Saturday, 26 March 2011

To the Bride and Groom...

Take away love and our earth is a tomb. Robert Browning (1812 – 1889)


I cry a lot at weddings. I even cry during weddings on TV shows...

There’s just something so moving about a young woman walking up the aisle on the arm of her father / male relative to be given away to her husband. The prayers, the recital of the wedding vows, the exchange of rings, the first kiss as man and wife in front of the congregation – the entire service is very spiritual.

The knowledge, that from this point onwards, they (bride and groom) are embarking on a journey of a lifetime together – dreaming their own dreams, making their own decisions and planning their own future.

It is such an emotional ceremony for me that I always end up crying. No matter how much I try, my emotions always get the better of me.

I was at a wedding last weekend.

The bride was resplendent in her white dress, the groom - very handsome and dashing. Their bright smiles lit up the room. It was obvious to all present that they were in love. Love was truly in the air.

The wedding guests were quite an upscale bunch as well. Not that you could tell by their modest and polite behaviour. You had to look closely at the quality of the outfits that were worn, the jewellery that was adorning the necks/wrists/ears/fingers of the ladies, the general polished manner in which the guests carried themselves, to figure this out.

When the bride and groom danced into the room, it was evident that they were dancing for each other. Their own private waltz. Though there were over a hundred guests there, both appeared to be in their own world. Blissfully in synch.

There was a comedian present, who kept the guests doubled over with laughter. The guests in attendance were not first generation Americans, so naturally lots of immigration jokes were thrown out. His jokes hit home and the guests could relate to all his innuendos.

Food and drink was plentiful and there was more than enough for everyone. The caterers were very well organised and made sure everyone was well attended to. There was lots of dancing afterwards and we generally had a great time.

Why have I written about this wedding? Not sure why, but I’m a sucker for love.
Here’s wishing the newlyweds all the best for the future.

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