Monday, June 18, 2007

The Wedding

We had a great time at our son's wedding over the weekend. (I hope to post some photos soon.) Ds22 arrived in town on Wednesday and we had a nice family dinner with just the six of us (dd23 drove in for it). Then on Thursday, ds22 drove to Milwaukee to pick up one of the groomsmen whose car was in the shop; he stayed here until the wedding.

On Friday everyone rehearsed for the wedding ceremony, which was nice, and then came back here for dinner, nearly 30 people in all. Then came the big day, and the ceremony went off without a hitch. That's saying something, considering my husband comes from a long line of church fainters, and the groom also inherited that trait. But he was so happy to be finally marrying his bride that he did just fine.

It's a weird thing to see your child getting married, especially when he's the first of your bunch to do so. All these things go through your head, like thinking about when he was born, what he was like when he was little....all that sentimental stuff. Fortunately, I wore waterproof mascara, so there was little evidence of my emotional state during the ceremony.

Dd16 was one of the bridesmaids and she looked beautiful; dsds14 was a groomsman. He did a great job, although he felt the need to turn and give us the thumbs-up several times during the ceremony, just to make sure we noticed how well he was doing. :) Dd23 looked very nice in a new dress, and very relieved that she was not the one getting married, lol.

The reception was a lot of fun. We got to see relatives we hadn't seen in a while, and that was so nice, although we didn't get to spend enough time with them because so much was going on. I chose Paul Simon's "Loves Me Like a Rock" for the mother/son dance, and people said we danced ok, although no one offered to submit our names to "Dancing With the Stars." It was fun seeing our sons dance with our daughters; we also have a great video of our dsds14 leading the conga line around the room.

Yesterday we all attended church together: our family, the bride and groom, and the bride's family. That was nice. Then they all headed off to St. Louis; I sent ds22 off with a weepy good-bye. I think he's getting used to that, lol. We spent the rest of the day enjoying the post-wedding silence. It was a very nice weekend, that's for sure.


Janet said...

I'm glad it went so well. And I guess you did okay, Mom, even if you aren't on Dancing With the Stars.....:-)

sarah said...

You danced great Mom :) I hope you enjoyed my dress, because that sight won't be happening again anytime soon, lol. And 'relieved' is an understatement.

Susan said...

I loved reading how the celebration went. And it just warms my heart when the bride and groom show up for church the next morning!

Barbara Frank said...

Janet, thanks for the encouragement :)

Sarah, it WAS nice to see you dressed up---yes, I did enjoy it!

Susan, I enjoyed reading about your family weddings, too.