their vows instead. After the ceremony, the newlyweds donned braided rainbow rings to wear during the reception. Yes, activism runs deep in my family. My daughter gave the toast. She looked so lovely. I held the phone up on speaker so my father could hear the toast from his hospital bed and the guests all greeted him and wished him well.
David and my daughter Carly
The toast and me holding the phone up for Dad to hear:
Our little folks can boogie!
The bride tossed the bouquet. It hit the ceiling fan and smacked the flower girl in the face. She was so excited. And then...guess who caught the garter?
My daughter Carly will deliver to me another grandchild (her second) on or about October 1st. Here is her lovely family:
There are nearly 1000 pictures, so of course I cannot share them all here...or bore you with all of them here, ha ha. I'll leave you with a few more and if you wish to see all of the ones I have posted on face book the link is:
As always, I love you all and I'm back to sparking now that all the drama and wedding excitement is over!
David stuck his booty out in the wrong direction!