Opinions count, especially from your best friends. These people know you on your good days and your bad ones and they will gently let you know if you need a little more of this or a little less of that. Personally, I am always glad to see a beautifully subtle application of make up and a simple hairdo. There were some trends over the years that didn’t translate well to a wedding day… luckily, they were just trends. The last thing you want is to be unrecognizable to your true love as you come down the aisle.
Planning your own wedding? Come talk to me, I have some opinions, too. ;0)
I met Maggie as a young bride in 1994… this is a no-nonsense woman I have come to count as a sister over the years. Babies, barbecues, occasional dinners out and a marvelous extended family right up the street from me. When she grew out of that first marriage, I was experiencing the same thing… we had some long conversations about that.
A few years went by and I started hearing about this man… we didn’t get to talk much but the smile in her voice was unmistakeable. ;0) There is something astounding about finding a love later in your life at a time when you really know yourself… a time when you can both bring a truer self to the mix.
Maggie and Deren got married in the rain last week… so much rain… so much love!
Standing and clapping, my friend!!
Erin and Rob were almost on their toes in anticipation… the first sight of each other was on one of the balconies at the Jupiter Hotel… up out of the friendly crowd. They had a chance to really connect before the aisle walk and before all of those other people needed any part of them.
True love is a rare find… it’s nice to see it go by.
I was waiting at the church. It was a bright Saturday at the end of October in 1994 and my bride and groom were running late. I heard the door and turned to see this man come into the sanctuary at Holy Rosary… he was moving a little slowly and carrying a most wonderful wedding portrait under his arm. Curious, as always, I asked him if he was there for the wedding? He looked somewhat confused and said he was there for Mass… he thought it was Sunday. Then I asked him about the photograph and he introduced me to his late wife.
John was 94 when we met and Merle, his true love, had been gone for 3 years. They must have been married for close to 70 years if I can go by the photo. He carried it everywhere he went. I have friends who had seen him at Lloyd Center… always with Merle tucked in beside him.
The story goes a little further in that the church used Merle’s face as the model for one of their new stained glass windows. I believe it is the Madonna in the window high to the left of the alter.
I’d love to know who did the original portrait.
John and his Merle are gone now but the pictures remain… raise your glass to the love that lasts.