Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Whirlwind

Original post date:  July 26, 2012

My shifts at the marriage factory have been slow lately, averaging 5 or 6 couples.  Today, things were a bit busier.  I married 15 couples in 3 1/2 hours.  That's one couple every 14 minutes.  For the entire time I had at least one couple waiting to be married.

In such a whirlwind, a few stood out:
The couple who held their 2-month-old as they said the vows.  The mom/bride was so happy she grinned ear to ear the entire time.  The dad/groom looked shellshocked, but relieved after the ceremony.

The couple whose toddler would not stop running around the wedding room, pulling on everything.  I rarely stop a ceremony, but I did twice to try to stop the kid.  No dice.

The couple who were obviously completely in love with each other and with getting married. He was wearing a suit with a boutonniere and she had a simple lace dress and wrist corsage. I don't get choked up often, but that one had me smiling very broadly.

The couple whose guest was just a minute away from joining them - for 15 minutes.

Lovely clothes, bridal division:
  • Black-and-white checked minidress with black heels and a canary yellow cardigan
  • 2 floor-length shoulderless gowns, one floral with a beaded neckpiece and one red and scalloped
  • Turquoise Chanel-inspired suit
  • A few lace dresses, all perfectly appropriate
Not lovely: the groom in "snakes and car grille" t-shirt and ball cap.

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