My youngest son is getting married on Saturday! I couldn’t be happier for Dave and Whitney, my new daughter-in-law. It’s our second wedding in eight months. My oldest son and his wife tied the knot in October. In honor of both brides, I thought I’d talk about family wedding memories.
My husband and I had a whirlwind courtship back in 1980. We’d been acquaintances in high school and later became friends. He rode up to my house on a big red motorcycle one evening, suggested a movie and off we went to see the first Star Trek movie. Four months later we got married in a very small ceremony in my parents’ living room. I wasn’t the girl who always dreamed of a big wedding. In fact, Mike and I planned to elope until my dad said, “I think your mother would like to see you get married.”
Well, my mom said, “You’re getting married here? I thought you were eloping?” She liked the idea of eloping just fine. It was my dad who wanted to see the big moment and he did. Short and sweet. Family. A wedding breakfast, where I found out my husband of 45 minutes didn’t like quiche. Thirty-one years later, we’re going strong and he hasn’t had quiche since.
My parents’ wedding in 1954 was much more traditional My mom wore a beautiful white dress with a sweetheart neckline, lots of lace and a veil. Her bridesmaids wore shades of aqua, ballerina length dresses and cute little hats. The best picture, I think, is “the kiss.” No wonder my folks were together for 42 years! A lot of love was there from the beginning. So was faith and a willingness to talk, talk, talk things through.
My mom’s wedding dress got worn again in 1993. When my brother and future sister-in-law got engaged, she had trouble finding just the right dress. My mom’s gown fit her perfectly. Not only did she wear the dress, she and John got married on my parent’s 39th wedding anniversary. My oldest son was the ring bearer. He looked great in a tux! He looked even better on his own wedding day,which leads us to . . .
The most recent wedding is my oldest son and his wife. Awesome day! They got married at Woodlawn Plantation in Alexandria, Virginia. String quartet. Delicious food. Lovely flowers. Gorgeous pictures. Best of all, family got to celebrate with them.
So those are my wedding memories. What are yours? Of maybe you have a favorite wedding scene in a book? I’d love to hear about them.
I’ll be in and out today . . . The wedding ramp-up is starting. Can’t wait for Saturday! P.S. Sorry not to have family pictures . . . I don’t have the older ones on the computer, and the newer ones are on the old computer which isn’t here today. They were on this computer until I had a virus a few months ago. They’re safe, just not easily accessible.