It's a little unsettling to look into a crowded lobby, see what looks like at least 2 parties, and call a pair of names, only to see everyone in sight move toward you. The guests couldn't have been nicer, even offering each other places on the first ride up. Two stuffed elevators later, the wedding room was full to bursting, and everyone had a camera. The couple finally moved into place, and we had a lovely ceremony. Luckily, the next couple didn't mind waiting a bit as even more pictures were taken.
Later in the day, there was another big crowd, just as happy and just as fotophilic (as opposed to photophilic - responding well to light - not me in the morning!), flashing away before, during, and after the ceremony. The couple had been together for many years, and the guests wanted to capture every moment of the big day.
And a child shall lead them. Or at least watch. For the first time, both of the witnesses (and only guests) for a wedding were children. They were about 8 and 10. The state says that anyone who can sign his name can witness a wedding, so everything was on the up-and-up. The kids were excited about seeing their parents marry after many years together. There were tears and hugs, a few signatures, and off they went for a well-deserved round of ice cream.